Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran cornerback Brandon McDonald has stepped up in the Bucs' secondary, and it's beginning to pay off. McDonald was the first cornerback off the bench in Tampa Bay's season opener against the Carolina Panthers, according to the Tampa Bay Times. His experience with different defensive schemes around the league allowed him to step in ably for injured corners E.J. Biggers and Anthony Gaitor.
"I’m a veteran, so everything was pretty much the same for me scheme-wise," McDonald told the Times. "The terminology was a little bit different, so I had to get adjusted to that. I’m still not completely adjusted, but I’m coming along well."
McDonald's participation level in this Sunday's game against the New York Giants is still unclear. The Bucs are currently waiting for the return of cornerbacks E.J. Biggers and Anthony Gaitor. But it appears that at the moment McDonald has the upper-hand over third-year cornerback Myron Lewis. Lewis was inactive for the opener, despite being healthy.
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