Buccaneers Seek Versatility in Secondary

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The Buccaneers are starting make quite a habit out of converting cornerbacks to safeties.

A trend that began back in the Greg Schiano era when the Bucs drafted cornerback Keith Tandy and converted him to safety continued this year when they drafted cornerback Ryan Smith and converted him to safety.

Now Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is in the process of converting yet another cornerback to safety.

The choice this time is fifth-year pro Josh Robinson, a former UCF standout and Vikings starter who began working with the safeties during practice at One Buc Place on Monday.

“It’s pretty new for me,’’ Robinson said of the position switch. “But having been here in this defense for a while now and having an understanding of it, it shouldn’t be too difficult a transition.’’

The Bucs can only hope it’s not too difficult. They’re thin as it is at safety, what with Smith in the early stages of his transition, and they’re obviously not excited about what’s available on the street.

The Bucs passed on the chance to claim any of the safeties that were cut by other teams over the weekend and they only re-signed one, Isaiah Johnson, to their practice squad.

For now, though, it’s clear that Koetter’s intentions are to use Robinson at safety only in case of an emergency.

“You’re usually only going to have three safeties (dressed on game day),’’ Koetter said, “so traditionally, you do train your fifth or sixth corner to play some safety, and Josh is one of those guys.’

Buccaneers Seek Versatility in Secondary
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