Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New Buc Revis gets rousing cheer of welcome

TAMPA — As the best cornerback in pro football, Darrelle Revis is a crowd pleaser. So perhaps it was no surprise that after walking into the One Buc Place weight room filled with the team's offensive players Monday, he received a loud and lasting ovation.

It was at that moment, Revis said, that he first felt totally welcome in his new home.

"I guess (Monday) was kind of the breakthrough," Revis said. "(Sunday) I walked around, and lot of the guys weren't here. I know a couple of guys on the team, which is great. But when I walked in, the offense was in the weight room (Monday) morning, and VJ (Vincent Jackson) and Donald Penn and them, the whole team started clapping.

"So the first person I pointed out was (Penn). I'm like, 'Yo, settle down.' Then I give him a handshake, and I said, 'I didn't know you talk on and off the field.'

"That was good to see. I think that was a breakthrough, to be welcomed by the players, more so than the coaches, but by my teammates. To me, I don't think I can put it into words. The only thing I can say is it shows how much people respect you and look at you as a player."

Revis, 27, was introduced at a news conference at One Buc Place after signing a six-year, $96 million contract to complete a trade from the Jets. The Bucs sent their 13th overall pick in the draft, which begins Thursday, to the Jets, along with a conditional fourth-round choice in 2014 that becomes a third-rounder if Revis is on the roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.

(The league year starts in March and is the same day teams can begin signing free agents.)

Flanked at a table by general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano, Revis would not talk about his "health issues." He is recovering from a torn left ACL he sustained seven months ago. He did say he will begin rehabilitation with Bucs trainer Todd Toriscelli and believes he will be "prepared to play football."

The Bucs expect him to participate fully from the first day of training camp.

Though Revis has a new team, new coaches, new teammates and a surgically repaired knee, he expects to be the same player he was during six seasons with the Jets, where he was a three-time All-Pro.

"People are going to sit here and say, 'How is he going to perform? How is he going to play? Is he going to be like he was before?' " Revis said. "I understand all of that. But this is something where I'm a hard worker. It's all on me and what I put into it. I give it my all, whatever I do."

Schiano, who likes to play pressure man-to-man coverage with a single safety, said Revis will have an immediate impact on the defense.

"Certainly it has a big effect, for any coach, when you can match up a player with the other team's best receiver," Schiano said. "You can do some different things schematically when you have a player of Darrelle's talents. … We're going to play to his strengths within our scheme."

Revis said he was surprised in February to learn the Jets were considering trading him, especially while he was recovering from his knee injury.

"It feels like that team is giving up on you at a time in my career where I've never had an injury like this," Revis said. "I don't have nothing to prove to the New York Jets."

The Bucs begin the regular season against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

"It's going to be fun," Revis said. "That's Week 1. You can't go around it;, you can't go over it. It's Week 1, so I'm excited about it."

Revis said he studied the Bucs roster before accepting the trade and was impressed by the amount of talent with Jackson, quarterback Josh Freeman, wide receiver Mike Williams, running back Doug Martin and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

"We're going to make a lot of noise, don't worry about that," he said.

   
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