It’s just the first day of rookie minicamp and with many players focused on getting acclimated with their new environment, their new playbook and their new teammates, it’s rarely the most polished of practices, but if any group stood out on the first day for the Buccaneers it had to be their young group of defensive backs.
After the team’s morning walkthrough, the Bucs’ newly drafted defensive backs Sean Murphy-Bunting, his roommate Jamel Dean and Mike Edwards, were all available to the media where they shared their excitement to be done with the pre-draft process and finally be back on the football field.
Once on the field with their helmets on, it seemed like a seamless transition for some. While the quarterback play likely wasn’t at it’s best, likely due to a lack of chemistry and their receivers running routes they’re just learning and getting comfortable with, seeing the defensive backs make plays early is a promising sign. The defensive backfield was overhauled for a reason, with Tampa Bay’s defense taking away just nine interceptions in 2018 while Andrew Adams was the only player on the roster with more than one.
A couple of #Bucs DB's had INT's during rookie minicamp today, CB Jamel Dean and S Orion Stewart
Arians added that during the scrimmage period, both Dean and Murphy-Bunting had interceptions that they returned for a pick-six, and Arians said that Dean probably could have had another interception returned for a touchdown but he hesitated on a tipped pass.
The competition will be strong at the positions as the high-round cornerback additions battle it out for starting spots with second-year cornerback Carlton Davis and the Bucs’ closest thing to a vet at the position, Vernon Hargreaves, and Edwards looks to be a leader at safety.
Tomorrow the Bucs will be on the field again for their second day of rookie minicamp.