Darrelle Revis made a successful return to the practice field Thursday, just 10 months after tearing his ACL, revealing afterward that he was so nervous that he couldn't sleep the night before.
Revis, who didn't wear a brace on his left knee, took part in 11 of the Buccaneers' 24 drills, focusing on individual position drills -- including fielding punts -- and working on his conditioning when the team was taking part in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills.
"I've been looking forward to this since I've been here, so it's been awesome to be out there with my teammates," Revis said at a news conference after practice. "To be out there with the coaches and just do what I love doing, playing football."
The cornerback, obtained by the Bucs from the New York Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in April's draft and signed to a six-year, $96 million contract, said he "felt fine" Thursday.
"I think the biggest thing was just trying to brush the cobwebs off and get out there," Revis said.
In an interview with NFL Network, Revis talked about how close the Buccaneers are, contrasting it to the situation he was in with the Jets, the team he and the Buccaneers are scheduled to play in Week 1.
"It's more of a family here," Revis told NFL Network.
"Everybody is real tight here. We all get along. Everybody is fine," he added. "There's no nit-picking, no small stories leaking out to be bigger stories. Everybody is on the same page here, and we want to win."
He said coach Greg Schiano and the Buccaneers plan to ease him back into action. He said if the Bucs determine he should sit out the preseason, he won't argue, although the competitor in him will want to get some playing time before the season starts.
"If that's the move for me to be healthy on Sept. 8, then that is the game plan. We are all on the same page here," he said.
Revis said he hoped to be able to do even more in practice Friday.
"I just went out there and did what I could do, [and] it went well," he said. "Tomorrow I'll probably be able to do more and as the days go on more and more."
Schiano was pleased with what he saw of Revis on Thursday.
"He looked good," Schiano said, adding the team plans to "take it day by day depending on how he feels, how he looks on tape."