Bucs Add to The Safety Position With J.J Wilcox



It has been a busy off-season so far for the Bucs as they have added WR Desean Jackson, DT Chris Baker, and now today S J.J Wilcox. Wilcox, 26 is a former 3rd round pick by the Cowboys and will have a chance to compete for a starting role with the Bucs. Wilcox is a big hitter and loves to play physical, has good ball skills and can make plays in the passing game. However, he lacks instincts when it comes to playing the safety position and is still learning the position. Here is Bucs Gm Jason Licht on J.J Wilcox and what he can bring this season per pewterreport.com.

“Wilcox is going to compete for a starting role with Chris [Conte] and Keith [Tandy],” said Licht. “He’s a really hard-hitting physical player that’s really still got an upside. He played running back for most of his career in college – only played one year at safety. That’s a position that’s tough to get to know. He’s still coming into that position.”

Wilcox is a good athlete and at times shows the instincts and awareness allowing him to make plays on the ball. Then other times, he hesitates and is either late or misses on making the play on the ball. He does miss tackles as well due to poor angles or failing to wrap up so he needs to clean that up in his game. I will say Wilcox is always flying to the ball which is good to see and can play special teams as well. Wilcox playing in a more aggressive scheme will help him as he is usually at his best when he is able to play downhill and use his speed. With that being said I would still expect the Bucs to draft a safety in the upcoming draft as it is a very deep class. Here are some clips of Wilcox showing his strengths and weaknesses as a player.

Some Film on new #Buc JJ Wilcox good read on this play. pic.twitter.com/uGBWfx7qcl

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Here is better look Wilcox travels about 20 yards in 3 seconds. pic.twitter.com/lDM3m4ZQ5B

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Wilcox flies in missed the ball though. pic.twitter.com/6OWau71pK0

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Wilcox can’t let this happen…still needs work. Inconsistent pic.twitter.com/UQd8HoLrfH

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