Pro Football Focus released their player grades from Week 10 and Bucs’ rookie Jamel Dean didn’t just make PFF’s Team of the Week, he was the week’s highest-graded defensive player in the NFL just seven days after giving up three touchdowns in coverage during his first career start against Seattle.

According to PFF, Dean earned a grade of 95.5 after breaking up four passes – despite PFF only crediting him with two – and reeling in a game-saving interception while allowing just one reception that went for a two-yard loss.

“That’s the Dean I’ve seen in practice and in training camp and in OTA’s,” Bucs’ wide receiver Mike Evans said. “This past game, not the previous one. That was his first game starting and he kind of got thrown into the fire there, a lot of man coverage, going against a really great quarterback and some really good receivers but he bounced back well and that’s what it’s all about.”

It was a huge turnaround for the rookie defensive back, making his way from his front and center position in Pewter Report’s most disappointing list following his first career start to PFF’s team of the week following his second. With the recent release of Vernon Hargreaves and the struggles surrounding Carlton Davis, Dean will likely be an important contributor over the Bucs’ final seven games.

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  1. Once they have another season or two under their belts, I think we have 3 really good CBs. Davis and Dean on the outside, SMB in the Nickel.

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  2. I keep hoping this year’s draft breaks the trend of bad drafts and so far it seems to be turning out that way. Fingers crossed this continues!

    Also, just for thoughts on this board, what do people think of Colin Kapernick? He is getting a review by clubs this week. Should the Bucs show any interest or forget it?

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/additional-details-emerge-surrounding-colin-kaepernicks-nfl-workout/ar-BBWHlr9?li=BBnb7Kz

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    • No interest in Kapernick. Let him make his millions as a political activist working for Nike.

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      • Appreciate your thoughts Dman, thanks! I am truly curious as to what people think about this and I have a feeling many may feel this way.

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        • I just want to focus on football.

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      • Hell yes. I concur Dman!

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    • I haven’t bought anything Nike in 2 years. That’s what I think about him. He dug his own grave and since when does the NFL hold tryouts?????? The NFL is so petrified of that loser. He sues the NFL for 30 million and after he is awarded they are holding a tryout for him? LOL What a joke!

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      • Me too Boca James. I boycott Nike like the plague.

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      • I would like to point out just because he gets a try out does not mean he will get a job in the NFL. I don’t think anyone can predict how he will do.

        The problem the NFL has is his stats on the field are tempting when he did play as he was an above average QB by most measures. I believe the NFL did this to show:
        1) No bias by the NFL clubs
        2) Him not making a team is based on performance.

        He will not have the opportunity to say he was blacklisted after this. He is being given every opportunity to resurrect his career. If he cannot it it on him and his current and past actions, plain and simple.

        I agree with the general responses, thanks for them.

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        • I can’t stand the guy the only logic I can come up with is that this is the way the NFL is saying OK this is the last hurrah. We will put on the event for you and will do everything we can for you. if nobody signs you then this close the book. Which is great news because I am so tired of hearing about this guy. The reality is he has talent but anywhere he goes there’s going to be an enormous amount of protesting to both that team and to the NFL. Which ultimately at the end of the day cost the owner and the ownership money. End of fricking story!

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          • You may be right. We find out soon enough.

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  3. Jamel Dean’s picture above reminds me of a more muscular Aquib Talib. Rangy.

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    • I’ve always thought that too. I can’t believe how big that he looks for a CB.

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  4. Congrats to Dean. Hope Davis is back healthy and we get a chance to see Dean and Davis on the outside and SMB in the slot this week. I know, it’s Drew Brees and he kills us almost every time. But when we’ve gotten pressure on him and knocked him around some, we’ve been able to beat the Saints. With JPP back, Barrett playing well and Vea and Suh clogging the middle this could be a great game for us. The last piece will be how well Devin White covers TE’s and RB’s as it looks like his game is coming together.

    I know, we’ve won one in a row and I’m sipping KoolAide, but why not!

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    • Better to be an optimist than a pessimist. Pessimism is easy though. Optimism requires a positive attitude to maintain it.

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  5. 3 turnovers on defense. None on offense. no missed extra points or field goals. very few penalties. If we can do that its possible to win.

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    • Yep, especially stupid penalties.

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    • I don’t think we need three turnovers to win this game. It’s looking like the saints will be without their best CB and they also have two starting lineman out for the season. This is a game the Bucs can win. I feel great about it!

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  6. Congrats to JD! He really prepared for this game and it paid off. Hope he rubs off on some of the other guys.

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  7. Congratulation to the kid. Dean has the talent he just needed to start learning how to be a pro. They have no gray beard DBs to teach them, which is an issue.

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  8. Good for Dean! I’m glad he got recognized for his play this past week.

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  9. U gotta love the way this kid bounced back after a bad showing! Our young secondary is starting to click. The talent is there, it was just a matter of time and experience

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  10. Yes, nice bounce back by Dean. Not ready to drink the koolaid you all seem to be guzzling just yet though…Dean spent most of this game guarding some guy named Trent Sherfield. He did well indeed. Trent Sherfield is not covered by CB1s in the NFL. Dean did well as a CB2/3 in this game. We still need a CB1 and our GM has not found that yet I’m afraid.

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  11. I hope what he did in week 10 is the real Dean, and not what happened in Seattle in week 9. He was burned for multiple touchdowns and looked out manned, out run, out played. As for Hargreaves, 4 years is enough to know what we have in his skill set. Arians pulled the plug.

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    • It was his first real action against one of the best offenses in the league and he didn’t find out that he was starting until warm-ups. Give the guy a break, he bounced back pretty good and I think he will turn into what VH III never did.

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  12. Not surprised and I don’t think he played all that bad in Seattle as his first full NFL game either. Hope he learns fast and plays fast! I wish him the best!

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  13. Now that’s the way to ball out.
    From the outhouse to the penthouse.
    As for Kapernick, if he makes the Bucs a better team I would say yes but it’s a little late in the season to do that.
    I didn’t approve of his protest but I supported his right to do it.
    What I didn’t support was some draft dodging president who is in bed with the Russians and has proven he is a traitor to the constitution and his country using foul language to describe any players mother who decided his to exercise his god given right guaranteed by the constitution of free expression.
    Imagine the lunacy of people who are all gung ho patriots supporting a moron who dodge the draft.
    They shouldn’t play Hail to the Chief when he comes out on stage but rather Creedence Cllearwaater Revival’s “Favorite Son.”
    It;s a shame all of you footwear activists didn’t boycott Nike for paying the people who put the shoe together slave wages of about a $1 a day.

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  14. If Dean and Carlton become our starting DB’S for years to come that would be kind of special. Both coming from Auburn.
    Go War Eagle and Go Bucs.

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