Bucs (Hopefully) Aching For Cornerback DepthMarch 17th, 2014
Joe is very excited to learn, via Yahoo! Sports, that veteran free agent cornerback and former Pro Bowler Mike Jenkins is visiting the new Bucs regime today.
It just scares Joe too much to know half of the 2012 fearsome foursome, “E.J., Leonard, Danny and LeQuan” still lurks among the Bucs’ defensive backfield.
Sorry. Joe still has some post-traumatic stress after enduring the worst secondary money didn’t buy back in 2012.
One thing about former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik, he had a nasty habit of leaving the Bucs very thin at cornerback, despite publicly subscribing to the philosophy that you can’t have enough good cornerbacks.
Josh Alper, of ProFootballTalk.com, summed up Jenkins’ career after being a first-round pick out of the University of South Florida in 2008.
Jenkins played in Oakland last year after finishing up a five-year run with the Cowboys that started when Dallas made Jenkins a first-round pick in 2008. Jenkins started 15 games in , making 65 tackles, picking off two passes and forcing a fumble for the Raiders. He has 63 starts in the NFL overall and, at 29, still has the ability to be a helpful player if not quite the one the Cowboys thought they were getting in the first round.
Joe doesn’t know what Jenkins has left in his tank, but Joe has learned the hard way that cornerback depth is critical and having Leonard Johnson on the field regularly is a risky proposition. It seems Lovie Smith isn’t ignoring these facts, either.