Evaluation Time For “Go Go Gadget Arms”January 10th, 2014
One thing that excites Joe about having Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator is his background as a cornerback. Sadly, Joe’s old enough to remember Frazier leading the legendary 1985 Bears defense with six interceptions.
Frazier blew out his knee in the ’85 Super Bowl and then jumped into college and NFL coaching, and he has a great track record with defensive backs.
Frazier has one key evaluation in the coming days. Bucs know what Darrelle Revis can do, and most other Bucs cornerbacks have limited skill sets, but Johnthan Banks is a bit of a mystery. How talented is this second-year player who will turn 25 next season?
Will Frazier and Lovie Smith see Banks as a true No. 2 cornerback? Or will they seek
Charles Tillman a corner in free agency? Could Banks evolve into a slot cornerback?
Darrelle Revis, speaking on WDAE-AM 620 in December, was very upbeat on Banks. “He made tremendous strides. He got stronger. You see the talent,” Revis said.
Revis said he always studies how quickly young players learn the game and he likes Banks’ attitude but Banks is still learning. Revis also likes in Banks what you can’t teach.
“You gotta excuse his Go Go Gadget arms,” Revis said. “I mean, he’s a tall corner. He’s about 6-2, 6-3, and he’s got a big wingspan. He lifts his one of his arm’s up and he’s like 6-9.”
There’s no question Banks will be on the 2014 roster. What’s unclear is how much faith will be placed in him after he’s evaluated in the coming days. Last year, Banks was all but given a load of playing time after Eric Wright was booted.
What the Bucs do in free agency should say a lot about what they think of Banks.