Let’s start off our weekly series of team-by-team mailbags with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chris in Harrisburg, Pa., writes: With Tanard Jackson's future in serious question, do you think the Bucs might try and develop Myron Lewis to be their FS in the future? I know a lot of scouts projected him as a FS because that was the position that best fits him. What’s your take?
Pat Yasinskas: I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Lewis switching to safety in the long term because he does have the size and the skill set for the position. But that’s not the kind of change you make right now. It’s too difficult on a rookie to make that switch in the middle of the season. Besides, the Bucs have high hopes for Lewis as a cornerback and cornerbacks are harder to find than safeties. With Ronde Barber nearing the end of his career, there is hope that Lewis eventually can be his replacement in the starting lineup.
Chris in Virginia writes: I saw the link where Cadillac Williams talked about his limited days as a featured back. Looking ahead, I think that the duo of Kareem Huggins as a speedster and LeGarrette Blount as a power back can be very potent and I'm excited to see it in action. Your thoughts?
Pat Yasinskas: I’m curious to see Huggins and Blount in action. I liked what I saw from Huggins in camp and in the preseason. I walked by Blount as he came off the practice field Wednesday and he’s a very big guy. They have the potential to be an interesting duo, but let’s see them in action before getting too excited.
Marques in San Diego writes: So with the bye week through have you heard anything about the starting free safety position. Does Cody Grimm have it locked up? Or does maybe Sabby Piscitelli get another shot as a starter? I've seen Sabby making a lot of special team tackles this season and i think he deserves another chance. For better or worse he does have more experience than our rookie Grimm.
Pat Yasinskas: Every indication I have is that Grimm will remain the starter. Yes, he gave up a big play against Pittsburgh. But the Bucs thought he also did some good things and that he has plenty of potential. He also is a natural free safety. I agree Piscitelli is doing a nice job on special teams. But he’s really not a free safety. He’s a strong safety and pass coverage and ball skills are not his strengths. I think he’s destined to stay as a special-teams guy and backup strong safety.