NFC South: Darrelle Reevis

Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has yet to practice with his teammates as he recovers from a knee injury, said he expects to be ready to play in the season opener against his former team, the New York Jets.

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AP Photo/Chris O'MearaDarrelle Revis rides a stationary bike during OTAs on Tuesday in Tampa.
“That is the goal,” Revis said Tuesday. “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 have got to have a goal set. I think coach (Greg Schiano) has the same goal too -- to be out there Week 1.”

Revis said he’s been running and making cuts and feels like his knee is progressing.

“I cannot really put a number on it,” Revis said. “I can tell it is getting stronger. We are improving. Me and (trainer) Todd (Torricelli) are doing a great job. I am out here running and cutting. Even in the weight room we are getting stronger. There is really no percentage on it right now, but I can tell I feel better than I did a couple weeks ago.”

The Bucs have expressed optimism that Revis will be ready for the start of training camp. If that happens, great. But I don’t think the Bucs need to force things. Revis is a veteran and he shouldn’t have any problem picking up the defense.

"I think in the meeting room and in the walk-throughs he's doing very well," Schiano said. "He's not a rookie, the guy has played a lot of years and has played in a scheme where he's got to do more than just cover one-on-one. That’s always the fear, if you bring a corner from the outside, if he's only played one-on-one, does he understand all the other concepts?

“But (Revis) does, and he's got a really good football mind. So he's doing a really good job with his rehab and all those things, and he's also doing a very good job in the classroom, which are the two things he can do right now."

If Revis misses a little time in training camp, it won’t be that big a deal. The important thing is just to make sure Revis is ready for the season opener.

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