Exam Passed

August 17th, 2019

When Bucco Bruce Arians is handing out grades for the past week, there won’t be any 0.0 for this Dean.

Rookie corner Jamel Dean had a pick last night, his first wearing an NFL uniform. And to hear Arians talk after the Bucs beat the Dolphins, perhaps Dean is climbing over the learning curve?

And Arians added, maybe it is all in the gloves.

“Man, he had a great week,” Arians said. “He drops the pick-six right in his hands, [so] we told him to switch gloves at halftime because those gloves weren’t any good and he came up with a huge one.”

The development of the rookie corners is going to be key in Joe’s eyes. The way defensive coordinator Todd Bowles likes to have defensive backs run around, depth is important. Quality depth, not just bodies.

How quickly Sean Murphy-Bunting, Mike Edwards and Dean can master the NFL learning curve, the better.

36 Responses to “Exam Passed”

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Hard to believe he dropped that pick that was right in his chest, but he made up for it later.

  2. Patrick Says:

    I don’t think he even dressed for the Pitt game. Thus the invisibility

  3. Mike10 Says:

    Am I the only one that doesn’t believe in the “he made up for it” line? A missed opportunity is just that, and his stat line should show 2 picks.

    Learn from it, fix it, and bring 💯 into the season

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    they better hope these young kids work out… no way they can count on vh3bust you can’t fix short, slow, stupid and fragile!

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    To make a pick you have to be in position to make the pick…..I’ll salute him for that……it’s about time we had DBs who are in position….

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Mike10 Says
    “Am I the only one that doesn’t believe in the “he made up for it” line? A missed opportunity is just that, and his stat line should show 2 picks.”

    He also said this: “we told him to switch gloves at halftime because those gloves weren’t any good”

    Apparently, switching the gloves did the trick.

    Also, keep in mind, it was his first NFL game…and the dropped pick was also his first NFL pick opportunity. I’m sure he was a little nervous.

  7. JimmyJack Says:

    If he can’t make up for it then not much of a point to be in position to get another pick opportunity……..but the game was still in the balance. He made a huge play & made up for it. Simple.

  8. BigHog Says:

    Some people…he made a play it just wasn’t a pick six…he had nothing to make up for but I know what you can’t fix is fat, orange and ignorant…you got that T-MaxiPad!! GO BUCS GO FAMOUS GO DEAN!!

  9. geno711 Says:

    It hard to determine if these young defensive backs are good until we get to the real games. Think about it. It only matters if they can cover when other teams 1st team offense is on the field.

    That being said, if BA thought he was just sucking we would not have the favorable comments.

  10. Race to 10 Says:

    Love it BigHog…. some people cried all offseason about being the worst team in the NFL now rhey the team is showing improvement and talent they are crying about a dropped int when in the past they were never in position. Take your xanax before posting please

  11. JP_09 Says:

    Off topic, but let’s talk about what an injury prone bust that Derwin James is. Who the hell would draft someone that has stress fractures in their ankle, what were the chargers thinking…..

    Cant wait for Vea to return, Vea & Suh will be unstoppable!!!

  12. Rayjay1122 Says:


    That’s pretty funny sarcasm pointed to the knuckleheads.

  13. NOSBOS Says:

    When he matures and fully learns the NFL Dean is going to be a starter. Fingers cross we don’t groom him only to lose him in a few years. New age CB tho, physique will always dwarf wideouts.

  14. NOSBOS Says:

    Salute coach Ross,I love what I see from this young man along with Ryan,Devante and Mazzi. CB being a weakness is a thing of the past now.

  15. ncbucsfan Says:


    EXACTLY!! I loved Derwin and really wanted him last year, but 10 mins after they picked Vita, I became his biggest supporter. I can’t stand all of the lames that continually have something to say about Vita getting hurt and how Licht was this or that because he didn’t pick Derwin. Playing in Mike Smith’s defense, Derwin would just be virtually a nobody and labelled a bust who just got hurt 3-4 months and Licht would’ve again been the scapegoat for not having the foresight to draft Vita Vea do replace an aging GMC. When you’re a present-tense realist all the time (pessimist) and not a future-tense optimist, you find yourself always eating crow during any success when you should be non-reluctantly celebrating!!!

  16. Bucamania Says:

    Dean will be the real deal. Long and fast, has a nose for the ball. Nothing worse tha CBs with zero awareness. This kid will start soon.

  17. BucEmUp Says:

    We are already seeing more development in the last two weeks then we have in the last 5 years.

    No way its from coaching though it just must be a COINCIDENCE 😞

  18. Anonymous Says:

    “Give Dean an extension

    Kobe wants an extension

    Buc Realist wants an extension

    Darrel Henderson wants an extension

    Give everyone a freakin extension!”

    Kobe Faker

  19. webster Says:


    Too funny

  20. Matt Says:

    Jamel dean was a favorite college player of mine at auburn with Davis. Now we have them
    Both. They both can play but I’m sorry to disappoint you guys Jamel has needed better hands for quite some time. The gloves may of helped but I don’t see this area becoming better unless he has a QB just theowing him bullets and bullets time after time again in practice while he’s just running right into the ball. He needs training at catching . Which is cool I’m okay with that. He’s young which is good. He’s also a CB so even if he never can catch interceptions at least he can make plays on the ball and shut WRs down. Can’t say the same about most DBs. Had he been born with healthy knees and great hands he would of been a top 5 pick. No doubt.

  21. BA FAN Says:

    Dean has the making of a true shutdown corner. Can’t wait to see him cover Thomas and Julio Jones and the rest of the stud top WRs in the NFL. He has the top speed, length, and height to stay with them and intercept their balls or knock them away from them. He can stuff them at the LOS and be a great cover corner in the end zone. He is being developed into a superstar corner for years to come. Paired with VHIII who is a master playmaker, we will be set. And there is plenty of depth behind them too now.

  22. Joe Says:

    Jamel dean was a favorite college player of mine at auburn with Davis.

    Joe doesn’t know why this hasn’t hit him until now, but that’s cool!

    War Eagle!

  23. StonedBuc Says:

    Sometimes you have to take a bird shot approach.

  24. TDTB Says:

    Anybody questioning Bunting over Risnor about now?

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    If he could catch, he’d have been a WR.

    You want him to make that earlier INT since it was an easy 6 points, but again, he’s a corner, they’re going to drop that at lot of times.

  26. tmaxcon Says:

    Race to 10

    You have no clue if the glazers minor league franchise is any better under ba he’s 0-0…… you people have lower standards than a Hillsborough crackwhore

  27. tmaxcon Says:

    Race to 10

    Given the history and actual on field results your screen name would be far more accurate if you use Race to the Basement

  28. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @ matt
    He did kind of bobble the INT that he did catch. I don’t how big his hands are
    but, those gloves looked thick compared to other gloves I have seen.

  29. Pryda...Sec147 Says:


  30. 2020 here we come Says:

    I know it’s preseason and 95% of these dudes are gonna be making my pub subs in a few weeks but can we appreciate how the team is in the top 5 in sacks so far

  31. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “Anybody questioning Bunting over Risnor about now?”…..Yeah!

    SMLB was about the 35th ranked CB. Gump could have got him in the 5th round.

    VH3 got 2 picks in a pre-season game in his rookie year.

    If you look at Dean in the end zone, he was trying to drop that ball. If an opponent slapped at it , he would have dropped it.

  32. mark2001 Says:

    “Gump could have got him in the 5th round.”

    Prime example of how we couch coaches read some ranking guru, take their opinion as gospel, and think we then know more than the GM’s and HC’s, and judge the draft. Hilarious. As if those ranking the players really have any idea what these guys are on so many levels, It is like a plumber walking into an operating room and telling the surgeon he is doing it wrong because he read something in a magazine.

  33. isrBuc Says:

    Why you care so much about corners development, joe? After all you can draft 3 new DBs every year. Nothing wrong with that, right? That’s what successful GMs do, isn’t it?

  34. BigHog Says:

    We have talent in the secondary now, teach these guys your scheme and make them grind in the class room and they will come through, my hope is that our corners become a true strength for this team!!! And if we can find any kind of a pass rush or maybe better corner play helps find the pass rush…they do work hand in hand!!!GO BUCS GO FAMOUS GO DEAN GO BUNTING!!!

  35. Jeff Says:

    I just can’t get excited about Dean. He’s going to get hurt on us. That’s his M.O.

  36. UnderMeBucin’Hat Says:

    Does the glove-switch count as an half-time adjustment? Wow! Imagine that! Clock management should be much improved as well(I hope).