By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Follow @sherrodbcsn FOXBORO The New York Jets have a lockdown cornerback in Darrelle Revis.
The Patriots have the most unstoppable receiving force in the game now, with Wes Welker.
A trip to Revis Island seems a given, right?
For all the talk that the New York Jets' loquacious head coach Rex Ryan spews out, mum's the word on his plans for how much Revis will spend defending Welker.
When asked who Revis will cover, Ryan said, "Whoever we put him on. How's that?"
Ryan later revealed that he does indeed have a plan in mind on how to use Revis against the Patriots.
"Whoever we put him on, he'll cover," Ryan reiterated. "If that's (Deion) Branch; if that's Welker. If that's Chad Ochocinco, Randy Vataha, he'll cover."
Welker has been among the NFL's more productive receivers since he arrived in New England in 2007, and is off to the best start catching the ball in his career.
Through four games, Welker leads the NFL in catches (40) as well as yards receiving (616).
Although the 40 catches has been impressive, his yards per catch average (15.4) is also a career-high for the nine-year pro.
"Wes is a really smart player," said Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. "And understands our scheme and the opponent's scheme as far as defensively what he's seeing."
Ryan admits defending Welker is a bit challenging, even with a cornerback as talented as Revis.
"The big thing would be that he plays in the slot and a lot of times it's hard to get he's not just an outside receiver," Ryan said. "He's a slot receiver a lot of times."
Known primarily for finding seams across the middle of the field and in the flats, Welker is also managing to get balls thrown his way deeper downfield.
"A lot of that is dictated by the coverage they're seeing," Ryan said. "They were seeing a lot of Cover-2 (defense) this past week, and Welker kept beating them on 7-routes."
But Ryan is wise enough to know as well as Welker has played this season, his success is in many ways, indicative of the Patriots receivers.
"They're really smart. They identify the defense. They adjust routes based on the coverage, based on your leverage," Ryan said.
And nobody is doing a better job of that this season for the Pats, than Welker.
"He is obviously, he's a tremendous player," Ryan said.