The Bucs are looking for someone to step up, and for now, that someone is Sean Jones. After being signed following a stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, Jones headed to Tampa in hopes of securing more playing time. With just a few weeks of practices under his belt, he has already impressed many (if not all) of the Bucs’ coaching staff, giving Sabby Piscitelli something to work for.
If Jones, who was brought in to push Piscitelli this offseason, can somehow beat out Piscitelli for the starting strong safety job, the Bucs would lose all hope in the 2007 second-round pick. Of course, there’s still a whole lot of time for Piscitelli to win over his critics, but for now, Sean Jones is outplaying him.
The Bucs’ defense needs someone in the secondary who can wrap up the ball-carrier, and be willing to throw his body around. But Jones isn’t just a good tackler, he’s also a ballhawk in the secondary. Since 2006, only three players have more interceptions then him. Ed Reed (24), Oshiomogho Atogwe (18) and Darren Sharper (18) are the only three to have more then Jones (16).
The strong safety battle will certainly be a heated topic this whole offseason, and The Pewter Plank will continue to track the positional battle the entire way.