The Buccaneers are killing it with practice squad signings. Pierre Desir could play a much bigger role than the initial signing suggests.
The loss of Sean Murphy-Bunting will hurt the Buccaneers. We all saw how much the secondary struggled last week when he left the game after an injury, and SMB isn’t set to return soon.
With so much uncertainty and the need for success to stay consistent, the Bucs could go after a big-name free agent to stem the bleeding, but the signing of Pierre Desir to the practice squad is a great place to start regardless.
Whether he stays on the practice squad for this week or gets called up to the 53-man roster before Sunday, which is a likely occurrence given the need at the position and Desir’s track record, this signing will lead to much more than “just another practice squad player.”
The Bucs have done well to move players around, and Jaydon Mickens and Andrew Adams made big plays in Week 1 after getting called up to the active roster before the start of the Cowboys game. Everyone is expected to contribute on the Bucs, and Desir is no different.
Desir has bounced around the NFL, but he still has starting-caliber talent mixed with an excellent nose for the football. The Bucs don’t need any starters right now with Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean, and Ross Cockrell to shoulder the workload, but even a unit like this can use a player with six interceptions and 19 passes defended over the last two seasons.
This workload for Desir would be the lowest of his career since his early days in the league, but having a guy like this come off the bench is a great way to ensure the secondary stays intact, even when the starters aren’t on the field.
Tampa is in the position where they could still go after a veteran to help the rest of the secondary while SMB is out, but Desir is more than enough for now as the Bucs determine when Murphy-Bunting will return and how the unit will play in his absence.
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