‘Looking forward to this,’ Darrelle Revis practiced with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday


Darrelle Revis will be a fierce Buccaneer.

Without wearing a brace on his bummed left wheel, standout Tampa Bay Buccaneer Darrelle Revis returned to the practice field Thursday as the team opened training camp.

Recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last September against the Dolphins in Miami, the 5-foot-11, 198 pound Revis was traded to the Bucs for the 13th overall pick in April’s draft.

“I’ve been looking forward to this since I’ve been here, so it’s been awesome to be out there with my teammates,” said Revis, 28, who signed a six-year contract worth $96 million with Tampa Bay. “To be out there with the coaches and just do what I love doing, playing football. I think the biggest thing was just trying to brush the cobwebs off and get out there.”

Although there are zero guarantees a cornerback with a reconstructed knee can again thrive in a collision sport, Revis will likely mend and continue providing blanket coverage in the secondary.

Coming off a 7-9 record in the NFC South, Revis is the type of superstar that could help propel the Bucs to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

A three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler, Revis’ incredible pass protection skills prevent offenses from functioning properly.

Expecting to immediately dominate on the gridiron, the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year should flourish competing at Raymond James Stadium and ignite the “Cigar City” as a Buccaneer this autumn.

Somewhat ironically, Darrelle Revis will first “brush the cobwebs off” against the Jets on September 8 in the swamps of Jersey.

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