Bucs rookie CB Jamel Dean had already seen high praise coming into Friday’s game against the Dolphins for having a great week of practice. This would be the rookie’s debut game as he was held out due to injury the week prior.
Dean made the most of his opportunity as he strung together a few great plays, one of which, was most likely the most important play of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Jamel made a leaping, TD saving interception in the endzone off of Dolphins QB Jake Rudock. This was coming off a dropped INT he had earlier in the game.
Although it’s only one game, Dean seems to be picking up on Bowles defense quickly and adjusting to the speed of the NFL nicely. We could see him take on a bigger role in the defense if he can continue to make these kinds of plays consistently.