Will Tampa Bay’s Darrelle Revis cover New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman in Week Three?

Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

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.

Because of that, the Boston Herald is suggesting that All-Pro defensive back Darrelle Revis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could cover Edelman for the vast majority of the game.

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.

Topics: Darrelle Revis, Julian Edelman, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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