His rookie NFL season left safety Mark Barron swearing off roller-coasters.
The first-round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 2012 enjoyed a smooth ride at Alabama winning two national championships while anchoring a dominating defense.
But after an encouraging start last fall paired with 16-year veteran Ronde Barber at the back end of Tampa Bay’s secondary Barron saw his play take a plunge. He posted fewer tackles and pass deflections experiencing rare adversity on the football field.
“There were a few ups and downs for me personally last year” Barron said Monday before the Bucs departed for three days of practice against the Patriots in New England. “I started off good and then somewhere in the middle of the season I flattened out. Toward the end I picked it up again. It was pretty much a roller-coaster for me.”
Barron 23 can’t wait to show teammates and coaches his full array of skills.
Barron was exposed in coverage at times last year but the offseason additions of two Pro Bo...