TAMPA, Fla. Rookie strong safety Mark Barron couldnt ask for a better study partner to begin his education in the ways of the National Football League.
The No. 1 draft pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs lines up each day in camp alongside a guy who may be a freshman at free safety, but hes the dean of Tampa Bays defensive backfield.
Ronde Barber begins his 16th season of his heralded Bucs career by shifting from his traditional perch on the right corner into the middle of the secondary. That places him next to the University of Alabama product expected to become a future fixture of the unit.
The B&B pairing has created the foundation of a valuable learning experience both for the new kid and the old pro.
Barron, who signed a four-year deal worth 14.5 million before camp, has savored the opportunity to line up beside Barber.
Most definitely, he said. The guys been in the league 16 years, so hes been through pretty much everything you can go through as an NFL player. I feel like i...