Each year, teams face difficult decisions when it comes down to trimming rosters down to the league mandated amount. Tampa Bay’s toughest challenge could be figuring out the depth at cornerback.
This offseason, the Buccaneers signed Dallas Cowboys free agent Sterling Moore. Ahead of him on the depth chart should be Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks respectively. But behind them is where things get interesting.
Veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins was re-signed earlier in the year but has been quiet throughout camp and has struggled in two preseason games. Leonard Johnson looked like he was making a strong bid to make the roster as the nickelback given his special teams contributions but he got hurt this past Monday night.
“I think it’s still up in the air to a degree,” said defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. “We had two preseason games. I think this third game hopefully will help to find a little bit. Unfortunately losing Leonard [Johnson] means that Sterling [Moore] has to play more at the nickel. He was a guy we were kind of pegging for a guy to compete for that third or fourth spot. Now that means Mike Jenkins has to stay healthy for us and keep improving. We have some other young guys that we are working with. We want to see Brandon Dixon continue to improve as well. It’s still in flux in a lot of ways. There is nothing definitive when it comes to our third or fourth corner at this point.”
The secondary did a better job against the Bengals as opposed to the first week of the preseason at Minnesota. It’ll be interesting to see how the competition transpires Saturday night against Cleveland.