Tampa Bay Buccaneers third year safety Sabby Piscitelli fully expects
the new scheme to give the entire secondary more chances to get there hands on more footballs this fall.
“It’s not dramatically different … but I think this scheme definitely allows myself and Tanard (Jackson) to be more aggressive,” the 2007 second-round pick said. “I think this is a playmaking scheme. I think we’re going to have a lot more interceptions. I think that’s true for the whole secondary. We’re going to have a lot more opportunities to put our hands on the ball.”
He added: “They expect the safeties to be the two best athletes on the field, I think. We can really go out there and make a lot of plays.” Source: St.Pete Times.com
Piscitelli, was given a huge boost to his confidence level when the team moved Jermaine Phillips this off-season to linebacker, almost ensuring, that Piscitelli will become the opening day starter. Althought he will need to show that he can grasp the new scheme. While he has flashed some play making ability the kncok has been he is too brittle to survive a full season.
Piscitelli started 5 games in 2008 with 59 tackles, 2 interceptions & 8 passes defensed, he also had 9 special teams tackles but the stats don’t tell the whole story, during the December colasape there were misreads and occasional missed tackles that will need to be elimanted for Piscitelli to take that next step towards stardom.