Casillas Pushing For Starting GigAugust 14th, 2013
Now Joe knows the Bucs hope Dekoda Watson wins the starting outside linebacker gig. They have all but given the job to him. But Bucs commander Greg Schiano is big on competition. He says he doesn’t believe in handing out starting jobs just for the sake of playing Robin Hood.
Well, if competition is what Schiano wants, competition is what he is getting at strongside linebacker. Jonathan Casillas is doing everything he can to push Watson if not win the starting gig outright.
Casillas has continued his strong August in a new locale, the practice fields of the Patriots where the Bucs and Pats are participating in joint practices. Casillas made some of yesterday’s better plays, noted Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times.
Bucs LB Jonathan Casillas blew up Patriots S Duron Harmon when covering a kickoff, coming downhill at full speed and literally putting Harmon on his back for the day’s most violent hit. Casillas is gaining a reputation in camp as a big hitter.
Not just that, but a reputation as one of the Bucs better linebackers. There was a drive in the Bucs’ preseason opener against the Crows last week where Casillas, in consecutive plays, had a tackle for loss, a tackle for a short gain, and a pass breakup. He shut down a drive single-handed.
If Casillas isn’t doing enough to overcome Watson to be the starter, he sure as hell is making loud noise about getting on the field when opponents have the ball.