Cornerback Darrelle Revis has yet to play a down for Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers already are getting a nice return on their investment.
Revis’ presence alone has helped in the development of rookie Johnthan Banks, who could be a starter on opening day.
“The biggest surprise for me is the type of person Revis is," Banks told the media Wednesday. “He’s like a player/coach. He’s always right there beside me giving me info, helping me out with all types of things. It just surprised me the type of player he is. You get some of those guys that are Hollywood guys -- he’s just one of us. He’s laid-back, he’s cool.”
“I’ve learned a lot from those two guys," Banks said. “Every day it’s a grind going against those two guys -- [third receiver Kevin] Ogletree, too. But I’ve learned a lot going against VJ and Mike, [they] taught me the speed of the game. The first time I went against [Vincent] he ran by me at OTAs, I was like ‘Whoa.’ It was just eye-opening on how fast these players play and how hard they play.”
Banks and Leonard Johnson got most of the first-team work with Revis out. The Bucs likely will start Banks opposite Revis and let Johnson come in on nickel situations, or start Johnson and bring in Banks to play outside and use Johnson inside in nickel situations.