TAMPA — Success in the NFL is all about making adjustments, and Johnthan Banks is facing more than his share.
The second-year cornerback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has seen mentor Darrelle Revis move on to New England, and his own responsibilities will change in Tampa Bay’s new defensive scheme under head coach Lovie Smith and coordinator Leslie Frazier.
“It’s going to be interesting,’’ Banks said Tuesday as the Bucs opened a three-day minicamp. “I’ve got a good feeling about what we want to do on defense and we played this system at Mississippi State. I didn’t expect all these changes, but change is good sometimes. We’re trying to start over and get on the right track.’’
Revis used to occupy the locker next to Banks and the Bucs have replaced their veteran corner with Pro Bowler Alterraun Verner, signed as a free agent from Tennessee.
“It’s football and it’s a business,’’ Banks said of Tampa Bay’s decision to release Revis six weeks ago. “When Darrelle first got here, he always told me it’s a business and to expect the unexpected. Revis is going to ball in New England, but we’ve got a good one in Verner.’’
After four pro seasons, including a Super Bowl victory with the 2009 Saints, Bucs OLB Jonathan Casillas knows how quickly struggling NFL teams can vault into contention.
The 2012 Chiefs went 2-14 before new head coach Andy Reid engineered a dramatic surge that saw Kansas City earn an AFC playoff berth with an 11-5 record.
“It doesn’t take two years now for a turnaround,’’ said Casillas, who missed the final four games in December with a knee injury. “It takes a couple of games. We’re looking to be that team this year. We know we have the talent. It’s just a matter of who’s running the helm. We’ve got the best guy (Smith) who was out there, one of the top guys in the game.’’
Smith said Tuesday’s voluntary workout was fully attended, although not every player participated. ...The NFL’s regular-season schedule is expected to be released on Wednesday. ...Of the 75 players on the Bucs roster, only four are older than 30: QB Josh McCown, WR Vincent Jackson, P Michael Koenen and LS Jeremy Cain.