There's no panic about it, but certainly everyone involved with the Buccaneers would like to go ahead and see cornerback Darrelle Revis, acquired this offseason in a blockbuster deal, get on the field and be ready for live game action.
It's believed that Revis will be ready to play Week 1 -- that's been the Bucs plan all along -- and Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik only reinforced that notion when he told theMMQB.com's Peter King Revis is "almost certain" to play Week 1 against the Jets.
Revis was less confident than Dominik, but did add that things are "coming along well"
"At this time," Revis told King Friday. "I can't tell you. But it is my goal to be ready for the first game, and it's coming along well."
Don't expect Revis to step on the field before Week 1, either. Schiano made it pretty clear that getting preseason action in isn't necessarily required (at all) for a guy like Revis.
“I don't see playing in a preseason game as paramount,'' Schiano said.
How will the Bucs play Revis? Island-style, just like the Jets did. At least that's what Revis has gleaned from his conversations with Schiano leading up to the season.
"Coach and I have talked about it,'' Revis said, “and he's open to [me playing on an island]. It'll be predicated on the gameplan. But I think you'll see it a lot. I might have to dust the cobwebs off, but it's the way I play best. I've said, ‘Coach, this is the way I play best,' and I think he agrees."
It's that style that made Revis the best cornerback, by a large margin, in all of football. It's what made him Revis. If the Bucs get Revis, they'll be quite pleased with the deal they made. And if Revis is ready in Week 1, he'll be able to make the Jets regret their decision right off the bat.