Tue. Oct 27th, 2020

I’m here to make plays, not waves

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I’m here to make plays, not waves


One day after signing with the New York Giants, linebacker/safety Deone Bucannon met with the team beat and wanted to make one thing abundantly clear: he’s not in East Rutherford to take anyone’s job or otherwise make waves, but rather, to do nothing but make plays.

“I’m not here to ruffle any feathers. I’m a puzzle piece. I’m going to flow in like water,” Bucannon said.

After a failed stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom he originally signed with over the Giants, Bucannon also wants to prove that his game hasn’t trailed off and that he’s equally as capable of creating havoc now as he was as a rookie.

“I’m the same player I was when I was a rookie,” he said. “When I get on the field, I know what I can do. People know what I can do. It’s about me being on the field, or whatever my role is, whether it’s a little bit or a lot of bit,I’m going to make some plays.

“I can cover, I can play the run, I’ve always prided myself on doing that. I’ve never liked being categorized as one type of player, I can do everything.”

Already familiar with James Bettcher’s defensive system, Bucannon should be able to hit the ground running. At least that’s what the Giants hope as they’d like to have him available against the Detroit Lions in Week 8.

“You can fly around,” Bucannon said when asked what he likes best about Bettcher’s scheme. “The safeties are really involved, they blitz a lot, and the linebackers have free roam and the defensive linemen get downhill. They stress penetrating gaps, the linebackers play off the defensive line and the safeties are making plays when they can make plays. You have responsibilities, but this defense lets you be the player that you want to be.”

With Bucannon now in the fold, the Giants can move safety Jabrill Peppers around even more, providing the team with two extremely unique puzzle pieces on the defensive side of the ball. And so long as Bucannon’s game truly hasn’t fallen off, Bettcher will be able mix and match much more, creating headaches for opposing offenses.

Giants' Deone Bucannon: I'm here to make plays, not waves

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