Ahmad Black Isn’t LuckyNovember 6th, 2012
Ahmad Black doesn’t play a lot, but the guy makes plays.
He did his thing this preseason, snatched a key interception on opening day, and Black has pressed on in ways big and small.
Against the Raiders, Black had a touchdown-saving, open-field tackle. He made an athletic leap and catch to snag a good Raiders onsides kick. That was tremendous awareness and instincts. And he had a late interception to all but put the game away.
Black has not only made rockstar general manager Mark Dominik proud as a blossoming fifth-round pick from the 2011 draft, the leader of the New Schiano Order has taken notice.
“At the beginning, ‘Oh, he got lucky.’ But when you do it over and over and over again. It isn’t luck,” Greg Schiano said last night on WDAE-AM 620 of Ahmad Black making plays. “It’s instinct and it’s a feel for that kind of thing. Ahmad is getting better and better in our scheme, and he as a great guy to learn behind in Ronde Barber.”
Joe feels best about Black’s game as it relates to the Bucs potentially moving Ronde Barber to cornerback, full-time or part-time. Clearly, Black has earned playing time, and as much as Schiano has talked about getting the best players on the field, one could think a Barber move is more likely than unlikely.