Jets Like Their MatchupsSeptember 2nd, 2013
The Bucs kick off 2013 in six days against the New York Jets — six days! The Jets are a miserable bunch, so the Bucs are probably catching them at the worst time, before all hope is lost in Gotham and the inevitable meltdown occurs.
Right now, though, Jets fans are hopeful. One big reason is Darrelle Revis’ old practice rival, wide receiver Santonio Holmes. Reports out of New York have Holmes practicing today and primed to come out firing Sunday after foot surgery in the offseason.
Brian Bassett at TheJetsBlog.com likes what Holmes’ return might mean for matchups in the Bucs’ secondary.
As we expected, Santonio has been readying for regular season football and we expect he’ll be playing against the Bucs next weekend, potentially matched up on Revis. That is fine, because that leaves Stephen Hill and/or Jeremy Kerley against some sort of Leonard Johnson/Dashon Goldson matchup. Johnson ranked out as the 120th best cornerback in the 2013 preseason and while he’ll benefit from Revis, there’s room for the Jets to take advantage.
Of course, the Bucs should be able to rattle whatever quarterback lines up for the Jets, hopefully rookie Geno Smith.
But if the Bucs can’t generate much pass rush or can’t contain Smith’s scrambling early, what should be a sure victory against a bad team could turn into a very difficult road game. And in case you were wondering, DJ Toes On The Line is supposed to start at tight end for New York.