The Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary was absolutely abysmal last season against the pass. Opposing quarterbacks torched Tampa Bay to the tune of 4,758 yards passing, the worst mark in the NFL.
This offseason was all about making that nasty statistic go away.
Tampa Bay traded for Darrelle Revis to shore up one side of the field at cornerback, but Eric Wright was still a liability on the other side.
Wright ranked 83rd in pass coverage last season by allowing a reception for every 8.9 snaps he was in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). He gave up 35 receptions and 510 yards receiving in the 56 times he was targeted.
With Revis on the other side of the field in 2013, Wright would have been targeted even more.
But the Buccaneers used their second-round draft pick on Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks, a 6’2” behemoth of a cornerback with enough ball-hawking and leadership skills to take Wright’s job.
Let’s not forget: Wright had to take a massive pay cut just to keep his job this season.