The Bucs spent their first selection in each of the past two drafts on defensive backs, grabbing S Mark Barron in the first round in 2012 and CB Johnthan Banks in the second round this year.
In both cases, the Bucs appear to be getting a good return on their investment.
Barron will go into Sunday’s game as the only safety in the league with at least 80 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks. Banks is tied for first among all NFC rookies with three interceptions.
By the numbers
WR Vincent Jackson leads the Bucs with 1,033 receiving yards. He needs 25 more to pass Joey Galloway (1.057 in 2006) for 10th-most and 56 more to pass Keyshawn Johnson (1,088 in 2002) for ninth-most in a season in franchise history.
Did you know?
Bucs CB Darrelle Revis has allowed only 69 yards after the catch this season. That’s the least in the NFL among players who have played at least 300 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.
Quote of the day
“Millions of kids across the country are dreaming of doing what I’m doing right now. It’s as good a job as there is out there. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy it all.’’
— Bucs QB Mike Glennon, on whether he’s enjoying himself
Bucs — DE Da’Quan Bowers (knee), WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), RG Davin Joseph (knee/shoulder), C Jeremy Zuttah (shoulder) and LG Carl Nicks (foot) did not practice Wednesday. LB Lavonte David (back), DE William Gholston (concussion), DT Gary Gibson (calf) and NT Akeem Spence (wrist) were full go.
49ers – DT Justin Smith (shoulder) did not practice. WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), RB Frank Gore (ankle), WR Mario Manningham (knee) and G Mike Lupati (knee) were limited.
Sunday: San Francisco, 1 p.m.
Dec. 22: at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Dec. 29: at New Orleans, 1 p.m.