The Best Rookie Storylines at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' OTAs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers OTAs are in session, which means we now get a chance to compare the new crop of rookies to their veteran teammates as they step on to the football field for the first together.
This article will highlight the best rookie storylines that have arisen from OTAs and provide brief analysis on what each one may mean.
So, please read and enjoy.
Will Johnthan Banks Start at Cornerback?
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Mike Glennon, Starting?
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images
Even though it's the offseason, football writers still have jobs to do. But without games to discuss, writers and fans alike have to dissect every single nugget of information related in any way, shape or form to the sport.
This means Greg Schiano saying that Mike Glennon "can play quickly" got blown completely out of proportion, so much that to many it seemed like he was saying there's actually a chance that the rookie starts at quarterback over incumbent Josh Freeman. (h/t NFL.com)
Yes, there is a chance that Glennon starts. But that would only be if he was better than Freeman, and he's not. Freeman's the better football player.
This isn't Brady vs. Bledsoe. This is more like Brady vs. O'Connell (Kevin O'Connell, that is. Look him up.)
I'm not saying that Freeman is as good as Tom Brady, or that Glennon will be out of the league in a couple of years; no, I'm just saying that there's no real controversy because we know who the better quarterback is.
It was no surprise that Schiano rushed to clear up his comments and affirmed that Josh Freeman is his starting QB.
Side note: If Schiano really wants to be like Bill Belichick, maybe he should stop talking to reporters and just play a recording of himself muttering "it is what it is" during press conferences. At least that way, he'd avoid nonsense like this.
Akeem Spence, Street Fighter
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images
While not as entertaining as the saga surrounding Donald Penn's weight, the Akeem Spence-Jeremy Zuttah fight was pretty interesting.
Apparently Spence, the fourth-round defensive tackle, got into a fight with the veteran center because Zuttah didn't like that Spence was going full speed.
You never like to see teammates fighting, but at the same time, it's nice to know Spence isn't taking any snaps off, even in practice.
If there's ever been a "positive" to come out of a situation like this, it's knowing that a player is motivated and driven.
Hopefully, the rookie can maintain that energy during the regular season.