After a Pro Bowl-caliber effort in 2013, Darrelle Revis
arrives in New England in full health. (Bob Leverone/AP)
Darrelle Revis spent the 2013 NFL season playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his first season since returning from a torn ACL, and he was able to return to Pro Bowl form and earn a trip to Hawaii. However, he admitted that his knee was still not at 100 percent.
Revis is now a member of the New England Patriots, and he expects to be in top form when he takes the field in 2014.
According to Revis' trainer, Brett Fischer, the cornerback's ACL is no longer a concern and he should be able to now re-establish himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
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“Now that [Revis] is with a new team, obviously a winning organization like that, he’s so fired up. To see the determination that he has, he’s unbelievable,” Fischer said, via the Boston Herald.
“The fun thing for me is we’re starting with a person who played this year with basically no injury, so we can take him to the next level. I think fans in New England are going to see a guy who is even better than in the past because he has rehabilitated himself from the ACL. To have him to the point now, we don’t even mention the ACL. It’s not even a factor. He’s looked so well in all his drills. He’s looked great in everything he’s doing.”
Fischer also indicated that Revis is as motivated as ever and putting in a hard offseason of workouts.
“When Darrelle comes in the door, you never have to push him. That’s what makes him great,” Fischer said. “He knows we’re going to push him to the limit and get after him. He accepts that, and he wants that.”
If the Patriots can get the elite cornerback play that Revis delivered when he played for the division rival New York Jets, his acquisition will go a long way in improving their secondary and allowing the team to make progress on the defensive side of the ball despite the loss of Aqib Talib.
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