Bucs’ 2013 Secondary Taking ShapeJanuary 23rd, 2013
Joe tracks every last word from Greg Schiano and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik, and based on numerous interviews and other sources, it’s clear the 2013 Bucs secondary is taking shape.
Dominik and/or Schiano have taken multiple opportunities to praise cornerbacks Danny Gorrer, E.J. Biggers and Leonard Johnson, plus Ronde Barber and Mark Barron have gotten all kinds of love, and rookie CB/S Keith Tandy got his share of kudos.
“We were very happy with the way Ahmad Black played,” Dominik said. “He was a big part of why we won the Oakland game.”
The praise of Black takes Joe back to the alleged desire to have the best players on the field at all times. Last season, Joe believed it would have been wise to Barber playing more cornerback in order to give Black more plays. And Joe wonders whether that scenario might play out in 2013.
Anthony Gaitor, Myron Lewis, LeQuan Lewis, Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald, Sean Baker and Cody Grimm all seem to be likely castaways, though most (but definitely not Wright) likely will be among the 90 players coming to training camp.
If the Bucs add first- and second-tier free agent cornerbacks and, say, a second-round cornerback via the NFL Draft, Joe would expect they would join Biggers, Johnson and Gorrer on the opening day roster, alongside Barron, Barber, Black and Tandy, and possibly Grimm for the final season of his contract, if he can prove he’s healthy.
On paper, it should be a big improvement.