For the first time in a while maybe in his career cornerback Darrelle Revis feels like he is part of a football family. But you might be surprised which family member his new Buccaneers teammates consider him. "The younger guys on the team are calling me 'Grandpa' " Revis said. "That's my new nickname. I was like 'Wait guys this is only my seventh year in the league.' " Revis 28 certainly got the grandfather treatment during the first training camp practice on Thursday. In his first workout with a team since he tore the ACL in his left knee last September with the New York Jets Revis had a restricted work load. Other than taking a few snaps with the field-goal block unit he was limited to participating in 11 "individual" position-group drills and was back in the locker room before the "team" 11-on-11 work began. "He did drill work which was the plan and then he did rehab the rest of the time" coach Greg Schiano said. "Like I said we're going to take it day by day and then each night we'll figure out the plan (for the next day). "So much of it will be input from Darrelle. This guy knows what he needs to do to get ready to play so we'll just communicate because I think communication is more important than anything here." The most important thing to Revis is patience. He admits that earlier in his career he might have been in a hurry to get back up to full speed which is never good for a player on the mend. "I realize now that it's a process that you have to go through but I had to learn that over the years being around other veterans" he said. "I've had to learn to be patient because I love to play the game love to compete." It showed on Thursday. Revis jumped into position with the block team during a couple of field goal drills. Already holding a ball in each hand he also joined a group of return hopefuls fielding punts.
Bucs CB Revis shakes off rust in first practice with new team
Tampa Tribune | Jul 26