Buccaneers: Question marks at safety does not add up to depth

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TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 11: Keith Tandy
TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 11: Keith Tandy /

The Buccaneers kept four safeties on their 53 man roster in 2016. The top candidates to claim those spots are as follows.

Keith Tandy, a 6th round draft pick way back in 2012. Tandy has been a career backup that became a fan favorite when he sealed Buccaneer victories in consecutive weeks with late game interceptions.

Chris Conte was once again signed to one year contract during the off season and has been penciled in as the day one training camp starter opposite Tandy.

Hard hitting J.J. Wilcox a five year pro, was signed away from Dallas and has 38 starts under his belt. He should put some pressure on Tandy and Conte for a starting spot.

Justin Evans was selected in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft to be the future for the Bucs at safety. Unless Evans is a epic bust he will make the team.

That leaves long shots Isaiah Johnson and Alex Gray with the short end of the stick. It is possible for Johnson and/or Gray to make the club, but with a ton of experience and a high draft pick in front of them I don’t like their chances.

At first glance you can see why Scott Smith ranked the safeties so high. Three veterans with 18 years of combined know-how, and a top 50 drafted player. How much more depth could you possibly add?

"The good news – for the team if not necessarily the two strong-willed competitors who do not win those starting spots – is that this competition will also spit out some very good ready-made depth. -Scott Smith"