“He Played The Whole Year With A Broken Hand”

June 12th, 2019

Fresh revelation

JoeBucsFan.com intern

We all knew the Bucs’ third-round pick came with an asterisk next to his name.

The former Auburn Tiger, Jamel Dean, came into the league with three previous knee injuries, all season-ending, from his high school and college days. It was the biggest red flag when evaluating Dean.

It turns out there was something else, too.

Head coach Bucco Bruce Arians hopped onto the Ira Kaufman Podcast and discussed his shiny new toys in the secondary. There, he revealed interesting information regarding Dean’s health in his final season with the Tigers.

“Jamel, you know, he played the whole year with a broken hand and a big cast on his hand and he’s playing bump and run, so I know he’s got heart,” Arians said. “And whether or not he could catch I didn’t know until we got that cast off.”

Not once during the pre-draft process was a broken hand mentioned in evaluations of Dean. The Daniel Jeremiahs of the world, the Mel Kipers, said nothing of the sort.

But it’s not really their fault, as Auburn University never once indicated that Dean suffered a broken hand.

Throughout the 2018 season, Dean made all but two starts for his team. He didn’t start in the season opener against Washington (although he did play significant time in that game and even recorded his first of two interceptions last season) due to what Auburn coach Gus Malzahn claimed was a “finger issue.” He then injured his shoulder in a game against Tennessee, causing him to miss his team’s next game against Ole Miss before returning the following game.

Dean’s hand was in a cast all season, but never once was it said that it was broken.

It didn’t stop him from having his best college season. Dean recorded highs in interceptions (2) and passes defensed (9). And that performance translated to a strong spring.

After posting a 4.3-second 40-yard dash at his pro day in March, Dean came to Tampa and put together a string of practices that caused coach Arians to claim that the secondary is “totally fixed.”

Himself, along with rookies Sean Murphy-Bunting and Mike Edwards, showed off their speed and size and impressed getting their hands on a lot of passes. Dean even pulled in a few for interceptions.

It’s a nice start. But the best thing he did was something he couldn’t seem to do at Auburn.

Stay healthy.

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19 Responses to ““He Played The Whole Year With A Broken Hand””

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    The guy seems injury-prone. Not a great sign.

  2. BA FAN Says:

    But we will have experienced backups if he goes down this time who know our system! We know he plays with heart!

  3. JGhoti86 Says:


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  5. Jonzey Says:

    I like him He is tuff as nails to play with a broken hand the whole year for his team

  6. Bird Says:

    Tough guys we need.

    The knee injuries are a concern. Give him some sort of Joey Galloway treatment. Let those legs get stronger for entire season

  7. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    The best thing he did was stay healthy?? Its been like, 3 weeks of minicamps and OTAs, lets wait and see if this extremely injury prone CB can stay healthy through a training camp WITH tackling.

    What about staying healthy through a season of 18-19 games w/preseason or more with playoffs?

    What about stringing healthy seasons together? Can he play more than 1-2 seasons without missing large chunks of time?

    All of this seems highly unlikely. I get taking a chance, but he was drafted 1-2 rds too high

  8. SCBucsFan Says:

    Jolly Bucs I hear you, but what this team needs is talent – top shelf talent. I’m OK with a gamble on a guy who has that potential who slid because of injuries; I’d rather that then an “OK” guy who is a safe pick.

  9. Siege the Bay Says:

    If we get all these guys to play well for just one season then it was worth it. We are in win now mode. If all goes according to plan, we may only need to get Oline and defensive ends next season. I really hope rojo becomes the rb we desperately need.

  10. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Man I’m pumped to see these secondary players on the field. I don’t care if our starting CBs are all rookies or whoever. It just feels like we have a lot to work with for once.

    Injuries require context. I don’t buy the injury prone label unless it’s a guy who gets dinged up a lot easily on minor stuff, or has issues with pulls/tears/etc to where you think their style or preparation is conducive to constant minor injuries.

    This guy had all his major knee injuries from 2013-2016.. When he was still a young high school kid in a growing/developing body. If you’re going to have a major injury to recover from that’s a better time to have it happen than say at 25-35 years old.

    Once eligible, he played 24 out of a possible 26 games in college with no set backs. Only injury in the last 2-3 years is this broken hand thing. Knees obviously fine if he’s running 4.3 40s at his size (6’1 215 lbs)

    Some Auburn fans I’ve seen thought this guy was better than Davis.

    He’s probably the best size/speed combo CB from the entire draft.

  11. Snook Says:

    University of Auburn? Really, Joe?

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    great size and speed combo….played great competition in the SEC….we have great talent and depth in the secondary….

    i hope j. evans returns healthy and ready to prove himself…..edwards and whitehead seem hungry and ready to challenge for that starting spot….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  13. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    I hope the kid doesn’t get confused when teams run complicated formations like Smitty did in Chicago last year.

    There is a devastating nickname lurking for a disorientated cornerback………..Dizzy Dean.

    Just saying.

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    Players from Auburn and LSU signify to me a better Bucs team going forward. Those college teams produce good talent in the always tough SEC.

  15. Todd Says:


    Admit it. You’re getting paid in beet salad, right?!

  16. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Weird sign of where someone’s head is at when they are coming up with negative bashing nicknames of rookies before they’ve played a single down

  17. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Weird sign when fans are measuring this kids head for a bust in Canton.

    If Dean was a race horse, he would have been shot……four times.

    I’m just trying to introduce some balance to the discussion.

  18. chopshopp Says:

    Staying healthy during non-contact practice is no big deal. Let’s see if he makes it through training camp and plays 16 games

  19. BucFan727 Says:

    Injury prone? When did he hurt those legs? And didnt he have his best season after those injuries? Hes collage tape is descent. Perfect for man to man. He ran a 4.3 on two bump legs. Im all in on this tuff SOB. Glad his on my team. Go Bucs!