Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean were teammates at Auburn in 2017. Now, they’re both key members of a Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary that is playing well to begin the 2020 season.

And Davis and Dean are a big reason for the Bucs’ defensive success. According to Scott Smith of, Davis leads the NFL with 29 pass breakups since the beginning of the 2019 season. The next closest? Dean with 23.

Davis had four pass breakups in Tampa Bay’s convincing 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. He currently leads the Buccaneers with three interceptions this season to go along with 27 tackles and 10 pass breakups.

Dean has 28 tackles, six pass deflections and one interception (which he returned for a touchdown against the Packers) this season.

The former Tigers also helped Tampa Bay pull off an impressive feat in Sunday’s victory. The Bucs had no turnovers, no penalties and no sacks allowed in the contest, becoming only the third team since 1970 (and the first since 1999) to do that.

Davis and Dean will look to help the Buccaneers continue their strong start when they travel to play the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.