By Tom Krasniqi
The prized acquisition of the offseason has yet to practice with the Buccaneers. But all signs point to cornerback Darrelle Revis being ready for the season opener at the N.Y. Jets on September 8. “That’s the goal”, says Revis after practice on Tuesday. “To be out there Week 1 and play”.
Revis rode the stationary bike on Tuesday and spent some time on the sidelines with his teammates. Revis told reporters he’s making progress from his ACL injury. “It’s going well. Just taking the steps everyday. Just improving….I mean, that’s basically it. Just try and improve everyday”.
“We’re improving. Me and Todd [Bucs trainer Todd Toricelli] are doing a great job. Out here running and cutting…even in the weight room. We’re getting stronger. There’s really no percentage on it right now but I can tell I feel better than I did a couple of weeks ago”, says Revis.
Revis says he has spoken to many football players and athletes who have suffered the same injury. “I heard a million ACL stories”, laughed Revis. “It’s a long process. It’s usually 6 months to a year and people recover faster and some people don’t. It takes time”.
Revis says he hasn’t spoken to Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who made a remarkable recovery last season to rush for more than 2,000 yards. Peterson suffered his knee injury in late December of 2011 and was able to come back better than ever in 2012. Revis was injured last September at Miami so he has a three month start in the recovery process and that’s good news for the Bucs.
The Bucs appear confident that Revis can be ready for the season opener. “He’s doing a good job with his rehab and all those things and he’s doing a good job in the classroom”, says head coach Greg Schiano, who says Revis has a good grasp of the defense. It’s just a matter of getting Revis healthy. Revis believes he will be when the season rolls around. “I’m confident, I’m confident”, says Revis. “I’m cutting. Todd might tell me to slow down a little bit but I’m going full tilt because I feel good”. Good sign for the Bucs. As long as he’s ready for September 8th against his former team.
News & Notes:
- Free agent safety Dashon Goldson was present for practice today. He missed last week’s practice session that was open to the media. Goldson says he cleared it with Schiano: “We’re a family here so we talk about everything”. Goldson was working with Leonard Johnson and a few other youngsters after practice.
- Goldson on Revis: “He’s the best….glad he’s on our football team. He’ll help out our secondary tremendously”.
- Schiano is talking up DE Da’Quan Bowers as an every down player but the coach knows Bowers needs to prove that in training camp: “He has not played any consistent amount”, says Schiano. Training camp will be a true test to see if Bowers will be a situational rusher or that every down player the Bucs believe he can be.
- Bucs signed WR Carlton Mitchell on Tuesday, who did practice with the team. Mitchell was a 6th round pick of the Browns back in 2010. The former USF product is wearing #12.
- Bucs have named Nelson Luis as their new Director of Communications. Luis was a public relations assistant with the Bucs from 1995-99. He spent the last 12 years as the Director of Media Relations for the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
- The Bucs will hold their mandatory 3-day minicamp next week from June 11-13. It is closed to the public.
- Mike Glennon threw a pretty pass down the sideline to streaking WR Chris Owusu for a touchdown. Owusu beat rookie Johnthan Banks.
- New Bucs special teams coach Dave Wannstedt is the most vocal assistant coach out there. At one point during practice, he was teaching the players on the proper technique of blocking a punt. Schiano also supervised the drill. The Bucs are really placing an emphasis on good special teams play for 2013.
- With Carl Nicks (toe) and Davin Joseph (knee) still on the mend, Ted Larsen lined up at LG and Cody Wallace was at RG. Jamon Meredith had been seeing reps at guard but on Tuesday, Meredith saw some snaps as the 2nd team left tackle.