Bruce Arians: Richard Sherman played “really, really well” in Bucs debut

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Cornerback Richard Sherman went from out of football at this point last week to starting for the Buccaneers against the Patriots on Sunday night and there were doubts about that being a good idea for the Tampa defense.

Sherman played all but one defensive snap in the Bucs’ 19-17 road win as the team lost Carlton Davis after opening the game without Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean. He recorded seven tackles, recovered a fumble, and was flagged for pass interference in his first game since Week 15 of last season.

On Monday, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians praised Sherman’s performance.

“It’s amazing,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He played really, really well. You know, he had the one penalty, but no, I was really, really pleased with Sherm and Pierre [Desir]. I thought they both went out and played really, really good.”

The injury situation makes it look like the Bucs will be counting on Sherman continuing to contribute to their defense in the weeks to come. That prospect seems to suit Arians just fine.

4 responses to “Bruce Arians: Richard Sherman played “really, really well” in Bucs debut

  1. I was at the game Sunday night. He’s a safety at this point, not a cornerback. He can’t cover anyone but is aggressive and provides good run support.

  2. Considering, Sherm only had a few days of practice after being out of football for over a year, I concur with BA! He will be used for his aggressive talents at positions, where is needed. A great addition under current circumstances. BTW, he also prevented a touchdown with a hard side line tackle. Which, only led to a field goal. Let’s gooooooooooo!

  3. I think it’s probably a good signing because you bring in a vet that has seen it all but how long will it work? He’s had some injury problems lately and the game isn’t kind to older DBs. They barely got by against a rookie QB. Yes the offense wasn’t great but the defense got abused as well. You could say his play was average not “really, really well”. If he’s healthy his play will improve especially in run support (not like they need that). This all depends on health. Now if the Fins somehow torch them through the air this weekend then he’ll only see the field in dime packages.

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