Buccaneers have new All-Pro candidate on defense

Jamel Dean, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Jamel Dean, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers defense is arguably one of the best in the NFL by most metrics. Defensive back Jamel Dean is a huge part of the why.

The NFL is not one of the best leagues in the world at awarding players based on merits rather than how recognizable they are. The Buccaneers see many biases against themselves every year due to how small the market is and how much the world as a whole seems to hate that Tom Brady is in Tampa.

Regardless, things are turning around in Tampa in this regard, and this should hopefully lead to more Bucs players getting the proper respect going forward.

Enter Jamel Dean. If you had the Buccaneers defender on your preseason All-Pro team, hats off to you. For everyone else, Dean is quickly becoming a frontrunner to land one of the higher individual honors in the NFL with his extremely high level of play.

Dean has played 100% of the defensive snaps so far through 2022 and has accounted for two interceptions (should be three if it was not for a flag) and three passes defended. The Buccaneer defender has also only allowed 60 total yards in coverage through the first three games.

To put that number in context, Jalen Ramsey has allowed 177 yards in coverage, AJ Terrell has allowed 175 yards, and Jaire Alexander has allowed 62 total yards in coverage.

Dean beats all three of these players right now in this very important category, and those are the names to beat if you want to do something like make an All-Pro team.

The season and awards aren’t won in just three games, but this is a heck of a start to a campaign by Jamel Dean and the rest of the Buccaneers secondary.

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