Koetter on Bucs' 5-10 cornerbacks: 'They're not going to grow'
Much has already been made of the fact that three of the Bucs' top corners for the upcoming season -- Brent Grimes, Alterraun Verner and rookie Vernon Hargreaves -- are undersized at 5-foot-10, but head coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday their height isn't going to be changing.
"They're not going to grow," Koetter said after Thursday's OTA practice. "They're not going to grow, alright? So we've got 5,000 stories out there about short corners. You can't bitch about your players. They're the ones you've got. These guys aren't going to grow."
The Bucs researched the height of Pro Bowl cornerbacks over the last 15 years as they evaluated whether to use their first-round draft pick on Hargreaves, this after making Grimes one of their biggest free-agent additions.
"There's plenty of research both ways about size and corners. There's some misnomers out there," Koetter said. "There's just as many corners that are 5-10 that have been successful as corners that are 6-4. So the guys are who they are. We're happy with our guys and we're going to keep working with them."
The Bucs will find out how their corners can handle larger NFL receivers early in the season -- in the first five weeks of 2016 alone, they'll face Atlanta's Julio Jones (6-3), Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd (both 6-3), Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin (6-5) and Denver's Demaryius Thomas (6-3).