FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Last year, wide receiver Mike Wallace was the big free-agent signing for the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East. This year, it was cornerback Darrelle Revis for the New England Patriots. On Sunday, they collide.
And Revis is more than aware of the challenges that Wallace poses for a defense.
“He’s very fast, and he’s very explosive, too,” Revis said in the locker room on Thursday. “He’s probably the fastest receiver in the league.”
Wallace, who ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 2009, still possesses high-end speed, despite not always looking exceptionally fast on film.
“Film can play tricks on your eyes when you watch it,” Revis said. “Until you get out there, field speed and game speed are two totally different things from the film. I’ve played against him in the past and a lot of guys on this team have, and they know how fast he is.”
Miami will be unveiling a quick offense with new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who was the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach for Chip Kelly’s offense last season. Wallace’s speed could be highlighted in the new offense, but Miami’s up-tempo play is nothing new in Revis’ eyes.
“Miami always played fast,” Revis said. “They played fast in the past. The weather plays a part as well -- playing down there in that hot weather.
“We are aware of all the situations. I think that’s why we have a week to prepare -- to go through every scenario we can player and coach-wise, and just game plan in the best way we can.”
Revis is ready for the challenges that Miami’s offense poses but is also looking forward to finally getting the season started.
“I’m very excited, it’s the first week,” Revis said. “It’s good to get things going now. I think we are all excited. We have been waiting for this for a while, and now it’s here.”
When asked if this game is more special to him because it is his first regular-season game in a Patriots uniform, Revis was all business.
“I’m just taking it one game at a time,” Revis said. “We have 16 games and a bye [week], so I’m just taking it one week at a time and focus on that week.”