Licht: Safeties “A Good Group”April 21st, 2017
More than a couple of folks out there believe Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht should draft a safety in the first round.
Joe can only assume the majority who feel this way are consumed by ConteHate.
Fan favorite Chris Conte returns, and if he is the same player he was late in the season before he got hurt, he’s no slouch. The Bucs seem to think the Keith Tandy that replaced Conte after his injury is the real Tandy, not the Tandy who was awful earlier in the year and got clowned by Tavon Austin on a gut-wrenching gift of a touchdown.
And, yes, the Bucs signed free agent J.J. Wilcox, presumably not to sit the pine.
During Licht’s pre-draft address Monday, he seemed to suggest the Bucs actually improved at safety.
“We feel better about it and that’s another position just like all positions, I hate to sound vanilla here, but we’re going to continually look to upgrade whether it’s a starter or depth,” Licht said. “We have a lot of places where we can do that, a lot of holes that we can fill. We could be coming off of a Super Bowl championship and we’d probably be saying the same thing.
“But, that’s one position that we’ll continually look for depth or for starters. We’ve got a good group right now that we feel a combination of; Keith [Tandy], J.J. [Wilcox], Chris [Conte] … so, two guys are going to shake out as starters and competition is great. So, if we can add to that competition, it would be even better.”
Joe isn’t saying Licht won’t draft a safety, but does the quote above seem to indicate Licht would draft a safety at No. 19? Not to Joe it doesn’t.
Especially when this team needs a running back, needs an edge rusher (still!) and needs wide receiver depth, perhaps a second round pick to take over when DeSean Jackson leaves. The name “Chris Godwin” springs to mind.