The Rise Of Conte

November 22nd, 2016
On fire.

On fire.

Yes, Joe can read his Twitter feed. Bucs fans do not like safety Chris Conte.

We will see if the Conte angst subsides after the way Conte has been playing. In fact, per the Bucs media relations office, Conte recently has accomplished something no other Bucs defender has done in damn near three years.

Conte is the first Bucs defender since late November 2013 to have picks in back-to-back games. The last Bucs? Lavonte David. Conte is also the first defensive back for the Bucs to have picks in consecutive games in nearly four years. The last defensive back to do that? Leonard Johnson.

Both of Conte’s picks were huge. One was a pick-six against Chicago and the other was an interception in the end zone with a big-time return that set up the game-winning touchdown drive.

Despite Conte’s recent heroics, Joe suspects he will read plenty of Conte-hate @JoeBucsFan.

24 Responses to “The Rise Of Conte”

  1. bucsalltheway Says:

    the kids got heart. he plays and gives the effort i dont see most stud buccaneers playing with now and days. he’s a poor mans john lynch lol

  2. Espo Says:

    For each splash play he makes, how many coverages does he blow? How many missed tackles? How many bad angles? I think he’s serviceable but replaceable next year.

  3. bucsalltheway Says:

    any guy contributing to the back to back win streak and shows up on film in both victories in a positive light on takeaways is definitely ballin to me. let the hate flourish but at some point you have to side with what’s working for now….big test is jimmy graham i wonder if it’s gonna be him or mcdougald keeping him in check.

  4. Bucsfan4life Says:

    I don’t hate conte. I just don’t think he can cover. With that said I’ll take him over McDougal anyway and twice on Sunday’s

  5. DallasBuc Says:

    Legit criticism is not hate. So childish.
    As I’ve stated before, Conte is not a good safety and routinely gets burned for big plays but in the last few weeks when there were plays to be made he made them. For that he deserves a lot of credit. It ended up being a 14 point swing in our favor Sunday in KC. Well done Conte.

  6. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Glad for Conte, but he still scares the crap out of me. I guess if you are typically in the wrong place 50% of the time, you could accidently be in the right place once or twice. Time will tell

    Lavonte who? The $100M guy with 3 tackles?

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Conte is good enough to keep for depth purposes….but we need to draft a safety.
    We are in a great position to improve the talent on this team because we have several top positions under cheap rookie contracts……QB, WR, MLB, CB, G, LT
    And we have several UDFA that are performing, WR, TE

    We need to draft a S & WR near the top….then the Dline.

    The good news is that we have plenty of cap space to bring in top-tier FAs…..

    Jason, get this right and we are set.

  8. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Conte >>>> Sabby the Goat

  9. DB55 Says:

    Speaking of LVD, did he a cause two fumbles in the last 4mins of the game? The last play of course and 1 at around 3:39 to play. LVD causes Ware to fumble but there was no challenge on the play. Why no challenge? Looked like the ball was coming out be Ware was down.

    Conte gave up the first passing TD to KC in 2 years I think. In other words it been about two years since Alex smith pass for a td at arrowhead. Right?

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Despite Conte’s recent heroics, Joe suspects he will read plenty of Conte-hate @JoeBucsFan.” Man Joe, talk about heaping praise on Conte for back-to-back INTs then whammo … OK folks, have at him. Fortunately Bucs commenters are more discriminating, like bucsalltheway, Bucsfan4life, Harry and Tampabaubucfan. Chris is ‘serviceable but replaceable’ like Espo said. None of our CBs have speed to burn, and they need above-average safeties behind them or we’ll be in trouble. Both Conte and McDougald are quite good at tackling in my opinion, but neither has the speed or cover skills that we need at the safety position with these CBs.

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    Color me crazy, but I wonder if the overall play of the defense has anything to do with it? It’s not to take anything away from Conte, he’s made some plays, but overall the defense has stepped up a notch.
    We can sit here and punch holes in anyone’s game on this team. Nobody’s perfect.
    Good job Conte! Good job defense! Keep it up!

  12. Conte Piscateli Says:

    I’m not a fan of Conte, but if his recent play is leading to him playing with more confidence. A confident DB is going to trust his reads and play loose. I imagine Conte will likely look like a serviceable safety the remainder of the season. If we can get the rest of the defense to play with confidence and swagger we could see a drastic transformation from the team that gave up 1000 yards in 2 games.

  13. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Kansas City planned on Conte biting on the run fake, like he usually does.
    He fooled the Chief’s, and Smith didn’t see him.

  14. Dick Butkiss Says:

    Everyone talking about his covering skills lol. Do yall know the play that is being called? Did you know what other players were responsible on that play? He takes the blame because he the last one catching up the make the tackle. If it wasn’t for his hustle, because the linebacker play has been sub par this year, we would have lost more games. The kid is a raw athlete and can play the position well.

  15. pick6 Says:

    I’m thrilled at the recent knack for big plays, but still convinced we need a better player at the position 2017 and beyond

  16. pick6 Says:

    let’s keep in mind that both of his plays have come from the fact that he has basically programmed offensive coordinators to assume he will mess up his assignment. that would be a neat trick, except for the fact that he did it by regularly messing up his assignments for years.

  17. mhall085 Says:

    Conte would still be a backup on any other defense worth their salt.

    And the Bucs still need an upgrade at the position.

    Good for Conte for the splash plays, but let’s pump the breaks on the Conte love.

  18. Ryan Says:

    He’s playing better as of late but the position still absolutely needs to be addressed in the offseason. Good on him though fighting and most importantly playing smarter like he has been lately. If he keeps it up he should be given a chance to compete with whoever we bring in and at the very least hold a backup role, a scenario which 3 weeks ago I would have laughed at.

  19. celly Says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,

    I’m perfectly fine with rolling with Conte next year for the simple fact that you can’t fix EVERYTHING in one offseason.

    I’d like to see us sign a Safety in Free Agency and then draft one in rounds 2-4. (First round needs to go toward WR).

  20. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    His pair of splash plays are nice, but they were both on terrible throws. And he is still consistently missing assignments and tackles. Sorry but a pair of INTs doesn’t mean much when opposing QBs can pick on you the rest of the game.

  21. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Dick Butkiss- He’s making it onto the stat sheet while other players are getting free passes from criticism. At least he’s making plays, that’s all I can say.
    @celly- Very true. It is near impossible to plug all the needs this team has over one offseason. Truth be told, if we get a pass-rush we don’t need a HOF Safety on the roster. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll gladly take one.

  22. BucTrooper Says:

    A broken clock is right twice a day

  23. wesley Says:

    Mike James can fill the role.

  24. wesley Says:

    oops wrong article