Johnthan Banks Is Back

September 2nd, 2016
He's back.

He’s back.

The man who led the Bucs in interceptions two years ago is back.

On the showing of strong plays in preseason games, cornerback Johnthan Banks, a former second round pick, has made the final 53-man roster, Joe has independently confirmed.

To be honest, the handwriting was on the wall. Though Banks struggled in the first couple of weeks of training camp, he made plays in games. In the past, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht has cited players making plays “under the lights” was a key element in evaluation.

And Banks sure has.

Though he does not have final say on his own roster, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, after a debacle of a fourth preseason game, cited Banks for performing well the past two weeks.

Banks is a good dude and Joe is happy he has returned. Perhaps no one outside of Alterraun Verner was ruined more by Lovie Smith’s non-defense than Banks. Glad he has been able to recuperate.

22 Responses to “Johnthan Banks Is Back”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    there your go DB55… I am happy banks made it. i can relate to him it took me longer to get the incompetent one out of my system. I still have relapses when I see a picture of the worst head coach in buccaneer history 9 years experience and all he did was barf on himself daily. It won’t take long for Dirk to surpass loser lovie on the all time bucs wins list. thank god the lovie smith pr stunt by the glazers only lasted 2 years.

  2. teacherman777 Says:

    I love Banks!

    Got that Mississippi sweetness about him!

    Go Bucs!!

    I believe in you Mr. Bulldog!

    From an Auburn Tiger! Alum 2006

    I met Caddy twice at Auburn before he was drafted by the Bucs.

    One of the kindness, coolest, deepest dudes in the world!!

    Caddy also had piercing bright GREEN EYES!

    Long live Caddy!

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    A Schiano man.

  4. GilArciaBucs Says:

    It was inevitable. Banks will, if given enough time (perhaps maybe a future of VH3 and Banks?), will flourish in this system. Now that there are competent coaches on the sidelines, of course.

  5. Waterboy Says:

    I figured he would be back. I’ve watched him closely in each of the preseason games and thought he played decent. I’m not sure how great of a practice player he is but he’s played well enough to earn a roster spot from what I saw.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    Perhaps the coaching staff see somethings in this guy a lot of us do not. That’s why they are coaches. Got no faith in Mr. Banks or his sidekick Mr. Verner. the Rolling Stones have always yelled, You can’t always get what you want. WE shall see…..

  7. DB55 Says:

    Not today Satan, not today.

  8. grafikdetail Says:

    banks, VH3 and Hey Jude โ€” cornerbacks of the future!!

  9. Bob in Valrico Says:

    good for banks,his progress was steamrolled by Lovie and his unfounded faith in Jenkins, and Jennings.The undynamic duo.

  10. D-Rome Says:

    Perhaps no one outside of Alterraun Verner was ruined more by Lovie Smithโ€™s non-defense than Banks. Glad he has been able to recuperate.

    HA HA! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Banks did not have a very good camp and it wasn’t because of a coach who hasn’t stepped foot inside of One Buc since early January. McCoy, David, Alexander, McDonald, Jac Smith, Adjei-Barimah, Gholston, Conte, and A. Spence all managed to come to 2016 Buccaneers camp unaffected by Lovie Smith.

    I watched Banks not give a very good effort on that TD run by Mack Brown.

  11. tmaxcon Says:


    people heal at different rates when infected with a disease but such a devastating strain of the loviesmithdisease can last years in some players and fans. especailly the fans that realized early on that the hiring of a complete moron from the past like lovie was nothing more than a publicity stunt to please buc fans living in the past with the 4 good years of dungy defenses.

  12. DB55 Says:


    I watched Banks not give a very good effort on that TD run by Mack Brown
    Did you also see Jude completely miss the tackle on brown? Did you see him squared up on Brown n completely whiff the tackle? Maybe you saw Tandy n Spence running in front of Banks while chasing Brown? No? I guess not.

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    I’m happy for Banks but I didn’t see this grand transformation everybody’s talking about.
    Welcome back Banks!

  14. JonBuc Says:

    As he should be…

  15. Bob in Valrico Says:

    believe I saw that play,and I though Tandy had the best shot at making the play.He was stiff armed.
    Grimes and Banks may complement each other.I was concerned that Grimes was so easily separated from Gordon in the endzone.Banks long arms have shown up at some key times during the preseason.

  16. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @ d-rome
    Not being able to play for the best part of two years, while Jenkins and Jennings stunk up the joint, practically derailed his career.Lovie didn’t know anything about corners.He even miscast Barimah whose strength seems to be at the slot where he can use his physicality to defend the slant,a lost art during the Lovie years.

  17. PRBucFan Says:

    Verner is back too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. GhostofTedford Says:

    Starting to wonder what this years Bucs defense will be known for….Air Defense, QB hunters, smothering ball hawks, marauders, Mike’s Menace, Dirks Death Dealers, Tampa Sack Exchange, Titanium Curtain, Pewter People Eaters, Brooks Zombies, …………………

  19. Brett Says:

    If he stays on the roster, he’ll count as a 2nd round pick loss when he signs elsewhere and they compute compensatory picks. Glad they didn’t cut him. i can’t believe he has become that terrible, but I think the Lovie experience definitely hurt him.

  20. Destro44 Says:

    I think Banks is still around because he brings something none of the other corners have, height. We are in a division with Julio Jones and Benjamin, I am a Hargreaves and Grimes fan but if the height advantage becomes an issue it gives us an option.

  21. orlbucfan Says:

    YYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!! Lovie Smith practically threw JB in the garbage can. Why? Cos he didn’t draft him. Talk about short-sighted. More like blind-no sighted. Banks was one of Schiano’s good decisions. Now, Mike Smith and his DB krewe have got the makings of a decent secondary. They still have to shore up the DL depth. The lack-of stuck out like a sore thumb especially in the final pre-season game irregardless of the slop. Go Tampa Bay!!

  22. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    If anyone stepped up and earned there spot on this roster it was Banks, and I couldn’t be more happy for the guy. So glad to see him rebound from that terrible coach who set most of his corners up for failure. I think we can all agree 27 has the talent and size to be a very good corner in this league and I’m glad it will be with the pewter pirates instead of another team. Def looks like we have our corners of the future in VH3, Banks, and Jude. Now if we can only find the matching safeties to go with them…