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.
"They aren't household names yet, but I'd expect Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis–the young CBs in Tampa Bay–to play huge roles in the @Buccaneers success in 2020. We love talking about Brady and Gronk–but there's high expectations for the DBs, too." — @PSchragspic.twitter.com/AqA3I9EUeX