Ten months after his knee surgery, Bucs CB Darrelle Revis took another step on his road to recovery.
Revis participated in 7-on-7 drills Monday for the first time since the Bucs reported to training camp on July 25. He mixed it up with WR Vincent Jackson on several occasions, including one encounter that left Revis on the ground and coach Greg Schiano in turmoil.
“I should have yelled at him, right? 'Get up' ” Schiano said, jokingly. “That's good for him. We planned on doing that just to get a little taste of it because he feels like he can do it. We did it down there in the red area, so you know it's not 60-yard sprints or anything. We'll just keep building.''
Revis, acquired from the Jets in an April trade, accompanied the Bucs to New England for this week's scrimmages, but will not play in Friday night's preseason game at Gillette Stadium.
“He'll work on the side, like we've been doing,'' Schiano said, “and then we'll just keep going. There's a different kind of conditioning that you have playing the game, like exerting it, resting, going again. You can try to simulate that in conditioning drills, but it's hard to do.''
Two days after tweaking his calf, DT Gerald McCoy was limited in Monday's practice. WR Kevin Ogletree hurt his ankle after getting his feet tangled up on the sideline. G Davin Joseph (knee), WR Chris Owusu (ankle), CB Danny Gorrer (groin) and K Lawrence Tynes (toe) didn't make the trip to Foxborough, Mass., where the Bucs and Pats will scrimmage for three days.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano and Patriots coach Bill Belichick have formed a close relationship over the years, tracing back to Schiano's days on the Rutgers sideline.
This will be the second consecutive year the clubs have met for a series of practices before an exhibition game. But unlike 2012, Tampa Bay and New England will meet in the regular season, a Sept. 22 matchup in Foxborough.
Don't expect either club to open up its playbook this week.
“We need to be a better football team at the end of the week,'' Belichick said. “That's what our goal is. We'll worry about the regular-season game when that comes. We had a great working relationship with them last year and I hope for the same thing this year.''
The Patriots are led by QB Tom Brady, who has won three of five Super Bowls he has played in since becoming the starter in 2001. The Bucs will also see some former teammates, CB Aqib Talib and RB LeGarrette Blount, who scored on a dazzling 51-yard dash against the Eagles in last week's preseason win.
Play of the day
Rookie QB Mike Glennon thought he spotted someone open over the middle Monday morning, but Jonathan Casillas, dueling Dekoda Watson for a starting outside linebacker job, read the play and made a nice interception.
Quote of the day
“Brady keeps you on your toes. He's going to expose every little hole you've got.''
Bucs LB Jonathan Casillas, on Patriots QB Tom Brady