Revis will play in the opener vs. Jets: 'That will be a moment.'
There is the comeback, and then there is Darrelle Revis actually coming back to MetLife Stadium to face his former New York Jets team in the regular season opener in nine days.
Having recovered from a torn ACL in left knee, the Bucs’ cornerback said he has tried not to imagine what it will be like going one-on-one with his emotions Sept. 9.
“That will be a moment,’’ Revis said recently. “That will be a moment to try to embrace and see how I feel at that time.
“I think I’m just going to try to be myself and prepare like I do for every week. But I think the big moment will be going there and right before game time, and being there, and running out of the tunnel and all that kind of thing. That will be totally different.’’
Revis, who was traded to the Bucs just prior to the draft in April for the 13th overall pick in the draft and a conditional third rounder in 2014, did not take a snap in four preseason games.
But on Friday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano pronounced Revis ready for the opener against the Jets barring an unforeseen setback.
"Yeah, like I've said all along...as long as there are no setbacks, that's the plan,'' Schiano said.
How Revis imagine he imagine he will feel lining up against the Jets?
““You know what? I probably will have to tell you after the game.’’ Revis said.
When the Bucs traded for Revis, who still was recovering from a torn ACL, they said the goal was to make him available for the first regular-season game.
A month ago, he participated in his first seven-on-seven redzone drill with the team at normal speed. The next week he did some individual drills with the Bucs but did not participate in joint practice with the New England Patriots in Foxborough.
After being given the green light for a full practice schedule, Revis was in uniform against the Miami Dolphins last week but did not play. The Bucs took the same approach in Thursday's 30-12 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Though not happy about the 1-3 preseason record and some lackluster performances, Schiano was pleased the Bucs managed to avoid any season-ending injuries.
"That was one of our missions, one of our goals,'' Schiano said. "So in that area, I think pretty decently. Carl (Nick)'s (MRSA) thing was kind of a freak thing you can't predict. And then like you said, this last game kind of got us at a couple positions. That's life in the NFL. You figure it out and you move on.''
"I think we learned a lot. I think the people we felt needed to play significantly, played significantly. The veteran guys that we felt didn't need to play, I think we did that just about how we wanted it. Some of the results weren't exactly what you'd wish for, but then again, we were about as disjointed as you could be. At the end of it, we had some injuries. Nothing right now that is year long stuff, which is a positive.''
And the Isle of Revis is about to reopen to visitors.