Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison was among the many who attended Ty Law’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Gillette Stadium Friday. Once Law stepped away from the spotlight, Harrison was quick to share his thoughts regarding the new-look defense.
It’s been no secret that this year’s training camp has been hard hitting, physical and intense. That style is to be expected with newcomers Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner manning the secondary. Harrison approves of such play.
“You’re supposed to hate those receivers,” said Harrison when asked about the physicality.
Physicality is one trait the New England secondary has lacked in recent years. Aside from Aqib Talib, they’ve been a woeful group dating back to the Harrison and Law days. The duo, especially Harrison, was always going full tilt, looking to make big plays. Harrison never shied away from laying the lumber on a receiver crossing his path.
Both Revis and Browner have been a nightmare for Patriots receivers in camp. They’ve challenged, hounded and hit everyone in front of them. Browner’s tough play even warranted a warning from the coaching staff.
Though this season the NFL will be cracking down on illegal contact, making it difficult for New England’s secondary to establish that sort of play we’ve seen. Harrison does not see any league rules hindering their success.
“They’ll just play smarter,” Harrison said. He noted Revis and Browner excel at jamming receivers within the allowed five yards off the line of scrimmage.
In town to celebrate Law’s tremendous accomplishments, naturally Harrison had high praise for Revis, the player who he feels will dominate in 2014. Revis is a guy who is overlooked compared to other guys like Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman, according to Harrison.
“The best cornerback is right here in New England. And he will prove it this year,” said Harrison of Revis.