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Ronde Taking Snaps At Safety

April 18, 2012 at 11:23am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

It's hard to get a photo of Ronde intercepting someone shorter than him.
After a discussion yesterday about the depth at safety, it seems appropriate to mention that at yesterday’s first day of voluntary minicamp, Ronde Barber played some at safety.

“That’s one of those (experiments),” Schiano said. “I think Ronde can certainly do it and did a good job today doing it. We’ll see. Again… how do we get the best 11 on the field?

“It was mentioned Ronde was working at some safety. We obviously have some other guys on the roster that play safety. There are safeties that are still in the draft, there are safeties that are still available through free agency. We’ll kind of just figure it out, we’ll work through it. It’s a work in progress. But we’ll have two opening day, I promise.”

Ronde is instinctive and a hard hitter, two of the most important qualities in a safety. Some of the best corners in history (Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott for example) were also fantastic safeties when they switched positions. Depending on how good Eric Wright is, this may be the best move for the Bucs. Then they don’t have to spend the cash for a veteran safety and can take the best of the three remaining safeties (not including Cody Grimm who will almost certainly be starting) and coach him up to replace Ronde next year and also fortify the position with a draft pick. I don’t understand why general managers take so long to create a roster. It only took me about two minutes to write that up and I’m even distracted by a second window open playing the Best of Bumfights.

One Comment to “Ronde Taking Snaps At Safety”

jarldg

jarldg (April 18, 2012 at 11:46am:

I have optimism for Ronde playing corner. He’s pretty light so I’d be concerned with run support. Barber’s been a great tackler over the years, but he was always a great tackler for a cornerback. Although last season didn’t inspire me I’m of the opinion that he will be a better option in 2012 than any safety in the draft or on the roster as the rookies would have to adjust.

This would let Tampa get Claiborne then a LB in round 2, which is what I think they should do though it would be tempting if Martin were there.

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