Danny Gorrer seems to have fallen into the E.J. Biggers trap with Buccaneers’ fans, as he seems to be maligned over one dropped interception, and perceived to be a less-than-adequate player as a result. The truth is that Danny was actually one of the better defensive backs for the Bucs in his limited snaps last season, and he enters 2013 as one of the veteran corners with the most experience behind All-World corner Darrelle Revis. And rather than expecting little or nothing out of a career journeyman who couldn’t find a team to give him a roster spot for more than a year, I expect that Gorrer is going to have a big role with the Buccaneers’ defense in 2013, and that begins by earning it in training camp.
Before camp began, I had Gorrer penciled in as a top four corner, as I believe he proved last season that he’s a good fit for the system in Tampa Bay. And even with plenty of competition in camp, I still think that the fourth corner job is Danny’s to lose, and the first day of camp reinforced that fact. Here’s the information from Pewter Report’s Eric Dellaratta:
5. CB Danny Gorrer stepped up today. Made a few nice plays and a really nice pass breakup on Vincent Jackson. He impressed me.
— Eric Dellaratta (@EricDellaratta) July 25, 2013
This is the same Gorrer who did a great job last season in spot duty, and is going to earn a role doing the same in 2013. He primarily played outside, according to Pro Football Focus, rather than playing in the slot. This means he can come on in 6 DB situations and cover an outside receiver, allowing Johnthan Banks or even Darrelle Revis to move inside to cover a dangerous slot receiver, like Percy Harvin or Tavon Austin. Gorrer shut down opposing receivers for the Bucs in 2013, only allowing 10 catches on 19 targets and allowing a passer rating under 60, which was best on the team.
Fourth cornerback doesn’t sound like a glamorous role, but as we saw last year, sometimes players deep on the depth chart can be pressed into duty and need to be capable. And as Gorrer said this offseason, he is competing against Revis and Leonard Johnson, and thinks he should be getting more interceptions than either of them during the season. So Gorrer is going to prove he is next in line for the Buccaneers’ defense, and provide the depth the Bucs need for when the long NFL season takes its toll on the defensive backfield.