“He’s Too Good A Player Not To Be Fine”August 10th, 2013
One happy story from Bucs training camp has been rookie CB Rashaan Melvin. He’s got first- or second-round-pick size and athleticism but went undrafted out of Northern Illinois.
The Bucs have been high on him for a long time and he’s lived up to their hopes in practice. But the first preseason game was another story. The picture above showed a TD catch that should have been made, and Melvin struggled on special teams, per Joe’s scouting, and he just wasn’t the same player seen at One Buc Palace.
Greg Schiano talked about Melvin today and the head coach’s confidence wasn’t shaken.
“Solid. not as outstanding as he’s played at times in practice,” Schiano said when asked to assess Melvin’s play against the Ravens. “I have confidence that he will play at the level he did out there [at practice]. Because he was going against Vincent [Jackson] and Mike [Williams}. I mean it wasn’t like he was going against the down-the-line guys. He was going against the best and performing well. I think he just, the second shot will be real good for him. … He’s too good a player not to be fine.”
Man, that’s some high praise for an undrafted rookie.
Melvin is all but a lock for the roster, though not a lock for playing time. Yesterday, Schiano offered strong praise for veteran Michael Adams — without being asked. Danny Gorrer also was a standout Thursday, picking off Joe Flacco, and Leonard Johnson, Darrelle Revis and Johnthan Banks are ahead of Melvin on the depth chart.