It hasn’t taken long for Bucs CB Richard Sherman to get acclimated in Tampa Bay. One day after Sherman and head coach Bruce Arians indicated the All-Pro likely wouldn’t play in Week 4, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles left the door cracked for him.

“It’s still early,” Bowles said on Thursday. “We’ve still got a lot of injuries to go over and everything else like that. But he’s practicing and we’re letting him learn some things. So in case he has to, he can go out there and function at a high level and do the right things.”

Sherman has long been heralded as one of the smartest players in the NFL. He’s thrived at cornerback due to his football IQ, instincts and ball skills, not because he was an elite athlete. It hasn’t taken long for Sherman to show those traits still exist in Tampa Bay either. On Thursday, Sherman came down with a leaping interception in zone coverage during Bucs practice.

“[He’s] smart,” Bowles said. “I’m still observing him. He’s got to get into football shape, obviously. But I’ve watched him play for a long time. He’s still smart, savvy and understands the ballgame. He’s just got to get his legs under him.”

Considering this is Sherman’s second day practicing in the Florida heat, so far so good.

The 10-year veteran will likely suit up for his first game as a Buc on Sunday Night Football in New England.

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bucballer
bucballer
7 months ago

I’d dress him and play him a bit if needed. Sherman was a low risk, high reward signing. He’s probably forgot more about DB play than some of these guys have learned up to this point. Let’s roll Bucs!

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
7 months ago

I think the only thing that will honestly keep him off the field the whole game this weekend is if he’s just not in good enough shape to play. If he is close to football shape, and I’m quite sure they are gauging that, then he’ll probably get to play at least a dozen or more snaps. The key is to make sure he’s in good enough shape to not risk injury. I seriously doubt he doesn’t already know enough of the defensive playbook to play a great many snaps. He already knows how to play all the core coverages… Read more »

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
7 months ago

Really! We’re going to chronicle every moment of this one player catching an obvious lob pass? I’m on record as saying I love the signing but jeesh like Iverson “we’re talking about practice” “Practice”. Oh and did I mention that I love the signing but not even a fool would risk playing him this soon even on special team for fear of injuring him. The Bucs signed him to get ready for December/January football not October. Can we save that Anointing Oil for significance

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Captain Sly
7 months ago

Uhh, the Bucs need him NOW. He’ll become more useful progressively through the season as he learns what his fellow defense players do and how they do it. But yeah, he’s needed now when we are already short handed in the backfield and are the worst pass defense in the entire league. We may not get to January ball if we don’t fix that quickly.

A win or a loss in October counts exactly the same on a team’s record as a win or loss in December, contrary to the silly babble coming from some fans and media writers.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
Reply to  Naplesfan
7 months ago

Obviously they wanted him now, it’s a September Signing! But just look at the structure of his contract that he himself negotiated acting as his own agent; Max $2.25mil with nearly half of that $900k payment for playoff performance. Both parties are taking the Long View and it’s Obvious! Of wins in October count, “tomatoes tomahtoes” however Champions are crowned in February!

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Captain Sly
7 months ago

Sly, I feel the same way but if he can learn a few base defenses in a week I don’t see the problem with inserting him in some plays.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
7 months ago

As the post states, Sherman brings far more than a warm body to the defensive backfield. He will quickly become the quarterback of our defense due to what he has in his head. His large physical size at 6 ft 3 in and 205 pounds is also something we’ve lacked in our backfield … meaning he can play bump and run at the LOS against the typical big bodied wide receivers we face throughout the league these days. Most importantly, he understands how to get into a offensive player’s mind and disrupt his play and route running – something our… Read more »

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fredster
fredster
Reply to  Naplesfan
7 months ago

Umm what Part of “not in football shape” didn’t you understand? Yes our CB’s all suck besides Davis but you don’t take a guy off street hasn’t played in a year and put him in. He will be in when he’s ready. Don’t want him get hurt or torched when can’t keep up. If we can’t beat Patriots and Possibly Dolphins without him coming off street then we have more problems than CB.

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Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
7 months ago

What part of “not in football shape” is the opposite of what Sherman told Tom Brady when Brady called and asked him that specific question? Sherman said “yes” – he’s been working out all offseason.

Snagging an INT in the first day of practice with a team full of guys who’ve already played 3 games of the regular season, due to a super move on his part – what part of that screams to you “not in football shape”?

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
7 months ago

Not in football shape? Huh? It seems rather unlikely to me that the Bucs would sign anyone who needed to lose thirty pounds and a couple of months in the gym before being ready to play.

surferdudes
7 months ago

What kind of football shape was the whole league in last year with covid? If you’ll remember there were no OTAs, no joint practices, no preseason games. Everybody just strapped it on opening day, and played. The best way to get into football shape is to play football. There’s NO hitting at practice anymore, so the only hitting Sherman is going to do is in a game anyway. I think the Bucs are misleading the Patriots while fooling the rest of us. You better believe he’ll play Sunday, maybe not the whole game, but he’ll be out there. Think of… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
7 months ago

Who threw the INT. I remember all the INT’s Cockrell was getting before the season. None so far. Tap down the hyperbole.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Cockrell was playing with scrubs half of whom are not in the league today.