Here’s a look at how we can upgrade our safety position. Many of you may disagree, but I personally have never been too impressed with both Tenard Jackson and Sean Jones. Both safeties have accomplished great things in their careers, but I just never really looked forward to seeing them in the line up the following game.
My patience for Tenard Jackson is spent, and I really don’t think he should start. He may earn another chance to make the line up, but he shouldn’t be given the starting role just because of his experience and talent. He’s let the team down several times, and although people deserve chances for redemption, his bridge is burned for me. I am, however, glad his team welcomed him when he showed up at the IMG Performance Institute to practice in Freeman’s 3-day mini camp. Entering training camp, the Bucs seemed to have 3 safeties as favorites in making the final roster. That is Sean Jones, Cody Grimm and Ahmad Black. The 4th roster spot may be up for competition primarily between Larry Asante and Cory Lynch. If I was coaching the Bucs, I would start Cody Grimm at free safety again this season. He struggled at first, but really looked like something special towards the second half of the season. As for strong safety, I would prefer to see Larry Asante beat out Sean Jones for the starting position. Again, I do realize that some of you may disagree with this, however, my expectations are high, being that I was a huge John Lynch fan. I want a safety that hits like a train, and blankets his zone or man he’s covering. Lynch had his slip ups and flaws, but he was, for the most part, consistent in taking good angles and not wasting steps. I could go on and on about how I’d love to see Grimm andAsante start, but this article is about safeties in the free agency. So let’s take a look.