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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
'Struggles' for Trufant, Banks are normal

By Pat Yasinskas

Since the start of training camp, we’ve been hearing reports that Atlanta rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant is struggling. On Tuesday, we heard similar reports about Tampa Bay rookie Johnthan Banks.

There’s a reason for the reports. Trufant and Banks are struggling.

But it’s not time to hit the panic button. Instead, it’s time to put the struggles in perspective. Trufant and Banks aren’t going through anything unusual.

It’s only natural for rookie cornerbacks to struggle early on. That’s especially true in the case of Trufant, who has had to go against Roddy White and Julio Jones every day. Lots of veteran cornerbacks have struggled with those two.

Then, there is Banks, who had been holding his own in camp. But the Bucs are holding two days of workouts with the Patriots before playing a preseason game at New England. There were all sorts of reports coming out of New England about how Banks struggled during Tuesday’s opening session.

Well, let’s keep in mind that Banks was going against Tom Brady, a quarterback who has made many cornerbacks look bad.

What Trufant and Banks are going through is a blessing in disguise. They’re getting baptisms by fire now. Maybe that will have them prepared to hold their own when the regular season gets started.