Cornerbacks Herd Is Rather ThinAugust 27th, 2014
Two are injured. Will Tampa Bay keep seven to start the season?
Here’s a look at who’s still around:
Alterraun Verner — Pro Bowler made Bucs debut Saturday against Buffalo. Told Joe after the game he felt great.
Johnthan Banks — Top cornerback of preseason. Started each game and has been solid. Clearly can play in Lovie’s system.
Mike Jenkins — Veteran has been sidelined with an unspecified “upper leg” injury since late July.
Rashaan Melvin — Walking boot for his bad ankle has been his fashion statement for a while.
Leonard Johnson — Been No. 1 nickel cornerback through camp and preseason.
Quinton Pointer — Serving as No. 2 nickel. Lovie has said two nickels aren’t the goal, unless the No. 2 nickel can play corner effectively, too. Pointer was on the field with the Bucs first team defense on Saturday.
Anthony Gaitor — He’s still here, so you never know.
Kip Edwards — Second-year undrafted guy was with Leslie Frazier and the Vikings last season.
Keith Lewis — Long rookie corner with speed who has been around for months. Undrafted out of Virginia/Lynchburg.
Marc Anthony – Just picked yesterday after being cut earlier in the season.
The roster must be cut down to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m. Joe surely doesn’t rule out the Bucs going after another cornerback. A big X-factor here is Leonard Johnson. Can he successfully play a major role this season? His 2013 was on the ugly side.