The Buccaneers entered the off-season with the goal of improving the athleticism of their linebacker corps. In particular, the Bucs wanted more speed at middle linebacker, which was a big reason they allowed incumbant Mason Foster leave. They signed Bruce Carter away from the Cowboys on a 4-year $20 million deal and switched him immediately to middle linebacker. Come late April, they drafted another speedy linebacker to compete with the group.
After Saturday night's game, it appears as if 4th round pick Kwon Alexander has done enough to be granted the Bucs' starting middle linebacker job. Since Saturday night, when Alexander was a reserve, he has run with the starting defense in both Monday's and Tuesday's practice. The Bucs...and Lovie Smith...believe in Alexander so much that Bruce Carter is already switching positions.
“It’s not like we are displeased with what Bruce is doing," Lovie Smith said on Tuesday. "We just really like what Kwon has done. Bruce now, if you have seen him practice, he’s working at the SAM linebacker position and he’s fighting for a starting position there."
In my recent podcast, I made the case to have Carter move to strongside linebacker and have the trio of Carter, Kwon Alexander, and Lavonte David at linebacker. That would give the Bucs as athletic and fast of a linebacking corps in the NFL. It also ensures that linebacker corps will be together for the next 4 years as each of them are currently under contract for that long.
By the looks of it, the Buccaneers agreed with my assessment.