Almost a year removed from the knee injury that wrecked his 2012 season, Bucs DE Adrian Clayborn declared himself fully healthy Monday and said he can’t wait to see how Tampa Bay’s revamped defense performs in the season opener.
The Bucs face the Jets on Sunday at Met Life Stadium, where S Dashon Goldson and CBs Darrelle Revis and Johnthan Banks are expected to make their Tampa Bay debuts.
While Clayborn was sidelined for the final 13 games last fall, the Bucs slumped in December and finished 7-9 as a young defense ranked 29th in a 32-team league.
“We’ll see Sunday, but we’re going to have all of our pieces finally and it should be good,’’ Clayborn said. “We’ll see. It’s all about getting all 11 guys who are supposed to be starting on the field at once.’’
Revis, acquired from the Jets in an April trade, will be seeing his first game action since October knee surgery. Goldson is an All-Pro safety signed as a free agent from the 49ers and Banks is a second-round draft pick out of Mississippi State expected to play significant minutes.
“I’m just ready to play in a real game that counts,’’ said Clayborn, who led the Bucs with 7.5 sacks as a rookie in 2011.
Talking ’bout practice
The Bucs signed CB Marc Anthony on Monday to round out their eight-man practice squad.
Anthony joins Tampa Bay after spending this past offseason with the Ravens as a seventh-round draft pick out of Cal.
A three-year starter for the Golden Bears, Anthony is an aggressive tackler who broke up 12 passes last season.
Quote of the day
“The sky’s the limit for this team, but first everyone has to buy in.’’
— Second-year OLB Lavonte David on his expectations for the 2013 Bucs