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Bucs' Johnthan Banks: 'I'm going to make somebody's team'



Bucs cornerback Johnthan Banks, a former starter relegated to playing extensively in the final game of the preseason, stepped up in Wednesday's loss to the Redskins, getting three tackles and a key pass breakup on a fourth-down play.

"I think I played great," said Banks, a former second-round pick who has worked as the Bucs' fifth cornerback for most of the preseason. "I wanted to play the whole game. I know people doubt me. Every year I have to prove myself. I'm good with that. I know I can play in this league."

Banks had an interception in the second preseason game and led the team with five passes defensed in the preseason. Asked if he had considered the possibility he might not make the final cut to 53 players, he said he's done all he can do on the field.

"If I make this team, I make it. If I don't, I'm good with it because I put myself out there," Banks said. "If I don't make this one, I'm going to make somebody's team. That's nothing I'm going to trip over. I've got faith in God. My grandma always tells me, 'What God has for you is for you. No man can ever take that away from you.' I'm happy. I'm having fun. I've been making plays in these games. If that isn't enough, it is what it is."

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter had praise for Banks after the game, saying his play had picked up in the second half of the preseason.

"Johnthan Banks has come on strong the last two and a half weeks or so, and that's one of the positions we were looking at tonight," Koetter said. "I know (GM) Jason (Licht) was keeping a close eye on him. That will be one where we'll be looking at that tape."

Josh Robinson, Banks' top competition for the fifth cornerback job, had two tackles and a pass defensed Wednesday, along with a special-teams tackle.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2016 12:09am]


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