Winner: Ryan Neal
One of the positions under scrutiny this offseason was at safety. It wasn't that the Bucs lacked talent, it was that they lacked bodies in the secondary. Antoine Winfield Jr was the only returning starter from last year's group of safeties and the Bucs elected to not use any draft picks to find replacements for guys they lost.
Moves were made to patch up the position with young and hungry undrafted free agents, one of whom made another big play on Sunday. Christian Izien came up with the game-clinching interception to allow Baker and the offense to get into Victory Formation, as he continued to impress everyone who believed in him during training camp.
One of the first guys the Bucs brought in to help rebuild the safety room had himself the best day of anyone at the position. Ryan Neal was signed away from the Seattle Seahawks in free agency, a move that was almost instantly lauded as a steal. Big things are expected from Neal and Winfield this season, and the newbie carried his weight in Sunday's win.
Neal led the Bucs in total tackles with eight and was among four Bucs defenders to record a tackle for loss. He also recorded five solo tackles, which was second to only Jamel Dean -- good company to be in when trying to make an impression on defense. His performance comes after he took some flack for blowing coverage on Jordan Addison last Sunday, which led to a Vikings touchdown.
It was a completely different game for Neal in Week 2, as he showed signs of being the free agent steal everyone believes he will be when the season is over. It also helps that Seahawks fans are furious that the front office let Neal get away, as Julian Love is having a less-than-spectacular year as his replacement.