According to Michael Felger and Dan Shaughnessy, it's a story that's being heavily underplayed by the team. Last night on Comcast Sports Net, both Felger and Shaughnessy said that Revis is a truly special player and they believe fans don't understand how great he really is.
"I'm just trying to take this time to get to know the guys, and for them to know me as well,” said Revis. “I'm just trying to come in here and learn as much as I can and improve and get this defensive scheme down and just keep on working."
With the addition of Revis, the 2014 season may be the first year since 2004 that the Patriots defense is the strength of the team rather than the offense. Ron Borges and Kirk Minihane debated this topic over the weekend on CSN's Early Edition.
"It's still the offense, to me, and Tom Brady," said Borges. "He's more proven than anybody else."
Speaking of Mr. Brady, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal had an interesting article this weekend on the star quarterback's throwing coach, Tom House. He compared Brady to Nolan Ryan, who House coached in the mid-80s while working for the Texas Rangers. The Hall of Fame pitcher was able to play baseball at a fairly high level until the age of 46 -- House believes that Brady can do a similar thing in his own sport of football.
"We know that if the athlete is willing to pay his dues — willing to do what he needs to do — he can delay the aging process, not forever, but he can slow it down," said House according to the article. "Of the athletes that I’m working with, he’s right up there with ones that I can project to be efficient and effective into his mid-40s."
As we all know, one key to a quarterback's success (no matter how young or old he is) is having a strong cast of weapons around him. One position of need for the Patriots is at tight end. Other than
As he continues to go through the rehab process, Gronk and the Patriots hoping he can play a full season in 2014. If he's able to do so, #87 could have a big comback year. In fact, NFL.com's Chris Wesseling ranked Gronk as the second most-likely candidate for the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year. Gronkowski was ranked just behind Robert Griffin III and just ahead of Julio Jones.
"Gronkowski has rewritten the early-career expectations for the position by being borderline unguardable," writes Wesseling. "Are you telling me Gronk can't make history while catching passes from a Hall of Fame quartback?"
Another Patriots player who's hoping to have a better season in 2014 is
"You get more experience, the better you are," said Amendola. "The more you play here, the more in sync you’ll be, and I’m really excited to go into my second year here."