The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 0-8, so it’s easy to forget about the great players on the team. And with Lavonte David receiving high praise earlier today by being named as an All Pro midseason selection by Greg A. Bedard of MMQB, the Bucs are getting a small moment in the spotlight despite their winless 2013 campaign.
The praise for Buccaneer defenders keeps rolling in, as one of the best players in the history of the NFL (if not the best player in the history of the NFL) chimed in on one of the Bucs best talents.
— NFL (@nfl) November 5, 2013
Despite all the drama surrounding the Buccaneers’ highly paid corner, it appears he still has respect from those around the league. And while Jerry Rice might not be the best talent evaluator in the history of the NFL, he was the greatest wide receiver, so he knows a thing or two about cornerbacks.
It’s hard to argue any corner being better than Revis, as he’s allegedly playing at less than 100% and still commanding 100% of the respect he earned while in New York. He’s been targeted 30 times in eight games, and allowed only 16 catches (According to Pro Football Focus).
And over the last four games for the Buccaneers, Revis has been targeted only eight times, allowing four catches for 14 yards. That’s the definition of a lockdown corner.
And no corner in the league is targeted less often on a per-snap basis, according to PFF’s numbers. So Jerry Rice is not alone in this instance, it’s clear that Darrelle Revis is still considered the best cornerback in the NFL by other teams as well.