Lovie References “Six Corners I Like”May 27th, 2014
Leonard Johnson might not sleep well tonight.
Lovie Smith, who doesn’t talk too much about players that impress him during “underwear football,” shed light on his cornerback thoughts today.
“There are six corners that I like on our football team right now,” Lovie said after practice. Then he went on to name Deveron Carr and Rashaan Melvin, both Greg Schiano-era holdovers, as cornerbacks who show him “daily improvement.”
Lovie also glowed about Johnathan Banks, calling him a “great fit” for our scheme and saying he did great things last season and called him “coachable” and “talented.” The head coach shared his belief that teams need a couple of 6-foot and taller corners these days Banks is 6-2 with very long arms.
Lovie also acknowledged that Mike Jenkins is “good competition” for Banks.
Now Joe can handle simple math, and if you add up Jenkins, Banks, Melvin and Carr. That makes four cornerbacks Lovie likes. Throw in Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner, and handpicked former Bears nickel back D.J. Moore, and that totals the six corners Lovie referenced. .
So where does that leave third-year man Leonard Johnson? Joe’s not sure, but it doesn’t sound promising. Keep in mind Lovie and Jason Licht moved quickly to re-sign Danny Gorrer before free agency began.
If nothing else, the Bucs have cornerback depth this season, something former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik never seemed to find.