Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs will wait to determine Revis playing time

TAMPA — Bucs coach Greg Schiano expects CB Darrelle Revis to want to play in preseason games. But ultimately, whether the All-Pro coming off knee surgery does will not be his decision, and Schiano says he is undecided.

Revis, who has recovered from a torn left ACL and was cleared Wednesday to participate in the first training camp practice this morning, might not see the field during the preseason. He was exempt from the team's rigorous conditioning test Wednesday as the Bucs continue to be judicious with his workload since he was obtained from the Jets in April.

"I think a lot of it depends on how he looks out there,'' Schiano said of Revis' participation in the preseason.

Schiano said he, Revis and GM Mark Dominik will get together with trainer Todd Toriscelli and doctors to determine how Revis is feeling.

"I think he probably wants to play, wants to be with his new teammates, play in this new scheme,'' Schiano said. "We're going to balance it all out. We're going to make sure we do everything we can so on opening day he's ready to play in New York."

More injuries: The Bucs will be cautious with other players coming off injuries. LG Carl Nicks (toe), RG Davin Joseph and DE Adrian Clayborn (knee) will be limited during practices.

Others won't practice at all.

The team planned to place P Michael Koenen on the Active Non-Football Injury list for a lacerated toe sustained while playing on the beach last week. TE Luke Stocker (calf) and DE Markus White (foot) are on the Active Physically Unable to Perform list.

The severity of Stocker's injury is unclear. As a rookie in 2011, he missed the whole preseason with a hip injury. In 2012, a head injury sidelined him during camp.

All three players are eligible to be activated at any time.

Absent: RB Jeff Demps, as expected, did not report as he competes in track and field. He will be placed on the Did Not Report list and is not expected until after the world championships Aug 10-18.

Looking svelte: What was among the biggest mysteries at One Buc Place on Wednesday? How much does DT Gerald McCoy weigh?

Multiple efforts by reporters to get the svelte McCoy to give up the number were playfully rejected. But this much is certain: McCoy is noticeably slimmer. And he believes that will help him produce more despite playing a position for which size and strength are essential.

"I actually came in 10 pounds lower than my goal weight," McCoy said. "People always keep asking me, 'What are you going to do different after you made the Pro Bowl?' Like I said a long time ago, that's in the past. The only way to repeat or keep it going is to work harder than every before. (The team) gave me a (target) weight and said come in at this weight. I said, 'I'll show you.' I came in 10 pounds lighter than they wanted me to."

McCoy, listed at 6 feet 4, 300 pounds, said he has lost about 25 pounds since the start of the team's offseason program in early April. That takes into account weight gained while relaxing after the Pro Bowl, he said. McCoy estimated he's down about 10 pounds from his 2012 playing weight.

Asked if he will be adversely affected against bigger opponents, McCoy said he's going by feel.

"I trust my coaches, and I trust the system," McCoy said. "However, I have to step across those white lines, and I have to play. I know my body better than anybody. So I know what I feel good at and where I'll be most confident."

Better options: QB Josh Freeman promised fewer mistakes on the option routes that proved problematic last season. Missed reads by Freeman and his receivers resulted in the majority of his 17 interceptions. He hopes to change that in his second season in coordinator Mike Sullivan's offense.

"Last year was kind of a whirl­wind," Freeman said, "trying to pick things up and learn things on the fly."

Bucs bit: The Bucs filled a roster spot by re-signing G Jeremy Lewis.

Stephen F. Holder can be reached at [email protected]

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