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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Safety check coming at One Buc Place

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- I'm heading out to One Buccaneer Place in just a bit to catch what is scheduled to be the last official practice of training camp for the Bucs.

Obviously, I'll be keeping a close eye on the safety situation now that Tanard Jackson has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Veteran Will Allen is one option to slide into Jackson's spot.

But I also think there's a decent chance the Bucs consider moving Jermaine Phillips back to safety. He's spent the whole offseason working on a move to weakside linebacker. But Phillips was a pretty solid safety before the move.

The Bucs don't have much other depth at safety, but they do have some at linebacker with Quincy Black, Adam Hayward and Angelo Crowell. From what I've seen and heard, the Bucs are happy with how Phillips has handled the move to linebacker.

But, with Jackson out for the first four games, Phillips still might be the best safety on the roster and pairing him with Sabby Piscitelli at safety and starting one of those other guys at weakside linebacker might be the best combination the Bucs can come up with.