Bucs undecided on whether Revis will play in preseason
The Bucs have not decided whether cornerback Darrelle Revis will play in the preseason but they believe the former Jets All Pro is counting on it.
Revis, who has recovered from a torn ACL, has been cleared to participate in the first training camp workout Thursday even though he was exempt from the 16, 110-yard conditioning runs. Schiano said Revis will be limited, at least at the start of camp.
"I haven't decided yet,'' Schiano said when asked if Revis would play in the preseason games. "I think a lot of it depends on how he looks out there. That's when Revis, Dominik, Schiano, we all get together with (trainer Todd) Toriscelli and the doctors and say, "Okay, how are you feeling?' What's the response?
"He's played in a lot of football games. But I think he probably wants to play, wants to be with his new teammates, play in this new scheme. We're going to balance it all out. As I said when we started this thing with Darrelle, we're going to make sure we do everything we can so on opening game, he's ready to play in New York.''
Revis is not alone. The Bucs will be cautious with other injured players, including offensive tackle Carl Nicks, Davin Joseph, defensive end Adrian Clayborn and placekicker Michael Koenen.
"He'll be out there tomorrow,'' Schiano said of Revis. "And like with all the injured guys I've mentioned, we'll have individual plans for them. Darrelle is going to go through things. He'll some stuff, but we're not going to have him do everything. He's in good shape, but we're going to play him back into football shape and cutting and moving with other guys, not just himself.
"With a guy like Darrelle, he's a professional. He knows what he has to do to get ready. We're going to help him and make sure he's ready to go when we start.''
Bucs defensive coordionator Bill Scheridan agreed that Revis will most likely want to play soon.
"I think he'll want to get out there and play,'' Sheridan said. "I don't think he'll want to wait until the opener for his first live reps. Of all the positions where you have to get familiar with the defense -- the corner is a little unique in that you're only playing certain techniques. You're eiither playing a guy man-to-man, or you're playing a two deep cloud corner to him or maybe a quarters.
"I think for his own piece I mind, I know he will want to get out and have live rounds and be covering guys going full speed and playing press man-to-man and all that kind of stuff. Just for himself.''