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Bucs will consider Keith Tandy at nickel corner



We've talked a lot about the cornerback position in recent days and weeks, but 2012 draft pick Keith Tandy hasn't been a part of that conversation.

While Tandy has experience playing both cornerback and safety in college, he's been primarily a safety since his selection out of West Virginia last year.

But that could change, at least to some extent.

Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said Tandy is a player the Bucs are going to deploy as a nickel cornerback during training camp, giving him a chance to match up with receivers in the slot.

"His base position is safety, but he's played some (slot), so we're going to give him some reps there in camp as well," Sheridan said.

The Bucs have some depth at safety and will have to make some tough roster decisions. That's something coach Greg Schiano alluded to today. But Tandy, if he performs well in the slot, has a chance to distinguish himself a bit. If he does, coaches surely would place more value on his roster spot because of his versatility.

Tandy appeared in nine games last season, playing mostly on special teams, where he's very good. Now, Tandy is a player to watch as training camp gets underway as he has a legitimate chance for an expanded role in 2013.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00am]


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