Revis takes 'huge step' in practice, is 'confident' he will be ready for Jets
Darrelle Revis took what he called a 'huge step,' on his road to recovery by participating in full speed team activities during practice Monday and said he is confident he will be ready for the regular-season opener against the New York Jets Sept. 8.
"I think this was a huge step today, just getting out there and running, getting the calls, up-tempo type of stuff I was doing,'' Revis said. "So it was a huge step for me and it was a huge day for just being out there and moving around and not having any problems, nothing, no soreness after practice or swelling. So it was a huge step for me.''
Revis accompanied the Bucs to New England last week but was limited to individual drills. In fact, his only team activity was limited to a red zone drill during a seven-on-seven period a week ago and he has not played in the preseason.
But on Monday, Revis took his stance across from Bucs Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson in practice and did not back down.
"I did one on ones,'' Revis said. "I lined up against Vincent twice today even in team periods. We did a lot of run team stuff. I was out there and there's wasn’t any problems. He was coming at full speed like the big guy he is and I was out there just playing.''
Revis said his knee felt great after the extensive workout and that there was no swelling.
"Usually it will be one of those next day type deals where it will be a little swelling the next day,'' Revis said.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said it wasn't important for him to see Revis play in the preseason game, but if he wanted to, he would listen.
"With this whole situation we don’t want a setback at the end of the day,'' Revis said. "Everybody has got an opinion but you have to approach it the right way and I think that’s what we’re doing. We’re not trying to have a setback. We have 16 games I want to be out there all 16 and even in the post season, so that’s the approach and that’s how we have to look at the whole thing.''
The Bucs and Revis have not decided whether he will play in Saturday's preseason game at Miami -- against the same team and in the same building where he suffered a torn ACL last year.
"I feel real great today and hopefully there has been no swelling and tomorrow is even better than that and progressing up to the game and we’ll see,'' Revis said. "If I do play that will be a call on that day if I’m up por down.''
Bucs coach Greg Schiano has said it's not important to him whether Revis plays in the preseason. Revis noted that he missed the entire off-season and started Week 1 for the Jets during his contract dispute and holdout in 2010.
"With this whole situation, we don’t want a setback at the end of the day,'' Revis said. "Everybody has got an opinion but you have to approach it the right way and I don't think that’s what we’re doing. We’re not trying to have a setback. We have 16 games I want to be out there all 16 and even in the post season, so that’s the approach and that’s how we have to look at the whole thing.''