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Deone Bucannon | Linebacker | #20

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/30/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Washington State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (27) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) will open training camp on the active/PUP list.
This was fully expected with Bucannon recovering from May surgery. Bucannon is a candidate to open the year on reserve/PUP, but coach Bruce Arians is "hopeful" he'll be ready Week 1. First-rounder Haason Reddick has been repping with the starters in Bucannon's place. Jul 21 - 5:17 PM

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The Arizona Republic reports Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle surgery) is questionable for the "first couple of games" of the season.

Bucannon is shaping up as a strong candidate for the reserve/PUP list after going under the knife in mid-May. First-rounder Haason Reddick has immediately slid into Bucannon's spot on the depth chart.
Jun 8 - 5:55 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle surgery) will likely begin training camp on the PUP list.

It is not a surprise considering Bucannon is at best questionable for Week 1 following May ankle surgery. Starting him on the active/PUP in camp would leave open the option of the reserve/PUP, which would cost Bucannon the first six games. First-round pick Haason Reddick has been working with the first-team in Bucannon's place.
Source: ESPN
Jun 8 - 1:10 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon underwent ankle surgery and is questionable for Week 1.

Coach Bruce Arians said the operation was to correct a "lingering" issue. Bucannon suffered a high-ankle sprain last December and missed the final three weeks. He had previously never missed a game. Now he's a candidate for the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of 2017. The Cardinals are hopeful he'll be back in "early" September. The hybrid safety/linebacker has settled in fairly well at inside 'backer, though he was better in 2015 than last season.
May 16 - 1:14 PM

Cardinals exercised ILB Deone Bucannon's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Picked 27th overall in 2014, Bucannon was a college safety who has made a mostly-smooth transition to linebacker. He had a big year in 2015, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 10 inside linebacker, but Bucannon dipped all the way to No. 40 last season. He received really strong marks for his pass coverage, but was No. 54 of 59 qualifiers against the run.
Apr 26 - 12:03 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon is done for the season with a high-ankle sprain.

It's yet to be decided if Bucannon needs surgery. The hybrid 2014 first-rounder took a step back this year after a strong 2015. Still only 24, Bucannon could easily get back on track in 2016. Bucannon filled the stat-sheet in 2015 in IDP leagues.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 02:26:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon exited Week 14 against the Dolphins with an ankle injury.

Bucannon got his ankle caught under a teammate while trying to make a tackle in the third quarter. He was able to walk off the field and to the locker room, but he had a noticeable limp. Zaviar Gooden is now in at inside linebacker.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon has packed on 12 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Drafted as a safety 27th overall in the 2014 draft, Bucannon has been playing inside linebacker for the Cardinals his first two seasons. Arizona wanted to move him back to safety ahead of 2015, but it didn't happen, and Bucannon went on to be PFF's No. 10 inside 'backer, receiving positive marks for both his pass rush and coverage. He was a weak spot in run defense, however.
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 12:33:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 15.

Bucannon, the 27th pick in last year's draft, recorded his first career interception in Sunday night's blowout win over the Eagles and returned it for a touchdown. Drafted as a safety, Bucannon has been playing inside linebacker for the Cardinals. He's received strong marks for his coverage and pass-rush ability, grading out as PFF's No. 12 inside linebacker.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 10:50:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said Deone Bucannon will move back to safety this season.

Bucannon was a versatile stud as a rookie, playing a hybrid linebacker position despite getting drafted as a safety. But with Sean Weatherspoon now in the fold and Daryl Washington possibly getting off suspension, the need at linebacker isn't as great. So Bucannon will be competing with Rashad Johnson, Tony Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu for snaps at safety -- at least in base looks.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 11:17:00 AM

The Cardinals plan to use first-round SS Deone Bucannon as a linebacker in nickel and dime packages.

Taylor Mays and Glover Quin are notable NFL safeties who've excelled in the dime 'backer role. "We have a young man in Deone who is just a natural for it," Arians said. "Sixty percent of the game is nickel (defense), and whether we have two linebackers out there or a safety and a linebacker is yet to be seen." Bucannon is also likely to start at strong safety on early downs.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 01:52:00 PM

ESPN's Josh Weinfuss expects rookie Deone Bucannon to win the Cardinals' strong safety job.

Bucannon, the No. 27 overall pick, is competing with Tony Jefferson for the starting spot opposite Tyrann Mathieu (ACL, LCL surgery). He missed time at OTAs with a turf toe injury, but is on track for mandatory minicamp. The Cardinals will likely use a rotation of Jefferson and Rashad Johnson at free safety if Mathieu isn't ready for Week 1.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 08:21:00 PM

Cardinals rookie S Deone Bucannon is sitting out practice with turf toe.

The No. 27 overall pick in May's draft, the Cardinals would love Bucannon to open the season as their starting strong safety. Missed practice time could slow Bucannon's rise on the depth chart, however. Even so, it is only a matter of time before Bucannon overtakes Rashad Johnson at strong safety.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 08:54:00 AM

Cardinals signed No. 27 overall pick S Deone Bucannon to a four-year contract.

As is the case with all first-round picks, the deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2018. Standing in at 6'1/211, Bucannon is a striker with speed (4.49) and explosive short-area athleticism (10-foot-5 broad jump). His cover skills are a work in progress, but Bucannon is ready to play "in the box" from Day 1. The Cardinals needed an upgrade next to Tyrann Mathieu. Look for Bucannon to quickly unseat Rashad Johnson at strong safety.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Cardinals selected Washington State S Deone Bucannon with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Bucannon (6-foot-1, 211) was a first-team All-American in 2013 after leading the Pac 12 in tackles (114) and tying for the conference lead in interceptions (6). His 15 career picks rank third in Wazzu history. Bucannon is a striker with speed (4.49) and explosive short-area athleticism (10-foot-5 broad jump). His cover skills are a work in progress, but Bucannon is ready to play "in the box" in the pros, and at very least will pose an immediate force on special teams. The Cardinals needed an upgrade next to Tyrann Mathieu. Look for Bucannon to quickly unseat Rashad Johnson at strong safety.
Thu, May 8, 2014 11:17:00 PM

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