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Bucs DT McCoy getting comfortable with versatile role

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

We hear Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is still getting comfortable with his versatile role in Tampa Bay's hybrid defense, but an observer said McCoy doesn't seem to mind moving around to different positions on the defensive line. Tampa Bay used McCoy at four different positions on the D-line in Week One and he's expected to continue moving from spot-to-spot throughout the season. Under tackle is the primary position for McCoy, the third overall pick in this year's draft. He'll move to end when the Bucs use a three-man front. Head coach Raheem Morris wants to force offensive lines to be aware of where McCoy is lining up on every play and hopes that the shuffling will allow the rookie to find himself in more one-on-one matchups. Some consider the D-line to be one of the Bucs' weaker positions, but McCoy and fellow rookie DT Brian Price are expected to make a major difference in Year One.

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