Impact corner Darrelle Revis’ 36-day standoff has officially ended, as he agreed to a new contract with the New York Jets on Monday.
Revis has less than a week to prepare for the Jets’ season-opening Monday Night Football debut against the Baltimore Ravens and their new stable of wide receivers. The first visitor of the 2010 season to “Revis Island” is expected to be three-time Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin.
Although he missed all of training camp, there’s no doubt about Revis’ ability to perform at a high level on Monday. There are concerns, however, about his conditioning level and whether he’ll be able to remain on the field for the full length of the game—a worry any athlete who’s been out of the game for a length of time can share.
Even the most demanding off-season training regimen cannot fully replicate game conditions and the speed of play Revis will face come Monday. Consider the fact that most NFL plays last between five to seven seconds with a 25 to 30 second rest between plays. And perhaps most difficult to simulate is the physical contact—for a cornerback like Revis, that includes jamming receivers at the line, defending passes and tackling.
“I know I’m in shape, but football shape is different,” he said after the official announcement of the deal. “I haven’t had contact in over a month. These next couple of days, I really need to work on getting in football shape with the pads.”
That’s a straightforward assignment for an athlete of Revis’ caliber. At the Nike Football Combine in Oakland, Calif., back in May, Revis told STACK, “I work on all aspects of my game in the off-season, and then I’m going to put in consistency.” Sounds like great advice for any athlete hoping to make it big.
Tune in to our walk-and-talk with the shutdown corner in the video above.