Arizona Cardinals: The Safety Position


Jun 10, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Deone Bucannon during mini camp at the teams Tempe training facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to the Arizona Cardinals, they are a well-rounded team and have solid players all over their roster. My biggest concern with the Cardinals is their secondary. Not so much the cornerback or free safety position, but with the strong safety unit.

The Cardinals first round pick Deone Bucannon is an explosive hitter who will cause fumbles. On the downside, he is not fluid in coverage and is vulnerable to cut backs and double-moves. He also losses sight of blockers and gets sealed off of plays.

I do believe the Cardinals` coaching staff will get Bucannon ready to play and he will get better as time goes on. With that being said though, I feel they could use another body to help Bucannon with his learning. That body is the one and only Ed Reed.

Reed is 5`11, 205 and is a ball hawk. He has 643 tackles, six sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 64 interceptions, and 113 passes defended. Reed could be a big help to Bucannon, helping him become a better cover safety and show him how he lures quarterbacks to throw interceptions. Reed is also known for his film studies and that also could help the entire defense.

I don`t know about you, but I feel Reed could help the defense as a player coach. Also, Reed started playing better after he signed with the New York Jets and just might have some gas left in the tank. I don`t see why anyone would not want a nine time pro bowler and one of the greatest safetys to help out their first round draft pick. Not only that, but a safety who is a big hitter like Reed.