Sunday, May 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Revis' timeline remains fuzzy

TAMPA — Depending on whom you ask, Darrelle Revis is either three weeks ahead of schedule and might play Saturday's preseason game at Miami or could miss the regular-season opener against the Jets on Sept. 8.

The only fact everybody agrees on is the cornerback's recovery from a torn left ACL is going well.

Monday is a big day for Revis as he is expected to begin team work in practice. If there are no setbacks, the team could ramp up his activity. Until now, his only action outside of individual drills — on a side field with a receiver and QB Adam Weber — has been a few reps during seven-on-seven work in the red zone early last week.

So what about playing against the Dolphins? From the beginning, the stated goal has been the regular-season opener against Revis' former team. But it's understandable if Revis wants to at least participate in a few plays during the preseason to instill confidence.

Schiano doesn't believe the preseason is all that necessary for the seven-year veteran.

"That has been the same conversation all along, and I don't know if he's going to get any reps in the preseason," Schiano said. "I think the reality is he's a veteran guy who knows what he can do. He's coming off a knee injury. He's never had that. So if we're going to err at all, we're going to err on the side of caution. He's doing more and more, but I think you don't want to put the cart before the horse on that thing.

"I've said he doesn't need to play in the preseason to play in the opening game. That's my opinion."

Two opinions matter most: Revis' and the doctors'. Even if he is cleared to play, Revis is the one who has to be confident he's not risking his career coming back after only 10 months. Not to suggest this could be a Derrick Rose situation — the Bulls point guard sat out this past season with a torn ACL sustained during the previous postseason — but the player has to decide when he's playing.

Schiano seems to understand this. The team traded a first-round pick and conditional third-round pick for Revis and are paying him $16 million this season.

By Saturday, we will know if Revis is ahead of schedule. At the same time, by the time the Bucs get to New Jersey, we will know if he is behind.

"Everybody agrees that we're going to take it one step at a time. If we can do that, hopefully he'll be ready for the opening game," Schiano said. "But I keep saying if he isn't, he isn't. This is a long-term thing. This is a guy we plan on having be a Buc for a lot of years. And we have to make sure we do everything we can to make sure he's ready when he steps onto that field."

FREEMAN VS. GLENNON: Any time a quarterback is sacked four times among 14 pass plays (28.6 percent), it's impossible to get anything going. Such is the case with Josh Freeman, who deserves some of the blame on at least two of those sacks for holding the ball too long.

Meanwhile, the Bucs have made an effort to get rookie Mike Glennon as many snaps as possible. The third-round pick is 23-of-45 (51.1 percent) for 290 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions (one Friday against the Patriots).

"I thought Mike Glennon played well, responded well to the interception," Schiano said after the game.

But there simply is not going to be any change in the depth chart, folks.

"It's hard for a rookie, Schiano said. "It's a lot of stuff."

Rick Stroud can be reached at [email protected]

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