“It's been very heated," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said of the competition at cornerback. “(Mike Jenkins) has come in, he's fighting for a spot, Johnthan Banks doesn't want to relinquish the spot and Alterraun Verner coming in fighting for a spot, it's been healthy competition; it's been good for our team. Danny Gorrer, he's fighting for a spot, Rashaan (Melvin) he's fighting for a spot, we've got some depth at corner and it'll all shake itself out once we get to training camp, we get the pads on and get through the preseason, but right now it's been very heated and very good for our team.”
The reality is Verner is pretty much assured of one starting spot. That leaves Jenkins and Banks competing for the other starting spot. Logic says the loser of that battle will end up as the nickelback. But the Bucs treat that position differently than a lot of teams. Assistant coach Larry Marmie is assigned to work solely with the nickelbacks. D.J. Moore, who played for coach Lovie Smith in Chicago, and Leonard Johnson have been the two guys working at nickelback in the offseason program.
Frazier said Moore has the early lead.
"We've got some competition, but D.J. his history and his background kind of gives him a leg up right now," Frazier said. "With D.J.'s experience, he's been in this system, had a lot of success in it in Chicago. Leonard (is) learning the system, he's fighting to earn the spot and he's a very good special-teams player as well."