Compilation Of Objective NFL Data Puts Jamel Dean Among Top 10

July 17th, 2022

Regular readers here know Joe loves the free agent addition of safety/nickel Logan Ryan because he represents competition among the cornerbacks for the first time in years.

No more gift-wrapped jobs at the position.

Carlton Davis is the Bucs’ No. 1 corner and that’s why he’s earning eight figures per year, but who are No. 2 and No. 3? Official NFL NextGen stats, generated by technology in game equipment, say Dean is the Bucs’ best cover corner and the ninth-best cover man in the entire NFL.

Nick Shook compiled the rankings using all kinds of data that might give you ugly flashbacks to high school algebra.

… … … … Quarterbacks completed just 48.5 percent of passes in which Dean was the nearest defender, producing a coverage success rate (the percentage of targets that result in a successful play for the defense) rivaling that of A.J. Terrell, who, as you will see, is ranked very high on this list. And Dean allowed the ninth-lowest passer rating (60.5) in the league. Entering a contract year, Dean has certainly built positive momentum that could result in quite a pay day.

Dean can cover. Every Bucs fan paying attention knows that, and he’s long and fast. What he’s not is good in zone coverage, and he’s certainly not nickel material.

What Dean will be is extremely wealthy next season if he can stay healthy in 2022 and continue to cover. There’s no shortage of cash offers for effective young cornerbacks entering free agency.

On the NextGen list of top-10 cover corners, Davis was not listed but was one of three corners named that just missed the cut.

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21 Responses to “Compilation Of Objective NFL Data Puts Jamel Dean Among Top 10”

  1. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Dean has come a long way from when he was a rookie. Our entire secondary is young, and now they will have the added benefit of hopefully an improved pass rush with Aikeem Hicks.

  2. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I keep saying, the Bucs secondary is going to be very strong this year. We have good players and I don’t believe we will be hit so hard by injuries.

    Now, if we can get a good pass rush – that is the big question. Can we bring in another EDGE? Maybe another tackle (worried about the injury history with VV and Hicks). But I – kinda, sorta, maybe – (lol) trust Licht and Bowles if they feel what we have will suffice.

  3. SB~LV Says:

    He is huge! Towers over the rest of the DB’z

  4. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Deff like the way Dean has developed. Just looking for him to be more consistent. He has all the tangibles. Fast, y’all got long arms and like one of the other comments if we get a pas rush n can stay healthy I see our defense as a top 10. All comes down to the trenches. If we can get pressure n sacks LVD N DW45 are going to eat along with our DBs

  5. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Let’s get some friggin’ INTERCEPTIONS versus passes defensed.

  6. Goatfarmer Says:

    No one on the Bucs is good in zone because Todd fails to teach them their assignments, and fails to adjust when they’ve proven they don’t know what they’re doing.

  7. Casual Observer Says:

    Goatfarmer has a good point(s). DB coaching needs to shape up.

  8. dmatt Says:

    JDean has all the physical attributes (height, weight, speed, arm length)but lacks intangibles, in my opinion. He lacks confidence, field awareness, aggressiveness, consistency, at times seems confused on man n zone coverage, n does not use his speed n size as an advantage. How has he faired against elite receivers? When JDean make a god play he seems shocked n astounded that he made the play. I’ll give him 2022 to prove me wrong.

  9. geno711 Says:

    Another knock on our coaching. Amazing how many times, I read that on JFB.

    You don’t win a Superbowl with bad coaching.

    Jamal Dean has more passes defended and more interceptions than any other CB from his 2019 NFL draft class but yes I guess his coaching could be better. It always could be!!

  10. GOB Says:

    I think Dean is the most talented DB they have. His length and speed is a rare combination. He should continue to improve and mature. I’d love to see him in more of a matchup role. If bowles is smart, he’ll use him to take away specific recievers. I think this will be a break out year for Dean. The presence of Logan Ryan will help immensely. He’ll certainly reduce the number of blown assignments. Ryan is like a coach on the field. He’ll make sure they’re lined up properly, and will even challenge coaches, when he thinks a gameplan is flawed.

  11. Wayne Perez Says:

    I wish he was a top 10 dB

  12. unbelievable Says:

    Dean has natural instincts. Ive said this since his first start in Seattle, despite getting picked on by Russel Wilson that day. Plus he’s long and fast.

    He needs to get a little better at staying balanced, and of course in zone defense in general. Very good in man / press man though.

  13. BradyBucs Says:

    If you analyzed stats based on THIRD DOWN performance, our defensive backs probably rank LAST in the NFL.

    I think all these stats are deceiving. In games, our DBs don’t pass the “Eye Test” of what great players look like. They miss tackles, fail to push people out of bounds on critical 3rd downs (cough cough SMB) and give it plays when they are most crucial to the game.

    With rare exceptions, how often does this Secondary actually shutdown opposing QBs and force punts? RARELY EVER.

  14. steele Says:

    Agree, BradyBucs. “Compiled objective stats” are completely deceptive, and can be twisted to tell any story. Just look at film and watch the games. Watch the darned Rams game, the instruction manual of what needs to be fixed. The secondary had serious issues and need to get much better. I hope Logan Ryan will become the leader who makes them all smarter and tougher.

  15. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Joe… “What he’s not is good in zone coverage, and he’s certainly not nickel material”

    And he plays zone all the time, and it is hard to be good at zone when you set up 8 yards off the Wr receiver on a 3rd and 4, and then back peddle at the snap. How do you stop the pass when you run yourself out of the play, and give up easy first downs? We have all watched this scared crappy coverage from Dean and the others on this Defense again and again.

    And HOW do you generate a consistent pass rush when you play this style, of back peddle every down no matter what the down and distance is?

    All the smoke and mirrors with numbers about this secondary, we all have seen this secondary get abused game in and game out, and QB’s just eating their lunch.

    I hope somehow the new blood causes change in the secondary, because if the scared play by the CB’s does not change, then we will see a repeat of the results from last year, and that means watching the Super Bowl with another team from the NFC in it.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  16. Buczilla Says:

    I know that next gen stats is the new fad and I like them too, but they can’t explain why this dude has missed nearly half of his starting opportunities since he’s been in the league either due to injury or coaches decision. Talented for sure, but if the coaches don’t trust him, why the heck should I? How many top ten corners in the the history of the nfl have missed more than half of their potential starts due to a “coaching decision”? This kid still has a lot to prove and we need him to since our deptth is dismal at best at outside corner.

  17. Brandon Says:

    And I’ve been effing saying this for three years but know nothing fans feel the need to pipe in with their less than two cents.

  18. Brandon Says:

    Anybody with a quarter of a brain can look up his stats while targets on profootballreference and see the dude is a stud. Everybody gets beat. 48.5% completions means 48.5% of the time the other team was successful. It’s almost as close as it gets to a shutdown CB these days.

  19. stpetebucsfan Says:

    When HEALTHY Jamal IS a top ten DB. Alas he has yet to play a full season and many of the games he did play he was banged up. Health issues were the rap on him coming into the draft and that hasn’t changed.

    But if he can stay healthy…career year ahead for Dean.

  20. tampabayallday Says:

    He’s better than SMB he just needs to stay healthy.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Brandon……And I’ve been effing saying this for three years but know nothing fans feel the need to pipe in with their less than two cents.

    Brandon Says:
    July 18th, 2022 at 9:02 am
    Anybody with a quarter of a brain can look up his stats while targets on profootballreference and see the dude is a stud. Everybody gets beat. 48.5% completions means 48.5% of the time the other team was successful. It’s almost as close as it gets to a shutdown CB these days.

    Maybe Brandon tell Dean this, maybe he wakes up and finally plays to his talent, he is fast and tall. Then WHY THE SCARED PLAY FROM DEAN? Maybe Dean ought to wake up, and quit playing scared. I stated what he has done as a normal way of play he has demonstrated. When is he ever going to chuck the receiver at the line, and maybe disrupt the timing of the QB? Press coverage is suppose to be his strength, well maybe tell Dean that. Why does line up way off, and back-peddling again and again and give up easy plays on 3rd down so much, and other downs to? Todd Bowels is a press coverage coach.
    Why Dean lines up way off all the time and still back up on a 3rd and less than 5? WHY THE SCARED PLAY? His has the talent, so that is not the issue.
    He is not anywhere close to a shut down corner, “these Days”. Hey maybe help the pass rush out and nail the WR at the line, disrupt some timing maybe once in a while? Instead forever back peddle mode.

    The film does not lie, play smoke and mirrors with the stats all you want, knock yourself out, but it does not change what has happened. Time and again, we have seen Qb’s licking their chops going against Jamel “easy money on third down baby” Dean. I hope he wakes up, talent is not the issue.

    GO BUCS!!!!!