Classroom Crunch Coming For VernerMay 23rd, 2014
Young, Pro Bowl stud cornerback Alterraun Verner is one intelligent guy. He’s definitely in the Ronde Barber, Jeremy Zuttah mold when it comes to smarts.
So it’s no surprise Verner will be taking himself to school when the Bucs finish their spring practices next month and go on “vacation” for six weeks until training camp opens in July.
His goal is to become an expert in NFC South offenses, so Verner said on SiriusXM NFL Radio yesterday. Much of his time over the next three months will be devoted to studying opponents.
“It’s going to be, a good portion [of my time], because I’m a big studier, I’m a big film guy,” Verner said. “So I definitely want to get some film on the Saints guys and the Falcons guys. I mean we played this division once when I was in Tennessee, but it’s a whole different ball game when you play them two times a year. Just get familiar with the way they like to attack people.”
Verner, 25, also reset a take he’s offered previously: that he prefers playing against big physical receivers like Julio Jones. Standing just 5-10, Verner said he brings enough physicality to big receivers to match up “at the point of the ball,” and he likes his odds in that situation versus against a receiver who can flat out blow past him.
Verner said he was 1-on-1 against Jones last season in preseason and had no trouble with him.
Always a student, Verner said he can’t wait to get into the heads of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans once they know Verner better. The Bucs wants answers. “When you’re going against someone like me, how would you play? How would you attack?”