Dandy Review For TandyAugust 9th, 2012
One guy that will get a load of playing time Friday night is rookie sixth-round cornerback-turned-safety Keith Tandy.
The traits that had the Bucs high on him back in April caught the eye of longtime NFL executive Bill Polian, speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday after watching Bucs practice.
And rockstar general manager Mark Dominik didn’t hold back his enthusiasm when asked to talk Tandy.
Bill Polian: Tandy looked to me like he’s tailor-made for the style that [Greg Schiano] wants to play.
Mark Dominik: Yeah, he is. He really is. You know, watching him at West Virginia he was out there at corner, we sat there and said, ‘Geez. He can handle corner,’ but we kept thinking, projecting take him inside put him at safety. Let him use those ball skills but his physical play, but he had enough hips and enough looseness as an athlete that you thought you could take him inside and do the things that Greg wants to do in this defense. And he’s done a good job, and even today, you know, he got his hands on a couple more of balls out there, and he keeps making plays. And that’s everything in this defense, creating opportunities for turnovers.
The safety battle – and battle plan – is one of the more intriguing on the Bucs.
Guys ahead of Cody Grimm on the depth chart, Larry Asante and Ahmad Black, and Mark Barron and Ronde Barber, have zero career starts at safety. Obviously, the Bucs are high on Tandy, who’s been running a lot with the second team, and he’s a rookie.
It’s one position Joe is watching extra closely. Only Barron and Barber can consider themselves assured a roster spot. At least the Bucs have come a long way since gifting Sabby The Goat a starting job in 2009.