Bucs notes: Revis might play in third preseason game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is surrounded by reporters after a joint workout with the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t played their second preseason game, yet already they are starting to think about their third — in particular whether cornerback Darrelle Revis will play.
With the Bucs eager to see where Revis stands in his recovery from a 2012 season-ending knee injury, it’s quite possible Revis will play against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 24, general manager Mark Dominik said Tuesday.
Revis made it clear, though, a decision has yet to be made.
“I’m still going to say it’s too soon to know,’’ said Revis, who will not play Friday against New England. “I’m getting excited as well. I know Mark is and I know Coach (Greg) Schiano is, but it’s a process. It’s still day to day.’’
Revis’ comments came after the Bucs staged the first of two joint workouts against the Patriots outside of Gillette Stadium in advance of their preseason game here.
They also came a day after Revis took the most notable step yet in his recovery from a torn ACL by participating in a live seven-on-seven red zone drill, covering three-time Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson.
“The quotes that Mark said, it’s all predicated on just my strides every day and going out here doing one-on-ones off to the side,’’ Revis said.
“It’s about getting that pop back in my left leg and driving back to the ball on routes. That’s the key. And that’s where we’ve been seeing the improvement every day, so we’ll see.’’
Schiano continues to take a wait-and-see approach, in part because he’s not sure the veteran corner needs preseason snaps to be ready for the start of the regular season.
“I don’t know if he’s going to get any reps in the preseason,’’ Schiano said Tuesday. “The reality is, he’s a veteran guy who knows what he can do and he’s coming off a knee injury and he’s never had that.
“He’s doing more and more but you don’t want to put the cart before the horse. It’s step by step and I’ve said that he doesn’t need to play in the preseason to play in the opening game — at least in my opinion.’’
Past is present
Less than a year removed from a nearly five-year stint with the Bucs, CB Aqib Talib has little to say about his time in Tampa.
“I don’t want to comment on nothing about being in Tampa or being with the Bucs,’’ Talib said Tuesday, when he was reunited with former Bucs teammates during a joint workout with the Bucs and Patriots. “That’s all behind me.
“I’m a Patriot now and I love it. I’m loving New England. I won’t even compare the two.’’
From the time the Bucs selected him in the first round of the 2008 draft, Talib struggled to live up to the promise the Tampa Bay had for him, both on and off the field. He was arrested twice and suspended twice by the league for violations of its conduct and performance-enhancing substances policies. He also struggled to stay healthy and play at an elite level.
Talib was traded to the Patriots in November 2012.
But all of that is in the past now, Talib said Tuesday, and that is precisely where he hopes to keep it as he tries to rebuild his career after re-signing with New England in the offseason.
The swap of running backs the Bucs made in April when they traded LeGarrette Blount to the Patriots for Jeff Demps is looking rather lopsided right now.
Demps, an Olympic track star, is still competing in the IAAF World Championships and has yet to join the team. Blount, however, has made quite an impact on the Patriots.
He ran 11 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns in New England’s preseason opener against Philadelphia and expects to continue producing at that level if given the opportunity.
“It’s always good to be able to get in and get into a rhythm and do all that you know you can do,’’ Blount said. “Just to be able to play again, it’s great. I feel good here. I’m happy here.’’
Blount was happy with the Bucs for two years, as well. He ran 385 times for 1,788 yards and 11 touchdowns, but became expendable last season when Doug Martin emerged.