Banks Ascending

Gerald McCoy gets most of the attention. Lavonte David makes a lot of the tackles. But not one player on defense has improved as much as cornerback Johnthan Banks this season.

Gerald McCoy gets most of the attention. Lavonte David makes a lot of the tackles. But not one player on defense has improved as much as cornerback Johnthan Banks this season. The second year corner leads the team with four interceptions. Those four interceptions are tied for the third-most in the NFL. Over the last month or so it seems like Banks is making at least one impact play a game. The Bucs defense has gotten better since the start of the season. Banks has been a big reason for that turnaround. Lovie Smith knows Banks continues to grow as a player. "We’ve seen a lot of improvement from him. He’s had some unfortunate things happen this year, but lately – like the rest of the defense – he’s really picked up the pace," Smith said. "Good size. Of course, the DBs, they’re looking forward – as we talked about earlier – we’ll see exactly how far we’ve come this week.”

This Sunday will be a test. Detroit has one of the better offenses in the league. Calvin Johnson is considered the best wide receiver in the league. Although if you ask Johnson, Banks is playing some good football. "Good corner, man. Rangy – he definitely has super long arms when he puts his hands on you," Johnson said. "That’s one thing. He has some picks this year, so he’s played the ball well. He’s a second-year guy – he’s getting better.”

The defense has improved. The secondary use to be a weakness, and in some instances is still vulnerable. But Banks is an ascending player. In today's NFL you need at least three corners that can cover. With Banks playing the way he has over the last month, the Bucs know they have at least one legit cover corner.

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