As the commotion from the 2021 NFL Draft winds down, the Bucs are still making moves. On Wednesday, the team signed free agent linebacker Joseph Jones and safety Raven Greene to compete for spots on the team’s final roster.

Greene comes to Tampa Bay after three seasons in Green Bay where he mostly served on special teams. However, Greene did find his way onto the field last season on defense, playing 324 snaps over ten games. Greene picked up 44 tackles, an interception, two sacks and five pass breakups for the Packers, but also missed eight tackles and allowed over 72 percent of his targets to be completed, per Pro Football FocusHe played mostly around the box and was rarely used in deep coverage.

The fourth-year safety should enter into an immediate competition with Javon Hagan and undrafted free agents Augie Contressa and Lawrence White for the No. 4 safety spot vacated by Andrew Adams. Greene hails from James Madison, where he won an FCS Championship in 2016 with Bucs guard Aaron Stinnie. A shoulder injury cost Greene the rest of the 2020 season back in December.

As for Jones, he’ll compete with fifth round pick K.J. Britt and seventh round selection Grant Stuard for the Bucs’ fourth linebacker spot. That job will come down to special teams, with Jones impressing in that role for the past four seasons in Denver. The Northwestern standout hit 349 special teams snaps last season, but has just 38 defensive snaps in his career.

Linebacker and safety were two of the only position groups on the Bucs roster with room for added competition, so it’s no surprise the team has added a few legit options to the mix. Greene should immediately be the favorite over Hagan for the No. 4 safety spot, while Jones will put pressure on Britt to make the team if the Bucs carry only four linebackers.

Tampa Bay could still look to add competition at the No. 5 cornerback spot, as seventh rounder Chris Wilcox prepares to battle it out with Herb Miller and John Franklin III.

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drdneast
1 month ago

Cam bodies although they are experienced ones.
Maybe our DB coach can coach Green up like he did Adams. I was watching film of the Packers/Bucs championship game and the analyst raved about the way Adams came off the bench and was able to recognize plays and routes and be in the right position to make plays.
I always liked Adams since he INT’d I think three passes off the prima donna Cam Newton.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Hagan showed he can play coming off the bench as well. Personally I think this is great to have competition at both spots. But I think the spots are Hagan’s and Britt’s to lose IMO. And the special teams emphasis continues. I do wonder at one point do you say ST has enough resources because the Bucs need capable players to cover a 17 game regular season.

Captain Sly
1 month ago

Couple of years ago we signed a unknown OLB we now know as Shaq Barrett. Some of these little under the radar signing could turn out to be great. At least this Bucs fan wouldn’t be surprised because some players just to be in the right system. Time will tell

lambeau
1 month ago

I wouldn’t call these guys camp bodies, but favorites to make the 53-man roster. Raven Greene was the Packers #3 safety and played the majority of defensive snaps as the dime safety in passing down subpackages last year, as well as special teams. Jones was the leading special teams player for Denver for the last four seasons.