Countdown to Cannons: Banks Breakout Year

With 22 days to go, we countdown the days until the Bucs' 1st preseason game, and discuss a different Bucs player at length every day.

A year ago, Johnthan Banks was on the verge of watching from the bench as Mike Jenkins took his starting spot. A year later, Banks is entering his 3rd NFL season with the potential to become a breakout star for the Bucs.

Banks was part of the Bucs' desperate off-season of 2013 when the Bucs realized their defensive backfield was among the worst in NFL history. You remember the off-season where the Bucs overpaid for Dashon Goldson and bid against themselves for Darrelle Revis? Well, Banks was the Bucs 2nd round pick in that year's draft.

The good news for the Bucs is that Banks might end up being a key player on their defense for years to come.

Banks is just two years into his NFL career, but he's already putting up solid numbers that are improving. As a rookie in 2013, Banks totaled 3 interceptions and 5 passes defensed. In 2014, Banks jumped up to 4 interceptions and 10 passes defensed, while adding a touchdown.

Banks is entering the big year of year three, when players make a big leap towards their potential. Banks size, 6'2'' 185 lbs, gave him plenty of potential at the time he entered the league. He's proven to be a solid corner, but 2015 could be the year where Banks becomes a top-tier corner in the NFL.

25 Days: George Johnson's Return

26 Days: Special Teams Boost

27 Days: No More Gilkey Please

28 Days: Sims City

29 Days: Johnson's Goodbye?

30 Days: Melton's Impact

31 Days: Murray's Big Leg

32 Days: Bell Brings Speed to Bucs Offense

33 Days: Glennon in His Proper Role

34 Days: Murphy Bonding with Young Bucs

35 Days: Masifilo Will to Do Anything to Stay

36 Days: More Focus on Fatinikun

37 Days: Verner's Quiet But Productive

38 Days: Big Hitting Swearinger

39 Days: Stocker Emerges as Top Blocker

40 Days: The Ambassador of Kwon

41 Days: Competition for Koenen

42 Days: Kadeem Edwards' Growth is Key

43 Days: Vincent Jackson's Importance

44 Days: Jacquies is Underrated

45 Days: McDonald Believes Bucs D is Close

46 Days: Questions on the Blindside

47 Days: Carter Is the Defense's Glue

48 Days: Tandy's Versatility Keeps Him Around

49 Days: Gholston's Year to Reach Potential

50 Days: Conte Brings Experience to Bucs Defense

51 Days: James in Short Yardage

52 Days: Mike Jenkins' Return from Injury

53 Days: Logan Mankins' Impact

54 Days: Lavonte David's a Star


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