The spotlight is on linebacker Rico McCoy this week. McCoy the 6’1″, 220 lbs., linebacker out of Tennessee went undrafted in 2010. McCoy was quickly signed by the Bucs because of his level of talent and potential to become a good player. McCoy spent his last season at Tennessee under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin (it’s fitting that McCoy goes from Kiffin to the Bucs).
McCoy had a monster season last year for Tennessee playing in Kiffin’s cover-2 defense, the same position Kiffin and Derrick Brooks made famous while in Tampa. The cover-2 was the perfect position for McCoy. It allowed him to use his good speed and hands to play back in coverage and match up well with tight ends and running backs. McCoy is a bit undersized for his position and may struggle getting off blocks and matching up against larger offensive linemen at the NFL level. He relied on his speed to beat blocks and get to the ball at Tennessee and should find some success doing the ssame in the NFL. He is very similar to Dekoda Watson in both size and speed, which is good news for the Bucs who are expecting big things out of Watson this season. He is a sound tackler as well and always seems to be near the ball.
McCoy probably won’t see much playing time this season at linebacker due to the starters ahead of him, but should see extensive time on special teams. McCoy has good potential, and with his athletic ability and great speed, he could develop into a solid starting player like Dekoda Watson has become. He was taught by one of the Bucs’ greatest defensive minds, Monte Kiffin so he has the education and the tools needed to become a name for the Bucs in the years to come.
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