As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers move through OTAs and closer to training camp, RantSports.com will be bringing you profiles for many of the team’s players. We’ll focus mainly on new acquisitions, players in position battles, and on any other key players facing pivotal seasons. In this installment for the Bucs, we’ll take a look at offseason acquisition Darrelle Revis.
It was the trade that seemingly held up part of the NFL‘s offseason, but finally, it went down. The New York Jets dealt the game’s best cornerback to the Bucs, and just like that, the entire landscape of the Tampa defense changed.
Forget about the ACL surgery, Revis is going to be just fine. Even head coach Greg Schiano has acknowledged that an 85% Revis, is still probably better than most other corners in the league. With today’s medical technology, players are proving that the once dreaded procedure is not that big of a deal. Revis fully expects to be ready for week one this season, and there’s really nothing to suggest that anything thing to the contrary would happen.
As far as his status for training camp, that’s still up in the air. The Bucs seem to believe he can be ready for the start of camp, but I don’t see the point in making that a deadline for him to return to the practice field. Adrian Peterson didn’t participate until late in camp last year, or even play one snap in a preseason game, and we all saw how that worked out.
The Bucs would be incredibly stupid to rush his return, so I doubt we see him to start camp. Regardless, Revis Island has relocated to Tampa, and as a result, the entire complexion of the NFC South has changed. In a division filled with great quarterbacks, lock-down corners are essential. Revis is still the best lock-down cornerback in the game, until someone takes that title from him.
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