Randy Moss took plays off as a New England Patriot. Cornerback Darrelle Revis — whose impact on defense could match up with Moss’ on the Patriots offense in 2007 — admits that he takes plays off at practice, too. Most notably, he has been getting “toasted” Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. His pace is situational.
“I’ve been doing this for a while and sometimes you do that and sometimes you don’t,” Revis said to ESPNBoston.com. “It depends on how everything is going.”
Cornerbacks tend to leave cushions, only to break on the ball and deflect the pass. Perhaps, this was just a case of rust and bad positioning — he knew he had gotten beat. But he said that he’s got the situation under control.
“Even though I’m not maybe running that fast, they are reps and I know what I need to do during that play,” he said.
For a players as talented as Revis and Moss, they can afford to take plays off — especially in a practice setting where they are trying to adjust to players without injury. It will be a bad sign if Revis begins to take plays off in games. It’s suspected that he will be in isolation for many defensive snaps. If he takes a play off like he admits to doing against Maclin, it will likely mean a touchdown.
He’s taking plays off. But it’s not time to sound the alarm. Revis is an All-Pro. He will set the tone and outwork everyone. It’s not like he can take the year off. He’s got a contract to worry about.