Why hasn't Tampa Bay Buccaneers star cornerback Darrelle Revis been utilized in press coverage more often?
Well, Revis attributes it to this health and conditioning to why he's been operating mostly in zone coverage despite his coverage prowess in man-to-man matchups.
“Earlier in the year, I didn’t have the explosion to play press; the receiver would just run the (vertical) 9-route on me and I didn’t have the stamina to do that play in and play out, especially playing press,” Revis said on his radio show. “I mean, you get physical up there playing press coverage and then actually just running. That’s running full speed — you and the receiver. I didn’t have that yet.
“I’m starting to get that back now, which is awesome because I like to be in receivers faces and try to put my hands on them and try to be physical with them.”
Revis played more press coverage against the Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith.
“I feel pretty good right now,’’ Revis said. “I had a conversation with (Buccaneers) coach (Greg) Schiano a couple of weeks ago about strengthening my whole leg — the hamstring, the quad, my calf as well. Just strengthening it and getting that full explosion back is what we talked about. He presented it to (Bucs director of sport medicine) Todd (Toriscelli), and Todd has been doing a great job with me in the training room to get me back to where I have that explosion.
“But yeah, I’ve been feeling pretty good. I felt good the Carolina game, and I feel good this week in practice. I just got to keep on chopping at the wood. Eventually, I will get there. I do feel pretty good now, but you never know.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.