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Darrelle Revis says he took a huge step forward on Monday

Darrelle Revis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is surrounded by reporters after a joint workout with the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


You can check off another box on Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis’ checklist for a complete recovery from a torn ACL.

Revis took part in full speed team drills on Monday, lining up across from wide receiver Vincent Jackson in man coverage and letting it all hang out. Revis said after practice that his knee felt great and that he thinks it was a major step toward being in the lineup when the Bucs face his old teammates from the Jets in the first week of the regular season.

“I think this was a huge step today, just getting out there and running, getting the calls, up-tempo type of stuff I was doing,’' Revis said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “So it was a huge step for me and it was a huge day for just being out there and moving around and not having any problems, nothing, no soreness after practice or swelling. So it was a huge step for me.”

When discussing Revis’ next step last week, coach Greg Schiano said he didn’t need to see Revis play in any preseason games but he’d listen if Revis lobbied to get on the field before the end of the exhibition schedule. Revis said Monday that his goal was to play all 16 weeks in the regular season and that he was focused on doing whatever he can to avoid setbacks between now and that game against the Jets.

Based on that answer, we’d guess that Revis won’t be playing in August since all the signs for him playing in September look good right now.