The Jamel Dean Revival

October 12th, 2020

Jamel Dean missed a couple of shots to be a fourth-quarter hero on Thursday, but he did walk away from the game deserving a lot of praise.

Turn on Thursday’s film and you’ll see Dean had three passes defensed in the fourth quarter, including two shots at what likely would have been game-clinching interceptions.

Unfortunately, he didn’t squeeze the footballs, but Dean’s play is to be lauded, especially when you compare it to the messy stuff that Sean Murphy-Bunting has turned in the past two games and the inconsistency of Carlton “Flags” Davis (tackling and penalties).

Tied for fourth on the team in combined tackles behind Devin White, Lavonte David and Antoine Winfield, Jr., Dean’s tackling numbers are extra good considering he’s only played about two-thirds of the Bucs’ snaps this season and those ahead of him don’t come off the field.

Joe very much likes how Dean is progressing as a 2019 third-round draft pick.

12 Responses to “The Jamel Dean Revival”

  1. Sport Says:

    We are clearly feeling the effects of JPP playing hurt. And we will have to find a way to keep the middle stout without Vea. Yikes.

    Bowles has his work cut out for him. Our secondary has a massive test coming on Sunday.

    I want to see disciplined football return. If we play our game, clean, i like our chances.

    Go Bucs!

    In BA I Trust!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Smb and white freelance

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s a bit concerning when a part-time CB is high on the leaderboard for tackles…..what it means is a completed catch down the field then a tackle or, even worse, a missed tackle from a lineman or linebaker.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  5. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Dean is a talented player, but he has to make those interceptions in a close game- sluffing it off by noting his passes defensed doesn’t cut it – Make the plays!

  6. Coburn Says:

    Yeah thought Dean looked pretty good there too. Too badhe couldn’t catch them

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Unless I’m misreading something, Davis leads the Bucs with 6 PDs, and Dean is right next to him with 5 PDs. However, the game-by-game stats show Jamel with 7 PDs & Carlton with 6 PDs … who knows. Point being that they’re neck-and-neck in terms of performance. They’re both giving up an average of 10 yds/catch, they’re both close in tackles, but it looks like Davis has given up more TDs. Bottom line IMO: They’re BOTH very good.

    The bigger question in my mind is ‘Why isn’t Dean out there more?’ Davis & SMB have been playing virtually the whole game (roughly 320 def snaps each) while Dean has only been getting 2/3rds of the snaps like you said Joe (about 215). And yet Dean has been targeted more than Davis (20 vs 9 times in the 1st 4 games), and has more PDs (13 vs 9 in those 1st 4 games). Kinda wondering if maybe Todd Bowles is intentionally limiting Jamel’s snaps because of his injury history.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Not good at typing I guess … make that ‘Dean has been targeted 20 times vs 15 times for Davis’ (he has 9 PDs in the 1st 4 games).

  9. NOLES Says:

    Interesting point Defense Rules.. still don’t know understand SMB’s footwork on the 3&9 play. How he turned his head blows my mind in that situation.

    They have talent but usually fail in key situations of the game as opposed to coming through w a play.

    We are going to need them as pointed out w an injured JPP & No Vita.. yikes..

  10. Ed Says:

    Too many running backs getting too many easy first downs on swing passes. Bowles needs to tighten that stuff up with linebackers and defensive backs.

  11. teacherman777 Says:

    Dean is better than Carlton or Sean.

    He should be our CB 1.

    Davis- CB 2.

    Sean- nickle.

    Jamel Dean is a freak.

  12. unbelievable Says:

    Been trying to tell you guys this since last season at Seattle.

    Dean is the real deal.