Johnthan Banks Draws Raves From The GM

August 4th, 2014

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Right now, the question of how second-year cornerback Johnthan Banks will fit into Lovie Smith’s defense has a fantastic answer.

Speaking on WDAE-AM 620 this evening, Bucs general manager Jason Licht told host Steve Duemig that Banks has answered the bell.

Duemig and Licht were discussing how Alterraun Verner will need to adjust to Buccaneers defense, and about how cornerbacks need to be a fit.

“Sometimes [cornerbacks] get labeled incorrectly,” Licht said. “So that’s what training camp is for, to find out. A good example, right now Johnthan Banks is having a great camp. You know, he may have some naysayers before, you know, ‘Is he a fit in this system?” But right now he’s showing that he is.”

This is great news, especially considering Verner hasn’t practiced in a week and is dealing with the first significant injury of his career (hamstring), and that Mike Jenkins also has a mysterious upper leg injury.

19 Responses to “Johnthan Banks Draws Raves From The GM”

  1. Walter Says:

    If Banks takes the next step forward in his progression as a starting corner, that’ll do wonders for our defense.

  2. RastaMon Says:

    FB skills aside…JB is a man on HIGH character !….read between the lines

  3. biff barker Says:

    Curious to know much does the afternoon heat contribute to all the hamstring issues?

    The loss of Verner isn’t exactly a next man up situation.

  4. biff barker Says:

    There was never any doubt in my mind that Banks would be great after he blanketed Calvin Johnson last season.

    He won the Thorpe by shutting Soren the SEC’s very best. Not a surprise folks.

  5. Harry Says:

    I think Banks is going to be a really good CB. I felt it last year, especially in the DET game and he stepped up to cover Megatron, and I continue to think that. But some guy press better, some do zone better, you just don’t know until you are working them.

  6. Bob Says:

    The more I read what players are saying about the Schiano era, the more I’m convinced the major problem was his requiring players to conform to his system rather than playing to the skills of each person. Thank God Lovie saw the problem and is now getting much more out of his team!

  7. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    I’m having a hard time getting excited about any player after J-Free was getting Drew Brees comparisons last training camp…

  8. Kevin Says:

    This team has one thing it has lacked since Gruden….SWAG!!!!

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Love Jonthan Banks…..great character…really high potential….and looks like he is developing quickly…..We may be fortunate enough not to miss Revis….that would be really good because we added Johnson or about 8 other players for his $16 mil.

  10. Rrsrq Says:

    In Aeneus Williams HOF speech he spoke very highly of Gil Byrd as a coach and person, hopefully J. Banks will take hold to that great teaching too.

  11. Jon Says:

    That Dominik drafted south better than most GM’s. Just be objective and look. Now with lovie it’s going to back to buc D!

  12. mpmalloy Says:

    Kevin Says:
    August 4th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    This team has one thing it has lacked since Gruden….SWAG!!!!

    I prefer the term “mojo”.

  13. Jim Walker Says:

    Lets see it on game day.

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  15. Tiny Tim Says:

    I am not sure how people could question his fit. He played cover 2 in college when he was named the best corner in the nation. Some people just like to complain/question just to do it. Research people. Its not that hard.

  16. Bucfever40 Says:

    Banks Island? Maybe not, but you better not travel down BANKS BOULEVARD!!

  17. Brandon Says:

    Mike Jenkins is a solid guy, but he is a longshot to make the final roster. He’s not a 3rd CB… he’d be more like a 4th or 5th… and you don’t use those spots on 6 year vets…you use them on younger players you hope to develop.

  18. Owlykat Says:

    Banks wasn’t much of a press corner last year because he played the Tampa Two in college. He should be playing his best ball this year! Here is a thought, play Tanney at CB until Verner returns. He has played CB at WVa. He did a great job subbing for Golston last year, and he has good size and speed. Remember Charlotte’s best WR is a tall, 230 lb rookie, and shrimp sized CBs are not going to stop him. We know from Williams last year hamstring injury can take out a WR for a year and Lovie has no idea when Verner will return!

  19. teacherman777 Says:


    He would get roasted as a CB

    I would like to see Banks get some work at FS because of his height and length.

    Can to 4.6 cafetiers, Barron and Goldson cover???

    we will see!!