Revis participates in 7-on-7 for first time
Bucs star cornerback Darrelle Revis lined up in 7-on-7 drills for the first time during Monday's practice, falling to the ground in the end zone covering Vincent Jackson.
"I should have yelled at him, 'Get up!' Schiano joked with a smile.
In all seriousness, the fact Revis stepped up his participation in practice was another significant step in his ongoing recovery from knee surgery. The Bucs are planning on Revis being ready for Week 1 against his former team, the Jets, and this was just another part of the process.
"That was good for him, we plan on doing that, just to get a little taste of it because he feels like he can do it," Schiano said. "We did it down there in the red zone area so it's no 60 yard sprints or anything, so we'll just keep building."
Schiano said Revis will travel to New England, where the Bucs and Patriots will have joint practices the next few days leading up to Friday's exhibition game. But Schiano said Revis will be working on the side fields, not going head-to-head against the Patriots in practice or the game.
Revis said last week it is too early to tell whether he'll be ready for the season opener, but has been encouraged by his progress. As great of a player as Revis is, there will be a need at some point to increase his game-like activities in practice.
"I think anybody has to go back and do it," Schiano said. "There's a different kind of conditioning that you have playing the game, exerting it, resting, going again. You can try to simulate that in conditioning drills and things, but it's hard to do."