Buccaneers continue to focus on largest weakness with recent signing

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers keep bringing help to their secondary.

The Buccaneers have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. This isn’t an indictment on the established starters; the last time they played a full game together, they embarrassed Patrick Mahomes and one of the best offenses in football.

While that game was somewhat an outlier by just how historic such a performance was, the secondary wasn’t supposed to be this bad for the Bucs in 2021, but injuries had their way.

Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting have already missed a decent chunk of time with more on the way. Richard Sherman has only been with the team for a short time and is already set to miss some time, and current CB1 Jamel Dean has also missed time.

When you add to that mix some injuries to the safeties, you have a clear explanation as to why the secondary has been so bad for the Bucs this season.

Guys like Ross Cockrell and Dee Delaney weren’t supposed to be on the field for significant reps, yet here we are. The Buccaneers could bide their time and hope that some of their established players return from injury in time for the reps that matter, but their roster moves tell a different story.

Hoping is a dangerous game in the NFL. Sure, it would be great to have the starters back by the end of the season, but none of that is guaranteed. Instead, good teams like the Bucs stay active in free agency to keep their unit as well-staffed as possible.

There has undoubtedly been a revolving door at the corner position so far this season where Richard Sherman has already played a surprising number of snaps, Pierre Desir is in a position to play more going forward, and the front office isn’t stopping there.

Tampa added yet another veteran corner to their practice squad today in Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Given the fact that most of the guys in this position have already cracked the active roster at some point this season, it is entirely reasonable to assume Wreh-Wilson will also get his chance soon.

Looking at the stats, Wreh-Wilson isn’t the most exciting option. Still, he is coming off a three-interception 2020 campaign, and any bit of veteran experience at the position will pay off with the Bucs so depleted.

Hopefully, players will start returning before the Buccaneers have to keep on adding players to stem the bleeding, but this signing should provide a bit more stability nonetheless.

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