Revis practices with Buccaneers for first time - WFLA News Channel 8

Revis practices with Buccaneers for first time

Posted: Updated:
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Darrelle Revis is a three-time All-Pro and generally regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL, yet Tampa Bay's $96 million man was nervous before his first training camp practice with his new team.

The seventh-year pro took the field Thursday for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee with the New York Jets last September and since the big offseason trade that brought him to the Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick in this year's draft.

Although he was limited to mostly defensive and position drill work, Revis considered the day a significant step forward in his recovery.

"I didn't sleep too good (Wednesday) night. I think it was just being anxious for the first day of practice, getting back out there not really knowing what the outcome is going to be," the four-time Pro Bowl selection said.

"I felt fine," Revis said after the workout. "I think the biggest thing is just trying to dust the cobwebs off. It was awesome to be out there with my teammates, to be out there with the coaches and just do what I love doing - playing football."

Coach Greg Schiano reiterated the Bucs, who've made improving the worst pass defense in the league their top priority, will not rush the 27-year-old's return.

The team hasn't ruled out the possibility of Revis playing some during the preseason, however the main objective is have him ready for the Sept. 8 regular season opener against the cornerback's old team.

"I think we're all on the same page here," Revis said, adding that Schiano, trainer Todd Toriscelli and General Manager Mark Dominik all will be involved in the decision process. "I think the biggest thing is they might have to hold me back because I'm a competitor, so anxious to get out there and be with my teammates, play and compete."

Schiano, beginning his second season with the Bucs, is pleased by what he's seen so far.

"We're going to take it day by day. I'm going to watch the video, talk with Todd, talk with Darrelle, and Mark and I will talk, then (determine) the next step. Each night we'll figure it out," the coach said. "So much of it will be input from Darrelle. How does he feel? This guy knows what he needs to do to get ready to play. I think communication is more important than anything."

Tampa Bay finished last in the league in pass defense a year ago, coming within 38 yards of setting a record for most passing yards allowed in a season.

With 16-year veteran Ronde Barber on the verge of retirement, Schiano and Dominik launched their effort to overhaul a porous secondary by signing All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson to a five-year, $41.5 million contract in free agency. Then they traded for Revis, who was unhappy with his contract in New York, and gave him a six-year, $98 million deal.

"Our expectations are very high," Revis said. "This is a new beginning for this team."

A fresh start Revis wasn't sure he'd get while he was sprawled on the ground when he was injured 10 months ago.

"When I was laying on the field, I didn't know what it was. ... I could have blown my whole knee out. At that time I started thinking. I played six years and it could be gone that fast," he said. "When the doctor said it was the ACL, I started crying because I knew I had a second chance. It's humbling that you get a second chance."

Revis has heard from or run into people from all walks of life that also have had torn ACLs. He's talked with skiers, snowboarders, even janitors.

"When you tear your ACL, you come into the ACL family," he said laughing. "You hear a lot of stories. They all tell you the same thing."

If he's learned anything from the conversations, it's that he has to be patient.

"We've got a good game plan. As I progress and get better, I'll be in full tilt. I don't know when that time will be. It's day to day, and we've got to follow the game plan," Revis said.

"It's really all on the player at the end of the day, when you've got to make a call," he added. "And I'm feeling good. But even though I'm saying I feel good, it's still an ease in-type of process that we have to go through. I'm fine with that."

Schiano spoke of mileposts between now and the season opener.

"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, and then you get into a padded team setting. You get into a live setting, then if you do play him in a preseason game, that probably would be the biggest milepost other than opening day," Schiano said.

"Step by step, I don't know what's exactly going to happen. None of us do," the coach added. "But he looked good today."

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Community reaches out to Spring Hill family after theft of lawn equipment

    Community reaches out to Spring Hill family after theft of lawn equipment

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:45:21 GMT
    Michael Depace wants to say "thank you" and give a huge hug to everyone that reached out after a thief stole $3,500 worth of lawn equipment from him.
    Michael Depace wants to say "thank you" and give a huge hug to everyone that reached out after a thief stole $3,500 worth of lawn equipment from him.
  • FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:48:49 GMT
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Explosion at beverage packaging facility in Lakeland

    Explosion at beverage packaging facility in Lakeland

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:51:15 GMT
    An explosion at a Lakeland beverage packaging facility sent a 60,000-pound boiler onto a CSX railroad track Tuesday morning.
    An explosion at a Lakeland beverage packaging facility sent a 60,000-pound boiler onto a CSX railroad track Tuesday morning.
  • Pasco County couple survive a week adrift at sea

    Pasco County couple survive a week adrift at sea

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:16:33 GMT
    A Pasco county couple is recovering after spending a week adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. They were trapped 80 miles off shore without any food and very little water for seven days.
    A Pasco county couple is recovering after spending a week adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. They were trapped 80 miles off shore without any food and very little water for seven days.
  • Tampa daycare set to reopen after crash

    Tampa daycare set to reopen after crash

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:48:16 GMT
    A Tampa kindergarten and daycare center is set to reopen four days after a suspected drunk driver crashed through the wall into a classroom.
    A Tampa kindergarten and daycare center is set to reopen four days after a suspected drunk driver crashed through the wall into a classroom.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Teen accused of killing, dismembering mother's body

    Teen accused of killing, dismembering mother's body

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:48:37 GMT
    Tyrese LandrumTyrese Landrum
    A Lee County teenager is behind bars, accused of killing his own mother and hiding her body parts around the home.
    A Lee County teenager is behind bars, accused of killing his own mother and hiding her body parts around the home.
  • Clueless swimmers have near-miss with shark off Florida beach

    Clueless swimmers have near-miss with shark off Florida beach

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:45:15 GMT
    YouTube/User Scott McCainYouTube/User Scott McCain
    Beach-goers in Destin, Florida had a near-miss with a hungry hammerhead shark.
    Beach-goers in Destin, Florida had a near-miss with a hungry hammerhead shark.
  • Teens hurt after falling from carnival ride

    Teens hurt after falling from carnival ride

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:46 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:46:21 GMT
    Teens hurt after falling from carnival ride in Texas.Teens hurt after falling from carnival ride in Texas.
    Two teenagers were rushed to University Medical Center in serious condition, that according to emergency dispatchers, who said they fell more than 12 feet from a ride at Saint Anthony's Bazaar on Sunday night.It happened shortly past 10 p.m.Dispatchers said firefighters also requested a ladder to rescue somebody stranded on the ride. The Crimes Against Children unit is investigating. There was no immediate indication from police of why that unit is involved.
    Two teenagers were rushed to University Medical Center in serious condition, that according to emergency dispatchers, who said they fell more than 12 feet from a ride at Saint Anthony's Bazaar on Sunday night.It happened shortly past 10 p.m.Dispatchers said firefighters also requested a ladder to rescue somebody stranded on the ride. The Crimes Against Children unit is investigating. There was no immediate indication from police of why that unit is involved.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.