Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis openly wondered about the Patriots' decision to trade Randy Moss, but teammate Jim Leonhard refused to second-guess the deal. Even though the trade stunned the Jets' veteran safety, he gave the Patriots the benefit of the doubt.
"Just with what he provides that offense, it’s a shocker that they're let him go," Leonhard said. "He’s a matchup issue. He’s a guy you have to be aware of at all times. To take him out of that offense, you’re wondering who’s going to fill that role for them. But the one thing you can’t do is second-guess New England. They always seem to do the right things and make the right moves. We’ll see what happens. I know he was a big leader in that locker room. To get rid of a guy like that, you never know how a team is going to take that.”
Leonhard said he thinks the Patriots might rely more on their tight ends, as well as speedy young receiver Brandon Tate, who will likely become the team's new stretch-the-field receiver.
"Those are big shoes to fill," Leonhard said of Moss. "They must feel like they’ve got the guys to do it. They’ve got those young tight ends [Aaron Hernandez and who will have more of an expanded role. Hernandez will have more looks. Tate will get bumped up. Another young receiver. You never know with new England, but they always seem to make it work. I’m glad. We have some time to play them because you’get a chance to see how they’ll react and respond.