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Aqib Talib = Asante Samuel?


So after asking some of Bucs Nation about Talib the player, it seems he is pretty similar to the gambler Samuel was in his prime. Now Samuel was a better player, without a doubt, he led the NFL in ints twice, was considered a top 5 CB for a good amount time, and got 45 picks in 9 years as a gambler in the NFL which reflected how well he read the game. According to them Talib's style of play is very aggressive sometimes giving up big plays, sometimes coming up with big picks. The strength of his game is man to man, he also tackles well which Samuel didn't, but again he tends to give up the big plays, and occasional has awful games even in man (he was part of the reason the Giants had 500 yards through the air vs the Bucs). Just because he is still an inconsistent CB who gives up big plays I would not say he puts this secondary into the top 10 or even top 15, but he can at least push us out of the bottom 10. He has shutdown ability (which Samuel didn't have for the elite WRs), he plays the ball well, and has the size we need on the outside. I still think this is a good trade because there aren't many elite WRs left on the schedule (although we could see DT and Decker coming back in the playoffs) and he beats the alternative options. At worst he is almost as bad as Kyle Arrington, but occasionally plays well and gets ints.

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