Keith Tandy is still working on making the switch from corner to safety in his first NFL season with the Tampa Bay Bucs. After playing corner at WVU, new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano believes that Tandy works best as a safety, mainly in zone coverage. In Jeff Casteel’s 3-3-5 stack defense, Tandy rarely played man coverage. By playing him at safety in zone coverage, Schiano and his coaching staff can get Tandy on the field more.
Much of that work paid off last night in the second half of the Bucs victory over the Patriots as Tandy had a breakout game. After playing mainly on special teams during the first half, Tandy came in on defense during the third and fourth quarters on the way to racking up a game-high 10 tackles. Two of those came in the first half on special teams. He teamed up with fellow Mountaineer Najee Goode on a stop in the third quarter.
Throughout camp and the first two games of the Preseason, Tandy hadn’t had a lot playing time. This past week in practice, Tandy had the opportunity to play in the Bucs’ nickel and dime defenses. On a night where no other defensive backs stood out, Tandy did.
This should translate into more opportunities for Tandy.
Goode finished the game with three tackles. He played special teams alongside Tandy, but had no tackles there. His three tackles came while playing linebacker. So far, Goode looks strong in run support and suspect in defending against the pass. He looks like a two-down linebacker at this point while he continues to learn to play the pass.