Slater: Revis does everything the right way

Slater: Revis does everything the right way
April 22, 2014, 2:00 pm
Share This Post

FOXBORO -- Matthew Slater is here to temper expectations.

Even after the Patriots added two of the best available free-agent corners to their roster this offseason in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, New England's special teams maven and captain hit the pause button for anyone wanting to fast forward to Super Bowl XLIX.

"There's a lot to be excited about," Slater said. "We have some extremely talented players that we've added to the roster, along with some extremely talented players we've had here for a while. But all that's on paper. It really doesnt mean anything right now. We haven't even had one practice together so we have a long ways to go."

The Patriots made headlines when in March they quickly signed Revis to a one-year $12 million deal soon after the Broncos signed former Patriots corner Aqib Talib.

About two months prior, Slater got to hang out with Revis in Hawaii as both players were voted to the Pro Bowl. The impression with which Slater came away is similar to that which everyone seems to have on Revis: He's the consummate professional.

"I've gotten a few chances to visit with Revis and obviously competed with him over the years," Slater said. "Got a chance to meet him and spend some time with him at Hawaii this year. Really a good guy. Does everything the right way. Plays the game the right way, and you respect that about a guy, no matter who he plays for. If he plays the game hard and plays the game the right way, you respect it. He's definitely one of those guys."

Now Slater will have a chance to see first hand just how hard Revis practices. The two have already started working out together as part of the team's voluntary offseason program.

"I'm sure tha'tll be fun," Slater said of going against Revis in practice. "As competitors, no matter what it is that you're doing, I feel llike all of us wanna go against the best, and we feel like he's definitely one of the best. He's proven that. And I think it's just gonna make everyone better going against a guy like that. As well as the other guys we've had. There's gonna be a lot of competition as there is every year. And I think that breeds success."