TAMPA - Get him back to New York safe, sound and ready to play against the Jets on opening day. Since they acquired the four-time Pro Bowler from the New York Jets in an April trade in which they gave up their 2013 first-round draft pick, that has been the Buccaneers' goal for cornerback Darrelle Revis in his return from knee surgery. And they're not about to lose sight of it now. Fans attending the first workout of training camp at One Buc Place today are sure to see Revis take his first competitive snaps as a Buccaneer. They just might not see him take a lot of them.
"He'll do some stuff but he's not going to do everything," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday after Revis and 88 other mostly bleary-eyed Bucs reported to camp in the early-morning hours. "He's going to do a little bit of everything, but he won't do a bunch of anything. A guy like Darrelle, he's a pro. He knows what he needs to do to get ready, but we're going to make sure he's ready to go when we start (the season)." Revis, whose 2012 season ended when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in September, won't be the only Buccaneer working on a limited basis. Though they are not expected to miss significant time, tight end Luke Stocker (calf) and defensive end Markus White (foot) were placed on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday. In addition to Revis, several other key players, all coming off season-ending injuries and surgeries in 2012, will be taking it slow, at least through the early going of camp. Left guard Carl Nicks is coming off an injury to his left big toe that, from the looks of things Wednesday, is still giving him some problems. Nicks reported to camp with that toe heavily bandaged and likely will have a limited workload. Punter Michael Koenen was placed on the active non-football injury list after cutting his toe last week while playing with his son during a beach outing. "He had to get some stitches, but he's going to be fine," Schiano said. "So you have a veteran punter who may need a day or three to get well. It could be worse." Something worse is what the Bucs are trying to prevent by taking it easy on Revis and the other players coming off injuries. Each one will be monitored, worked and played on an individual basis. "They're going to get out there and play some," Schiano said. "They're going to mix it up and they're going to do it out here." And in New England, where the Bucs will train for a few days before playing the Patriots in the preseason, and probably some preseason games, Schiano said. Except maybe Revis. Schiano has not decided whether Revis will participate in any preseason games or how much action he will get if he does participate. It will depend on how Revis looks during training camp workouts, Schiano said. Then, he and Revis and general manager Mark Dominik - in consultation with head trainer Todd Toriscelli - will decide what course to take. "I think he probably wants to play, wants to be with his new teammates and be in this new scheme, so we're going to balance it all out," Schiano said. "But again, we're going to make sure we do everything so that on opening day, he's ready." There is a lot of work to be done between now and then. Schiano thinks the Bucs got off to a good start Wednesday when each of the 89 players who were expected to report to camp did so in the requisite physical condition. Proof of that came early in the day when all the players who were asked - Revis, Nicks and defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who is coming off knee surgery, were excused - passed Schiano's dreaded conditioning test. The test calls for players to run 16 110-yard sprints in a time designated by their position. "They all did a good job with it today, so I'm excited," Schiano said of the conditioning test. "The guys came back ready to work. They're all in shape and that's a good start." [email protected] (813) 259-7979 Twitter: @RCummingsTBO
Training Camp Schedule
Several practices at One Buc Place are open to the public, no ticket required. Admission and parking are free. Fans also can enjoy discounted concessions, autograph sessions and appearances by the Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear mascot.
The popular night practice at Raymond James Stadium starts at 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m., with autograph vouchers - required for all active-player signings - distributed through the box office in the South Plaza starting at 3 p.m. and autograph sessions beginning at 4 p.m. A fireworks show will end the evening.
Practices open to the public (dates and times subject to change):