Johnthan Banks Still LearningJune 28th, 2013
One neat thing Joe learned at minicamp earlier this month is that Bucs rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks is pretty confident in his ability.
Not cocky though, there’s a difference.
While Banks believes he can hang with opponents in the NFL, he’s quick to point out he has a lot to learn.
“I match-up pretty well with everybody, everybody out here,” said Banks, who could start if he plays well in training camp. “But I am still a rookie. I am still learning. I am taking my time and do it right and learn it the right way.”
So what has Banks learned in his short time in the NFL? Well, for one, he doesn’t have the Bucs’ defense down pat. And he’s learned there is no drop off in talent on the NFL level.
“The terminology for the defense, it is so different than college,” Banks said. “Everybody is so much better here. Plus, there is nobody in college that has a Vincent Jackson on one side and Mike Williams on the other. Everybody is good. You have to be prepared all the time.”
Joe believes this is a good mix of confidence and humility. Banks is certain he can play — and start — on the NFL level but also realizes that won’t happen without work.