It's been a busy couple hours for the Buccaneers during their first day of training camp -- Tampa Bay locked down underrated wideout Mike Williams on a six-year deal. And, most germane to their 2013 hopes, appear to have gotten cornerback Darrelle Revis cleared by doctors for practice.
Well, technically, per NFL.com and NFL Network, it's Dr. Russell Warren, who performed Revis' knee surgery, that has cleared Revis for practice and training camp. The Bucs, ostensibly, haven't officially cleared him yet -- he isn't planning on taking the conditioning test administered to veterans at camp on Wednesday.
But he is "excited" about being close to ready, so there's that.
"I feel very excited because of the work you put in," Revis said. "You've got to put the preparation in to feel confident and be ready to go and be ready to play."
Per NFLN's Andrea Kramer, who's been working on a "Project Revis" rehab piece this offseason, the Bucs are "confident" that Revis can do everything he needs to do during training camp and confident he will do everything he needs to do.
The only reason he's not taking the conditioning test Wednesday is he hasn't trained for it. (And it would really, really stink for the Bucs and their PR staff if Revis failed the conditioning test.)
Should any of this be surprising? Nah, not really. Ever since the Bucs traded for Revis this offseason, the expectations for Revis in 2013 have been clear: he'll be on the field in Week 1 to face his old team as the Jets and Bucs square off.
As the offseason's progressed, Tampa Bay's been relatively conservative with their proclamations about Revis progress. But the goal of being ready for training camp and, eventually, Week 1 has been clear. It appears Revis is set to meet that.