Johnson Pegged As CB Starter; No Nickel DecisionSeptember 4th, 2013
Greg Schiano acknowledged today that the team’s published depth chart was accurate as of Monday, when Leonard Johnson was labeled a starter at cornerback along with Darrelle Revis.
Schiano pointed out that things can change but “that’s what we saw on Monday.”
That leaves prized rookie Johnthan Banks as presumably the nickel cornerback. However, Schiano passionately said recently that the nickel position is far more difficult than many assume. Also, veteran cornerback Michael Adams told Joe today that Schiano has not yet told the team of a decision on nickel cornerback for the Jets game, a role Adams desires.
Schiano praised Adams through preseason, so there’s a decent shot Adams gets the job and Banks’ action will be limited.
Of course, it’s unknown how much Revis will be able to play, which could affect the use of Banks. Hopefully, the Bucs’ offense can grind the ball on the ground and keep their offense on the field. That would be a tremendous gift to the entire Bucs defense.