Second-year corner Jamel Dean didn’t have a horrible first game, but he had two plays that stand out as mistakes.
On the first player, Dean missed an interception by millimeters when he jumped a route, but the resulting miss allowed a first down. This wasn’t a horrible decision as he was incredibly close to making a back-breaking play against the Saints, but the interception was still missed.
According to Bruce Arians, the second play was not Dean’s fault, but it still ended in a massive gain for Jared Cook, and Dean looked like he was still in a position to make a play on the ball and the effort lacked.
Dean is still raw, and days like this are to be expected. As seen last season, Dean was able to show some extremely high highs, but also some very low lows. This inconsistency comes from a lack of experience, and Dean’s upside is still massive in his second season.
All of these shortcomings don’t fall on Dean, but there is room for improvement this week, and Dean should be able to bounce back massively. Regardless of any missteps, the Buccaneer secondary looked better than in years passed, and Dean should be a massive part of this unit for the foreseeable future.