47 Days: Bruce Carter Is the Defense's Glue

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

The Bucs defense made big improvements in the 2nd half of the 2014 season, but the addition of Bruce Carter may be the glue they needed.

Carter comes to the Bucs after having success in Rod Marinelli's Tampa 2 scheme with the Cowboys. The experience has Carter primed to step in and contribute immediately.

"I think it makes it a lot easier, just knowing the scheme overall," Carter said recently. "For me as an individual, a player learning a new position, especially middle linebacker, it takes some time to get used to it and working at it. Coach Hardy [Nickerson] has been doing a great job of helping me out with my keys and reads."

Carter did play outside linebacker with the Cowboys, but since his days at North Carolina and leading up to the draft, Carter was known as a versatile linebacker who could play any linebacker position.

"Just my athleticism, being able to cover large amounts of ground in our scheme," Carter said of his strengths at middle linebacker. "Being here and being there, knowing the scheme and helping guys out – it's been awesome."

The Bucs defense has some young talented players, but they lacked a leader in the form of what Hardy Nickerson was to Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp. Carter has the potential to bring the Bucs talent on defense together and have them play as one cohesive unit. If that happens, you will see the Bucs' defense become a top 10 defense in the NFL.

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