TAMPA, Fla. – Darrelle Revis remains confident in his rehab and said he still has a goal of playing in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season opener Sept. 8 against his former team, the New York Jets.
Speaking Tuesday after an OTA session at One Buc Place, the three-time All-Pro addressed his rehab for the first time since he was introduced here April 22. He has not participated in OTA workouts in recent weeks, as expected. Instead, he has worked with Bucs director of sports medicine and performance Todd Toriscelli to rehab the left knee that sustained an ACL tear last September.
“I’m confident,” Revis said. “I’m cutting. Todd might tell me to slow down a little bit. But I’m going full-tilt, and I’m cutting, because I feel good. I’m cutting and running and doing what I have to do, but I still have to listen to Todd and go through the process for them to clear me to get back on the field.”
A timetable for when that might occur is still uncertain. Bucs coach Greg Schiano said he talks to Toriscelli each day, sometimes multiple times a day, about Revis’ recovery. Still, Tampa Bay plans to move forward with caution.
“We’ll have to see,” Schiano said, when asked how much training camp and preseason work Revis might require to feel comfortable.
“It’s not necessarily live play as it is cutting, breaking, running, covering, all those things. I think that’s the important part. So that’s where I’ve got to get a feel. And more important to me, he’s got to get a feel. He’s the one who needs to be confident on it.”
Revis has been active in other team activities, such as participating in meetings and walk-throughs. His arrival, which came after the Bucs agreed to trade their first-round pick this year (13th overall) and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014, is widely viewed as Tampa Bay’s marquee offseason acquisition.
Last season, the Bucs owned the league’s worst pass defense (297.4 yards per game). Revis, a four-time Pro Bowl player, had 325 tackles, 19 interceptions and five fumble recoveries in six seasons with the Jets.
“I’m a veteran,” Revis said. “Some of the things we did in New York, Coach Schiano does down here too. I’m fine with that. I think the biggest thing is making sure I’m 100 percent when I step out there with the guys, with my teammates, and we can go out there and play some great football.”