Last season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had injury problems, especially in the secondary. Three defensive backs, Jamel Dean, Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting missed a combined 15 games. That’s nearly an entire season worth of games.
Because of this, many mock drafts have the Buccaneers taking a defensive back in the first or second round. Earlier this week Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht spoke with the media about this.
“Well, we’re healthy. Right now, we’re healthy. So, we want to keep it that way. We had a lot of these young guys play very well two years ago when we won the Super Bowl, and I don’t think that talent went away.” Licht continued. “So, we’re healthy now. We’ve added players like Logan Ryan, Keanu Neal that we’re excited about bringing some veteran leadership back there. I think we’re in good shape.”
Licht may just be towing the company line here, but the problems with the secondary wasn’t just time missed by starters. It was the blown assignments, missed tackles, and their penchant for letting the opponents best receiver run roughshod. This Buccaneers secondary will benefit from the two veteran additions, but still need to look to the draft for help.
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