CB Darrelle Revis has spent the majority of his career covering an opponent’s best receiver and expects to do the same with Tampa Bay.
“We’ve had numerous talks about that, me and Coach Schiano, and I think that’s the plan,’’ said Revis, who is recovering from a torn ACL. “He’s very open to it, and I think me following the top receiver will help the defense a lot.”
Revis plans to lock down the opponent’s top receiver, not just hold him up, so the Bucs’ defensive front can get to the quarterback.
“That’s the deal,” Revis said.
Gut it out
The Bucs continued to increase LG Carl Nicks’ workload Monday, asking him to participate for a second straight practice in one-on-one blocking drills and live 11-on-11 team periods. Nicks, though, is still not fully recovered from the left big toe injury that ended his 2012 season, Schiano is starting to wonder if the two-time Pro Bowler will ever reach that point again.
“When you have certain surgeries, sometimes it never goes back,’’ Schiano said. “It’s fixed, but it may never feel as good as new. In this case, I think Carl is always going to play with some discomfort. But that’s life in the NFL.”
Player of the day
WR Vincent Jackson took a day off on Saturday to help his wife, Lindsey, deliver the couple’s first child. He returned to work on Monday and, from the look of things, fatherhood agrees with him.
Jackson made several eye-popping catches, including one in which he tipped a ball to himself to evade a defender and another in which he spun to elude a defender before making a one-handed catch while running backward.
“He really made some catches today, didn’t he?’’ Schiano said. “I would say that would be one of the better (practices) I’ve seen.”
Bucs coach Greg Schiano watched the telecast of Warren Sapp’s Pro Football Hall of Fame acceptance speech Saturday night and hopes his players watched, too.
Sapp, a two-time NFL All-Decade defensive tackle, played nine of his 13 seasons with the Bucs. He joined the late Lee Roy Selmon as Tampa Bay players in the Canton, Ohio, shrine of excellence.
“Now we have two and I think there’s going to be more,’’ Schiano said. “Occasions like the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony are great for our players to see. I love the history and tradition of the NFL. I think our guys need an appreciation for that, and some probably do.’’
Quote of the day
“Josh is doing great. He always commands the huddle but there is something else about him this year. He is in command even more. He is calling out stuff before (coordinator Mike Sullivan) even gets it to him.’’ – Bucs LT Donald Penn on QB Josh Freeman.
Two remaining practices at One Buc Place are open to the public, no ticket required. Admission and parking are free. Fans can enjoy discounted concessions and autograph sessions.
Practices open to the public (dates and times subject to change):