Revis running, cutting, feeling better but not practicing
Darrelle Revis is running, cutting and feeling better about his recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee.
But the Bucs, who traded two high draft picks to the Jets in exchange for the Pro Bowl cornerback, haven't cleared Revis to practice with just over a month before the start of training camp.
That doesn't bother Revis or Bucs coach Greg Schiano, who only wants him to be healthy by the time Tampa Bay visits the Jets at Metlife Stadium the first game of the regular season.
“I’m confident,'' Revis said following the Bucs' OTA workout Tuesday. "I’m cutting. (Bucs trainer Todd Toriscelli) might tell me to slow down a little bit but I’m going full tilt and I’m cutting because I’m feeling good. Cutting and running and doing what I have to do.''
Will Revis be confident of his knee and comfortable in the Bucs' defense without actually playing in a football game?
"I think I’m getting comfortable now,'' Revis said. "I’m in the walk-throughs, I’m in the meeting. The defense is easy. I’m a veteran and some of the things we did in New York, coach Schiano does down here, too. I’m fine with that. I think the biggest thing is making sure I’m 100 percent when I step out there with the guys, my teammates, and we go out there and play some great football.''
Revis said he has heard a lot of stories from other players around the NFL who have suffered ACL injuries but has not talked to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who made a remarkable recovery from a similar injury last season and led the league in rushing.
“I heard a million ACL stories from people around the league and non-football players,'' Revis said. "You hear them all. You hear the tragedies and everybody says it’s a pain, and it’s a long process. It’s usually six months to a year and some people recover faster and some people don’t. It takes time.''
Schiano reiterated the goal has always been for Revis to be well enough to start the first game of the regular season.
“That’s the goal is to be out there Week 1 and play,'' Revis said. "If there’s anything other than that, we’ll have to see when the time comes. But yeah, we’ve got to have the goal set and coach has the same goals, too, for me to be out there from Day One.''