What did DE Adrian Clayborn say about the Bucs' lack of a pass rush the past two seasons? Will Johnthan Banks start at cornerback vs. the Jets? What did RT Demar Dotson have to say about the mistakes in preseason? Find out in the new feature Bucs Locker Room Buzz.
Clayborn Eager To Forget About His Last Regular Season Game
Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn’s last meaningful NFL play ended with him being carted off the field at Texas Stadium in Week 3. For Clayborn, next Sunday can’t come soon enough.
“It is very exciting to finally be back in game week and getting to prepare for an opponent,” Clayborn said. “We got in a little bit of gameplan today, so it is all bring back memories. I am excited for it. Good memories. All except the last game I played in last year (Dallas).”
Clayborn’s recovery was the fastest of the four main injured Bucs (Clayborn, RG Davin Joseph, CB Darrelle Revis and LG Carl Nicks) and as a result, the former Hawkeye played extensively through the preseason, more than the other three combined. Seeing exhibition action was good for the former first-rounder.
“That’s what the preseason’s for, to kind of knock those jitters out,” Clayborn said. “Now I’m just ready to play in a real game that counts.”
With the addition of Revis at cornerback and Dashon Goldson at safety, many are expecting a turnaround season from the defense, including Clayborn.
“I hope so,” Clayborn said. “We will see on Sunday. I mean we are going to have all our pieces (together) finally. And it should be good. We will see.”
With just 27 sacks in 2012, and 26 in 2011, Clayborn knows getting to the quarterback is a huge priority and something that his unit is being counted on for.
“That’s not really an option,” Clayborn said. “We have to get the pass rush going. The coaches expect it of us, and we expect it of ourselves, so we’re ready to go.”Banks Coy On Starting Assignment
The official depth chart won’t be released until Tuesday, and even if he knows, rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks wasn’t letting the cat out of the bag to reporters on Monday.
“I’m just going to play my role, whatever Coach [Greg Schiano] wants me to do that’s going to be my role,” Banks said. “I just want to help this team win, that’s it. Whatever I can do to help this team win that’s what I’m willing to do.”
If Banks is the starting corner come Sunday afternoon in New York, he knows he will be tested early and often.
“I’m a rookie, and I’ve got [Darrelle] Revis on the other side, so me or L.J. [cornerback Leonard Johnson] will have our work cut out for us. Whoever the other corner besides Revis is, we are all prepared. We get paid to do this, we’ve just got to go out there and hold up.”
Banks knows that Revis will garner much of the attention on Sunday from a media standpoint, and that is just fine with the rookie from Mississippi State.
“The spotlight is always on him,” Banks said. “Just go out and play my role. [Revis] is a pro, he knows how to handle that stuff, I haven’t seen anything faze him yet. I’m pretty excited just to watch him go out and compete and do what he [does].”Dotson Ready To Put On His Hard Hat
Offensive linemen in the NFL have always been known as the get-dirty, play-nasty unit fighting in the trenches with little fanfare. Bucs starting right tackle Demar Dotson is ready to get to work – against a real opponent and in games that matter – and show the fans how good his unit can be.
“It is real work now,” Dotson said. “The preseason is over with and it is time to get your mindset on what’s real. Because we have got 16, one-game schedules and we can’t afford the mental mistake we had in the preseason. It is time to work.
“The Jets have a good defense and Rex (Ryan) is going to call up all kind of stuff s we have to be prepared for what they bring.”
Count Dotson as one of many of the Bucs players who are happy to see the preseason come to an end. Dotson also told Bucs fans to be patient.
“It is the preseason, so you are going to have mistakes,” Dotson said. “That is what gets you ready for the season. That is why you play four preseason games. I mean we have been working on it and correcting it. And I know when fans see stuff (like that) they panic. That is why they are fans. We are not pushing the panic button around here. We are taking our time and we will work hard all week and we are going to be ready to go.”
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