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The Bucs are securing depth at cornerback and keeping one of their best special teams players on the roster by re-signing Ryan Smith on Friday, per Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports.

Smith is a four-year veteran who has had a backup role at corner, but has found his role as a special teams ace over the years on the Bucs roster. Smith specializes as a gunner on the punt team and has excelled at finding the ball before it reaches the end zone and pinning their opponents deep.

Over four seasons Smith has had 113 tackles, 12 passes defended, two forced fumbles and one interception in his Bucs career. Smith also had 10 kick returns during his rookie season in 2016 for a total of 169 years.

Smith is at the young age of just 26 years old, but he is the oldest and most experienced corner on the Bucs roster that boasts a young cast of Carlton Davis, M.J. Stewart, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean. Smith should see most of his playing time on special teams while playing behind the other corners.

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Dave
1 year ago

Unless he was dirt cheap, I think they could have saved the money and spent it elsewhere. I know he’s a special teams ace, but he’s a lousy db

stb_tcb
1 year ago

Good move if it’s a reasonable price. Special teams needs highly skilled players, not just rookies and scrubs. I don’t like him as a corner but maybe he’s going to get better in his second year in the Bowles system.

BigSombrero
1 year ago

Keeping the room together. Special teams are an important part of the game too.

BigSombrero
1 year ago

This signals that there will be no additional veteran corners signed. Will the Bucs bring in a veteran safety though?

BigPhil
1 year ago

Field tested and capable backup. This is the definition of depth. Good move. Not a big one, but a savvy one.

bucballer
1 year ago

As long as we recognize that he is the QB on special teams that is fine. He is terrible as a DB. We he is in at DB all I remember seeing is #29 trailing the play as a touchdown is being scored. Ace on special teams not so much at DB… but I guess it does take all 3 parts:offense, defense and special teams playing well to ultimately take us to where we want to go.

SenileSenior
1 year ago

I keep hoping to see us bring in a decent veteran safety during this off season. Can we even find one now at the right price? Time will tell.

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Captain Sly
1 year ago

Champions are not made under the bright lights of splashy signings just ask the LA Rams! The teams that are quietly building their rosters Baltimore, KC, Seattle are teams that compete every year. I actually love this move because he knows his role and can fill in for injury depth…
I really am a fan of this more subtle, quiet approach that BA & Bowles has brought to Jason Licht. Last year we made under the radar signings like Barrett, Perriman and Suh when nobody else was looking….
I see what you’re doing Great Job Guys!

Horse
1 year ago

Sounds good to me. Go Bucs!

rrsrq
1 year ago

Does anyone see MJ Stewart being on the opening day roster? They will sign a vet by the end of preseason for that defensive backs room

fredster
1 year ago

He’s great On special teams. This was a good and necessary move imo.

Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

Andrew Adams and Ryan Smith are by default the “veterans” of the Bucs secondary.

Welcome back R. Smith you earned your worth by being a special teams ace. Not bad for a small school project that was moved around by poor decisions of previous coaching staffs.

drdneast
1 year ago

I have no idea why some of you guys are so in love with the safety position. Draft a safety, sign a FA safesty, blah, blah, blah. Find another stud on the DL that can get in the face of the QB and you don;t have to worry so much about your CB’s and DB’sor hasn;t this teams history or practically ever SB team ever told you. Most of you guys couldn’t tell anyone who the safeties were for the 49ers last year but I bet you could name a couple of their DL that put the pressure on the… Read more »

BucRy
1 year ago

I’m very happy about this move. Didn’t think we could do it but have been saying that I wish for him to return.

Bucfannomatter
1 year ago

Why? He’s total garbage. One of the worst dbacks on the roster. Anyone who has watched this team over the past couple of years, can see that. He’s toast often, he misses tackles, and he’s basically a liability on d. If you are going to shovel out the rubbish, keep going. Gar…..baaage.

Bucfannomatter
1 year ago

I’m excited for this season, if it happens. Retaining our free agent d lineman was a great move. Need to draft some lineman that can protect Brady, and a real running back that can control the clock. Ryan Smith is garbage. Online is garbage, save left guard. Bucs are close. Line man, lineman, lineman, RB, safety. Stay the course, and we should be decent. On another note…as an American….stay safe, stay healthy all… Let’s get through this nightmare, and we can all go back to being Buc fans. All in this together, brothers and sisters.

drdneast
1 year ago

Neither the O line or Ryan Simms is garbage. Some of you guys out here no less about football than my 4 yo grandson who at least knows how to keep his mouth shut when he doesn’t know anything.
Instead of acting like our lying deceitful cheating President who had now allowed a virus to spread across this country, he simply asks a question when he doesn’t know something.
Someone once wrote a book about Trump’s business and leadership acumen titled, “Everything Trump Touches Dies.”
Hopefully this won’t happen to this great country.

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