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      Bucs S Conte stands out in secondary By Ira Kaufman | Tribune Staff Published: October 22, 2015 at 08:41 PMconte_zpstabaptds.pngTAMPA — Amid the smoldering ruins of Tampa Bay’s secondary stands Chris Conte, a low-level signing who is starting to look like a free-agent steal.Through five games, the 26-year-old safety has provided several highlight-reel moments for a Buccaneers defensive backfield that has struggled to make critical stops.The Bucs (2-3) have yielded 12 touchdowns through the air while opposing quarterbacks posted a glittering 106.4 passer rating.Conte, who signed a one-year deal for $1.5 million as an unrestricted free agent from Chicago, is providing stability at a key position as the Bucs prepare for Sunday’s matchup at Washington. He tops Tampa Bay with 23 solo tackles and has also made an impact with two forced fumbles and an interception.“As long as he’s healthy, he’s one of the better safeties in our league,” defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said Thursday. “He’s a smart guy, he can match up on tight ends, backs out of the backfield. He can even go out and cover a third or fourth receiver at times. And he can tackle. He’s played very, very well. We’ve just got to keep him on the field and he’ll continue to get better.”In his fifth pro season, Conte has overcome a flurry of injuries since starring at California. He’s dealt with concussions, a dislocated shoulder, ankle sprains and a sore back while making 56 starts.On the first day of training camp with his new teammates, Conte suffered a hamstring injury that sidelined him for more than three weeks at One Buc Place.He’s on the injury list this week with an ankle injury sustained against Jacksonville, but has fully participated in practice and is expected to play against the Redskins.“There’s a lot of things I can do better,’’ Conte said. “I’m looking to put back-to-back good games together and build some momentum. We’ve got to have a game where we dominate on defense. We have the talent to do it if we believe in ourselves and keep on working.’’Conte played his first two NFL seasons under current Bucs coach Lovie Smith in Chicago, where he earned a starting job by the sixth game of his rookie year. His stint with the Bears was occasionally rocky, but when Conte hit free agency this spring, Smith was eager to resume the relationship.“Chris Conte is a good football player and Chris will tell you that he’s played a couple of games that he really played well — and there’s a few that he can play better,’’ Smith said. “There’s a lot better football that Chris will play going forward, like our team.”If Smith needed any prodding heading into free agency, he had cornerback Alterraun Verner whispering in his ear to sign Conte.“Me and Chris grew up together in Los Angeles,’’ said Verner, who went on to attend UCLA. “We’ve known each other since high school and I lobbied for him to come here from Chicago. He’s definitely playing good football for us, and I’m not surprised in the least.Conte’s mother, Anne, went to UCLA and it was no surprise that Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, a former Bruin, emerged as Conte’s favorite player. But instead of heading to UCLA, Conte decided to travel north to Berkeley, long a hotbed of student activism.“I felt like every class I took there was preaching socialism,’’ Conte said. “Almost all my classes had a strong liberal slant. I’m not necessarily that way, but it was a good way to see both sides of things. It was quite an experience — people walking around naked, people living in trees. But it’s a cool place to go to college and find yourself, make your own values and get your morals down.’’Coming off a bye week, Conte is one of only three NFL players — joining Arizona safety Tony Jefferson and Giants linebacker Uani Unga — with at least 20 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception.“Chris seems to be around the ball,’’ Smith said. “I think he can play the run well. He’s not afraid to come up and hit, he has range. I just think all the skill sets you’re looking for at safety, for all we ask him to do, we feel like Chris can do that. What has hurt him in the past has been injuries. So if he can beat that injury bug a little bit, he’ll just keep doing that.”

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    • Anonymous

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    • mike25315

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      Can’t be true–so many on this board blasted LiLo for signing Chris and proclaimed him the worst safety in the league.

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    • Anonymous

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      He’s looked horrible at times and he’s made splash plays at others.

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    • mike25315

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      He's looked horrible at times and he's made splash plays at others.

      He doesn't need to be John lynch or all-pro-- just steady, productive and continually improving. He's looking a great opportunity right in the face. I like the kid and for our benefit, I hope he seizes the day.

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    • Anonymous

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      Can someone pull up the thread were everyone was bashing this guy? Hes been good since he’s got here.

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    • Anonymous

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      He doesn't need to be John lynch or all-pro-- just steady, productive and continually improving.

      As bad as this defense is, that's all you can ask for. Progress, consistency, and improvement.

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    • Anonymous

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      Yeah, sorry guys, Conte is still trash. He had a couple strong plays against the saints which the film showed weren’t actually plays by him so much as poor plays by Brees after his shoulder got hurt. I think our secondary has actually become a bigger need position than D-end.

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    • mike25315

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      He doesn't need to be John lynch or all-pro-- just steady, productive and continually improving.

      As bad as this defense is, that's all you can ask for. Progress, consistency, and improvement.

      Oh--yes--oh yes-- that's the road you have to travel to reach that city called greatness. But it's evident you have a different agenda--you want a new HC so badly nothing short of that is ever going to satisfy you.

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    • mike25315

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      He doesn't need to be John lynch or all-pro-- just steady, productive and continually improving.

      As bad as this defense is, that's all you can ask for. Progress, consistency, and improvement.

      Oh--yes--oh yes-- that's the road you have to travel to reach that city called greatness. But it's evident you have a different agenda--you want a new HC so badly nothing short of that is ever going to satisfy you.

      I decided to give you a break and assume you couldn't be as ignorant as I thought you were and  then you come along and prove again that you really are. I'm trying so hard to understand how any one not want and admire--Progress, consistency and improvement from this defense.

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    • Anonymous

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      But it's evident you have a different agenda--you want a new HC so badly nothing short of that is ever going to satisfy you.

      And, as usual, you're wrong. You have your underlying assumptions as to why I want him gone, yet you're too much of a p*ssy to just come out and say it. I would be more than happy if Lovie turned this thing around. But, I simply don't see him doing it. He's absolutely lost when it comes to offense and as a "defensive guy", what has he brought to the table? Like I said, I'd love to be wrong, but I just don't see it. Many other posters on here feel the same way, yet you focus on me. Which leads me back to the first part of my post.

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    • Anonymous

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      Is this just the tallest midget?  With the rest of the secondary being absolutely horrible, does Conte’s good play stand out more?  Either way, Conte is one of numerous players on one year deals. I’m sure Lovie will still screw this up somehow. 

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    • Anonymous

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      I decided to give you a break and assume you couldn't be as ignorant as I thought you were and  then you come along and prove again that you really are. I'm trying so hard to understand how any one not want and admire--Progress, consistency and improvement from this defense.

      WTF are you talking about? Do you even read what you type before you hit post?

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    • mike25315

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      I decided to give you a break and assume you couldn't be as ignorant as I thought you were and  then you come along and prove again that you really are. I'm trying so hard to understand how any one not want and admire--Progress, consistency and improvement from this defense.

      WTF are you talking about? Do you even read what you type before you hit post?

      Oh slow to catch on--this thread is about one player--Chris Conte--your mind saw another opportunity to attack the whole defense. Then ask that dumb question about is that all I want to see-- progress, consistency and improvement. All I'm asking is what more could any Buc fan want. I'm not trying to offend you but please help me understand how you can see those factors as a negative thing.

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    • Anonymous

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      I was a Conte basher and still believe we can upgrade at the S position. Conte hasn't been as bad as he was last season in Chicago, whoopty doo. He played well vs New Orleans but RBs continue to run right over him and no QB fears or even thinks twice about throwing his way. He was right there for a pick on the Allen Hurns TD last week and blew it.

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    • Anonymous

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      Then ask that dumb question about is that all I want to see-- progress, consistency and improvement. All I'm asking is what more could any Buc fan want. I'm not trying to offend you but please help me understand how you can see those factors as a negative thing.

      You are a fucking idiot, Harriet. I didn't ASK you anything. I STATED, for a defense that's not good, that's all you can ask for. Progress, consistency, and improvement. If I wanted to ask YOU a question, I would have done so and ended the sentence with a freaking question mark.

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    • mike25315

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      But it's evident you have a different agenda--you want a new HC so badly nothing short of that is ever going to satisfy you.

      And, as usual, you're wrong. You have your underlying assumptions as to why I want him gone, yet you're too much of a p*ssy to just come out and say it. I would be more than happy if Lovie turned this thing around. But, I simply don't see him doing it. He's absolutely lost when it comes to offense and as a "defensive guy", what has he brought to the table? Like I said, I'd love to be wrong, but I just don't see it. Many other posters on here feel the same way, yet you focus on me. Which leads me back to the first part of my post.

      Why you want him gone is your thing and is completely immaterial-- the point is it's so evident you do badly. So badly that your mind only focuses on what you want to see to support you view point  I know you don't see him turning it around and it's going to give me so much pleasure to bother you when he does. Because he will. This entire team is not a finished product by any stretch of the imagination--but the foundation has been laid for a very bright future. On the defensive side--a shut down corner and a stud DE can make this D very nasty. We're a year away from being play off caliber team. You can continue being a whinning wench but I'm going to enjoy watching this team rise up. 

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    • Anonymous

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      I know you don't see him turning it around and it's going to give me so much pleasure to bother you when he does. Because he will.

      Again, you continue to insinuate that I "hate" the guy. Again, you are a coward for ducking the reasons as to why you continue to do this. I've given my reasons as to why I don't think he'll turn it around and I've said I'll be more than happy to eat crow if he does.You, on the other hand, can't tell as why he will and you will probably continue to support him if he fails.

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    • billym

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      I think he has played well he just needs to stay active the rest of the season.He gets dinged up a lot it seems.

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    • Anonymous

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      He’s been slightly above mediocre on a defensive backfield that has suck a giant bag of D’s

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    • Anonymous

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      He has played at an above average level and I have yet to see a bad game out of him.  The people saying he hasn’t played well in this thread haven’t been watching the games.

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    • mike25315

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      I know you don't see him turning it around and it's going to give me so much pleasure to bother you when he does. Because he will.

      Again, you continue to insinuate that I "hate" the guy. Again, you are a coward for ducking the reasons as to why you continue to do this. I've given my reasons as to why I don't think he'll turn it around and I've said I'll be more than happy to eat crow if he does.You, on the other hand, can't tell as why he will and you will probably continue to support him if he fails.

      Ok forget the word "hate" that word carries such a stinging sentiment. I'm going to be man enough to apologize for using it and won't use it again. Lets just do it this way -- it's so evident you want Lovie gone so badly that you take every opportunity available to express your negative feelings. Even in a thread that's written to give one player, Conte, a little love.  I have many reasons to believe Lovie will be a success here. The most important one is religious in nature--that I don't think is appropriate to discuss on this board. But he was successful with the Rams D, he took the Bears to the SB. If a person has been successful before, he has the potential to do it again. It's not a sure thing  that he will--but the potential to be is there.  Last year was a disaster for sure--but I see a bright light peeping from behind those dark clouds.How do you like your crow served--because I want to be your waiter.I love this team more than I care for any one individual--after the season if there is no vast improvement in this team --I'll chip in to buy Lovie a ticket to his retirement home--until then I'm totally supporting him and this team and am not going to apologize for it.

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    • Anonymous

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      He's looked horrible at times and he's made splash plays at others.

      Pretty much. I'll give him this, though. He is playing beyond his abilities right now. I watched the guy in Chicago and he was a big liability. He's made a couple of nice plays here but I think he's made just as many bad ones. Unfortunately, average play for our safeties these days = stand out performance.

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    • Anonymous

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      Lets just do it this way -- it's so evident you want Lovie gone so badly that you take every opportunity available to express your negative feelings. Even in a thread that's written to give one player, Conte, a little love.  I have many reasons to believe Lovie will be a success here. The most important one is religious in nature--that I don't think is appropriate to discuss on this board. But he was successful with the Rams D, he took the Bears to the SB. If a person has been successful before, he has the potential to do it again. It's not a sure thing  that he will--but the potential to be is there.  Last year was a disaster for sure--but I see a bright light peeping from behind those dark clouds.How do you like your crow served--because I want to be your waiter.I love this team more than I care for any one individual--after the season if there is no vast improvement in this team --I'll chip in to buy Lovie a ticket to his retirement home--until then I'm totally supporting him and this team and am not going to apologize for it.

      Fair enough. Again, if Lovie can turn it around, then that's great. If he's the guy to get it done, wonderful. You stated that religious beliefs are your biggest reason as to why you think Lovie will turn it around. Great! You're entitled to that. I'm simply basing my belief that he isn't the guy, on the horrible decisions and teams he's fielded since he landed here. I have little faith he will turn it around, but I won't be pissed if he does (despite your constant accusations to the contrary).

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    • Anonymous

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      Meh. He’s a decent player. He’s only played about 56% of the plays this year, so it’s not like he is a guy who you leave out there all game. He’s pretty much a decent guy to have in rotation. He’s certainly an upgrade over the trash we sent to Washington though.

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    • Anonymous

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      He has played at an above average level and I have yet to see a bad game out of him.  The people saying he hasn't played well in this thread haven't been watching the games.

      They don't need to watch games anymore. Now they just have stats.

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    • Anonymous

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      I like him as a player. He has some size to him, and is only 26-27. He could get a nice deal this offseason to keep him around long term.

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    • Anonymous

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      I know you don't see him turning it around and it's going to give me so much pleasure to bother you when he does. Because he will.

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