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Newly acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis will suit up for the first time in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform on Sunday against his former team, the New York Jets.
But how much can he realistically be expected to play.
The Chiefs signed the cornerback in hopes that he would be able to revive the instinct and ability that once made him the best corner in the NFL. Kansas City wants to use the veteran pass defender to analyze and break apart some of the passing sets for the Jets who have been forced to rely on the passing game a lot lately.
With that said, there’s no reason to expect him to be on the field for more than 20 or 25 snaps. Anything more than that would warrant some big plays, either an interception or multiple pass breakups.
After some time away from football, the player is still getting back into shape and getting a real feel for the Chiefs system. Still, the Chiefs are undoubtedly excited to have a true starting quarterback. Terrance Mitchell and Steve Nelson, who definitely looked better against Buffalo, are better fitted to reserve roles and nickel package players.
Although he’s got a lot to prove, Revis could be the exact piece that the Chiefs’ pass defense has been missing. His presence rounds out the secondary and allows other players to play well within their comfort zones.