by Douglas O’Connor
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added big hitting safety Trae Elston to their practice squad on Monday. A 4 year starter from the University of Mississippi whose college resume includes a Sports Illustrated cover and consecutive wins against SEC bully Alabama.
His measurables won’t jump off the page at you 5’11” 195lbs. with a pro day time of 4.46 in the 40, but is adept at attacking the ball at it’s high point and has soft hands, according to NFL.com. Find his full predraft bio HERE.
Starting Buccaneers safeties Chris Conte and Bradley McDougald have had some communication problems thus far and have let some receivers run free in the back end of the defense for big gains this year. 3rd safety Keith Tandy hasn’t fared much better. While rookie Ryan Smith only sees the field as the Bucs kickoff return man.
Given that the Bucs starting safeties aren’t under contract after this year is telling that they are looking to upgrade. Trae could finish the year out on the practice going to meeting and learning Mike Smith’s defense. That would put him in a good position to compete for a roster spot next training camp. No matter what happens with Elston, chances are that the Bucs shake up their safety position sooner than later and Jason Licht thinks this kid has a chance to contribute.
I did find this highlight reel of Elston on the New England Patriots website. If you’d like to check it out you can find it HERE.
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