No Defensive Snaps For Sean Murphy-Bunting

September 13th, 2022

Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting

The Bucs’ depth in the defensive backfield is impressive.

In fact, Super Bowl cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, the Bucs’ 2019 second-round pick and a playoffs hero in 2020, didn’t play a snap on defense Sunday night. He only was seen on special teams.

Keep mind that Murphy-Bunting was not on the injury report and was not being punished.

Veteran former Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal was in the same boat, no snaps on defense but he played on special teams.

Man, what a difference a year makes. Last year the Bucs were running out washed out Richard Sherman, Pierre Desir and Ross Cockrell at cornerback.

Mike Edwards and Antoine Winfield, Jr. played every snap against Dallas, with Logan Ryan playing 83 percent at nickel and safety.

40 Responses to “No Defensive Snaps For Sean Murphy-Bunting”

  1. Tarheel Buc Says:

    I get that the R key is fairly close to the G key, as is the H. but where the heck did the P come from in that typo ?!?!?!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I guess Bowles learned something about his secondary without Toast on D.

  3. Derek Says:

    Seems like it could be SMB’s last year in Tampa

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We won’t be able to keep all of our secondary…….Between Dean, SMB & Edwards….I suspect Dean will be signed.

    Here’s the really good news…..we have great depth and our defense is 100% healthy……

  5. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Logan Ryan played great. SMB has potential, but Ryan is better right now. Thanks Belichick!

  6. Jeff Says:

    Good! He’s a career back up!

  7. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    If playoff contender team loses one of their starting CB, curious if the Bucs would deal Sean Murphy-Bunting for a first round draft pick.

  8. Coburn Says:

    Doubt anyone would give up a first for our 3rd best (or outside, maybe 4th best slot) corner. And when we are all in on this year don’t want to put ourselves in Sam’s position as last year once injuries start

  9. ncbucsfan Says:

    Seems like they are keeping his value down for next year’s negotiations. They can’t pay Dean and him much with Davis already getting major money. He’ll be back next year with little offers to consider elsewhere due to his lack of playing time this year.

  10. geno711 Says:

    Player Pos Snaps Pct
    Jamel Dean CB 69 100%
    Carlton Davis CB 69 100%
    Mike Edwards FS 69 100%
    Antoine Winfield Jr. FS 69 100%
    Logan Ryan FS 57 83%

    Think about how well these 5 guys played that SMB did not even get on the field. As we know, you need at least 6, if not 7 or 8 DB’s to get through a season.

  11. geno711 Says:

    Player…………………….. Pos…………….. Snaps………. Pct snaps
    Jamel Dean……………… CB ………………..69 …………100%
    Carlton Davis…………… CB …………………69 …………100%
    Mike Edwards…………… S………………… 69 ………….100%
    Antoine Winfield Jr………S/Slot Corner …. 69…………..100%
    Logan Ryan………………S/Slot Corner…….57………….. 83%

    A little easier reading format hopefully.

  12. Goatfarmer Says:

    Bowles needs to spend some time with Keanu and SMB to keep their heads right, hopefully when we get a lead on someone they can be worked in for some game experience.

    And knock off the trade thoughts – depth wins championships.

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    Note thar ST coverage and ST pkay in general was vastly superior to the last two years.

  14. geno711 Says:

    Keanu Neal and SMB both apparently played effective special teams though I did not watch them specifically.

    0 snaps on defense is fine for me. We know these guys have been better than a lot of the Pierre Desire’s and Ross Cockrell’s based upon their past performance.

  15. Hammerhead Says:

    Can only imagine how potent this secondary would be if we still had Whitehead bashing heads

  16. SlyPirate Says:

    Antonio playing slot corner was new (odd).

    This must have been Bowles’ adjustment to last year’s Dallas offense. AWJ is a Pro Bowl Safety. I’m sure they want to get him back into position ASAP.

  17. Goatfarmer Says:


  18. HC Grover Says:

    A better than expected D is a ticket to the Super Bowl. Brady is jumping for Joy.

  19. SPARKY Says:

    It all comes back to being able to run the ball.The defense was well rested, so we didn’t need to give them a break. That was probably the worse group of receivers we will face this year. I thought we could of put some subs in the last couple of series of the game to make sure no one got hurt. Our d-backs and receivers seem to get hurt easily.

  20. Hodad Says:

    No snaps on defense for SMB, that’s a good thing.

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    Depth baby…in other news outside of JBF World….OJ Howard had 2 TD’s on Sunday.

  22. BigMacAttack Says:

    This is great strategy. It’s a long season and they’ll all be needed. Stay healthy, stay patient and stay ready to go at any second.

  23. Lamarcus Says:

    Does this means SMB is a bust?

  24. geno711 Says:

    SlyPirate Says:

    The Bucs have said all offseason that Antoine Winfield would be playing slot some of this year. It does make sense. He has some cornerback skill and he has some tackling skill. The slot corner can be very important for defending one of the quarterbacks easiest reads.

    We all remember how strong Ronde Barber was at that position.

  25. geno711 Says:

    So, the Bucs were in nickel on 83 percent of the plays and still only allowed the Dallas offense to average 3.9 yards per rush and a total of 71 yards rushing.

    Wow, that is superior for that often being in the nickel.

  26. gotbbucs Says:

    Antoine Winfield took all of his snaps in the slot.

  27. PanthersSuck! Says:

    It’s week 1.
    Trust me when I say that our depth will be tested.
    It’s a long season.

  28. ocala Says:

    Bucs don’t take out David or White on obvious passing downs so not much of a chance for SMB to get in a game.

  29. Listnfrmafar Says:


  30. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Neal over Edward’s, he was the weak link.

  31. lunchmeat Says:

    Opponents’ passer rating of 52.5, you didn’t have a weak link. Not that Sunday.

  32. adam from ny Says:

    long season ahead…all men on deck will be needed…

    dudes will get bang up or banged around…

    sunday’s bench guys will get reps – long season…

    at least our back end is looking much much stronger than in recent years past

  33. D-Rome Says:

    I imagine this will change depending on the matchups.

  34. Coquiro Says:

    Good…finally the coaches and the media realized he’s not a good QB. Gets targeted, burned and only tackles after the catch. Move on

  35. unbelievable Says:

    Dean has always better physical tools and natural instincts.

    Been telling ya’ll this for the last 2 seasons. I think in the past, SMB was ahead of him in terms of understanding the game, but this offseason Dean may have finally caught up in that regard.

    I also agree with D-Rome that it will depend on matchups. I’m sure we will see SMB and Neal both used depending on teams we are facing / defensive sub packages.

    I was somewhat surprised to see Winfield playing so much in the slot / nickel DB vs. back at safety, but he was excellent in that role.

  36. Coquiro Says:

    Sorry meant CB

  37. Defense Rules Says:

    gotbbucs … ‘Antoine Winfield took all of his snaps in the slot.’

    Now I’m confused. Winfield played ALL 69 def snaps (100%). If they were all in the slot, we would’ve been in nickel 100% of the time.

    Edwards played 100% of the def snaps also, all at Safety. Logan Ryan played 57 def snaps (83%), apparently at ‘nickel and safety’ like Joe stated. Seems to indicate that Winfield must’ve been splitting time at Safety & Nickel also.

    Speaking of Logan Ryan, gut feel is that he’s become the QB of the Secondary. Todd Bowles seems to like him so much that you just knew he’d find a way to get him on the field. And 83% is quite a bit.

  38. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Oh man Sparky, the Packers WR corps have a strong claim to worst receivers we’ll face this year.

  39. SPARKY Says:

    Yea, you might be right Leopold. And the Cowboys get Gallop back too. We will see just how valuable Aaron Rodgers is this year

  40. MD Says:

    SMB is a great resource for the Bucs and I’m sure he will have soon the chance to show it again. He seems to have quite a few detractors in here, who are quick to criticize a couple of subpar performances last season, forgetting what kind of gnarly injury he suffered. Not a quick or easy one to fully recover from. I suspect he took one for the team by returning earlier to play than he should have, considering how depleted the team was at the position. My opinion of SMB importance stems from our SB run: without those 3 SMB playoffs interceptions two years ago, we have no SB win. Most likely we are out in New Orleans. If not, in Green Bay where there would be no Scotty Miller’s TD at the end of the half