Bucs GM Mark Dominik was a guest on NFL Total Access Friday night and spoke about the progress of cornerback Darrell Revis who he expects to be ready Week 1, and even perhaps training camp.
Sporting his brand new Marine Corps-style haircut, Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik sat in front of the NFL Network cameras on Friday evening, and seemed like a man full of optimism that newly-acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis would not only be ready for week 1 against the Jets, but also for Week 1 of training camp.
Dominik was asked by Scott Hanson on NFL Total Access what his confidence level was that Revis would be ready for the start of 2013,
"Fully confident," Dominik said. "He's in great shape right now, he's running full speed, he's cutting, he's doing all the things we'd want him to do from a training standpoint, a rehabilitation standpoint.
"We're going to keep him at our pace, but the whole point is that he'll walk out to the first day of training camp, he'll have the pads on and he'll be ready hopefully for the Jets (in) Week 1. We're expecting that."
Revis of course was brought in via a trade with the New York Jets the week prior to the NFL Draft in April for the Buccaneers No. 1 pick (13th overall) and a conditional pick next season (third round), and is expected to help improve the NFL’s worst secondary from 2012.
On Wednesday Revis spoke to the media following Tampa Bay’s OTA (organized team activities) practice and was pleased with his rehab.
“I am confident,” Revis said. “I am cutting. [Trainer] Todd [Toriscelli] might tell me to slow down a little bit, but I am going forward and I am cutting because I feel good. I am cutting and running and doing what I have to do. I still have to listen to Todd and go through the process for them to clear me to get back on the field.
“I feel myself getting in shape. It is certain steps through this process and we got to knock those steps down when they approach. That is how you got to handle this situation. When those steps approach you, you knock them down and if it is a step back it is a step back. If it is a step forward then you move forward.”
Like Dominik, Revis is confident that he will walk out of the tunnel at MetLife Stadium in September, suited up and ready to play.
“That is the goal,” Revis said. “ That’s the goal to be out there Week 1 and play. If anything other than that we will have to see when that time comes, but we got to have a goal set. I think coach has the same goal too. To be out there Week 1.”
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