Johnthan Banks ready for Year 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- If you're looking for a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to have a breakout season, cornerback Johnthan Banks might not be a bad choice.

Banks, a second-round pick last year, had an up-and-down rookie season. But Banks will be the first to tell you he's not the same person he was a year ago.

"I'm smarter than I was last year," Banks said. "I'm not nervous going out there playing timid. I'm playing fast and I'm having fun."

Banks is in competition with Mike Jenkins for the No. 2 cornerback spot opposite Alterraun Verner. But it's no secret that the Bucs would like to see Banks win the job because his size allows him to match up with some of the league's bigger receivers.

Coach Lovie Smith has said Banks is a perfect fit in the Cover 2 defense and Banks agrees.

"I love this defense," Banks said. "I played this defense in college. A lot of people said I wouldn't fit, but I caught 16 interceptions and won the Jim Thorpe Award in college while playing this defense. So we'll see."