Watson, Banks Played With First-Team Defense

Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times gives us a quick overview of two of the most important position battles this offseason: those at cornerback and at strongside linebacker. Surprisingly, it seems that Dekoda Watson was practicing with the first-team defense at linebacker, while not so surpirisingly, Johnthan Banks was playing ahead of Leonard Johnson with the first-team defense. Eric Wright started opposite Banks and moved to the slot in nickel packages, with Johnson coming in as the third cornerback.

At linebacker, Watson being with the first team defense ahead of Jonathan Casillas is a bit of a surprise. Casillas was signed in free agency this year, as the New Orleans Saints had no room on their roster after moving to a 3-4 defense and stocking up on 4-3 linebackers (but no other defensive position) last season. Watson has been a dominant special teams player and is an athletic specimen with some limited edge rushing skills, but he hasn’t been able to do much on defense in his career so far.

Source: Sander Philipse, BucsNation.com