Darrelle Revis has brought with him to New England a certain reputation.
His history of contract negotiations with the Jets may suggest to some that he's selfish. That he's spent the last two seasons with two different teams as one of the highest-paid players in the game helps contribute to his image as a hired gun. Even his nickname carries with it an air as though he's playing a one-man game in the middle of the ultimate team sport.
Now that he's with the Patriots -- the team that made it en vogue again to act like one -- would seem to be at odds with that reputation.
During last week's minicamp, Revis made it clear that he's not here to rock the boat with his new batch of teammates or coach Bill Belichick. Asked if he would be OK doing things the "Patriots way" as opposed to "Darrelle's way," he responded firmly.
"It's not difficult," he said. "Like I said, y'all ask me a question if I'm gonna be me. I'm me. I don't have problems. It seems like you ask me like I got discipline problems. I don't have discipline problems. Bill's the coach. Whatever he says goes. You gotta listen to him, and that's how it goes. I'm here to do my job and help win games. That's all I'm there for."
The other part of Revis' reputation, the part that may not get as much play, is that he's one of the hardest-working players in the NFL. As long as that continues to be the case -- and we haven't seen anything during OTAs or minicamp that would suggest otherwise -- he'll fit in just fine.
After all one of the major tenets of the "Patriots way" is to "do your job," and over the course of the last seven years, no one has done the job of the shut-down corner better.