Bucs CB Johnthan Banks - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Tampa Bay Bucs made a couple roster moves Monday afternoon and they both involved members of the team’s 2013 draft class.
PewterReport.com received confirmation earlier in the day that on-again, off-again Buccaneer running back Mike James is back in Tampa Bay. Not long after, multiple outlets began reporting the waiver out-of-favor cornerback Johnthan Banks.
Bucs RB Mike James – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The signing of James comes a day after Jacquizz Rodgers left late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 30-24 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders with a foot injury. The team hadn’t released an official announcement regarding James’ return prior to Monday’s press conference with Dirk Koetter, so the head coach deflected questions regarding the situation.
Rodgers was seen in the locker room Monday wearing a protective boot on his injured foot. He was hurt during the Bucs’ final offensive series in regulation and did not play in overtime. Since coming to Tampa Bay to take over for injured starters Doug Martin and Charles Sims, Rodgers has played in six games and rushed 88 times for 393 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and scored one touchdown. The score came Sunday on a 1-yard rush that allowed Tampa Bay to retake the lead at the time, 24-17.
The Bucs drafted James in the sixth round in 2013 out of the University of Miami. The 25-year-old Haines City native has been released and re-signed on multiple occasions since then. After being waived in early September, the Detroit Lions signed James to their practice squad in October.
In 19 total career games played, James has rushed for 332 yards on 79 carries (4.2-yard average).
CB Johnthan Banks – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
Banks was also part of Tampa Bay’s 2013 draft class, coming to the Bucs out of Mississippi State in the second round. He started all 16 games as a rookie, 14 of the 15 games he played in 2014. During that two-year span he recorded seven interceptions, 15 passes defensed and 105 tackles.
Things started to go downhill last season and his playing time under then-head coach Lovie Smith began to decline. Banks started only seven of 14 games played in 2015. That trend accelerated under the first-year combo of head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Banks has appeared in five of seven games this year without making a single start and he’s been inactive the past two weeks.
Respectively, Banks and James represent the first and last players selected by the Bucs in 2013. The team traded away its first-round pick to the New York Jets for cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Other players selected by Tampa Bay in 2013 were quarterback Mike Glennon (third round), defensive tackle Akeem Spence (fourth round), defensive end William Gholston (fourth round) and defensive end Steven Means (fifth round).
Odd move. I got the feeling they were keeping Banks out as a healthy scratch the last couple of games because they didn’t want an injury to tarnish his trade value. Letting him go for nothing seems like another obvious mistake in a long line of Bucs personnel mistakes, especially given how well he played in the preseason. Mike Smith’s defense is not getting very good results with or without Banks on the sidelines. I imagine Banks will catch on with another cornerback-hungry team that doesn’t make so many personnel mistakes. Whatever. Welcome back, Mike James!
Not surprised at all. I guess Rogers is going to be out for a few weeks or more. We still need a WR so I will go out on a limb and say Shorts will be cut an e will bring in another WR from the outside or our PS. I wonder if Dye has gotten in shape yet?
Just kidding here fellas, but these are trying times. It’s safer working on Deadliest Catch than playing for the Bucs these days! I’m going to trust the guys in charge for now, but I have GM Jason licht on my watch list. No panic, not a no confidence vote yet, just got my attention on where this team goes from here! We need stability and better talent!
Mac you’re like a cold beer on a hot summer day. Licht is on my watch list too. Why do we get nothing for an experienced, 6’2″ CB who was a number 2 draft pick? Could we not at least get a 7th rounder?
Eric, would you guys ask this question? It NEEDS to be asked. Bilecheat would get at least something. Hell trade his ass to Cleveland. Now there’s the way to handle malcontents and trouble makers. Send them to purgatory…l0l
We should have traded ASJ to Cleveland instead of cutting him. Again a well regarded second rounder that was producing when healthy. CLEVELAND BABY or San Francisco:)
76Buc we didn’t get anything for Banks because he sucks, plain and simple. I don’t care how tall he was, he had no instincts, he was a poor tackler, he just plain old fashioned sucked.
Haha , Pink , I was waiting for youre comment on this one. However we did get a 7th rounder. Albeit in 2018.
And a kicker…… lol
Yeah the kicker. The second round basket case. Licht will always be remembered for trading up for a kicker who can’t kick. He killed two careers that day.
Looks like my friend Pink was right about Banks all along. High 2013 Draft picks should be the backbone of the team. One (Revis) is winding down with the Jets and Banks is now gone. I know it isn’t Licht’s fault but this is why the team is still floundering.
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Finally, he’s gone!!! 🙂 So long to one of if not the most non-instinctive CB’s I have ever seen in a Bucs uniform.
Does any one else in this forum see us going in complete circles?
Like swirling down a flushing toilet?
Licht’s response after giving up almost 500 yards through the air is to cut the one CB who didnt play a snap lol. I’m just pleased to see my Fire Licht wagon is picking up some new passengers. He claims the defense was neglected in the first 2 drafts bc we “focused on offense” but judging by what I see on the field we could use two more offensive heavy drafts. As a Florida Gators fan last Sunday was the very reason I wasnt high on Hargreaves. It’s not that I dont think he can play but I dont think he was worth a top 10 draft selection. The top end receivers routinely burned him in college and not that it cant change or he cant get better he just isnt worth that high of a selection. He’s undersized, doesnt have great speed and cant compete with the bigger receivers, which our division has plenty of. We cleaned part of the house last offseason with Lovie now its time we fire the GM he selected bc its clear both are in over their heads. Licht start throwing suits in the pool after every awful personnel move, that’ll reduce your wardrobe drastically!
I felt the same way I am a Michigan fan and I was nervous about him vs jehu chessum but vh3 got killed and no reciever had that much talent plus I saw him vs cooper the college edition and knew the pro version was going to b worse I don’t like our small 180 pound corners we could have drafted bigger corners like William Jackson iii. Since ryan Smith is having issues at safety let him play his position at cb just a thought
I agree, I wanted us to take William Jackson bc of his superior size and speed. We are stuck with Vernon now so hopefully he can carve out a role but I fear it will be as a high end nickel back. It just doesnt make sense to run a scheme that leaves corners on islands but then we have midgets defending these huge receivers 1 on 1 downfield. Poor strategy and even worse drafting.
I believe Banks is better off as a free safety and would be perfectly fine covering TEs and providing run support in a better scheme. Hopefully Im wrong and we actually made a good move but history and my gut tell me this is the lastest of terrible moves by our lost GM
Well it looks like Licht is finally listening to me. Got a 7th rounder for banks. My instinct r good.
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