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Bucs' Goldson a great talent, resource


Published:   |   Updated: August 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

TAMPA - Safety Dashon Goldson came all the way across the country in March, from Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco to Tampa, which hasn't had a sniff of a Super Bowl since winning it in January 2003.

Goldson obviously saw something promising in the Bucs from that great distance, despite the fact Tampa Bay came within 37 yards last season of yielding the most passing yards in league history.

"I saw where (Tampa Bay) was trying to go," said Goldson, a Pro Bowler in 2012 after collecting 69 tackles and three interceptions. "They had great young talent and the coaches were motivated."

Now, in the midst of training camp from his bird's eye view at safety, what does he see?

"It looks good," said Goldson, who signed a five-year contract with $41.25 million, including $22 million guaranteed. "Right now we're tuning up our game. We still have lots to work on. The coaches are throwing a lot at us. But we'll get there."

Beside him at strong safety is 2012 first-round draft pick Mark Barron and in front of him at cornerback is perennial Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis, who arrived a month after Goldson jumped on board. Then there is Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a first-round pick in 2012, and defensive end Adrian Clayborn, a first-round pick in 2011.

As for being pegged a leader after six years in the league, Goldson is all for it.

"I understand that I'm here to help the younger guys out," said Goldson, 28. "I make sure to show the guys how to approach this game."

Goldson has wasted little time. In June, for instance, after the voluntary offseason workouts, he remained on the field with young cornerbacks Leonard Johnson and Danny Gorrer, showing them tricks on reading a receiver's eyes.

Now, he's helping rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks, the 43rd overall pick in 2013, and continues working with Barron.

"If (Goldson) has a point to make then we're listening," Barron said. "It's a great resource. It's knowledge."

All this is great news to Bucs coach Greg Schiano.

"I think Dashon Goldson has taken the group over, for sure," Schiano said. "He's the man back there running the show, which is what we anticipated and hoped for. That's what veterans need to do.

"We have some (veterans) that I know I can lean on and I think the organization can lean on, and you need that. So, I'm glad he's ours."

Hot and sweaty after a recent workout, Goldson admitted Tampa's weather was a bit of a challenge when he first arrived. But he's adjusted just fine, along with everybody else.

"I think the younger guys are responding very well," Goldson said. "There aren't a lot of prima donnas around here. They all want to win and get better.

"And that's that I want."

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