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TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Darrelle Revis isn’t making any bold predictions about his debut with his new team.
Revis has been looking forward to his debut in a new uniform since late April, when the Jets traded him to the Buccaneers, who signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract that makes him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
“It’s finally here. I’m excited,” Revis said Wednesday. “I’m not just excited about me getting back out there, but just this team. We’ve worked hard in training camp and we’re ready for the season.”
While it has yet to be determined how much the 28-year-old will play in his first game action since last Sept. 23, Revis said his surgically repaired left knee feels fine and he’s optimistic he eventually will regain the form that made him one of the NFL’s most dominant defenders before his injury.
“When I go out to practice, I just try to make plays like I have in the past. That’s how I’ve got to approach it. I can’t sit here and get down on myself if I don’t, if I’m a step late on a play,” the four-time Pro Bowl selection said. “I’ve just got to keep on improving and keep on building on me getting in shape and getting back to where I used to be playing at an elite level.”
“Let’s see what the conditions are, let’s see how he’s feeling. The other thing that always gets you is emotions. That can tire you out as well,” Schiano said. “To try to make a predetermined plan wouldn’t be prudent. I think we just have to play it by ear.”
Meanwhile, Revis is doing everything he can help his teammates get ready for the Jets. He’s provided tips about some of New York’s defensive players to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and discussed some of the Jets‘ offensive playmakers with Goldson and the rest of Tampa Bay’s overhauled secondary.
“I know these guys. I played against them every day in practice. So I’ve got a bunch of tips on those guys,” Revis said. “And the good thing about it, I’ve been sharing them in our secondary. … We will come into this game real comfortable. We really will, just from the experience I had there and knowing these guys.”
Not that that necessarily helps, coach Rex Ryan said.
“Obviously, Darrelle was the premier corner in football. A physical player who shows up every day to compete. He’s an excellent teammate, he’s just tougher than heck. He was a joy to coach, I can tell you that much,” Ryan said. “He probably leads a little differently. He’s not as vocal, but every single teammate will recognize what he does. He doesn’t let you catch a ball in walkthroughs. He’s a tremendous competitor, and obviously one of the rare guys that you coach.”
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