Bucs notes: Revis says too soon to tell about opener
Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis Revis continues to make good progress in his recovery from a torn ACL but said Monday it's too soon to know if he'll be able to play in the Sept. 8 opener. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO
TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't changed their objectives for cornerback Darrelle Revis. They continue to hope – and coach Greg Schiano continues to believe – Revis will play on opening day against the New York Jets. Revis isn't quite so sure, though. Revis continues to make good progress in his recovery from a season-ending left ACL tear, but thinks it's still too soon to know if he'll be able to play in the Sept. 8 opener. “I think that's too far down the road,'' Revis said. “Right now we're just trying to go day by day. But that is the goal and we've talked about that. I want to be there – first day, first game - with my teammates.''
Schiano is convinced Revis will be there. He increased the four-time Pro Bowler's workload on Monday to include covering receivers working with a quarterback and believes he is on pace to play opening day. “We're still going step-by-step with him, and we're still probably several steps away, but as long as nothing pushes us back, they're going to move rather quickly,” Schiano said. So far, nothing has pushed Revis back. He has not experienced soreness or swelling in his surgically repaired knee, and considers the absence of swelling a sign he remains on track for a complete and uninterrupted recovery. “As long as it doesn't swell up on me I'll be fine,'' said Revis, who has started to test his knee by going to the ground and bouncing back up again the way he would during a game. “The next big step after that is getting into seven-on-seven drills and going one on one with (receivers) Vincent (Jackson) and Mike (Williams),” Revis said, “and then hopefully getting into team run and team pass drills.” A leg up Based solely on his nine years of NFL experience, Lawrence Tynes came to camp this year with an edge over rookie Derek Dimke in the battle to replace injured Connor Barth. In recent days, though, Tynes' lead has faded. Slowed by a right ingrown toenail that forced him to miss at least one day of workouts last week and at least in part to missing three consecutive field-goal tries on Monday, Tynes is in danger of losing the job. “This isn't about what has happened in the past,'' Schiano said. “This is about the Bucs in 2013. So, where are we today? The injury definitely has set Lawrence back, so we've got to get him feeling well before we can make a fair judgment.” Help me help you CB Leonard Johnson hasn't forgotten how alone he felt at times last year during his uneven rookie season. The Clearwater native made six starts and posted interceptions in three consecutive mid-season games, but also struggled at times. With the exception of Ronde Barber, few teammates stepped up to help him deal with the adversity. “I had a rough year last year,'' Johnson said Monday. “Guys were not really sharing and I don't want to be like that, so I've taken it upon myself that if there's any advice I can give, that's what I should do.'' Though he only has 16 pro games behind him, Johnson is serving as a willing mentor for rookies such as Johnthan Banks, the second-round draft pick out of Mississippi State who is competing with Johnson for a starting job opposite Revis. “I feel the better man will play at the end of the day,'' Johnson said. “There's no need to hold back anything. There's an opportunity out here for me, but the coaches aren't going to just give me the position. “I have to come out here every day and grind. It's been awesome being around Revis this year. I had Ronde last season. They're different, but they both bring so much to the table.'' Injury update Monday brought another mixed bag of news on the Tampa Bay injury front. While TE Luke Stocker (calf) returned to regular duty after being removed from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, DE Adrian Clayborn had to be pulled after he struggled to make a return from the groin strain that limited him the past few days. “He went back out and didn't feel quite good enough yet, so we'll give it a couple more days,'' Schiano said of Clayborn. The Bucs also lost a player shortly after gaining him Monday when LB Marvin Booker, who signed on with the team just before the start of the workout, injured his right knee during the opening special teams drills. In other injury news, WRs Mike Williams and Tiquan Underwood both returned to full duty after missing the previous two workouts with hamstring strains.