Keyshawn in the house
How would former Bucs WR Keyshawn Johnson fare against current Bucs CB Darrelle Revis? Well, Johnson, who visited One Buc Place on Saturday with an ESPN crew, will gladly tell you.
"The same way I fared against everybody," Johnson deadpanned. "Put in the film. Film don't lie."
Johnson hasn't lost his swagger, even a decade after leaving the Bucs. The ESPN analyst returned Saturday to film a package that will air in a few weeks centering on Revis' return to New York for the season opener against the Jets and the trade that brought him to Tampa Bay. Johnson had the same experience when he was traded from the Jets to the Bucs for two first-round picks in 2000.
Despite his strong feelings that he would get the better of Revis, Johnson believes there's reason to feel good about the impact the revamped secondary will have on the Bucs' fortunes.
"He's going to be good with (Dashon) Goldson and (Mark) Barron and (Johnthan) Banks," Johnson said. "The thing you can do with him is you can play him man to man anywhere. He can play inside, outside, anywhere.
"With a guy like Darrelle Revis and Goldson in the secondary, you can protect the pass rush. If they can hold down the fort back there, by the time the quarterback goes to deliver the ball, the pass rush will get there."
In Johnson's opinion, the biggest question facing the Bucs is QB Josh Freeman.
"The one thing for them on offense is the consistency at the quarterback spot," he said. "He's a 25-year-old kid in his fifth year, so he's still relatively young. If he can continue to just mature as a player and get better and have more consistency, then I think they've got two receivers who are pretty good (Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams). I think the running game's pretty good. And I think the secondary will probably be one of the top three secondaries."
Rookie DE Steven Means did his best J.J. Watt impression with the biggest play of Saturday's practice.
Means, reading QB Josh Freeman, shed a block, leaped and intercepted the ball at the line of scrimmage, much like the Texans' star is renowned for doing. Means returned the ball for a would-be touchdown.
The play got the defense pumped up on a long, steamy day.
"It excited the whole defense," Means said. "A lot of the offensive players came to me afterward, too, and said good job. So it's real (inspiring)."
Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer
Friday: at Patriots, 8, Ch. 13
Aug. 24: at Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 8
Aug. 29: Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8
Sept. 8: at Jets, 1, Ch. 13
Sept. 15: Saints, 4, Ch. 13
Sept. 22: at Patriots, 1, Ch. 13
Sept. 29: Cardinals, 1, Ch. 13
Oct. 13: Eagles, 1, Ch. 13
Oct. 20: at Falcons, 1, Ch. 13
Oct. 24: Panthers, 8:25, NFL
Nov. 3: at Seahawks, 4, Ch. 13
Nov. 11: Dolphins, 8:40, ESPN
Nov. 17: Falcons, 1, Ch. 13
Nov. 24: at Lions, 1, Ch. 13
Dec. 1: at Panthers, 1, Ch. 13
Dec. 8: Bills, 1, Ch. 10
Dec. 15: 49ers, 1, Ch. 13
Dec. 22: at Rams, 1, Ch. 13
Dec. 29: at Saints, 1, Ch. 13
Note: Home games subject to blackout