Darrelle Revis hasn't yet strapped on pads for the Patriots, but one thing was eminently clear while he participated in drills during New England's OTAs and minicamp: Everything he does seems to come with ease.
His movements were fluid; he always seemed balanced and under control. There were times where it was hard to tell just how hard he was working, but he was almost always in the right position.
The effort was there, his strength on his feet just made it all look easy.
Former Patriots receiver and current Broncos slot man Wes Welker has had plenty of experience over the course of his career dealing with Revis' strength in AFC East competition while Revis played for the Jets.
“We used to have a lot of battles, when he was with the Jets and I was here," Welker told The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich. "He would come in the slot and kind of follow me around there for a few years. He’s one of the best I’ve been against, definitely a great player. You can tell he really studies his opponent and really gets to know them. He’s a very, very strong guy. You try and mix it up with him, he’s just one of those super-natural really strong guys. You’re like ‘Dang, I really can’t do anything against this guy right now.’ He’s a great player and we’ll definitely have our work cut out for us. Hopefully he follows Demaryius [Thomas] around whenever we play them.”
The Patriots will be able to wear pads for the first time in practice three days into training camp on July 26. At that point, those in attendance will get a glimpse of how Revis' power at corner could help redefine the way New England plays defense.