Posts Tagged With: Johnthan Banks

Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State (NCAA) — The sophomore safety was just as clutch as superstar QB Jameis Winston during the Seminoles’ 30-26 comeback win over Miami, making big plays all over the field in the second half. Ramsey finished with three tackles, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and the victory-sealing interception with under a minute to go.

Johnthan Banks, CB, Buccaneers (NFL) — Banks facilitated a turnover on the game’s first play from scrimmage when his hit separated Washington receiver Niles Paul from the ball, which was intercepted by Tampa Bay linebacker Danny Lansanah. Later in the first quarter of the Bucs’ eventual 27-7 win, Banks snagged a deflected pass for an interception of his own, which he returned for a touchdown after trucking Washington QB Robert Griffin III near the goal line. Continue reading

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The Bucs’ D has problems; the secondary is one of them

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There are plenty of places to spread blame around for the struggles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense during the team’s 1-4 start to the season.

You could blame the schedule, which has had the Bucs play three straight road games — including a short-week Thursday night disaster at Atlanta — and has had them face each of the elite QBs of the NFC South once already: Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. You could blame the leadership, as first-year head coach Lovie Smith has implemented a Tampa 2 defensive scheme that, while once dominant in the NFL, has mostly become outdated and ineffective for the teams who try it. Or you could blame the talent, as some of the players relied upon to be difference-makers for the Bucs have yet to make a positive impact. Continue reading

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