On Thursday the Bucs’ newest arrivals Breshad Perriman and Bradley Pinion spoke to the Tampa media for the first time, on Friday it was former Cardinal Deone Bucannon’s chance.

Bucannon began by talking about what brought him to Tampa, saying his reunion with Arians and Bowles made him feel, “right at home.”

One of the most important things that Bucannon brings to Tampa’s defense is his versatility, his ability to play inside linebacker, outside linebacker and safety in a hybrid role.

Bucannon thrived in Arizona’s defense, playing in 70 of 80 possible games over his five seasons there while totaling 404 tackles, seven sacks, 27 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles.

Bucannon talked about his versatility as the “moneybacker” in Arizona but emphasized that he was willing to play whatever and wherever the coaches want to put him. He repeatedly stated his thankfulness to be in Tampa, and when talking about what to expect from the Bucs’ defense, spoke about Bowles’ philosophy on that side of the ball and what his knowledge brings to this coaching staff.

The familiar faces on staff aren’t the only thing that Bucannon is thankful for in Tampa, though. Bucannon praised the talent on the Bucs’ current roster while saying he wouldn’t be here if he didn’t think this team was ready to win.

“The players here are phenomenal,” Bucannon said. “They have a great mindset and it’s from top to bottom. And this coaching staff, with B.A., they’re going to bring something else in here. They’re going to bring a little bit of a different juice, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Bucannon experienced Arians’ turnaround in Arizona firsthand. He elaborated on what Arians did to facilitate that change with the Cardinals and how he believes Arians can do the same thing in Tampa.

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  1. Great to hear Bucchanon’s response. His stats are really amazing for a player his size. I hope his first assignment is to play Safety. He will be an inspiration to Whitehead who is short but also amazing. Later in the season if injuries deplete our LBs he can shift over there and give them a boost too. Great pickup!!!

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  2. The kid balled for BA and TB in Arizona. I don’t understand the lack of praise from the fans about this signing. I honestly think he’s an upgrade over Kwon. Kwon had so many missed tackle and lapses in coverage. Don’t get me wrong Kwon is a good player but like the fab five article states he has his flaws including injuries. I’m sure I’ll get quite a few thumbs down for this comment but I can’t wait to see this kid fly all over the field.

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    • Agreed, we all loved his fire and leadership but those weaknesses definitely brought his value down below $13.5mil

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  3. I agree very happy they signed him. Hes very versatile which is awesome. I don’t think we downgraded from Kwon either. Kwon Missed 4 games per year average, plus already noted his weaknesses in coverage missed tackles etc. great attitude and leader, but his play was not pro bowl caliber most of the time imo. Not many splash plays from him last couple years either.

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  4. The bucs just signed Shaquil Barrett OLB from the broncos to a 1 year $5 mil contract..not too sure how to feel about it?

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    • Flooding the LB group, chances are a few will stick and those that don’t can still be cut

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  5. Be happy the Bucs are improving their LB core.

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