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It’s that time for Bucannon

Posted by Darren Urban on July 23, 2014 – 4:55 pm

Deone Bucannon wasn’t really thrilled about having a few weeks off. In the end, he’ll probably appreciate getting away from the grind but he was admittedly so bored he ended up working out all the time anyway. “I’d go to the gym constantly,” he said Wednesday after the rookies took part in the Cardinals’ QB School. Now is the time he has been waiting for since the Cards made him a first-round pick in May.

“It’s not really nervousness, it’s more anxious,” Bucannon said. “You want to show everybody you can play and be a part of this team.”

That’s part of the mystery right now with Bucannon. He wasn’t dropped into the starting lineup in the offseason, like 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Cooper had been. He isn’t the rookie that generated the most offseason buzz, because that was wide receiver John Brown. There were reasons for both. Cooper came into an offensive line with holes; Even with Tyrann Mathieu’s injury, the Cardinals have faith in Rashad Johnson and Tony Jefferson at safety. And in the offseason, it’s always easier for a skill guy — especially a receiver — to flash, rather than a defender. Especially when the defender’s top strength is hitting.

But Bucannon will be in the mix, and I still believe that by the end of camp, he will find his way into the lineup as the starting strong safety. He’s had the right mindset since the day he was drafted and clearly isn’t assuming anything — including an eventual starting job that seems obvious given his draft status. Let’s face it, if the No. 1 pick doesn’t start at some point, it’s a major whiff. But this is where we really get to see what Bucannon will bring in his first season. His under-the-radar time is over.

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9 Responses to “It’s that time for Bucannon”

  1. By Scott H on Jul 23, 2014 | Reply

    I think the kid will be fine, opening day starter or not. Put the best players on the field. If that does not include him opening day, that is alright. He’ll be there at some point, I think we know that. If one of the other guys on the roster is just better suited to be the guy right now, then why shouldn’t that guy be out there? Not a bad problem to have!

    Ya know, as much as it is nice to hear people saying that Bucannon looks like he fits the Adrian Wilson mold, I really wish people would just put a lid on such comparisons. Saying things like that really doesn’t help a rookie who needs to worry FIRST AND FOREMOST about learning the basics and earning a roster spot above everything else. If he comes to remind us of A-Dub a few years down the line, then that will be awesome. But if he doesn’t, he could still be a heck of a player in his own right. But RIGHT NOW, he doesn’t have to worry about becoming the second coming of one of the best safeties of the modern era.

  2. By Big Ken on Jul 24, 2014 | Reply

    I know we all thought he should have been drafted in the second round, but he would have been long gone if Kiem had waited.

  3. By Ron Guillen on Jul 24, 2014 | Reply

    So excited for this up coming season . . . Hoping for great things from Deone . . .

  4. By Ben on Jul 24, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Urb,

    Watched the Cooper video, is his leg 100%? Havent heard in a while how he is doing physically?

  5. By Walter H Richters on Jul 24, 2014 | Reply

    Our entire defense is going to be fine. Let’s look at LSU players as a whole. They come into the league ready to fight and scrap for every inch of turf. PP and Honey Badger are two examples. Now, let’s look at the draft slot that Minter was taken at. With Los coming back it was a no brainer that Minter would have to wait, but I think MInter (he is a thumper too) will be fine. Now let’s add another Thumper in his own right in Deone. Now let’s remember the Justin’s, and Tony’s in our secondary that haven’t had all that much aclaim, but that our DC knows how to use. Bethel and Jefferson are two up and comers. BA said as much of Bethel. I think people need to step back from losing our two IBs and look at what the DC has done with what he has. We are going to be fine on defense as long as we have Bowles. JMHO

  6. By Darren Urban on Jul 24, 2014 | Reply

    Ben —

    RE: Cooper

    We need to see the pads on and some hitting, but he looked like he was moving fine to me.

  7. By beardinals on Jul 24, 2014 | Reply

    I think we’ll hear a lot (of good) about Jefferson.

  8. By John The Draft Guy on Jul 25, 2014 | Reply

    First game Mr. Bucannon; Antonio Gates on MNF

    Even getting up in age, Gates is a premier TE. It will be a quick test to see if this kid can cover TEs down the field.

  9. By Scott H on Jul 26, 2014 | Reply

    It is hard to believe that as good as we were on D last season, ( 1st against the run, 6th overall ), we were so incredibly inept against opposing TE’s. I expect that will improve considerably in 2014.

    Geez, just wondering that maybe the reason TE’s were so good against the Cardinals last year is because our D shut everyone else down so effectively, the TE was the only place other teams could go…anyone buying that?

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