Darrelle Revis takes the field at One Buc Place -- sort of
Darrelle Revis was on the field at One Buc Place today – well, sort of.
The All-Pro cornerback, traded to the Bucs last month but still recovering from knee surgery last year, finished a punishing session on an exercise bike then embarked on a series of carefully-planned exercises on the field with trainer Todd Toriscelli.
With his new teammates two fields away conducting their first full-team practice of the offseason, Revis instead worked to get his mobility back in his left knee with some running work and some limited change of direction.
Once he finished his rehab work, Revis joined his teammates to get an up-close look at the full-team portion of practice. You could say he was taking the proverbial mental reps.
Uneventful as this might be, it's all in accordance with the plan the Bucs set forth when they acquired Revis. He was never expected to participate in OTAs and even the preseason seems like a long shot for him.
It’s always been and continues to be about getting Revis ready for the season opener on September 8. The Bucs maintain, publicly and privately, that he’s right on schedule.
"It’s all aimed at having him ready at the beginning of the regular season, yet he’s got to learn the scheme, he’s got to learn the verbiage and the techiques," coach Greg Schiano said. "I think we’re in a good place. We’ve got a long way to go, but I think he’d tell you he’s feeling better every day, he’s doing more every day and step by step is how we’ll get there.”
So, we wait, and will continue to do so until the offseason's biggest acquisition dons a helmet -- whenever that might be.