Does Revis deserve defensive award?

December, 22, 2009
12/22/09
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Some scoffed when New York Jets coach Rex Ryan stated a passionate case that cornerback Darrelle Revis should be the NFL's defensive player of the year. In Ryan's bluster, he claimed Revis has made a greater impact on the Jets' defense than Ray Lewis did to the Baltimore Ravens'.

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In previewing the top candidates for the honor, ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli places Revis in high regard.

Pasquarelli points out a cornerback hasn't won the award since Deion Sanders in 1994.

That streak likely will end this year. Revis and Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers could finish in the top two.

"He's the best guy I've faced this year," Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White said of Revis after Sunday's game. "He's always around you. He's like a gnat. He never gets away from you."

But Pasquarelli believes Woodson will win the award. Pasquarelli's top five candidates also include New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper, Denver Broncos pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

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