Speed Numbers But Speed Questions

April 27th, 2019

There’s track speed and there’s football speed.

Bucco Bruce Arians has talked about this many times. Arians is no fan of 40-yard-dash times; he likes to see how speed looks on film and on the field.

And that brings Joe to the Buccaneers’ new rookie speedster, third-round rookie cornerback Jamel Dean. He’s long and physical and crazy fast without pads. But what about with pads?

Dean ran a 4.30 at the NFL Scouting Combine and showed his explosion in other metrics, but NFL Network scouting guru Daniel Jeremiah, the former scout with lots of connections around the league, said Dean is a major wild card plays slower than he appears.

Teams all over the league were split on him. When you watch him on tape, you don’t see the speed he showed at the combine. He’s also had some knee issues that concerned teams.

Joe’s heard the old adage that speed can’t be taught, but it absolutely can be. Every player has a speed ceiling, but some guys literally can learn how to run faster in games and be taught how to tap their explosiveness. Just ask any player who has worked with a physical trainer/track coach.

It’s possible Dean already has had that kind of training and just slows down a hair in games, but Joe’s going to hold out hope that the Bucs can get him to play faster.

Now is he a good enough cover guy to win a job in a crowded Bucs stable of young corners, that’s a whole different question.

35 Responses to “Speed Numbers But Speed Questions”

  1. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Ronde was C- speed…. just saying

  2. SB Says:

    Recognition and reaction time plays into true speed on the field.

  3. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    1 of the 6 secondary players drafted in the top 3 rounds has to pan out and be a stud. There’s gotta be one

  4. destinjohnny Says:

    Jason has to go.
    I am so tired of our team sucking

  5. Brandon Says:

    You dumb @$$*$ do realize that Licht scouts the players and selects them mostly based off of who the head coach and position coaches really want, right?

  6. Tom S. Says:

    Of the 3 DB’s Dean was my favorite selection regarding where he was selected. It’s a worthy gamble that he can stay healthy and maximize his speed as a late 3rd round pick. Bunting in the early 2nd or the MJ Stewart clone on the other hand…

  7. Tom S. Says:

    Brandon, it’s Licht who makes the selection. It’s his job, his title. He is SUPPOSED to coordinate with the coaches on the picks. Yet somehow Licht selects man-press corners and a 3-4 OLB in Hargreaves, C. Davis and Spence for Mike Smith who liked to run a 4-3 zone. So riddle me who was making those selections dear Brandon? Do you think it was Dirk Koetter who was rallying the war room for Licht to trade up to select Roberto Aguayo too? 😂😂

  8. Jarhead Says:

    Brandon they don’t get it. You are wasting your time!

  9. rrsrq Says:

    MJ Stewart did not or does not have ball skills, but Bunting seems to have them and is faster. The thing we have been missing is coaching up the DBs, hopefully that changes now.

  10. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I agree Dean had value in the 3rd. Bunting maybe worthy of 2nd rd. consideration but at the top of the second he wasn’t the BPA

  11. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    What Tom said…
    I hope we snag at Gerald Willis, Darwin Thompson, Rodney Anderson, Tyree Jackson, or BJ Autry.

    Will probably be another DB who can run a 4.4.

  12. Dom>Licht Says:

    Quit blaming Jason ! It was all about bad coaching ! Jameis will finally EARN his pro bowl moniker! ROJO will rush for 1500 yards ! And our defense will be number one in the league ! 13 and 3 Here we come.

  13. JL Says:

    We still have UDF to sign.

  14. kyle Says:

    jason licht always says, life is like a box of chocolates…

  15. adam from ny Says:

    licht is a wild f’in dude

  16. Dom>Licht Says:

    “ stupid is as stupid does” Jason Gump….

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Which would you rather have……a player with 4.3 speed that looks slower than that on the field…..or a player with 4.5 speed who is slower on the field?

  18. Dom>Licht Says:

    “ me and bad drafts go together like peas and carrots “ Jason Gump

  19. SB Says:

    Here we go. Bucs are on the clock again.

  20. SB Says:

    OK…………a WR.

  21. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Who? Let me guess, he runs a 4.4

  22. GhostofSchiano Says:

    So, fix the trenches next year????

  23. Tonguepunchmyfartbox Says:

    We got the white Deshaun Jackson wooo hoop :() Scotty boy Miller!

  24. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Trenches? Games are won and lost outside the hashes, apparently.

  25. SCBucsFan Says:

    Talk about a glass half full article. Let’s point out all our draft picks weren’t beloved by all GMs equally.

  26. Shane247 Says:

    Running out of words……Nope I found some; idiotic, foolish, lamebrained, irresponsible, disgraceful!

  27. Stanglassman Says:

    Now Jason is just trolling the fans going kicker, Wr 5 and 6. The kicker said he would have been lucky to go late 6. He and Scott Miller expected to be UFAs.

    Gerald Willis still available at 6. SMH

  28. NOSBOS Says:

    Brandon😆jbf dysfunctional bro.

  29. NOSBOS Says:

    But Brandon don’t let jbf screw your mood about our picks, I gotta buddy that’s Big on following the Bucs on Facebook. According to him everywhere else folks love what we are doing. Jbf just lame man.

  30. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Hey licht finally drafted a defensive linemen with previous acl and mcl injuries and an arrest for drug possession. SMH.

  31. firethecannons Says:

    We have some great picks but these guys will all benefit from getting well coached, maybe Carlton and Hargreaves will benefit too–we now have a stable of potentially great corners.

  32. Playaction Says:

    The million dollar question now is- Who gets cut since we have so many of the same position and are way over the salary cap?

  33. Dapostman Says:

    Call Tom Shaw over in Orlando and hire him to work with players who need to increase their speed.

  34. ElBajito43 Says:

    Fire Jason Licht

  35. Mike Johnson Says:

    Last yr I was watching my Bucs with my brother who is a Jags fan. He said,your Bucs Defense is very slow.Esp your linebackers and D-backs. Well evidently, our new coaching staff feels the same. We went strictly defense this year and all selections move fast and are not afraid of the physical contact. They are all..Ball Hawks.