During his post-practice press conference this afternoon at One Buc Place, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach Greg Schiano told the media that Darrelle Revis got his first action with the first team defense during drill periods today, and that he would be able to “play if he wants” in the upcoming preseason games.
Schiano noted that Revis was assigned as a non-contact player today, but he did run in drills and scrimmages with the first team defense. This is a positive sign, especially if tonight and into tomorrow Revis feels confident to do more, and the coaches and trainers agree.
Revis “took another step in the progression,” according to Schiano, and he said that he would be able to play in either of the next two games if Darrelle deems it necessary. But Schiano did make an interesting observation that Revis has played without a preseason before, as he missed a training camp and set of exhibition games earlier in his career due to a holdout.
Schiano did say that he didn’t believe Revis would be able to play in a regular season game if it were to happen this week, but mainly because he has nothing to base his confidence on. He has yet to really play NFL football with the contact and speed he’ll experience during week 1, so the Bucs’ head coach said he would probably not play if there was a real game this weekend.
The Buccaneers’ coach did reiterate his sentiment that this is a long-term relationship, and there is no pressing need to have Revis ready for week 1. The Buccaneers have Revis signed for the long haul, and rushing him back for a week one (against a weak opponent, which Schiano didn’t say, but still rings true) would be unwise.