It happens every year. Players on current NFL rosters emerge from the shadows and have the year that every fan can stand up and cheer about.
In the team’s weekly mailbag, Tampa Bay Buccaneers senior writer Scott Smith said the most likely candidate for breakout success with the team is third-year safety Mark Barron.
“The seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft, Barron has started 30 games in his first two years and has been a solid contributor in the secondary. With Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier installing a new defense and almost certainly looking for ways to take advantage of Barron’s skills, the former Alabama star could go from solid starter to star in a hurry. Don’t worry about Barron’s physical style around the line of scrimmage being lost in a Cover Two base defense – John Lynch fared just fine in a similar system, and he certainly spent plenty of time up in the box terrorizing ballcarriers.”
Barron was third on the team in tackles last year with 88.