We started our insider previews with the Wide Receivers on Tuesday, so I figured we'd jump to the other side of the field and focus on the cornerbacks today. Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks should be entrenched as the starters on the Bucs defense, but there are a lot of young corners fighting for just a couple of available roster spots.
Here is our prediction on how the cornerbacks might be categorized:
Alterraun Verner - Verner might not be an elite corner, but he is still a good fit for the Bucs defense. I think Verner is reliable and a good pairing with the much bigger Johnthan Banks.
Johnthan Banks - Sometimes I think we forget that Banks is only a couple years into his NFL career. During those 2 years, Banks has started 20 games, has 7 interceptions, and defensed 15 passes. Banks has excellent size and could be on the verge of a breakout season which puts his play on the NFL map.
Sterling Moore - The Bucs might have only signed Moore to a 1-year contract, but he will be making the Bucs roster for the 2015 season, and likely be the Bucs nickel corner.
Mike Jenkins - The former USF Bull was a starter for the Bucs coming out of training camp last year, but a torn pectoral muscle led to him missing the entire season. Jenkins' experience will provide some nice depth for the Bucs secondary.
On the Bubble
Leonard Johnson - This may finally be the year Johnson loses his roster spot. Despite being from Largo High School locally, Johnson is far from a fan favorite. Johnson is a liability at times in coverage. With so many other young corners on the roster, Johnson's time with the Bucs could be nearing its end.
Isaiah Frey - Frey was a player that I thought showed some ability last season. Frey started 6 games for Lovie Smith in 2013 with the Bears, so there is a longer relationship, and investment, there than people think. I believe Lovie will want to continue his development and keep Frey on the roster.
Brandon Dixon - Dixon is another young corner who played in 14 games for the Bucs last season. Dixon seems to look the part on the field from a physical standpoint. Dixon and Frey could be battling for one roster spot, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Bucs kept both as continuing developmental projects and special teams contributors.
Like to Be Cut
C.J. Wilson - Wilson played in a couple of games for the Bucs last year, but the odds of him making the roster this year is slim.
DaShazor Everett - I know Mike Evans has spoken highly of his former Texas A&M teammate. Everett went undrafted for a reason. He gave up a lot of big plays in the awful Aggie defense last season. He does have talent and potential, which may lead to him being on the Bucs practice squad.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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