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Gregory's poor coverage outshines his one interception with the Patriots.
The Patriots signed veteran Steve Gregory this offseason to deepen the safety position. To his credit, Gregory provides special-teams ability and starting experience. To his demise, Gregory has struggled in coverage.
Against the Buffalo Bills, Gregory and fellow safety Patrick Chung failed to stop Bills' wideout Donald Jones from scoring on a 68-yard touchdown.
Chung took a bad angle to the ball, and Gregory couldn't stay in front of Jones to make the tackle. Soon after, Gregory was replaced by second-round pick Tavon Wilson.
Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe found meaning in the faltered play:
It appeared like Gregory only played in the dime package after that. Wilson played 34 of 69 snaps while Gregory had 49. Not sure if Gregory had an injury that had to be managed – he had a quad issue in the preseason – but in my opinion, the coaches have been looking for an excuse to play Wilson more. He could be headed for a starters’ role.
According to the Boston Herald, Gregory's injury was not to his quad but to his hip. That injury kept him sidelined and open the door for Wilson to emerge against the Broncos. Wilson, who has two interceptions and two fumble recoveries on the year, played well in lieu of Gregory, totaling 10 tackles.
It's probably unfair to say Gregory has let the Patriots down, because he wasn't expected to be a savior, either. It's more so a matter of talent, and a ball hawk like Wilson is hard to keep off the field.