Last season the Buccaneers defense finished dead last against the pass. The defensive backfield gave up passing yards in chunks, especially on the deep ball. With that in mind, come draft day, GM Jason Licht picked a pair of corners in the second round.
Both MJ Stewart from NC and Carlton Davis from Auburn are physical corners who are excellent bump and run coverage players. It was thought both DBs would be eased into the new Bucs defense, but with injuries to Brett Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves, both new corners have been thrown into the fire sooner than expected—with not so good results. After two games the Bucs sit dead last in pass defense.
With the return of Brett Grimes to the field, fans can only hope that the two rookies can adjust to the pro level as the season goes on. If not, it could be a long season for the Buccaneer’s defensive backfield.