Ahmad Black Making A Case For HimselfAugust 5th, 2012
A lot has been made of the speed of Bucs rookie running back Michael Smith. It’s not crazy to think the Bucs might design a play or two to use that speed.
One such play happened Friday morning at Bucs practice. Smith raced to his left and appeared to get into the open field.
Problem was, Bucs second-year safety Ahmad Black came racing in like a missile, and leveled Smith for just a short gain.
Black said later that physical style is all about him.
“I have to be [physical], especially with my size,” Black said. “I don’t bring a lot of size to the table so I try to be physical.”
It’s a style that never really got on track last year as Black had a high ankle sprain in training camp, a nasty injury to bounce back from, and was hobbled all of last summer before getting cut and landing on the Bucs’ practice squad.
Black admits that injury set him back.
“I was hampered with an injury the beginning of last year,” Black said. “But I feel like I got better. This is my second year so I feel I’ve gotten better. I know what to expect now. I played the last four or five games [in 2011] and it helped me to play this year.”
It shows. Black has been laying the wood to the Bucs’ offensive, and even had an interception in 11-on-11 drills at the night practice last night.
Still, Black admits, he is nowhere near a finished product. “I am still learning, learning to get everything down pat and get ready for the season.”