Veteran guard Davin Joseph said Friday that he is fully recovered from a knee injury that required surgery, declaring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the verge of being "a great team."

Joseph tore the patellar tendon in his right knee during a preseason game and missed the entire season while the Bucs finished 7-9 in their first year under head coach Greg Schiano.

"I was very motivated to rehab my knee and I had a great team of people behind me," Joseph said Friday, referring to Tampa Bay's medical staff. "It was tough at the start. It was hard going from being so excited to knowing that you've got to change your mindset. Like any other challenge, you have to face it head-on.

"I've always had minor issues with my patellar and I think my right knee is stronger now than it's ever been. The first couple of days after surgery, it hurt and I wasn't happy, but I felt a real breakthrough in December."