Licht: Banks And Jenkins Will StartMarch 25th, 2014
Last week when Bucs general manager Jason Licht inked toasty cornerback Mike Jenkins to a lavish one-year, $1.5 million deal, it seemed more of a safety-valve move than anything. Licht had suggested Jenkins would offer competition for talented second-year corner Johnthan Banks.
Joe thought the notion that Jenkins would supplant Banks to be a stretch. Banks showed a lot of promise last year and got better as the season grew. Jenkins was all but run out of Dallas, and the Raiders, who had loads of cap space, waved Jenkins goodbye as he walked out the door.
But it seems that Jenkins will actually start. And so too will Banks. And so too will Alterraun Verner. That’s what Licht said today from the NFL Owners meetings in Orlando, noted Buccaneers.com multimedia type Scott Smith.
@ScottSBucs: Because so many DEF snaps are in nickel, Jason Licht says CBs Alterraun Verner, Johnthan Banks & Mike Jenkins are all considered starters.
Joe can understand that being the case. Jenkins may be a decent nickel corner. Joe is anything but impressed with Jenkins as a starter. So perhaps this is Jenkins’ forte.
Time will tell. Training camp should be interesting in so many ways, one of which is the makeup of the secondary.