Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Revis happy after limited first Bucs practice

RECOMMENDED READING


TAMPA — Darrelle Revis has played in 79 career games, been to four Pro Bowls and earned All-Pro honors three times. And yet, as he lay in bed Wednesday night on the eve of training camp, this accomplished football player was, well, nervous.

"I didn't sleep good," Revis said Thursday after completing his first practice since tearing a knee ligament last year. "I think it was just being anxious. I had butterflies for the first day of practice, to get back out there not knowing what the outcome was going to be."

Revis, traded in April from the Jets to the Bucs in the offseason's biggest transaction, had a mostly uneventful morning. The cornerback did individual drills and matched up with receivers during a half-speed deep-ball drill.

But it was a landmark event given where Revis was in September, sprawled on the turf with a left knee that would require surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Now in the final stages of his recovery from that torn ACL, Revis is getting back to what he has missed all these months.

"It was great," he said. "I've been looking forward to this day since I've been injured. It was awesome to be out there with my teammates and be out there with my coaches doing what I love doing."

One key to his readiness is how the Bucs and Revis handle his return. He won't do much for the time being. But his involvement in practice will slowly increase, coach Greg Schiano said.

The steps will be incremental and come only after extensive consultation with coaches, the medical staff and Revis.

"There are mileposts," Schiano said. "Going up against another guy would be a big one. Right now it's all independent movements against air. Then you get into a team setting, then you get into a padded team setting, then you get into a live (contact) setting. Then, if you do play him in a preseason game, that would probably the biggest milepost other than opening day."

At times, Revis might want to do more. He readily admits as much. But he has the maturity to concede when necessary.

The plan, he said, is to ease in and take it day by day: "If it's best for me to be healthy for Sept. 8 (the season opener against the Jets), then that's what it has to be. It's all on Coach. I think we're all on the same page here. I think the biggest thing is they might have to hold me back because I'm such a competitor. I'm so anxious to get out there and compete."

As Revis progresses, he'll subject his injured knee to greater stress. The associated mental obstacles can be as great as the physical ones, but Revis thinks he overcame those during his private workouts in Arizona, "going through those stresses in my knee, putting me in that position."

"It's hard at (defensive back)," he said. "We're in so many positions. You have to really stress those things when you do have a knee injury. I think that was one of the key things we focused on, so I can be back to playing how I always play, at that top level."

Having Revis on the field for the first time was a treat for some of the Bucs' young cornerbacks. They long have emulated and looked up to him. Now they can say they've shared a huddle with him.

"It's like a dream," rookie Johnthan Banks said. "Back in college, I'm watching Revis (saying), 'This guy is the best at what he does.' Now I'm on the same field as him, like, 'Wow, that's Revis.' You kind of get in a daze and Coach has to call your name two or three times. It's exciting."

Revis hadn't felt a part of something for quite some time. He played only two games last season, and he was sidelined for all offseason workouts.

"When I was hurt, I would still go to the games to support my teammates in New York," he said. "It was a different point of view sitting in the stands instead of being out there on the sidelines. It kind of felt like I wasn't a part of the team. It was weird."

Thursday, Revis finally moved past that point.

 
Comments

Giants are NFL’s most disappointing team this season, but Broncos are close

The New York Giants made the playoffs for the first time in four years last season under the guidance of coach Ben McAdoo, setting high expectations for the 2017 campaign. They pushed those expectations even higher with the addition in free agency of...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs journal: Defense struggling to get off the field on third and long

Bucs journal: Defense struggling to get off the field on third and long

TAMPA — Third and long, normally an ideal situation for an NFL defense, continues to be a problem as the Bucs try to get opposing offenses off the field.In the second half of Sunday’s game, the Dolphins converted six third downs when they needed 8 ya...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs-Falcons: Has this former Buc become a pass-rushing force?

Bucs-Falcons: Has this former Buc become a pass-rushing force?

TAMPA — The Bucs face the defending NFC champions twice in their final six games. As they prepare to go to Atlanta on Sunday, former Tampa Bay first-round pick Adrian Clayborn is enjoying quite a two-week run.Clayborn, 29, had six sacks Nov. 12 in a ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Clayborn shining for Falcons as Bucs come to town

Clayborn shining for Falcons as Bucs come to town

The Bucs face the Falcons twice in their final six games, and as they prepare to go to Atlanta on Sunday, former Tampa Bay first-round pick Adrian Clayborn has had a nice two-week run.Clayborn had a huge game nine days ago with six sacks in a win aga...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Cannon Fodder podcast: Setting up Bucs vs. Atlanta

Cannon Fodder podcast: Setting up Bucs vs. Atlanta

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman says it’s another week without Jameis Winston as the Bucs prepare to go to Atlanta, and there’s more on the Bucs’ run-game issues and how the defense has struggled on third and long, a situation most defenses love to be i...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rick and Tom podcast: Debunking the Jameis Winston conspiracy theories

Rick and Tom podcast: Debunking the Jameis Winston conspiracy theories

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones debunk the Jameis Winston conspiracy theories as he will miss a third consecutive game this weekend in Atlanta.The guys explain that Winston’s absence is purely medical and has nothing to do with the...
Published: 11/21/17
Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Doug Martin’s not at fault for struggling running game

Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Doug Martin’s not at fault for struggling running game

TAMPA — RB Doug Martin had just 38 yards on 19 carries in Sunday’s win against the Dolphins, but coach Dirk Koetter said his team’s struggles running the ball shouldn’t go squarely on his running back."In my opinion, he is not the reason we’re not mo...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17
Debunking some theories about why the Bucs are keeping Jameis Winston on the shelf

Debunking some theories about why the Bucs are keeping Jameis Winston on the shelf

TAMPA — The Bucs are sticking with Ryan Two and Oh Fitzpatrick at quarterback for Sunday’s game in Atlanta. But this isn’t a case of just riding the guy who has the cool head and hot hand. Doctors would not clear starter Jameis Wi...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17
Fennelly: Hope glimmering through the gloom of Bucs’ season

Fennelly: Hope glimmering through the gloom of Bucs’ season

ST. PETERSBURG — It isn’t easy avoiding The Jameis Winston mess.But it’s worth a try. If only to see some thin shafts of light.It’s worth considering that the 2017 Bucs, their death certificate already signed, have shown signs of life. Okay, near lif...
Published: 11/20/17
WR Bernard Reedy, cut by Bucs, signing to Patriots’ practice squad

WR Bernard Reedy, cut by Bucs, signing to Patriots’ practice squad

Former Lakewood star Bernard Reedy, waived by the Bucs on Friday, cleared waivers on Monday and will be signing on Tuesday to join the New England Patriots' practice squad.Reedy, 25, handled all the Bucs' punt and kickoff returns in the first nine ga...
Published: 11/20/17