Stats & Info: Darrelle Revis

Top stats to know: NFL free agency (Day 2)

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What were the top statistical storylines from Day 2 of NFL Free Agency?

Broncos bolster their defense
The Denver Broncos have now signed defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward already this offseason. The attempt to improve the defense should come as no surprise as the Broncos’ pass defense let them down the past two postseasons, especially when bringing standard pressure.

Ware should pair nicely with Von Miller. Miller has recorded the sixth-most most sacks since entering the NFL in 2011. Ware has recorded the third-most in that time.

The duo shouldn’t have to worry about getting in each other’s way. Miller has recorded 83 percent of his sacks when lining up as a left-side linebacker or defensive end. In the last six seasons, Ware has recorded 72 percent of his sacks when lining up on the right side.

The Broncos ranked 19th in sack percentage last season, a year removed from leading the NFL.

Darrelle Revis to the Patriots
As expected, the Buccaneers cut cornerback Darrelle Revis, who didn’t have the same impact with the Buccaneers that he did with the Jets. Within hours, he agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots, who needed a cornerback after losing Talib to the Broncos.

But how effective will Revis be?

From 2008 to 2012, when Revis was on the field, opposing quarterbacks completed only 56 percent of their passes and had a Total QBR of 38.9.

When Revis played in 2013, Buccaneers opponents completed 65 percent of their throws and had a Total QBR of 67.1.

Player to Watch: Josh McCown
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed quarterback Josh McCown, and new head coach Lovie Smith immediately announced he’d be the starting quarterback heading into training camp.
Josh McCown
McCown
McCown led the NFL in Total QBR last season, posting an 85.1 in eight games (encompassing 269 action plays), largely because of his 13 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio. The Buccaneers ranked 24th with a 41.3 Total QBR last season.

Aided by the presence of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, McCown was 17 for 36 with four touchdown passes on throws at least 16 yards downfield Tthe league average completion percentage on such throws was around 40 percent). He also was solid on short throws, completing 72 percent of passes thrown fewer than 10 yards downfield (league average: 68 percent)

Seahawks lose a key offensive piece
Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate signed with the Detroit Lions. Tate was targeted 183 times by Russell Wilson last season (including playoffs), 44 times more than the next highest Seahawk.

Tate also led all wide receivers (minimum 50 receptions) with an average of 7.8 yards after the catch.

On defense, the Seahawks released Chris Clemons. He’s the third defensive linemen who ranked among their top seven in snaps played last season to be cut by Seattle.

Browns prepping to draft a quarterback
The Browns released Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden, who combined to start 13 games last season. That leaves Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney as the only quarterbacks left on their roster.

The Browns pick fourth and 26th overall this year, and if they take a quarterback with either pick, it’ll be the third time since 2007 they’d have taken a quarterback in the first round. The Browns are the only team to take multiple quarterbacks in the first round since 2007.

How bad have the Browns been at drafting?

In 2012 the Browns used two first-round picks to select running back Trent Richardson (third overall) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (22nd overall). Both players are no longer with the Browns.

A.J. Jenkins is the only other first-rounder from 2012 who is no longer with the team that drafted him.

Numbers behind NFL’s best corners

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AP Photo, Getty ImagesDarrelle Revis and Richard Sherman rate among the best via video review
How can you measure the best lockdown cornerbacks in the league? The ones so good they build a reputation for being avoided while earning nicknames such as ‘Revis Island’?

From our statistical perspective, we looked at four things:

On/Off the Field analysis: How a team fares with their lockdown cornerback off the field.

Throws outside the numbers: Looking at statistics pinning the best cornerbacks, matched up against the best wide receivers outside the painted numbers.

Throws by distance: Which cornerbacks take away the big play?

Team performance: The best cornerbacks make their team's pass defense better.

Here’s a look at some of the NFL’s most successful cornerbacks from the last several seasons.

Richard Sherman & Brandon Browner
Richard Sherman leads the NFL with 12 interceptions and 34 passes defended or intercepted since he joined the league in 2011.

Sherman played 95 percent of the defensive snaps last season, and his numbers speak for themselves. However, his absence was felt during his rookie season, when he played 70 percent of possible snaps.

The Seattle Seahawks intercepted one pass every 19.4 attempts with him on the field, and one pass every 78 attempts with him off the field in his rookie season.

Sherman’s teammate Brandon Browner has nine interceptions in the last two seasons, tied for fourth in the NFL among cornerbacks, despite missing the last four games of last season due to suspension.

The tandem has shut down outside passing lanes for opponents. Against passes 10-plus yards downfield and outside the numbers, the Seahawks pass defense ranked among the top five in Total QBR, interceptions and completion percentage last season.

Perhaps their biggest impact is near the goal line, where their physical presence (Browner is 6’4” and Sherman stands 6’3”) shines. The duo has combined for four interceptions in goal-to-go situations over the last two seasons. No team has more than four interceptions in goal-to-go situations over that span.

Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis missed the final 13 games of the 2012 season after tearing his ACL in Week 3. Over the last two seasons, the Jets have allowed 15 touchdown passes with 23 interceptions with Revis on the field, holding opponents to a 41.4 Total QBR. With Revis off the field, the Jets allowed 20 touchdown passes with seven interceptions and a 50.5 Total QBR.

His value is also seen in his team’s overall defensive prowess. Since 2009, the Jets lead the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed, completion percentage allowed and are second in Total QBR allowed.

Revis' 2013 impact will be for a new team - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Patrick Peterson
Patrick Peterson intercepted seven passes in 2012, including an NFC-high four passes on throws more than 20 yards downfield. That is as many or more interceptions on such throws than 24 NFL teams.

The Cardinals defense had the fourth-best Total QBR and allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards per game last season, their highest ranks in the past five seasons.

Peterson has been a big part of the turnaround, playing a team-high 2,209 snaps (96 percent of defensive snaps) since he joined the league.

Peterson has impacted the game in many ways as he forced seven fumbles last season and led the NFL with five fumbles recovered.

He tied an NFL-record by returning four punts for touchdowns in his rookie season (2011), and his 699 punt return yards were the second-most in a single season in NFL history.


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Tim Jennings led the NFL with 9 INTs last season.


Tim Jennings
Tim Jennings made his first Pro Bowl and led the NFL with nine interceptions in 2012 for the Chicago Bears, after never intercepting more than two passes in a single season in his career.

Eight of Jennings’ nine interceptions came outside the numbers, a total that no other player topped during the last two seasons combined.

Charles Tillman
Jennings' teammate Charles Tillman forced 10 fumbles in 2012, and returned all three of his interceptions for touchdowns, tied for most in the NFL. Tillman has six interceptions over the last two seasons, returning a league-high five for touchdowns.

Johnathan Joseph
Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph has made two straight Pro Bowls, but was part of a Texans’ secondary that fell apart down the stretch last season.

The Texans allowed 26 pass plays of 30 or more yards, second in the NFL behind the New York Giants.

Including the postseason, the Texans allowed 31 pass plays of 30-plus yards, including 20 from Week 11 on.

They allowed 17 touchdowns and had three interceptions outside the numbers last season. Only the Vikings had a worse touchdown-to-interception differential on such passes.

Revis brings major skills to team in need

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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDarrelle Revis should be staring through a new helmet at the start of next season.

The New York Jets have agreed to give up a game-changing (if fully healthy defensive player to a team that showed last season that it desperately needed one.

Let’s run through the key stats to know on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers significant acquisition-to-be -- cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The accolades
Revis is a four-time Pro Bowl selection who was selected AP All-NFL first team three years in a row from 2009 to 2011.

Revis’ individual numbers might not impress (his 19 interceptions since his rookie season in 2007 are tied for 13th-most in the NFL), but the Jets numbers when he is on the field are much better than when he is not.

In the last two seasons, the Jets defense allowed 15 touchdown passes but had 23 interceptions in the 1,066 plays with Revis on the field.

With him off the field (945 plays), they allowed 20 touchdown passes and had only seven picks.

Why the Buccaneers need Revis
There are many reasons why the Buccaneers would have a need for Revis. To run through a few:

The Buccaneers allowed the second-most passing yards per game for a season in NFL history (297.4).

More than that, they allowed 203.7 yards per game specifically to opposing wide receivers last season- most in the NFL.

The Buccaneers secondary repeatedly got burned deep last season, yielding 15 completions on throws traveling more than 30 yards in the air that were outside the painted numbers (in other words, plays a cornerback should handle). Only one team (the New York Giants) allowed more than that.

This has been a two-year decline for Tampa Bay’s defense. Opposing quarterbacks have a 65.7 Total QBR against them in that span. The only team whose pass defense rates worse is the Minnesota Vikings (67.4).

The value of the draft picks
If the trade goes through, the Jets go into the 2013 NFL Draft with 2 1st-Round picks, their own No. 9 and the Buccaneers’ No. 13

The last time they had two of the first 13 picks of the draft was 2000, when they picked two very good defensive players-- Shaun Ellis 12th and John Abraham 13th. That was one of the franchise’s best drafts, one that also netted them quarterback Chad Pennington with the 18th pick and tight end Anthony Becht with the 27th pick.

This would actually mark the first time that any team had a pair of picks in the top 13 since 2000 when the Jets, Baltimore Ravens, and Washington Redskins all did.

Revis is the fourth veteran defensive player traded for a first-round pick in the last 10 years. The draft picks in each of those trades (in which the players given up were John Abraham, Jared Allen, and Richard Seymour) netted a good return. When the Jets dealt Abraham in a three-team deal to the Atlanta Falcons, it got them back center Nick Mangold.

They’ll meet again…
As luck would have it, the Jets and Buccaneers are scheduled to meet in Week 1 in New York.

The Jets are 6-0 in home games against the Buccaneers and have outscored them 189-70.

Revis' value makes him tough to replace

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U.S. Presswire/Brian SpurlockDarrelle Revis was adept at sticking to his opponents like glue.
There are few players in the NFL who are as important to their team as cornerback Darrelle Revis is to the New York Jets.

How valuable is Revis? Consider the following:

As the chart on the right shows, since the start of last season, the Jets have allowed opponents to complete passes at a near-63 percent rate when he has been off the field.

And they’ve had no interceptions in the 126 plays he was off the field.

Since Rex Ryan took over as the Jets head coach in 2009, the team leads the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed per game (187.1), lowest completion percentage allowed (52.6) and is tied for the league lead in fewest touchdown passes allowed.

Revis has started 47 of a possible 51 games in that span (79 of a possible 83 games started in his career).

According to Total QBR, which measures all facets of a quarterback’s play and accounts for game situation, only two teams have defended opposing quarterbacks more efficiently than the Jets 43.2 rating since 2009: the Eagles (38.5 Total QBR) and Packers (40.4 Total QBR).

Revis is particularly valuable when an opponent looks to throw the ball deep. Over the last four seasons, the Jets pass defense has allowed opponents to complete only 32 percent of its throws that were at least 15 yards downfield. That’s the lowest completion rate in the NFL. The 15 touchdown passes allowed on throws of that length are also the fewest in the league.

This week, the 49ers are unlikely to exploit his absence downfield. Among qualified quarterbacks this season, only Kevin Kolb has thrown fewer passes 15 or more yards downfield than Alex Smith.

Revis has excelled at taking away the sidelines. His 13 interceptions/passes defended on throws outside the painted numbers over the last two seasons is the most in the NFL.

The 49ers are in a better position to capitalize outside the numbers. Smith has completed 67.4 percent of his passes outside the numbers this season, fourth-best in the NFL. On these throws, the 49ers have four touchdowns without an interception.

Revis leads the NFL with 98 passes defensed over the last six seasons. No other player in the league is close to that. Asante Samuel ranks second with 83.

Revis is one of four defensive backs selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons, along with Charles Woodson, Ed Reed, and Adrian Wilson. He was named AP First-Team All-Pro in each of the last three seasons.

According to Accuscore, which runs computer simulations to make sports projections, the Jets playoff chances dropped from 54 percent to 37 percent with Revis now out. Their average win total in 10,000 simulations with Revis was 9.3. That dropped to 8.5 without him.

To hear Rex Ryan's comments on losing Revis for the season, click here.
Hours after the reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints lost to the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Jets took out the reigning AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts. That marks the first time in the Super Bowl era the two defending conference champions have both played in the Wild Card round and lost.

Trailing 7-0 at halftime, the Jets switched up the game plan, running the ball 25 times in the second half. (They had 13 rush attempts in first half). This was a good move against a Colts team that ranked 28th in rush defense during the regular season. New York ran with ease right up the middle, averaging 4.2 yards per rush on 19 runs up the middle during the game - resulting in five first downs and a touchdown.

The effective run game allowed the Jets to run 10 more plays than the Colts in the second half, keeping Peyton Manning off the field.

Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez responded to a rough first half (9-19, 84 yards, interception) by being extremely efficient in the second half - completing nine of 12 passes for 105 yards.

LaDainian Tomlinson
Tomlinson
LaDainian Tomlinson had two rushing touchdowns for the second time in a playoff game, and now has six playoff rushing touchdowns - the most among active players. Tomlinson also is just the third player in Jets history with multiple rushing touchdowns in a playoff game, joining LaMont Jordan (2002) and Curtis Martin (1998).

Defensively, the Jets used a conservative approach. During the regular season, New York was the league's third-most aggressive defense - blitzing on 44.8 percent of pass attempts. However, after blitzing Manning more often than not in last season's AFC Championship Game, Rex Ryan brought an extra defender less than 15 percent of the time Saturday.

Darrelle Revis' ability to blanket Reggie Wayne was a big reason why this conservative strategy worked. Manning did not target Wayne a single time outside the numbers. In the regular season, Wayne was the fifth-most targeted receiver outside the numbers. Overall, he finished with one catch for one yard.

The Jets now are 3-1 in road playoff games under Rex Ryan, becoming the third road team in NFL history to win a playoff game by a single point. The last team to do it was the 1997 Vikings who beat the Giants 23-22.

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Saturday's Jets-Colts game is the second in NFL postseason history with two go-ahead scores in the final minute. The other was when the Titans beat the Bills 22-16 in the 1999 Wild Card Playoffs, better known as the Music City Miracle.

Brady, Rivers under Center of Attention

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Our weekly look at quarterbacks who are under the center of attention.

TOM BRADY
On Monday Night Football, Tom Brady will be facing the tough New York Jets defense which features two talented cornerbacks in Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. To combat that issue, Brady might want to look to his tight ends often. He's done extremely well on throws to them this season, completing 73.6 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and zero interceptions. His passer rating of 136.5 on attempts to tight ends is second this season only to Philip Rivers.

PHILIP RIVERS
Philip Rivers
Rivers
We're heading into the final month of the season and the San Diego Chargers are again red-hot. Rivers and the Chargers have won 17 straight games played from November 1 on. Their latest came Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts when Rivers didn't throw for a touchdown, snapping his streak of 23 straight games with at least one. Since becoming a starter in 2006, only once has Rivers gone two straight games without a touchdown pass -- November 4 and 11, 2007.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER
It's an even-numbered year, which means Ben Roethlisberger should play when the Pittsburgh Steelers go on the road to face the Baltimore Ravens, even if he was in a walking boot earlier in the week. He had missed the games in Baltimore in 2005 and 2009 because of injury and in 2007 because the Steelers clinched a playoff spot.

But here's why it's important he does play. Since the start of the 2007 season and including playoffs, Roethlisberger is 5-0 against the Ravens with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions on 146 pass attempts.

AARON RODGERS
Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers
There might not be a more accurate QB currently playing than the Green Bay Packers signal-caller. In each of his last three games, Aaron Rodgers has thrown at least 30 times, while completing 70 percent of his passes and without throwing an interception.

No quarterback has a streak that long this season with those numbers. Since 2008, only Drew Brees (nine) has more 30-attempt games with a completion percentage of at least 70 percent and no interceptions than Rodgers (six). This week, Rodgers faces the San Francisco 49ers, who rank 24th in opponent's completion percentage this season.

Jets defense steps up without Revis

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• In Week 2, the 16 winning teams committed only 13 turnovers (eight winners went turnover free), while the 16 losers combined for 51 (three-plus turnovers by 11 losing teams). The only team not to commit a turnover and still lose the game was the St. Louis Rams.

• On occasion, a team will gain confidence from playing well late in a season and carry it over into the following campaign. Could this year’s story be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Raheem Morris’ team won two of its last three games in 2009, including an OT win at the New Orleans Saints, and is now 4-1 in its last five games dating back to last season. Remember, the Morris Era began 1-12 last year (their lone win coming over the Green Bay Packers).

• It’s just one man’s opinion, but the two teams that faced the most pressure to win this past week were the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets and both responded. Cincinnati’s home win over the Baltimore Ravens (who have not allowed a TD this season) came via their defense that some forget finished fourth in the NFL last season in yards allowed. And New York shut out the New England Patriots in the second half WITHOUT CB Darrelle Revis and showed that New England still has some work to do on defense and on the offensive line.

• Late last season, the Dallas Cowboys turned to their running game to propel them to the NFC East title and their first playoff win since 1996. After two games this season, Dallas has totaled only 42 running plays compared to 100 pass plays and their offense has totaled just two touchdowns. Their play-calling continues to be a mystery.

• Has the Houston Texans' run defense improved that much? For the second week in a row, a team virtually abandoned the run to throw the ball all over the field. Houston's opponents have totaled just 27 carries for 62 yards in two games, while attempting 100 pass plays. It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys test the Texans' front seven this Sunday.

• There were those who questioned the Chicago Bears' wide receiving this offseason and whether it was a good fit for Mike Martz's offense. For what it's worth, Bears QB Jay Cutler has thrown five TD passes in his first two games, and just one to a wide receiver.

• In recent seasons, teams have basically not bothered to run the football against the Minnesota Vikings’ defense but that has not been the case in the season’s early going. In Week 1, the Saints turned to the ground attack in the second half (22 attempts) after rushing the ball just three times in the first half. Sunday, the Miami Dolphins ran the ball 29 times for 120 yards in their 14-10 win.

For what it’s worth: Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick has rushed for 140 yards in two games this season. In ’09, then-Eagles QB Donovan McNabb rushed for 140 yards in 14 games.

D-Gaps: Two-way trouble for Jets D

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Filling you in on what you may have missed on the "other" side of the ball this week:

Loss of Kris Jenkins a blow to Jets Kris Jenkins
Need proof that losing Kris Jenkins for the rest of 2010 will leave a sizable hole in the New York Jets rush defense? Jenkins played in six games last season before being placed on injured reserve after tearing the ACL in his left knee late in the Jets' Week Six loss to the Buffalo Bills. In those six games, New York allowed 215 yards on 72 rushes up the middle, an average of 3.0 yards per carry (fifth-best in the NFL through six weeks). With Jenkins out of the lineup, opponents averaged 3.4 yards per rush on carries up the gut and were more successful at moving the chains when rushing up the middle.

Anquan Boldin, Ravens show holes in Jets secondary
Despite the much-anticipated arrival of Darrelle Revis, Jets fans have reason to be concerned about their team's vaunted pass defense. Anquan Boldin registered 110 yards on seven catches Monday night, becoming just the second player to have a 100-yard receiving game against the Jets since the start of last season (Wes Welker had 192 yards on 15 catches last November). But Boldin didn't just work underneath, stretching the Jets defense with receptions of 38 and 27 yards. Since Rex Ryan's arrival in New York, Boldin is the first wideout to have multiple catches of 25 or more yards in a game against the Jets.

Depth at cornerback could be an issue for the Jets secondary. In his NFL debut, rookie Kyle Wilson was flagged for two costly penalties resulting in automatic first downs for the Ravens on 3rd-and-28 and 3rd-and-10. For what it's worth, the Ravens faced third-and-10 or more 55 times in 2009, converting only 11 times (20 percent).

Clay Matthews makes short work of Eagles Clay Matthews
Former USC Trojans teammate Brian Cushing might have won the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year Award last season, but with his week one performance, Clay Matthews showed that he may very well be the league’s best young linebacker. Matthews finished with two sacks, seven solo tackles, a forced fumbled and a pass defensed on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, becoming the first Green Bay Packers defender to record multiple sacks in a season opener since Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (three), Vonnie Holliday (two) and Jim Flanigan (two) each did it in Green Bay's 28-6 win vs the Lions in week one of the 2001 season.

Before Matthews' monster game Sunday, no Packers player had recorded seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in a game since KGB against the Panthers in 2005. On the seven plays Matthews made a tackle on Sunday, the Eagles gained a total of three yards. His best play was unquestionably the game's biggest, when he shed not one but two blocks to stone Michael Vick for no gain on 4th-and-1 late in the fourth quarter. Teammate Charles Woodson is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but Matthews could be the best candidate to emerge this season from a Packers defense that is crowded with playmakers.

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