Adjei-Barimah on long TD: 'I should have been better'
Bucs rookie cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah had a improbable run of seven straight starts at cornerback, but found himself benched in the Bucs' loss to the Rams after giving up a 60-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt in the first quarter.
He may or may not have a chance to get his starting job back -- former starter Johnthan Banks stepped in and played the rest of the game -- but the undrafted rookie from Bowling Green said all he can do is learn from the mistake and try to improve.
"It's a mistake on my behalf -- I should have been better," Adjei-Barimah said of letting the receiver get behind him in coverage for the longest play the Bucs defense has allowed this season. "I know my assignment. I know my job. I was trying to be a little too aggressive. ... We've been one of the best teams in the league at not giving up the big plays. Giving up the big play like that doesn't give us a good chance to win the game."
Barimah, who spent the first three weeks of the season on the practice squad and four more playing sparingly, has 39 tackles this season and an interception. After joining the team the day after players reported for the start of camp in late July, he'll benefit from having a full offseason with the team to improve his play and compete for a role next season.
"I'm just going to go back to practice, go back to work and wherever the chips fall they may," he said. "I'm more concerned about what I can control, which is what I do on the field. ... Everybody's got an opportunity to show what they can do. I'm thankful for that -- we're all going to compete and we're all trying to win. ... I'm not really a type of guy who cries over spilt milk."