TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is running, cutting and feeling better about his recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee.
But the Bucs, who traded two high draft picks to the Jets in exchange for the Pro Bowl cornerback, haven't cleared Revis to practice with just over a month before the start of training camp.
That doesn't bother Revis or Bucs coach Greg Schiano, who only wants him to be healthy by the time Tampa Bay visits the Jets at Metlife Stadium for the first game of the regular season.
"I'm confident," Revis said following the Bucs' OTA workout Tuesday. "I'm cutting. (Bucs trainer Todd Toriscelli) might tell me to slow down a little bit, but I'm going full tilt and I'm cutting because I'm feeling good. Cutting and running and doing what I have to do."
Will Revis be confident in his knee and comfortable in the Bucs' defense without actually playing in a football game?
"I think I'm getting comfortable now," Revis said. "I'm in the walk-throughs, I'm in the meetings. The defense is easy. I'm a veteran and some of the things we did in New York, coach Schiano does down here, too. I'm fine with that. I think the biggest thing is making sure I'm 100 percent when I step out there with the guys, my teammates, and we go out there and play some great football."
Revis said he has heard a lot of stories from other players around the NFL who have suffered ACL injuries, but has not talked to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who made a remarkable recovery from a similar injury last season and led the league in rushing.
"I heard a million ACL stories from people around the league and non-football players," Revis said. "You hear them all. You hear the tragedies and everybody says it's a pain, and it's a long process. It's usually six months to a year and some people recover faster and some people don't. It takes time."
Schiano reiterated the goal has always been for Revis to be well enough to start the first game of the regular season.
"That's the goal is to be out there Week 1 and play," Revis said. "If there's anything other than that, we'll have to see when the time comes. But yeah, we've got to have the goal set and coach has the same goals, too, for me to be out there from Day One."
--The Bucs signed free-agent wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, who played at Gaither High School and the University of South Florida in Tampa.
"I grew up watching this team. I've lived here since third grade," Mitchell said, wearing a white No. 12 jersey at his first practice. "I'm just here to work hard, learn the playbook, do what I'm told."
Mitchell spent two seasons with the Browns before being sidelined by a calf injury last year. He signed with the Cowboys as a free agent, but was released last week, and was back home in Tampa when the Bucs called.
"I was about to go out for a workout, and they said, 'How far are you from the facility?' I said '15-20.' They said 'I'll see you at 1:45,' and it was 1:20," said Mitchell, who trained with Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman during the last NFL lockout. "I'm excited. It's a blessing. Things didn't work out in Dallas, obviously, but I'm going to do what I can here."
--The Bucs spent the early part of practice working on punt-block drills, focusing on details all the way down to having players shout "me, me, me" before they pick up a loose ball, calling it like an infielder on a pop fly.
Schiano watched the drill from one knee just behind the punter, working on the technique of not only blocking with hands together but scooping up the loose ball.
"We have to make sure we execute in every way possible," linebacker Dekoda Watson said. "The 'me, me, me' is just making sure you're telling everybody it's going to be me picking up the ball. We don't want a big cluster of everybody trying to grab it and the ball being kicked around where nobody recovers it. It's just telling everybody I'm getting the ball."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "When we first arrived, I wasn't sure how good of physical condition he was in. But from that day until now he's made a marked change in his body, his cardiovascular condition, he's bigger, he's stronger and he certainly understands the defense much better. So again, another guy that I'm excited about. I think he can have a promising career here and it's so important you get some consistency at middle linebacker." -- Schiano on Bucs MLB Mason Foster.