Buccaneers: Sean Murphy-Bunting poised for breakout 2020 season

Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers /

Sean Murphy-Bunting is poised for a breakout year with the Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the 2020 season looking for some question marks to become solidified answers and one of the greatest examples of that is in the defensive backfield.

The Buccaneers have plenty of talent in the secondary, but the question remains if the youth will step up and fill the roles they’ve been tasked to fill.

That being said, Sean Murphy-Bunting is poised for a breakout season.

The Buccaneers can rely on Murphy-Bunting

As a rookie, Murphy-Bunting ended up starting 10 games for the Buccaneers- playing in all 16- and he totaled 44 tackles, three interceptions, one touchdown and eight pass-deflections.

As he heads into his second season, there’s no reason to believe Murphy-Bunting won’t just maintain his starting position, but become the No. 1 coverage option for the Tampa Bay defense.

When looking at his film from last year, you can really see Murphy-Bunting grow up over the course of the season. He’s playing at a higher level and with more confidence as the season progresses. Though he had some setbacks and blown coverages, the overarching truth is that he did a solid job in coverage and is poised to take the momentum from last year and build on it this coming season.

As the No. 1 coverage option for the Buccaneers, Murphy-Bunting is going to be relied upon heavily to get the job done. In Tampa Bay’s 3-4 odd-man front, cornerbacks are often left on an island and are tasked with playing man and zone coverage well. As the year-two starter continues to grow, we’re going to see him reach new heights.

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Expect Murphy-Bunting to completely multiply his interception total and potentially even force opposing offense’s hand as they intentionally throw away from him because of the danger he presents in the passing game.