Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ninkovich 'happy to use' more rush time Revis provides


The acquisition of All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis this offseason has created plenty of buzz around the New England Patriots' headquarters.

There's been ample buzz inside the building, too.

"We got the best corner in the league coming in," Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich said Tuesday, via ESPN Boston. "That’s always a good thing for a defensive end like myself, just give me a little bit more time [with tight coverage] and I’ll be happy to use that."

Having a shutdown corner of Revis' caliber will allow the linebackers, namely Jerod Mayo and second-year Jamie Collins (along with the rest of the defensive front) to be more aggressive in rushing the quarterback, as opposing signal-callers will be holding onto the ball a little longer. At least, that's the idea.

To a degree, Aqib Talib brought that element last season, but with injuries to Mayo, Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, the 'backers were forced to 'stay home' much more than desired.

In 2014, the sky could be the limit, considering all the things Revis allows a defense to do from a schematic and game-planning standpoint, which New York Jets coach Rex Ryan made evident during Revis' with the Patriots' rival.

"You can do whatever you want with him," Ninkovich said of Revis. "You can put him on the best receiver, tight end, whoever, and say ‘Hey, go cover this guy and he can do it.’ Whenever you have a guy that talented, it’s always great as far as defensive schemes and stuff like that."

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