May 18, 2021

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Riddle’s Rundown: What Antoine Winfield Jr. Brings to The Defense

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Image Credits; Jesse Johnson | USA TODAY Sports

Last season it was a revolving door at the Bucs’ safety position.

The Bucs didn’t have a complete safety; one that can play in the box as well as cover deep. Current safety Jordan Whitehead is better in the box where he can use his strength and speed to create disruption upfront. Now, safety Andrew Adams is great at covering deep at the FS position but is pretty much ineffective in the box. Second-year player M.J. Stewart shows promise, but still has a long way to go.

Enter Winfield Jr.!

When GM Jason Licht and Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles saw Antoine Winfield Jr. still on the draft board in the second round, they knew he was a steal. He is everything that you want in a safety. He is a proven ball hawk, as evident by the SEVEN INTERCEPTIONS he snagged last season at Minnesota. Winfield Jr. also has the ferocity to play in the box, where he is fearless as well as being able to cover wide receivers and tight ends on a short route.

At 5’9, he may not be the biggest guy on the field, but is a huge upgrade that brings stability to the safety position. I had Winfield Jr. as the highest-ranking safety on my board, and I doubt he disappoints.

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