Safeties Corey Lynch, Larry Asante impress, will continue to rotate
So, how did the Bucs do without in their first game without starting free safety Cody Grimm?
The Bucs ultimately decided to start Corey Lynch, who seemed to have a solid game, playing most of the snaps. He did share a few of his reps with Larry Asante, as expected.
The assessment from coaches was that it was a fairly seamless transition, even if strong safety Sean Jones did end up playing near the line of scrimmage more than usual to compensate for Grimm’s loss.
The Bucs, liking what they saw on Monday, will take a similar approach against San Francisco on Sunday.
“There were a couple of breakout runs that Corey Lynch made some good tackles on,” defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said. “Nobody probably noticed because it didn’t break out for a long run, but he made a nice tackle for a 10-yard gain. If he misses that tackle, (Joseph) Addai might go score a touchdown.
“Both those guys did a nice job for us and we’ll do the same thing this week. We’ll have a rotation, let Corey go in there and let Larry go in there. I feel real confident about both of those guys.”