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Bucs safety Deone Bucannon looking forward to reunion with Todd Bowles

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Safety Deone Bucannon signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, and the former Arizona Cardinal said that joining the Buccaneers was an easy decision.

Part of the reason why Bucannon is excited to play for Tampa Bay is because of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, whom Bucannon played under one year with the Cardinals:

“Honestly, it just gives me space … it allows me to play fast and it allows me to hit hard, and those are my two strengths within the defense,” Bucannon told Bruce Murray and Alex Marvez on SiriusXM Blitz. “And I feel like how Coach Bowles coaches the game, how each and every person individually, he puts them in a position to win. He puts them in the best position, according to the player.”

Bowles, who had spent the previous four seasons as head coach of the New York Jets, served as Arizona’s defensive coordinator from 2013 through 2014, the latter of which was Bucannon’s rookie campaign.

That season, Bucannon registered 86 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

In 2018, the 26-year-old played in 13 games, finishing with 38 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in what was the most underwhelming season of his career.

Bucannon, who played his collegiate football at Washington State University, was originally selected by the Cardinals in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

His best year came during his second season, when he racked up 109 tackles, three sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles, a couple of fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown.