Defensive Line is Deep

August 27th, 2008
Bucs free agent defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson is proving to be quite a stud.

Bucs free agent defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson is proving to be quite a stud.

Last week Joe was a bit concerned when he learned Greg White was moving back to right end. White was a stud there last year and was penciled in to play left end in the offseason so Gaines Adams could start at right end. But the experiment didn’t work. 

There actually may be a method to Monte Kiffin’s madness here.

Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times writes how free agent Jimmy Wilkerson, signed from the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason, has more than impressed the Bucs staff.

So far in three preseason games, Wilkerson has a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery.

“We knew he had a chance to be a very good end for us,” Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. “They had two really good ends in Kansas City. Of course, then they lost Jared Allen. I don’t think at the time they thought they were going to lose him, so we snatched (Wilkerson) up and we got us a pretty good football player.”

More important to Joe, Wilkerson can play both left and right end without much of a drop off.

Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune writes that Wilkerson is paranoid he may get cut next week.

“Every year, whether it’s my first year or my fifth year, I’m nervous,” Wilkerson said. “Right now, I’m nervous about cuts. I don’t stop being nervous until I see my name on the final roster.”

 So will Wilkerson’s play move Kevin Carter back inside? And does this potentially set up a trade of White? Joe thinks he knows of a team in Gotham that is desperate for a defensive end about now.

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