Pewter Report Intern
Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis is following a plan set forth by the Buccaneers training staff and front office. Each day Revis takes a small step inching closer towards the big goal – the season opener September 8 in New York.
Screams and cheers erupt from the crowd every time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis comes out on the field during training camp.
However, Revis – who the Bucs traded for this offseason – has been limited to individual drills and walk-through periods so far in camp. But recently the former Jet has taken a step in the right direction by starting to cover receivers in one-on-one situations.
“I’ve been doing one-on-ones with a couple receivers,” Revis said. “I’m just getting back into it. I did some [defensive back] drills today. Got into it a little bit, a little grass when I fell on the ground a couple times. Just getting back into that football phase and hitting the ground hard and getting back up and just getting back in that mode.”
Head coach Greg Schiano said that introducing a quarterback into the equation today definitely shakes things up, and feels that things will begin to move rather quickly for Revis.
“Today we had a quarterback interjected into the equation,” Schiano said. “So making plays on the football. [That] leads to a different amount of tangling up with the receiver, because now you’re both trying to go for the same thing. We’ll do that for a little bit, then we’ll up him to seven-on-seven team stuff. So it’s going to be step-by-step. We’re still probably several steps before, but as long as nothing pushes us back, they’re going to move rather quickly.”
“We’re still in the phase where I’m just trying to do one-on-ones,” Revis said. “[Quarterback Adam Weber] came over there today. So I actually got the feel for a quarterback throwing the ball at me. So it’s just the phase we’re in right now, and we’ve just got to progress and move on.”
After adding a quarterback to the situation, then next phase would be to go into more team activities. Revis has yet to participate in any one-on-one drills with the rest of the defensive backs, and hasn’t played in any seven-on-seven periods, either.
“The next big step is getting in team activity,” Revis said. “Seven-on-seven, one-on-ones with Vincent [Jackson] and Mike [Williams] and those guys. And then hopefully with the team, team run and team pass. That would be the next [step] for me. I have no idea [when that will happen]. We’re still taking it day-by-day and I’m getting better and improving.”
Once Revis has recovered, many people have wondered what his role will be. Will he play on an island like he did in New York, or does Schiano have something different in store for him?
“We’ve had numerous talks about [how they will use me],” Revis said. “I think [putting me against the top receiver] is the plan. He’s very open to it, and I think that’s what we’re going to do. I think me following the top receiver will help the defense a lot. For me to try to lock him down and let Gerald [McCoy] and those guys up front get some pressure and just try to hold up the receive so they can get to the quarterback. I think that’s the deal.”
“He’ll play every technique in our scheme,” Schiano said. “We won’t exclude him, but I think his physical capabilities allow you to do some things with him that you might not do with some other guys. So we’ll take advantage of all those skills. And who knows? I don’t know if that will be right on opening day, if he’ll be ready to do that or if he’ll just be ready to be a regular player. But certainly, as he’s ready, we’ll be ready.”
From the day General Manager Mark Dominik and Schiano traded for Revis, they made it very clear that the goal was to have him play on opening day. That hasn’t changed, however Revis isn’t ready to call it a certainty.
“I think that’s too far down the road. I think right now we’re just trying to go day by day. That is the goal, we’ve talked about that, and I want to be there on the first day, the first game, and be out there ready to go with my teammates.”
Although Revis hasn’t been able to really play with his teammates, he has still been able to go through walk-throughs with them, which has helped him gain chemistry with the defense, as well as learn the terminology.
“Yeah, everything is similar to when I was in New York,” Revis said. “It’s just different terminology. I try to take the terminology we have here and just try to use it in my own language a little bit to try to figure out things out, but it’s the same stuff. I’m actually excited about that, that it’s not something totally off in left field where I’ve got to struggle to get into the defense.”
Because he’s not participating in team activity yet, it gives him the opportunity to watch how the defensive backs play. So far, Revis has been really impressed with the young guys like rookies Johnthan Banks and Rashaan Melvin, who have both been standouts so far in camp.
“Those guys are doing great, I’m surprised. Banks is doing well. [Rashaan] Melvin is doing awesome; he’s getting his hands on balls every day, and those young guys. We’ve got a great group of guys here in the secondary teamed up with [Dashon] Goldson and [Mark] Barron back there. We’re fine. We’re very confident and we’re getting confident with each other as well.”
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