Barron's made 27 tackles, forced one fumble and broken up five passes, quickly showing why Tampa Bay used its first-round draft pick, and seventh-overall, to bring Barron from Alabama to Tampa Bay.
But there is a dark side to the statistics from Barron this year.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), only two safeties in the league have given up more yardage while in coverage than Barron, who has allowed 11 receptions and 171 yards through four games.
For all Barron's big hits and aggressive tackles, he also gets beat in coverage at times. He's just a rookie, and he entered the league with basic cover skills (at best) and a weakness for one-on-one coverage.
At strong safety, Barron isn't supposed to be the best cover guy in the defensive backfield. But some improvements—remember, he's just a rookie four games into his professional career—should be happening soon.
Contrary to what head coach Ron Rivera said in his Monday presser, Sherrod Martin has not taken more first-team reps and said he won't be starting on Sunday (Bill Voth).
The Charlotte Observer posted numbers showing that Ron Rivera should have gone for it on 4th-and-short Sunday in Atlanta.
The San Diego Union-Tribune has a scouting report on the Saints posted.
According to WWL-TV, the Saints have signed wide receiver Grag Camarillo and waived cornerback Elbert Mack.
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Pewter Report writes that two defensive mistakes in the final two minutes of the game Sunday cost Tampa Bay a win.
Stephen White wrote a film breakdown piece on Passing on the Game 2.0 about the same two plays on defense that ultimately led to Sunday's loss.
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