Dee Delaney Getting Props For Crazy Play

September 28th, 2023


DeVonta Smith of the Eagles is one of the best young receivers in the game. Monday night against the Bucs, he didn’t do much at all. And reserve cornerback Dee Delaney was one reason.

With Bucs starting corners Carlton Davis (toe) and Jamel Dean (shoulder) out with injuries, Delaney has been forced to play more.

You never want to see backup corners forced to start. Backups are backups for a reason. If they weren’t backups, they’d be starters.

It seems as though Delaney is beginning to play like a starter. He made a crazy play late in the third quarter that prevented a total blowout by the Eagles.

On first down from the Bucs-41, Jalen Hurts tried to put the game away with a bomb to Smith in the right corner of the end zone. Not only did Delaney cover Smith all the way down the field, he saw an opportunity for a pick.

Delaney proceeded to sky high, undercut Smith’s route and haul in the ball all the while falling out of bounds.

NFL Network analyst and former NFL offensive lineman Brian Baldinger broke down the play on X. Baldinger was so impressed, he thought it was one of the best defensive plays he’s seen so far through three weeks of the NFL season.

Joe sure hopes Delaney can keep up the solid play. The Bucs need him. No telling when Davis or Dean will be back.

17 Responses to “Dee Delaney Getting Props For Crazy Play”

  1. Ricki Says:

    Who is Smith?

  2. unbelievable Says:

    It was a great play.

    Unfortunately, he had a lot of rough ones too.

  3. Joe Says:

    Who is Smith?

    Very first sentence in the story should tip you off. In some circles this is known as “first reference.”

  4. Ricki Says:

    But you said no telling when Smith will be back? I thought the Smith you are referring to in first sentence doesnt play as Bucs CB. But i might be wrong.

  5. NCalBucsfan Says:

    I think the poster was referring to your last paragraph.I believe you meant to type “No telling when Dean or Davis will be back.”
    Thanks for burning the midnight oil to give us content!

  6. godlovesbucs Says:

    He also had a few ugly plays where he gave up an easy pitch and catch then missed the tackle.

  7. Mike S Says:

    I’m going to put this out there and it might sound crazy – but Laird needs carries against the Saints.

  8. SickofLosing Says:

    Awesome play is too bad that they got a safety on the next play from the half yard line. I can’t believe they try to run it up the middle when they hadn’t been able to run all night and the Eagles knew the run was coming like geez come on guys.

  9. Beej Says:

    How many first round draft picks on the eagles game from that Wentz trade?

  10. TombsEN Says:

    Delaney got hurt in the game and Pitts Jr. played quite a few snaps, the one play the above poster referenced was on Pitts as Delaney wasn’t even in the game….

  11. Dwayne Cone Says:

    Joe Says:

    You never want to see backup corners forced to start. Backups are backups for a reason.

    Jalen Carter is noted as Number#2 on the the Depth Chart. What a Problem to have. I suppose there is a reason to be found somewhere.

    Beej Says: How many first round draft picks on the eagles game from that Wentz trade?

    Not Sure but P.T. Barnum had a Phrase to sum up that one.

  12. gotbbucs Says:

    Great job by Delaney, horrible job by Winfield getting caught flat footed.

  13. Brandon Says:

    Honestly, our #3 and #4 CBs are probably among the best in the league. McCollum has played two really good games in a row and Delaney has played well the past two years when given a chance. Hopefully our #1 and #2 CBs are back soon but we aren’t in bad hands with our other two guys.

  14. John Sinclear Says:

    He also was shown on GMFB as defensive play of the week. Pretty impressive.

  15. Bibfortuna Says:

    Why was the ball spotted at the 1 yard line subsequently?

  16. matthew veal Says:

    Congratulations to this guy who believed in himself when no one else did., including me!
    I love it when our guys prove my doubts wrong.

  17. Esteban85 Says:

    From that replay it seems the Bucs should’ve been starting from the 25 not the 1 yard line. How was that not a touchback?