The Buccaneers can always use depth in their secondary
For the sake of player health, we should all hope that Ross Cockrell doesn’t have to see too much of the field during 2021, but it is nice to know that we have him if we need him.
Cockrell was a surprise addition to a Buccaneer secondary that was starting to gain its footing last season. The three starters were beginning doing a better job of keeping opposing quarterbacks from carving the defense up, and Cockrell was mainly a depth player to provide reliable reps when one of the other three was off the field.
He may not have shown up on the stat sheet in 2020, but Cockrell was very good for the Bucs in the capacity that he served. Whether it was as depth on defense, special teams, or even as a starter, Cockrell played with confidence and within his role in the system perfectly.
However it occurred, other teams overlooked Cockrell and allowed him to fall back to the Buccaneers as a cheap free agent. Now, Tampa has four starting-caliber corners with very reliable track records, and Cockrell should see even more snaps this season after proving himself last year.
Much like Mike Edwards could get to the ball consistently with sporadic reps last season, Cockrell has the talent to have a similar impact this year.
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