The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a calculated risk this offseason by trading for superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis. When healthy, Revis is considered the best player at his position in the league, but he is coming off an ACL injury so the trade didn’t come without risk for the Buccaneers. Rumored for weeks, the Buccaneers and Jets pulled off the trade shortly before the 2013 NFL Draft after Revis was examined by the Buccaneers medical staff.
Revis has told reporters that his rehab has been progressing as expected and now the Buccaneers appear confident that the All-Pro corner will be on the field for Week One. Ironically, Tampa Bay opens it’s season against the New York Jets. This will be the Buccaneers first trip to MetLife Stadium but the franchise has never won on the road against the Giants or Jets in New York.
Speaking to NFL Total Access, Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik stated that the team expects Revis to be ready when training camp opens and that they expect him to be on the field to start the season.
“Totally confident,” said Dominik when asked about Revis’ chances to start the season. He’s in great shape right now, he’s running full speed, he’s cutting, he’s doing all the things we’d want him to do from a training standpoint, a rehabilitation standpoint. We’re going to keep him at our pace, but the whole point is that he’ll walk out to the first day of training camp, he’ll have the pads on and he’ll be ready hopefully for the Jets, Week 1. We’re expecting that.”
Revis, joins S Dashon Goldson and rookie CB Johnthan Banks as new additions to their secondary for the 2013 season. The Buccaneers nearly set an NFL record for the most yards allowed through the air last season, ranking 32nd in the league in pass defense.