Mike Florio reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has stated that he’s “not even close” to 100 percent following recovery from an ACL tear he suffered last season with the Jets. Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock had a chance to sit down with Revis in the days leading up to the NFL Network broadcast of Thursday Night Football. Mayock said Revis revealed to him he’s still waiting on his explosiveness to get back to where it was before the injury.
Sometimes the explosion’s there. Sometimes it’s not.
NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling has also reported there’s growing concern with how the Bucs have used Revis in their system. In New York, Revis was used as a shutdown corner who locked on and followed the offense’s number one receiver. Tampa has been using him primarily in zone coverage.
The Bucs took a chance when they traded for Revis. They took an even bigger plunge by then signing Revis to a six year, $96 million contract. So far, the investment hasn’t panned out as hoped. The Bucs likely realized that it would be a process getting Revis back after missing nearly all of last season. But it’s never a good sign to hear a player talking about the explosiveness not being there after an ACL tear. Some players have gotten it back quickly and some players are never the same. It’s roughly $100 million worth of explosiveness they’re hoping will return soon.