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Doghouse: CBs Banks, Jennings, Jenkins played 4 snaps

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a catch for a touchdown against Bucs cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) during a game earlier this month in November.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a catch for a touchdown against Bucs cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) during a game earlier this month in November.

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Bucs fans had seen the fickle nature of Lovie Smith's cornerback playing decisions already this season, but Sunday's loss to the Giants may have been the most surprising, wiith backups Sterling Moore and rookie Jude Adjei-Barimah playing all but two snaps as the starting cornerbacks.

The team's three most established cornerbacks -- Johnthan Banks, Mike Jenkins and Tim Jennings -- were all active against New York, but Banks and Jennings didn't play a single defensie snap, while Jenkins played only four, and immediately after Alterraun Verner was briefly sidelined with an injury.

Jenkins was on the opening kickoff team in Adjei-Barimah's place, playing 10 snaps on special teams, while Jennings played seven snaps on special teams and Banks two. Smith wasn't asked what led to the drastic changes at cornerback after the game, but he'll have a chance to address it Monday afternoon.

Other notes from the snap counts released Monday morning:

-- Will Gholston had almost as many tackles (7) as the rest of the defensive line combined (9), though none of the defensive linemen had any tackles for loss or sacks Sunday. DE Howard Jones, playing in just his fourth NFL game, didn't have any tackles in his first NFL start, while George Johnson (who played the most snaps among the ends) had three.

-- Playing a defense that had given up more yards to tight ends than any other team in the NFL, the Bucs used their tight ends surprisingly little Sunday -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins was out, but only one pass was targeted for a tight end -- Cam Brate's 17-yard catch. The Bucs totaled 77 tight end snaps in 63 plays, barely more than one per play, with Luke Stocker (28), still getting less than the third WR (Adam Humphries, 39).

-- Rookie guard Ali Marpet played only 10 snaps before he injured his left ankle, with backup center Evan Smith filling in at right guard for the remaining 53 snaps. Only the Bucs' tackles -- Donovan Smith and Gosder Cherilus -- have now played every snap on the line this season.

[Last modified: Monday, November 9, 2015 12:36pm]

    

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