If you are like me, you are so focused on the Pittsburgh Steelers you don’t know about every player in the NFL. So, when the Steelers traded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for safety J.J. Wilcox, I had to do some digging to find out what they received on their end of this trade.
First, it should be noted just how much playing time Wilcox has gotten since entering the league. He played, not necessarily starting, in almost every game he dressed for when playing for the Dallas Cowboys. He was fourth on the depth chart in Tampa Bay, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of playing significant snaps for Pittsburgh.
Check out his stats:
If you are more of a visual learner, or you just like to watch videos, then you will enjoy Wilcox’s highlight tape. What is his style of play? Try hard-nosed, hard-hitting and straight up nasty. Yeah, that describes Wilcox’s style of play. For the Cowboys they would deploy him in a variety of roles, one being a hybrid safety/cornerback/linebacker type player, and he excelled.
Just watch the film (music is not necessarily safe for work), and if you can’t see the video below, click HERE to view:
The biggest facet of this trade with the Buccaneers isn’t the player, but more so how the Steelers plan on utilizing him. Will Mike Mitchell really be ready for Week 1, and if so, will Sean Davis be opposite him? Is Wilcox nothing more than depth?
Only time will tell, but after looking at his stats and some video of him, he certainly brings a nasty element to the Steelers defense.