While it’s possible the New England Patriots could see the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski this weekend, it’s still a long shot he partakes in Week 3. Even if he did, he’d likely be limited which leaves Julian Edelman as the lone constant receiver on the field.
Edelman is tied with Texans receiver Andre Johnson with 20 grabs, and he is the only healthy Patriots pass-catcher who has been consistent enough to draw Darrelle Revis’ shadow when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
Of course, if Revis still played for the Jets, Edelman would be guaranteed to face him for the entire game. But there is no certainty that Bucs coach Greg Schiano will follow the same routine as Rex Ryan. Revis has played both man and zone coverages in Tampa Bay, and he has switched sides in the first two games against the Jets and Saints, but his usage has been different than in previous seasons.
As mentioned, unlike the Jets, the Bucs don’t often have Revis cover slot players and Revis has yet to cover just ‘one guy’ through two games this year. It would be a move away from the normal proceedings of the defense to have him do both, though, with so few options for the Patriots, it’s something the Bucs may try.