A reaching, overly cautionary connection? Nope.
Bear in mind that Reggie Bush’s 172-yard outburst last week on 6.6 yards per carry came against an Oakland run defense that can still be penetrated by a fat kid chasing a cake in the opposing end zone. And while the Jets’ run defense is good but not great after ranking 13th overall last year while allowing 111.1 yards per game, their yards per carry number was significantly better at just 3.9.
So how the hell does this relate to Revis? Welp, he’s been cleared for contact now after he sat out with a concussion in Week 2. Although nothing is official yet and we’re still a long way from Sunday, he’ll likely play against the Dolphins, thereby shutting down half the field. When you’re a running back and your quarterback is a rookie (Ryan Tannehill, duh) starting his third game against the combination of Revis and Antonio Cromartie, and he’s only one game removed from throwing three interceptions against another team with high-end corners, that’s bad.
While Brian Hartline has impressed early with his 161 receiving yards over two games, when you combine his total with Davone Bess the early output from the Dolphins receivers is about as mediocre as we expected, meaning the deep threat posed by Miami’s passing offense is too. Hartline and Bess have averaged a combined 124.4 yards per game, which is OK, alright, and sort of decent.
Maybe Hartline can come close to repeating his nine receptions for 111 yards that he had against Oakland this past Sunday. Or, far more likely, he’ll be limited by a superior secondary and cornerback tandem, and his numbers will more closely reflect what we saw two weeks ago (there catches for 50 yards). So when any deep threat whatsoever in Miami’s passing game begins to evaporate, a singular playmaker will remain, and he’ll draw all of the focus from all off the Jets defenders.
His name is Reggie Bush, meaning Revis’ improved health could lead to eight bodies being in the box regularly, and the precautionary purchase of a tear bucket for Bush owners hoping for a repeat performance and 31 more fantasy points.