Darrelle Revis shut down Reggie Wayne on Saturday night, limiting the Colts receiver to one catch for 1 yard. Both singular, neither plural.
But did he really? As far as one Patriots receiver is concerned, it wasn’t all Revis’ doing.
“I think when you’re watching the film, you can look at certain things and say, ‘This and that happened’ or, ‘He shut this guy down or that guy’ -- I don’t know,” veteran Deion Branch said of the matchup in Indy. “I don’t know what their game plan was going into the game. The only thing I can say is that the Jets did a better job than the Colts did. They came out victorious. I can’t sit here and say, ‘Yeah, he shut him down.’ There were some times that Reggie was open and he didn’t get the ball and there were other times that he was covered. It’s 50-50. It’s just hard to sit back and say, ‘He did this. He did that.’ Both of them are great players.”
Unlike when the Jets and Patriots met in Week 2, and Revis was pretty much on Randy Moss until his hamstring acted up, the Patriots now have a lot of interchangeable receivers. With Branch and Wes Welker and Brandon Tate and even guys who can go in the slot like Danny Woodhead, it’s hard to pick one player for Revis to latch onto. They don’t have a go-to guy like Reggie Wayne. That could work to the Patriots’ advantage. They might be able to overpopulate Revis Island.
In the December game, Revis was mostly covering Wes Welker, who had seven receptions but only one while being covered by Revis. Branch had three catches for 64 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown. Tom Brady hit eight different receivers for 326 yards that night.
“There are a lot of things we think we can go into the game and do as far as our game plan,” Branch said. “I can’t tell you that, but we’ll see Sunday.”