Do the Buccaneers have a clear fourth safety?
Hagan had a great first game in his quest to earn the fourth safety spot for the regular season. Everyone remembers the fumble, but the most impressive part of that play was a huge interception, which should remain the biggest takeaway.
While some of the DBs looked lost at times and didn’t bring the fire when the starters were off the field, Hagan actually looked sound in coverage and played the run well.
The addition of energy and a huge play like he had only added to Hagan’s stock as a reliable depth safety that can suit up in the event of emergency for the Bucs.
While Ross Cockrell may be an excellent way for the Buccaneers to save some roster space rather than keeping a sixth corner and a fourth safety, Hagan has a real chance to lock up a role on the 53-man roster if he keeps playing like he has.
Hagan still has some growing to do before the Bucs give him a chance in some real games, but he has played well enough so far this offseason to get that nod if he can put together another performance or two like he already has.
Look for Hagan to be hungry against the Titans.