Would Barber Thrive As A Backup?April 19th, 2013
Joe doesn’t believe for a second that Ronde Barber starts his days with a bowl of Wheaties or an egg white omelet wondering whether he wants to play NFL football anymore.
That’s just silliness to think Barber doesn’t know, in mid-April, what he desires.
It’s clear to Joe that Barber wants to get a sense of his role and challenge with the 2013 Bucs before making a decision. If the Bucs land Darrelle Revis and draft a cornerback in the second round, for example, that could drive Barber’s competitive fire to return — or tell him the Bucs really have moved on.
Former Bucs tight end and current Buccaneers Radio Network color analyst Dave Moore talked on WDAE-AM 620 this week and wondered aloud not only whether Barber would want to potentially play a backup role but whether he could physically stay loose enough to be successful at it.
Moore also praised Eric Wright’s play as “a physical corner” when he wasn’t injured or suspended. And while Moore assessed Barber highly at safety, Moore seemed to convey that Barber would have trouble beating out a healthy Eric Wright for a starting corner gig. (You can catch the entire interview below.)
Joe wouldn’t bet against Barber beating out Wright for a starting job, especially if Revis is aboard and the Bucs can shade safety help Barber’s way. Also, Wright was signed, in part, for his versatility, which would serve him well as the No. 3 or No. 4 corner.