Ronde Taking Snaps At Safety
April 18, 2012 at 11:23am by Scott • 1 Comment »
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.