Who Will Win Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Cornerback Battle?

By John Beauchamp
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense could be in for an amazing Super Bowl-type year. There are several players all around the field that can make an impact against opposing offenses, including defensive ends Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn, and Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy at defensive tackle.

The linebacking corps contain future star Lavonte David and other role players such as Dakota Watson and Mason Foster. The secondary is lethal with a hard-hitting second-year safety Mark Barron and All-Pro defensive backs Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson, who were acquired this offseason.

There is one piece of the secondary that hasn’t really been decided yet, with Leonard Johnson and Jonathan Banks battling for the second cornerback position.

Banks was acquired by the Buccaneers through the draft in the second round, and Johnson is now entering his second season in the NFL. Johnson is with the Buccaneers for his second season, so I think that he obviously knows the defense better than Banks.

Banks is no doubt going to be the starting cornerback for the Buccaneers sometime in the future, depending on how fast he learns the defense and how fast he can adjust to the NFL style of play.

Last season, the Buccaneers had the worst pass defense in the league, and now they may have one of the best. Revis can eliminate an entire side of the field, and if either Banks or Johnson play even close to how Revis does, then you might see the Atlanta Falcons, who are one of the most talked-about teams right now, fall to the Buccaneers twice this season.

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