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They might be young in their careers, but don’t sleep on the Bucs secondary this season.

NFL Network’s Peter Schrager had high praise for the Bucs’ cornerbacks on Good Morning Football this past week, particularly singling out Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis.

The Bucs secondary could be the key to the team’s defensive success this season, and Schrager expects both Murphy-Bunting and Davis to have a huge role.

“They’re young and different and cool,” Schrager said. “I think that’s gonna be the fun part of this Buccaneers’ season. I think America’s gonna get to know a couple new stars. I like the corners, two guys you do not know, Sean Murphy-Bunting – good season last year, he’s going to be better next year, and they are very excited about Carlton Davis, the other corner.”

All of this optimism comes from the turnaround that the Bucs defense had in the second half of last season. In their final six games last season they allowed an average of just 235 passing yards per game and 297.5 yards total, which were well below their season long total of 297.5 and 343.9.

Davis especially started to develop into a number one corner with a great outing against DeAndre Hopkins, limiting him to five catches for 23 yards.

Bruce Arians even believes that Davis is a top 10 corner in this league.

“I think Carlton made that move last November,” Arians said. “What he did to DeAndre Hopkins was outstanding. He basically shut him out of the game and that’s not an easy job. He did a really good job on Julio [Jones] – we realize Julio’s a little stronger. The penalties have gone, he’s one of the top 10 guys – in my opinion – right now.”

You can see the clip from Schrager here.

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TBChucky
1 year ago

Hopefully they hit the ground running when the season starts.

Gatordoc1
1 year ago

hopefully the season starts on time. This team could be very exciting and good on both sides of the ball.

ScottC543
1 year ago

Our CBs continuing the level of play we saw the second half of last season and building from there is absolutely key to any success the Bucs find this year.

BigSombrero
1 year ago

New Orleans, Carolina, Denver, LA Chargers, Chicago, and Green Bay should be favorable matchups for the Bucs young corners to start the season. Each of those first 6 opponents have limited options at WR or a new QB.

BigSombrero
1 year ago

On a different note, but the same network, Adam Schein has posted his picks for top rookies he can’t wait to see play this season. One team has two rookies on the list. He also selected an OT from this class…

https://www.nfl.com/news/2020-nfl-rookies-i-can-t-wait-to-see-ceedee-lamb-ceh-will-thrive

Spitfire
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Who cares? What a waste of a post.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Hey Spitfire- At least it wasn’t about COVID or politics.

It was a respected pundit commenting on the excitement of key players in key situations in the rookie class.

Strangely he’s got no excitement for Wirfs, Vaughn, or Winfield even though everyone on these here boards would agree those players are CRITICAL AND INTEGRAL to the upcoming season.

The omission is worth noting.

Last edited 1 year ago by BigSombrero
Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

The omission is worth noting? Why is that? Because an analyst, who’s never been a GM, player, or coach, is a Chris Ballard fanboy? Oh wipdee doo. Remind me again what Chris Ballard has done as the Colts GM? Other than not build a present or future SB contender, in 3 seasons. And not only did he not address the future QB situation, but he chose Phillip Rivers over Tom Brady, for the same money per year. The fact that ANY GM would choose Rivers over Brady for a chance to win a SB, is pathetic. What has Rivers ever… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Dave
BigSombrero
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Lol Dave. Adam Schein is a joke, but Peter Shrager is all world?

The real fan boy is Shrager, who loves every team, every player, and every coach. He has the highest expectations of every person in the NFL and wouldn’t be surprised if (blank) has a great season.

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Gee, Adam Schein loves Chris Ballard, and the Colts draft picks. Take a number. EVERYONE likes Chris Ballard. He’s viewed by everyone in the football world as an elite GM. Yet in 3 seasons with the Colts, they’ve gone 4-12, 10-6, and 7-9. A 21-27 record. 3 years in, the team has no immediate SB hope, or future SB hope. Nor do they have anyone resembling their QB of the future. Look, I think the guy has done a decent job. Built a decent defense, and an elite OLine. But the pass catchers are average at best, and he hasn’t… Read more »

BigSombrero
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Ballard is great. That’s not all. Rivers worked with HC Reich and OC Sirriani in San Diego for a few seasons. Those seasons were some of Rivers most productive as a pro. Rivers already knows the offense. Eason is the QB of the future who gets a whole year to learn to be a pro. The Colts are my dark horse to make the Super Bowl this year. I think they’re the 3rd best team in the AFC.

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

He’s great? Lol at what? Producing league average teams with no SB hope, and their hide the QB system? Yeah it’s really paying dividends. They’re the definition of football mediocrity. Not bad enough to get a top 10 pick, and not good enough to be a SB contender. In other words, he’s doing just enough to not get fired. Yeah sign me up. And yeah there’s no bias in that prediction? Lol. But even if they ended up as the 3rd best team in the AFC, that still doesn’t make them a SB contender. They’re light years behind KC and… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Dave
BigSombrero
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

I lol’ed at your comment because it had the phrase wipdee-doo. That should be your screen name!

Indianapolis beat Kansas City at Arrowhead last season, so I guess they’re not “light years” behind them genius.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

We still have a bet. I will add to it.

Not only will Taylor immediately be the best RB in the class, the Colts will have the same or better record than the Bucs and that’s with a tougher schedule.

Who fumbles more next season? RoJo+McCoy or Taylor+Mack? We’re about to find out.

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Ohhhhh we do. CEH will so badly out produce Taylor this year it’s not even funny. Total yards, receptions, receiving yards, total TD’s, OROY votes, and less fumbles. Taylor has little to zero shot to out produce him, or even Swift for that matter. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that Zack Moss will out produce Taylor. Same or better record with a tougher schedule? Both schedules look pretty similar in strength to me. But I’ll gladly take the Bucs over the Colts in wins. That’s a no brainer. All day, every day And Taylor/Mack vs… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Dave
bucballer
1 year ago

Any national love for the Bucs is good to see… I mean, let’s be real here. At least their talking about us and it’s not negative! Be awhile for that type of chatter.

Dman
1 year ago

I don’t see the expectations for SMB. He looked ok, not a good as Dean and no where near David. SMB is the inside, slot guy with Davis and Dean on the outside.

seat26
1 year ago

If our Secondary stays healthy, and plays like they did in the second half of last season, it will be a great year for the defense.

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