Since the conclusion of the 2010 NFL draft, Myron Lewis, the Buccaneers third-round pick out of Vanderbilt has been chomping at the bit to show off his physicality, but since tweaking his hamstring in his first organized practice with the team, he’s been relegated to a mere spectator. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Lewis is widely considered the future and the supposed heir apparent too Ronde Barber. He’s a tall physical player the present’s matchup problems for opposing receivers.
In his first lengthy interview since being drafted, Lewis told Rick Brown of the Ledger.com that he’s anxious to get back on the field and show off his physical nature against his draft mates.
“I love getting my hands on a receiver,” he said. “Once I get my hands on a receiver, it’s over. Playing cover-2, I get to put my hands on a receiver again, so that’s another advantage for me. I try to take my skills and knowledge and use it to my advantage.”
But first, he has to get back on the field, which could come during the team’s mandatory mini-camp in two weeks. If not then, Lewis won’t get to line up against his rookie classmates until training camp.
“I’m real anxious,” he said. “During the first OTAs, I went up against those guys and I gave Mike and Rejus a hard time since we’re all a part of the same class. Overall, I’m anxious to get out there, do my job and have fun.”
His physicality was one of the reasons, along with his length and strength that peaked the team’s interest. The fact that he’s a sure tackler and exudes confidence is his abilities have many within the organization excited about the long term future of the teams secondary. But with any player that’s struggling with injury. There’s a saying that rings true “if you’re in the tub you can’t help the club”. The availability of Lewis is a concern and one that should be monitored closely.