Bucs welcome Revis
Darrelle Revis has a new team, new coaches and a surgically repaired knee.
But he expects to be the same player as he was for the New York Jets.
"People are going to sit here and say, "How is he going to perform? How is he going to play? Is he going to be like he was before?' I understand all of that,'' Revis said. "But this is something where I'm a hard worker. It's all on me and what I put into it. I give it my all, whatever I do.''
Revis, 27, was introduced in a news conference at One Buc Place Monday after signing a 6-year, $96-million contract to complete a trade from the Jets. The Bucs sent the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft which begins Thursday to the Jets, along with a conditional fourth round choice in 2014 that becomes a third rounder of Revis is on the roster the third day of the new league year.
Flanked at a table between general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schinao during a news conference, Revis would not talk about his 'health issues,' Monday but said he will begin rehabilitating his knee injury with Bucs trainer Todd Toriscelli and believes he will be 'prepared to play football.' The Bucs expect him to participate fully from the first day of training camp.
Revis said the moment he began to feel welcomed by his new organization is when he stepped inside the Bucs 10,000 square foot weight room.
"I guess today was kind of the breakthough,'' Revis said. "Yesterday, I walked around and lot of the guys weren't here. I know a couple of guys on the team, which is great. But when I walked in, the offense was in the weight room this morning and VJ (Vincent Jackson) and Donald Penn and them, the whole team started clapping. So the first person I pointed out was D.P. I'm like, 'Yo, settled down.' Then I give him a handshake and I said, "I didn't know you talk on and off the field.'
"That was good to see. I think that was a breakthrough to be welcomed by the players, more so than the coaches, but by my teammates. To me, I don't think I can put it into words. The only thing I can say is it shows how much people respect you and look at you as a player.''
Schiano, who likes to play pressure, man-to-man coverage with a single safety, said Revis will obviously have an immediate impact on defense.
"Certainly it has a big affect, for any coach, when you can match up a player with the other team's best receiver,'' Schiano said. "You can do some different things schematically when you have a player of Darrelle's talents. We've already begun our preparation and how to best utilize him and a lot of that will come in conversations with Darrelle, what he's comfortable doing, what he feels best doing. This isn't a rookie out of college, this is a guy who has played and been very successful in this league. We're going to play to his strengths within our scheme.''
Revis admitted Monday he was surprised in February to learn that the Jets were considering trading him, especially while he was still recovering from his knee injury.
"I felt some type of way when you get the information and you hear you're getting traded,'' Revis said. "It feels like that team is giving up on you at a time in my career where I've never had an injury like this. So yeah, I felt a type of way about it.
"I don't have nothing to prove to the New York Jets. I have nothing to prove to anybody. I know my expectations as a player. And that's that. Me working hard, off the field, I get the results on the field and that' just playing great football, that's just what I do. It really doesn't matter what other people think or me having a chip. No. I don't have a chip for the New York Jets. I have a chip because I want to get back on the field and play ball, though.''
The Bucs begin the regular season against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in Meadowlands, N.J.
"It's going to be fun,'' Revis said. "That's Week 1. You can't go around it, you can't over it. It's Week 1, so I'm excited about it. I'm sure coach is excited as well and it's on the schedule. Who ever we play on the schedule, we've got to play and go out there and win.''