Revis says he's "getting back to my old self"
Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis admits he's not yet 100 percent, still working his way back from reconstructive knee surgery.
But Revis, 28, is almost there, and it's shown in how he's felt - and played - the past three weeks. He's able to press receivers more, has the stamina to race step-for-step on go routes, and appears to have his swagger.
"I'm getting back to my old self," Revis said. "I'm feeling very comfortable. The knee is feeling a lot better, the leg is feeling a lot better. So this is nothing new. Coming into this, this was the process and this is what I've got to deal with. I've just got to keep on working on it, getting better."
Revis, the four-time Pro Bowler, was acquired in the offeason from the Jets and given a long-term deal that earns him $16 million a year. Known for being able to lock down opposing team's top receivers, putting them on "Revis Island," Revis had to work his way back from an offseason of rehab of the knee. Coach Greg Schiano said Revis isn't all the way there yet, but he's feeling stronger.
Revis has six passes defensed, one interception and 25 tackles, but is starting to notice opponent's staying away from his side of the field.
"That's how it usually goes, but I think the biggest thing is fighting against boredom sometimes," Revis said. "But I still have got to prepare that teams are going to throw the ball at me, especially lined up on the best receivers. Even looking at Miami, they're going to throw Mike Wallace the ball a lot, so I've got to be ready."
Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said Revis will likely get a lot of time on Dolphins speedy receiver Mike Wallace, but Revis said crafty WR Brian Hartline also warrants attention.
"They're both fast," Revis said. "I think Hartline doesn’t get a lot f credit for what he does, he's a consistent receiver. I think he's the best route runner, he can kill you with double moves and he can run smooth and crisp routes. I think he doesn't get enough credit for what he does. And Mike Wallace, I played against thim a couple times with Pittsburgh, fast guy as well, can blow the top off the coverage, and he can get open with his speed. So I tip my hat off to those guys.. It'll be fun come Monday night."