Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs coordinator: Revis should have covered Colston

TAMPA — Darrelle Revis might not have to leave his Island anymore.

The Bucs cornerback did not cover Saints WR Marques Colston on his 31-yard catch down the middle that set up the winning field goal Sunday. Instead, it was second-year pro Leonard Johnson. Revis was outside the numbers on rookie Kenny Stills.

Defensive coordinator Bill She­ridan said Thursday that he would like for Revis to match up against the opponent's No. 1 wideout.

"We definitely thought about it afterward," Sheridan said. "We do try and orchestrate that during the game as far as getting him on receivers we want to have him cover or the coverage types that we play. He's not as dependent on having a half-field safety behind him necessarily. And as we go forward every week when we game plan, we look at who's perceived as the top receivers of that team and how do we best match up all our personnel, not just Darrelle."

It's hard to say whom Revis will draw Sunday against the Patriots. Their receiving corps is young and inexperienced. TE Rob Gron­kowski (offseason surgeries on his forearm and back) and WR Danny Amendola (groin) could be out, perhaps leaving Julian Edelman as their top receiver.

Revis said he's not second-guessing the defense on the final drive against the Saints.

"It was the end of the game," Revis said. "You can't really pinpoint one play because the game is on the line. We all have to do our jobs here whether we are in man coverage or in zone coverage. And we all have to execute our jobs at the end of the day."

TURNED A CORNER: Patriots coach Bill Belichick said former Bucs CB Aqib Talib has been a strong addition over the past year, and not only on the field, where he had two interceptions last week against the Jets.

"I've really enjoyed having him on our team," Belichick said. "He's, obviously, a very good player. But he's become a good leader for us; really has a lot of on-the-field presence. His experience brings a lot to our defense."

The Bucs acquired a fourth-round pick for Talib, using it on DE William Gholston. He made the roster but has been inactive for both games. New England also received a seventh-round pick, which they used on Illinois DE Michael Buchanan. He had a sack against the Jets.

MONEY MATTERS: S Ahmad Black confirmed he was fined $21,000 for Sunday's helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints TE Jimmy Graham. The hit drew a penalty.

"We've been playing football for a number of years now, and to change it all of a sudden, it's going to be tough for us," said Black, a former Gator standout.

"But in order to keep that checkbook heavy, it's something you've got to do."

Bucs players have been fined a combined $208,875 this season.

MEDICAL MATTERS: LG Carl Nicks (toe, MRSA infection) was still limited at practice but hopes to make his season debut Sunday. … LG Gabe Carimi sat for the second straight day due to illness. … LB Mason Foster (toe) and TE Tom Crabtree (ankle) returned to practice.

Times staff writers Greg Auman and Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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