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Two Bucs Make the List of NFC South Players on the Hot Seat

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com in his NFC South blog has five players on the hot seat in the division this year, and two Bucs have made the list:

Ronde Barber, cornerback, Tampa Bay.

A lot of critics said he was on the hot seat and on his way out last year. But Barber survived the Tampa Bay purge of old guys that claimed Brooks, Galloway, Garcia and Warrick Dunn. There’s a reason for that. New coach Raheem Morris previously was Barber’s position coach and he knows better than anyone what’s left in Barber’s tank. Sure, Barber is 34 and he got off to a very rough start last year. But the fact is Barber’s play was one of the few bright spots as Tampa Bay collapsed late last year. It doesn’t hurt to have someone with Barber’s experience to help ease the transition. Besides, the Bucs don’t really have a legitimate option to start opposite Aqib Talib. If Elbert Mack somehow ends up in that role, then we’ll know Barber is through.

Gaines Adams, defensive end, Tampa Bay.

Adams came from the same draft class as Anderson and was selected No. 4 overall. His career has been slightly better than Anderson’s, but Adams hasn’t been anywhere close to dominant. He has 12.5 sacks in two seasons and those have come almost entirely via his speed. Adams has yet to show any moves as a pass rusher. Tampa Bay’s new regime has spent the offseason trying to help Adams develop some moves. If he doesn’t flash them soon, he might end up moving on. Stylez White is a competent third end and new defensive coordinator Jim Bates won’t hesitate to turn to him if Adams doesn’t start producing.

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