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Tandy ready to step in at safety for Goldson



Safety Keith Tandy will be stepping into a key role Sunday, replacing suspended All Pro Dashon Goldson.

But Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan says they don't miss a beat," with Tandy, 24, a versatile, second-year player who has converted from cornerback since getting drafted in the sixth round from West Virginia. Tandy started two games this year that Goldson missed with a left knee injury, and had a goalline interception in Seattle.

"He's done an outstanding job," Sheridan said. "Keith is a real versatile guy, really smart, can digest a game plan and put it into practice immediately. He's really good at everything, maybe not a 'Wow,' spectacular, dynamic player at any one particular part of his game, but is good in run support, can tackle, he's athletic, can play man-to-man coverage, understand zone coverage...He's really come around, we've put him in there and I don't think we miss a beat."

Coach Greg Schiano says Tandy, at 5-foot-10, 205-pounds, is not the biggest guy, but he's not afraid of contact, and reliable in several facets, including special teams. Tandy has seen his confidence grow in each game, and has been more vocal.

"You make a couple plays and you're confidence builds," Tandy said. "I'm starting to see plays more before they happen so it's helping out."


[Last modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 3:54pm]


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