Tandy turned in what head coach Dirk Koetter called the "play of the day" with a spectacular pass deflection Friday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The fifth-year defensive back, currently slotted behind Bradley McDougald on the strong safety depth chart, knocked down a Mike Glennon deep pass intended for Adam Humphries. The latter had gotten wide open on a double move on cornerback Johnthan Banks, but Tandy was able to get on his horse and hustle over from the middle of the field to deflect the ball. "That was a great play by Tandy," Koetter said. "That ball was about 50 yards down the field. For Tandy to show that range, that's unusual for an NFL safety to overlap and make that play so that was a really nice play."
The fifth-year West Virginia product tallied a career-high 42 tackles (28 solo) in 2015. Tandy's positional versatility allowed him to make two starts at safety last season while seeing time as a nickel back as well. The 27-year-old has also been highly valuable on special teams, having recorded 14 special teams tackles over his first four seasons.
The 26-year-old posted a second consecutive double-digit tackle game, once again maximizing the opportunity afforded him by Chris Conte's season-ending knee injury. The four-year pro's solid play over the final two weeks may have served as either incentive for the Bucs to re-sign the pending free agent, or as an audition for a possible starting job elsewhere in the league in 2016. The 2012 6th round pick was reasonably productive during the first four years of his career, collecting 93 tackles, a sack and four interceptions over 54 games.
Keith Tandy tallied 10 tackles (seven solo), including one for loss, in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Bears.
The fourth-year pro got the starting nod in place of the injured Chris Conte (knee) and acquitted himself favorably, notching a career-high 10 stops on the afternoon. Tandy's starting opportunities have been few and far between in his four-year Bucs tenure, but he'll get the call again in the season finale against the Panthers if Conte is unable to suit up.
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