Darrelle Revis, Tamba Bay Buccaneers’ star cornerback, missed most of the 2012 NFL season with a torn ACL.
He had surgery on the knee and was traded from the New York Jets to the ‘Bucs, and for the most part, 2013 has been a success.
Tamba Bay is ranked No. 15 in the NFL in pass defense, which is a huge improvement from No. 32 (worst in the NFL) in 2012. It can be said that Revis has played a big role in that turnaround for the Buccaneers, having picked off two passes and defended 10 so far on the season.
Those aren’t the best numbers of his career, but Revis has done a good job in 2013.
Surprisingly enough though, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, Revis admitted that the knee is still not 100-percent ready to go. It still bugs him.
“It still bothers me here and there,” Revis said, per Yasinskas.
“I’m trying not to think about it,” Revis said. “I’m not trying to complain. I’m trying to go out and play. I’ve been cleared to play since Week 1. It’s been an up-and-down year for this team and me individually.”
That’s a refreshing bit of honesty from a NFL player. Usually, they don’t talk about their ailments until after the season, as to not sound like they’re making excuses. For the record, I don’t see it that way with Revis. He’s just being honest.
He also went on to say that he thinks the offseason will be good for his knee, according to Yasinskas:
“Trust me, I’ll be fine,” Revis said. “When this season is over, I’ll get back to work and get out there with my trainer. I’ll be ready to go next year.”
Perhaps Revis will never return to his old, dominant form; but at least he seems confident that he will.