Influential Bucs CB

January 20th, 2020

Advising draft prospect.

A Bucs standout rookie corner may not be established in the NFL, but his influence is being felt back at his old Auburn college team.

This past week, a former teammate of Jamel Dean, safety Jeremiah Dinson, was practicing for the Shrine Bowl and gave Joe a few minutes after practice at the Fruitdome in St. Petersburg to chat about his former NFL teammate.

Dinson led the Tigers in 2019 in tackles (88) and tied for the team’s lead in picks (two). He credits his motivation to his relationship Dean.

Dinson said he and Dean talk often. They have sort of a bond. Both nearly had their college playing days ended before they really got started due to knee injuries.

Dean had two knee injuries before he stepped foot on Ohio State’s famed playing field at the Horseshoe. Doctors wouldn’t clear him to play and he later found his way to Auburn.

The Florida native had yet a third knee injury before rebounding and playing well enough to be selected by the Bucs in the third round.

Dinson told Joe that Dean’s fight left a big impression upon him.

“He does give me inspiration,” Dinson said of Dean. “His story is amazing. Came from Ohio State and was told he would never play [again]. Two weeks before season opener, he blew another ACL. To see him bounce back from that, and come that far is an inspiration.

“I have come back and battled from major injuries. Looking at [Dean’s] rookie year, he’s one of the best DBs as a rookie. He gives me all the motivation in the world. There is no excuse. So what if you had a major injury? Keep working.”

Now will the Bucs select Dinson? Anything is possible and if Joe had to lay money on the table, Joe would bet the Bucs draft a safety (no, Joe has no update on Justin Evans, and if you are betting that Evans ever becomes a dependable starter for the Bucs, Joe is guessing you got some excellent odds).

Dinson isn’t worried about who will draft him or when. Dinson’s lone goal, he told Joe, is to contribute to any NFL team who thinks he is worthy of their roster.

“To be honest, [players] talk about where they want to be drafted,” Dinson explained. “A lot of guys say they want to go first [round]. Other guys, second. Me? I’m just living in the moment.”

Dinson added he’s just thankful he’s still playing football.

“Humble over hype,” Dinson said. “Never get too high and keep working.”

It’s advice he said he got from Dean.

12 Responses to “Influential Bucs CB”

  1. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    Great one Joe!

    Great mindset on both Dean and Dison.

    These are the kind of players that don’t need extra motivation. Their paycheck is all they need to be motivated.

    Arians is building the foundation we been missing.

    Go Bucs!!!

  2. adam from ny Says:

    joe bring back dan silio 🙂

  3. adam from ny Says:

    dan sileo*

  4. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Great stuff Joes! Amazing for Dean to come back from so many injuries and still play at that high of a level. That takes a lot of mental toughness and faith in yourself to work past injuries. I hope Dean is a success story in the end. That first game he got picked on bad but I think that humbled him and he really showed out the last half of the year.

    I honestly know nothing about this Dinson kid but I’m definitely going to check him out. Lord knows we need a solid safety but hopefully we can get an expensive experienced vet. Maybe this kid could be a late rd guy or an UDFA.

  5. geno711 Says:

    Maybe not a 1st or 2nd priority for the Buc’s this offseason but we need another cornerback. Especially with Dean’s injury history.

    It is a position that guys miss games and you need at least three competent one’s playing every game.

  6. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Experienced** not expensive- blame the captain of Morgantown.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I like the idea of bringing in teammates……Dean & Davis…..would perhaps like to see someone who played with Devin White…..

  8. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    If you get to see him live…the dude is BIG !

  9. tickrdr Says:

    But………….. influential, not influencial.
    Please delete this post.


  10. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Sadly that was the first thing I noticed as well. I liked the post however so perhaps he can just correct the headline.

    Retired from a TV Newsroom I still wince when I see misspellings on the Chyron at the bottom of the screen. And I’ve seen that happen on the largest Networks.

    As for the post itself…this kid GETS IT!!!

    “Me? I’m just living in the moment.”

    Perhaps because I’m currently in the middle of Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” I can truly appreciate this important view of how to live life. It’s a recurrent theme in self help books and even in the Bible perhaps the ultimate self help book.

    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

  11. unbelievable Says:

    lol @ dan sileo

    Dude is a grade-A moron.

  12. Bkyrdbob77 Says:

    Sileo….I actually found a new sports radio station I liked because of that guy. I had thought WDAE was my only choice until my disdaine for that idiot motivated me me to turn the station and find something else. Sileo can go cuddle Joe Pa whispering Jimmy Johnsons name in his ear while simultaniously shooting Roids in his hind quarters as he wears one of his old football helmets. Sorry if something’s misspelled I’ve had a couple drinks.