NFL: Star shown up by Olympic speed

Don't blink! NFL star Darrelle Revis gets burned by Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Olympian Marquise Goodwin. Photo / Getty Images
Don't blink! NFL star Darrelle Revis gets burned by Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Olympian Marquise Goodwin. Photo / Getty Images

Having a catchy nickname can be a great boost for an athlete - but when your play no longer backs it up, life can get awkward.

New York Jets defensive star Darrelle Revis is one of the best players to ever line up at cornerback in the NFL. He was the AFC defensive player of the year while leading the Jets to the AFC championship game in 2009 and has been all-pro five times.

His ability to shut down opposition wide receivers led to the coining of the phrase "Revis Island", which described the area on the field he was charged with protecting. No one came out alive.

But like any champion, age is starting to catch up with the now 31-year-old. Revis has been hobbled by injuries in recent years and began this season by getting torched by star Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green.

According to NFL research, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton registered a perfect rating (10-10, 158 yards and one touchdown) when he threw to Green while Revis was in coverage.

Green finished with 12 catches for 180 yards in Cincinnati's 23-22 win.

Revis vowed to bounce back in the Jets' visit to Buffalo on Friday (NZT). "Most of those plays, I was right there," Revis said Wednesday in a press conference at his locker. "One was a busted coverage, and I was supposed to get help. But at the same time, it is what it is. I can take a punch. For me it's about: You don't catch balls. That's what it is. It's not like I've never got a ball caught on me."

Unfortunately waiting for Revis in week two was Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin - only the fastest man in the entire NFL.

Goodwin is far from a star in the league - he's only managed 20 receptions for 349 yards in 24 games since debuting in 2013 - but he has otherworldly speed.

Not only is his 40-yard dash time (4.27 seconds) one of the fastest in history, he's also an Olympian, having represented the US in long jump at the London Olympics.

All that athleticism left Revis in an uncomfortable position when Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor targeted Goodwin with a deep ball during the first quarter of Friday's game.


Good night. The 84-yard reception was the longest by a Bills player at home in the team's history and after his poor showing last week the Twittersphere unloaded on Revis. Four-time Olympic 100m and 200m medallist Ato Boldon led the way.











Ouch. Fortunately the Jets were able to even their season ledger at 1-1 with an entertaining 37-31 win.

- news.com.au

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