- Associated Press - Saturday, December 4, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Darrelle Revis thought all of the questions about Randy Moss were over.

Finally.

The usual routine during the week leading up to every matchup between the New York Jets and New England Patriots the past few years included Revis talking about going one-on-one against one of his biggest rivals. With Moss long gone, Revis couldn’t understand why he was the topic of discussion again.

“There’s no need to talk about Randy Moss,” Revis said. “He plays with the Titans.”


That’s true, but not having Moss around certainly appears to change things, as far as who Revis will cover Monday night and how the Patriots‘ offense has changed.

“I think the game plan specifically is that Darrelle will not be on Randy Moss, unless he goes to Tennessee,” coach Rex Ryan quipped. “We are not saying who he is on or is not on.”

That would be a competitive advantage, of course. But, surely there has to be a different approach since the teams last met in Week 2. Moss has been since traded to Minnesota, cut and claimed off waivers by Tennessee.

“They still have plenty of weapons even without Randy, and they’re definitely distributing the ball well,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie said. “So really nothing has changed, except they have more guys to go to.”

Wes Welker has always been a regular target for Tom Brady, even when Moss was around. He has a team-leading 65 catches for 592 yards and six TDs, and is a matchup headache by taking short passes in the slot and turning them into big gains.

“The guy makes up his own routes as he goes along, and I mean that in a good way,” Revis said. “He took the role of slot receivers to another level in football. This guy is exceptional. He’s the best, to me.”

Brady was recently reunited with Deion Branch, a former favorite receiver and Super Bowl MVP. Then, there’s also rookie tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, along with wide receiver Brandon Tate and versatile running back Danny Woodhead, a former Jet.

“Without Randy, they are finding their tight ends more and feeding them more and trying to get the ball in the middle of the field,” Revis said. “They’re using Wes the same way _ wouldn’t you, with all the balls he gets thrown to him? They’re also using Branch a little more. … Brady gets everyone involved.”

And, it appears the offense hasn’t missed a beat without Moss, racking up 115 points in their past three games.

“Their system is the same and when you have a quarterback like Tom Brady, you don’t get any better than that,” Revis said. “Just like with Randy Moss, they fit guys right in and they keep it rolling.”

So, does Revis shadow Welker or does he follow Branch around the field, with Cromartie getting the other? Or, maybe Revis gets paired up with whichever tight end is on the field.

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