Revis has unhappy homecoming
by Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune
In his first NFL game in almost a year, Darrelle Revis was feeling no pain. Then he looked at the final scoreboard. Revis recaptured his All-Pro form in his debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, deflecting away two early passes before his former team, the Jets, rallied for an 18-17 victory.
I was just happy to be out there, said Revis, who was brought along slowly by the Bucs after his October knee surgery. I felt good going out there, doing what I like to do. It was great competing again at a high level. We failed to accomplish our goal today, but it was a great game.
Acquired from the Jets in an April trade, Revis didn't take a snap during the preseason and was limited during training camp. But he played almost every defensive down against the Jets and reported no problems with a left knee that was shattered in Week 3 last year. If I felt in any way uncomfortable, I probably wouldn't have played today, Revis said. I was ready to go.
Rookie Geno Smith threw for 256 yards against the Bucs in his pro debut, adding 47 yards on the ground, but Revis wasn't tested much after breaking up two first-quarter passes. I thought Darrelle was fine out there, Bucs safety Mark Barron said. From what I saw, he did a great job.