Despite not yet even having a number on the roster, new Bucs defensive back Tim Jennings feels at home with his new team in Tampa Bay. Of course seeing a familiar face wearing the headsets helps.
“He (head coach Lovie Smith) brought me to being this player that I am today,” Jennings said in front of his new locker on Monday. “Hopefully he kind of restored that. And be a part of being something special that he can hopefully turn around in the next year so I want to be a part of that.
“What I saw was an opportunity to come in and really help the defense, kind of use some of my knowledge, because I’ve played in this scheme for a while and help the guys. It was a great situation for me to help the defense and come in and help the team and hopefully turn it around here.”
Jennings said following his release by the Bears last week, his phone did ring, but the decision to come to Tampa Bay was an easy one.
“We had a few options, (but) it was down to a couple that I’m familiar with,” Jennings said. “But it was a no-brainer that Tampa was a perfect fit for me. It wasn’t even about the year they had last year or thinking you’re going to win game and get into the playoffs. It was more about me just coming in and being able to help these guys at a place that I was comfortable with. That was the more important task for me.”
While only a member of the Buccaneers for a few days, the Georgia native knows who the Bucs are facing next, and is looking forward to the matchup.
“I’m excited – I’m excited to see what our quarterback does again theirs,” Jennings said. “Hopefully we take the ball away more than they do.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com