With all the chaos that is going on in the world and surrounding sports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coaching staff has some chaos of their own with the safety competition.
Jordan Whitehead, currently, is looked at as the leader of the pack and maybe the only safety with a solidified spot in the safety room. Andrew Adams is the most seasoned. Mike Edwards and D’Cota Dixon are second-year guys, which adds a boost. Ariana did a great job this offseason with drafting Antoine Winfield Jr. and picking up Javon Hagan in free Agency.
All the safeties in that room are guys that can be seen as starters besides the two rookies. Winfield Jr. can be a starter if he can transition well into the NFL. In today’s game, not many teams stay in their base package much. There are so many sub-packages that the typical fan, and even some coaches, can’t follow.
Looking at what Todd Bowles likes to do with his many different blitz packages Whitehead, Winfield Jr., and Edwards fits exactly what he likes in his safeties. Buccaneer fans can look out on the field, and see all three of the before mentioned on the field at once.
For my money, I believe Winfield Jr. and Whitehead will be the starters with Edwards first to come in for sub-packages (I.E. big nickel). Andrew Adams is the most experienced in the room, so don’t be surprised when you see him come in for some relief for Winfield Jr. or Whitehead. The guy who can really throw a curveball in the whole thing is Justin Evans. If he’s able to come off the PUP list (Physically Unable to Play), he’s a guy who can make Winfield Jr. or Edwards a rotational player with his ability to play the slot and up top. Things will be interesting this training camp all the way into the season.