The New England Patriots pulled off a trade before Thursday’s deadline, acquiring corner Aqib Talib to help their secondary.
Jimmy Lake, Tampa Bay’s defensive backs coach from 2010-11, joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zo on Friday to discuss the move, and believes Talib will benefit from the New England system.
Lake told the guys Talib is a good all-around football player who will work hard, possibly harder than any other player on the Patriots.
“Aqib’s got the size you want; he’s 6-1, 205-pounds, he’s fast, he’s quick like a 5’10” guy. And then the unmeasurable things are his football instincts, this guy has great ball skills, great football awareness,” said Talib’s former coach.
The guys went one to ask Lake how the Buccaneers used the cornerback week in and week out. Was he used as a field corner, cushion corner or did they just match him up against their opponent’s best receiver?
“Anytime we faced a big time receiver, Aqib would shadow him. Now, nobody in the NFL every single weekend, week in and week out, matches up a guy and they have no help. You got to do a good job and coach Belichick does a good job of changing coverages between each play, but the offense has to guess when he’s alone and when he’s not alone.”
The guys also discussed some of the off-the-field issues in Talib’s past and how is he in meetings.