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One of the team's more exciting position battles is between its second-round pick and a guy the club felt confident giving a five-year, $38 million contract to last year, only to rework it to a fraction of that amount this offseason.
Whoever wins will get the honor of starting opposite Darrelle Revis as the team's No. 2 cornerback.
This is the battle of Banks v. Wright.
Johnthan Banks, the rookie cornerback, seems to have immense physical talent, but at the same time, he is a rookie, and rookies often struggle if they start an entire season.
But, then again, Eric Wright doesn't offer that much stability at the No. 2, even if we ignore the four-game suspension and focus solely on the on-field performance, which was very inconsistent.
Without Revis, the Bucs started Wright and 2012 undrafted-free agent Leonard Johnson at the two corner spots. Yes, this would make Banks the fourth cornerback on the depth chart, were Revis healthy and should the season start today.
I still say Banks starts at No. 2 come September. Banks represents the future at CB for the team. It's hard to imagine that the coaches would let the future ride the bench.
Give him training camp and the preseason, and Banks will be ready to see significant playing time on Sundays.