Bucs agreed to terms with No. 43 overall pick CB Johnthan Banks on a four-year contract.
Banks (6-foot-2, 185) is a long, lean ballhawking corner, but he needs to get stronger. He probably would have gone higher in the draft if not for his slow (4.61) forty at the Combine. Banks will see plenty of snaps as a rookie, whether it be as the starting right corner or as the nickel back.
Darrelle Revis (torn ACL) has been cleared to resume cutting.
It's a big step. "I feel very confident," Revis said on NFL Network. "If (they tell me) to cut, I am cutting. I am not trying to think about (it)." Coach Greg Schiano said Monday that "everything is gearing towards" Revis being ready for Week 1.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the team is going to keep RE Adrian Clayborn (knee) out of OTAs for "safety reasons."
Clayborn is "doing well" in his recovery from a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 3 last season, and he's expected to be ready to go for training camp and the season opener. After opting not to re-sign DE Michael Bennett, the Bucs are putting a lot of faith in injury risks Clayborn and LE Da'Quan Bowers.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano says "everything is gearing towards" Darrelle Revis (torn ACL) being ready for Week 1.
Schiano took time out from pressuring Josh Freeman to confirm his new No. 1 cornerback remains on track in his rehab. Revis figures to take things slow in camp, but barring a setback, he'll be ready to roll vs. the Jets in Week 1.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano reiterated Monday that Josh Freeman will face competition from third-rounder Mike Glennon.
Schiano and GM Mark Dominik were attempting to claim that they haven't lost faith in Freeman, but Schiano couldn't resist putting Freeman's feet to the fire once more. "I try to tell (the media) the truth that I believe in Josh Freeman and he's our starting quarterback," Schiano said. "But I believe in competition." In the NFL, anything less than an unequivocal endorsement should be construed as a lack of faith. The Bucs are going to make Freeman work for his job, plain and simple.
Coach Greg Schiano believes third-round pick Mike Glennon was the best quarterback in the draft, and is "not against" him beating out Josh Freeman for the Bucs' starting job.
"It's not like we're looking to find a starter," Schiano claimed after his latest message to Freeman. "But competition is competition. Mike Glennon is a fierce competitor." Schiano also compared Glennon to Joe Flacco, and believes he has "pocket presence, ability to feel the rush and move in the pocket." With the Bucs investing so much in being competitive this season, Freeman is still the favorite for the starting job, but they've made it clear time and again that it will not be handed to him going into the final year of his rookie contract. The cannon-armed Glennon is an intriguing Dynasty-league prospect.
Bucs third-round QB Mike Glennon is expected to dominate preseason snaps.
"We're going to put a lot of pressure on [Glennon] and see a lot of reps from him in the preseason," GM Mark Dominik promised. "He's got to play. We may not see as much of Dan Orlovsky or even of Josh Freeman. ... We're excited about just the little bit we saw from him [during rookie minicamp] in terms of mentally what he could handle." If the coaches follow through on Dominik's plan, Glennon will have the opportunity to create a QB controversy not unlike Russell Wilson in Seattle last year. Glennon, of course, was Wilson's successor at NC State. Wilson was the 75th pick in the 2012 draft. Glennon went 73rd overall.