FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Oh no he didn’t. Jaguars wide receiver Jason Hill didn’t just say what I think he did. Did he? Did he just put Darrelle Revis’ name in the same sentence as…over-hyped? Blasphemy, I say! Hill, a sixth year receiver with 55 career catches to his name, just booked his one way ticket to Revis Island on Sunday.
Hill told the Florida Times-Union Thursday that Revis, as well as the Jets as a whole, are over-hyped because of the amount of media coverage New York offers.
“This is a league full of great players. I think sometimes they get overhyped,” Hill said.
But he didn’t stop at the jab at the All-Pro corner. He also dragged in Jaguars cornerback Drew Coleman, who played for the Jets for his first five seasons. “I talked to Drew , he played there. He says it’s just the aura of New York. They got a big media. That’s not the Jacksonville paper, that’s the big New York Times paper so they get more publicity. That’s what it is.”
It must be easy for Hill to take shots at Revis since he’s been unable to practice due to a hip injury all week. His status for the game is currently in the air. We’ve seen players challenge Revis in the past and, in return, get shut down on Sundays — most notably Chad Ochocinco not once, but twice on back-to-back weeks in 2009. Revis has shut down the league’s top receiving threats from Ochocinco to Randy Moss to Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson. That didn’t stop Hill from continuing his verbal jabs.
“It’s a game that we all play. He been playing the game, Revis, just as long as I’ve been playing. This is a game full of good players making plays. He just made a lot more plays on TV than we’ve made being here in Jacksonville,” Hill said.
Then it got me thinking, is Revis over-hyped? After all he failed to record an interception in 13 games last season, despite being named to his third-straight Pro Bowl and second-straight All-Pro nomination. So I looked in to and concluded that Hill is either completely delusional or is attempting to become a master in the art of manipulation.
Since Rex Ryan has been at the helm, Revis has posted the lowest burn percentage of any cornerback in the league. (Burn Percentage, according to StatsPass, tracks how a defensive player performs in defending passes in which he is a the defensive target. A “burn” happens when said player allows a completed pass.) Over the past two seasons Revis has been targeted 164 times and has been burned on 59 of those targets, good for a 36% — nearly 9 percentage points ahead of Brandon Carr’s second-rated 43.8%. For those wondering Antonio Cromartie ranks seventh on the list with a 49.2 burn percentage.
And while the interceptions dropped off last year, it is not always the most telling statistic on judging a defensive backs’ performance. Last season arguably four of the NFL’s top cornerbacks (Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha, Charles Woodson & Champ Bailey) combined for five interceptions. That’s two less than leaders Asante Samuel and Devin McCourty had by themselves. What’s more appropriate is the number of passes defended — where Revis defended 25 percent (41 of 164) of the passes thrown in his direction, tops in the league last year.
He’s also come up with a big play when the team needed it most. Throughout his career, Revis has seven interceptions in the fourth quarter, with four coming when the game is within seven points and less than two minutes remaining. Most recently, his game-sealing interception (his 15th career pick) against Dallas comes to mind.
So is Revis over-hyped? Hell, you may be better off saying he’s underrated.
REVIS FIRES BACK: Revis responded to Hill’s comments on Friday. When told about the Jaguars receivers’ comments, he looked around and questioned to the reporters, ‘Who is he?’. Humorous, yes. What’s even funnier is he looked serious. The two-time All-Pro corner went on to say that he’s more concerned with covering Mike Thomas, not “Jason whatever.” He was then informed that Hill has been limited in practice due to a hip problem and might be out for the game. His response? “I hope [the Jaguars] let him play. Then he’ll see how over-hyped the Jets are.”
WHO IS JASON HILL?: He’s a sixth year receiver out of Washington State, drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round (76th overall) in 2007. His best season occurred in 2008 with the 49ers where he started two games, caught 30 balls for 317 yards and two touchdowns. In six games with the Jaguars in 2010, Hill started one game and had 11 receptions for 278 yards and a touchdown. Last week had four receptions for 53 yards in a 17-16 home win over the Tennessee Titans.
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