Over the next month, numerous members on the Bucs' roster will wonder if they have what it takes to make the final roster cuts in late August. To survive those cuts, they might want to look to Keith Tandy as evidence on how to do that.
Not much was thought of the 6th round corner/safety selected by Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano in the 2012 draft. Most late round picks struggle to make any NFL roster, especially three years in a row. Tandy has done just that. Tandy's secret is his versatility.
NFL teams are constantly looking for players who can do more than one thing. If those players are found, roster spots open up for more specialized role players on the roster. Tandy has shown the ability to not only play safety and corner, but also become a key contributor on special teams.
2015 might be Tandy's toughest test yet in making the Bucs final roster. Competition at safety includes new additions like Chris Conte and D.J. Swearinger, along with holdovers like Bradley McDougald and Major Wright. Tandy may still find himself with that valuable roster spot if the Bucs feel his versatility and special teams play is just too much to dispose of.
For young players on the Bucs roster, Tandy should be someone to emulate. Players like Kenny Bell, Kaelin Clay, and Khaseem Greene, among others, should be focused on showing their ability to contribute at their key positions along with special teams and in other capacities. Versatility is the key to being the one passed over at cut time. Don't believe me? Ask Keith tandy.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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