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Darrelle Revis couldn't wait to hit the field. Despite the limitations the Bucs put on their new shutdown corner, Revis saw action in 11 practice periods and showed no signs of favoring his surgically repaired knee.

All eyes are on Revis right now, but he didn't feel like he was being watched.

"I had tunnel vision to get out there," said Revis. "Be out on the field and do what I can. To make sure my knee withstands the reps that I'm getting out there. That was my focus."

There are plenty of new faces that the Bucs coaching staff is watching, including running back Peyton Hillis, who general manager Mark Dominik has wanted for the last two years. Hillis has impressed starting with the condition he's come to camp in.

"I came in OK shape," said Hillis. "It's hard being off for seven months and not being with a team. It's difficult to learn a whole new playbook in a couple of days. But that's what I'm willing to do. I'm here to hopefully help this team win and help establish myself again."

The Bucs are pleased with their start, but they're not about to crown themselves Super Bowl champs yet. Rookie cornerback Jonathan Banks has high standards when it comes to grading Day 1.

"Give myself a 'B,'" said Banks.

Why not an 'A'?

"No one's on their 'A' game yet. That's a work in progress."

"That's a pretty generous grade," laughed Schiano. I don't think Revis gave himself a 'B.'"

With the new culture Greg Schiano created last year, year two is all about football. Schiano's expectation for this season is for his leaders to share in the direction. But first on his agenda is just play football.

"There's no other agenda. You're here to play football," said Schiano. "You're here to meet on football. You're here to walk through football plays, then you go to bed, wake up, and do it again the next day. And everybody knows that -- wives, kids, agents, everybody."

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