50 Days: Conte Brings Experience to Bucs D

As we countdown the days until the Bucs' 1st preseason game, we discuss a different Bucs player at length.

The numbers will keep coming down off our countdown as we near the Bucs first preseason game, but the numbers at safety for the Bucs this off-season has been on the rise. With 50 days to go until that first preseason game, we take our focus to off-season acquisition Chris Conte.

Last year, it appeared as if the Bucs were just piecing it together at safety. They found Bradley McDougald and realized they needed to move on from Dashon Goldson. They also realized they needed to address the position this off-season, which led to the acquisitions of Chris Conte and D.J. Swearinger.

Conte was drafted by and started his career with Lovie Smith. He has extensive experience in the Tampa-2 defense. As a safety, it is imperative to know where you need to be to prevent the big plays that have plagued the Bucs defense in recent years. By having a full grasp on the style of defense, Conte can play by just reacting to the offense, which gives him an advantage over a player still trying to figure out where to be.

Conte has dealt with numerous injuries, which led to the Bears allowing him to walk in free agency. Another injury to Conte in training camp or the preseason might prevent him from being in the Bucs' starting lineup come the regular season.

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