Jul 25, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Danny Gorrer (36) intercepts the ball during training camp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Gorrer Will Earn an Important Role With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Defense In Training Camp

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:

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.

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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Competition is the key word in 2013

  • RussMillerWY

    That’s an interesting hypothesis. I guess anyone could really take the 4th corner spot. Nineteen passes isn’t much data to work with, even though how he dealt with those nineteen is fine. He does have a few strikes against him, though. He’s already 27, so there’s not much time left for him to develop before his speed and agility become liabilities. He’s lost his practice squad eligibility by now, too, although one could also use that as an argument for keeping him on the roster, because much of his competition for that 4th spot still has that eligibility. He’s on the final year of his bonus-free contract, so the Bucs have little to lose by cutting him. They could always re-sign him to another one year contract later on. 185 pounds is a little underweight for a special teams gunner, where a 4th corner is expected to be on the field more often than in pass defense coverage. Finally, his lack of a superlative physical trait, like speed, size, jumping ability, height, etc., will keep him a perpetual underdog in tiebreakers with his competitors. That being said, let’s hope he shines as well as he did in those first 19 plays. It’s fun to root for the underdog, after all!

    • LeoTPP

      To be honest, not many Buccaneer corners got a chance to face more than 20 targets before being traded, cut, hurt, or suspended.

      And coming out of college he actually had elite speed, clocked as low as 4.32. I suspect he still has most of that speed. This means he’ll likely be able to, at the very least, contribute on field goal and punt block situations, if nothing else on special teams.

  • Ken Boehlke

    That Danny Gorrer dropped INT against the Eagles still haunts me. Until he makes a game winning play, I’ll still have memories of the game losing play.

    Not that I don’t think he should make the team, because Leo’s points are well put here, but he needs to be able to catch gift wrapped INT’s that win games.