The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made quite the splash when they landed former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis earlier this year. Revis wanted out of New York — that was clear. He got his wish, and the Bucs got themselves the best lock down corner in the game.
But, Revis tore his ACL about a year ago and is still not ready for full contact football. Tuesday, ESPN reported that it was possible for Revis to be ready by the third preseason game of the year next week when they play the Miami Dolphins. He will not play Friday against the New England Patriots, but Miami is still in play.
Head coach Greg Schiano, however, seems to be planning otherwise.
“I don’t know if he’s going to get any reps in the preseason. I think the reality is he’s a veteran guy who knows what he can do. If we’re going to err at all, we’re going err on the side of caution. He’s doing more and more,” Schiano said after the joint practice Tuesday. “He doesn’t need to play in the preseason to play in the opening game.”
Schiano appears confident in his All Pro’s ability even though he hasn’t played an NFL game for quite some time. Revis, though, is more on the optimistic side of things and he knows the importance of these final few days of rehab and recovery.
“I’ll be fine. Trust me. I’ll be fine,” he said. “I’m working. I’m getting back to my old self. I’m getting there. It’s just the confidence and just trying to get that knee drive and break in on balls.”
Whenever Revis does end up returning, the Bucs’ secondary will automatically be one of the best in the NFL. Revis joins DaShon Goldson and Mark Barron, two big time safeties, creating a downright scary group of defensive backs. Watch out for Tampa Bay this year, they could surprise on the heels of these three studs.