Meanwhile, the Buccaneers' defensive linemen were the driving force in a run defense that allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL (73.8 yards per game), setting a new single-season record for the franchise. Gholston maintains a consistent presence on the line, recording 38 tackles last season with five tackles for loss and one sack. Our 2020 Free Agency Primers continues this week with the defensive line position. The Buccaneers are tied for second in the NFL with 22 sacks and rank third with 69 pressures. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL), Nebraska defensive tackle Khalil Davis runs the 40-yard dash during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Indianapolis. 3 edge rusher role, this is really an open competition that’s attainable for all three players. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew they were in for an unfavorable matchup against the New Orleans Saints defensive line, but they didn’t expect it to be quite that bad. Bucs WR Chris Godwin riddled the Rams for … This clearly depends on what happens with the Bucs' own list of free agents on their defensive front seven, in particular Ndamukong Suh. But Bucs are going to have to invest on DL and QB next year early. Rams defensive line could be the difference in this one. https://t.co/rEb4pm2etD — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 2, 2020 Quinton Bell | Age: 24 | NFL Exp: 1st season | 6-4, 253 (Ben Liebenberg/NFL). Buy Gear. Buccaneers defensive lineman played for Jets on Sunday despite knowing he’d been traded. However, if the Bucs are not able to retain Suh, then they would clearly be in need of a significant addition on the defensive front. Nelson managed to play in just nine games, recording eight tackles. At 330 pounds, Reader is a load in the middle but can still get into the backfield. As previously stated, this is an open competition at outside linebacker after the starters, which makes it a great opportunity for Divinity. The front office set out a goal this offseason to bring back one of the more dominant defensive fronts in football last season and they did just that by re-signing Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul while placing the franchise tag on Shaq Barrett. The versatility in his game might force the Bucs to also train him as an inside linebacker, which could be an attractive trait on cut-down day. : 2nd season | 6-4, 270 Gholston proved to be a good fit for Bowles' defense and added 38 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, seven tackles for loss and two passes defensed. David Says: October 3rd, 2020 at 9:12 am. (Logan Bowles/NFL), Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown runs a drill during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Indianapolis. They get out coached and out worked on Sunday. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Stats | NFL.com. Would love your thoughts, please comment. Daniels was one of the league's most disruptive interior linemen as recently as 2017 but he's had two seasons of injuries and struggles in Green Bay and Detroit. : 8th season | 6-6, 281 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are known for their potent offense, but their defense will ultimately decide where they finish in 2020. (Aaron Doster/NFL), Utah defensive tackle John Penisini runs a drill during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Indianapolis. Chris Jones, perhaps the most important defensive player on the Super Bowl-winning Chiefs' roster, is currently a "potential" free agent but he won't hit the open market. Rookie Khalil Davis also saw action for the Bucs, making one … — James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) October 18, 2020 Tampa Bay looked like a legitimate contender in the NFC on Sunday. While Nelson is the favorite to win the coveted No. If the Buccaneers had a Suh-sized hole to fill and were able to address that issue in free agency, they would have more flexibility at the top of the draft to hit such other needs as offensive tackle or – potentially – edge rusher or quarterback. Were he to get a chance to test the market, Jones would undoubtedly land one of the richest deals in the NFL, as he is widely regarded as the second-best player at his position behind the Rams' Donald Jones. We’ve got some young kids I’m really anxious to see. Under Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles, the Bucs are labeled a 3-4 front, though of course they put a wide variety of packages into play with three, four and five down linemen. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah broke down the top offensive tackle prospects on Thursday and also suggested the Bucs could be exploring the possibility of trading up to get one of them, Carmen Vitali and Scott Smith drop the gimmicks and combine for one final joint set of predictions for the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and this time the Bucs make a bold move to get their man. Potentially Available Free Agents: As is the case at a lot of positions, this list starts with a name that probably won't be there for long. He had a breakout year in 2019 with 10 sacks. Allen and Nunez-Roches were responsible for only 19 tackles and 0.5 sacks, combined, in 2019 but they did see the field relatively frequently. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL), Syracuse defensive end Kendall Coleman runs the 40-yard dash during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Indianapolis. Though Suh is the only starting lineman whose contract is expiring, free agency could take a toll on the team's depth in the defensive trenches. October 3rd, 2020 at 8:46 am. : Rookie | 6-1, 308, Shaq Barrett | Age: 27 | NFL Exp: 7th season | 6-2 250 Suh has played the last two seasons on one-year deals, first for the Rams and then for the Bucs, and according to Arians he wants to continue his career into at least an 11th season. He might be looking for an opportunity to increase his playing time elsewhere. Bucs notorious for reading their own press clippings. Suh had two defensive scores in his first season here while leading the defensive line with seven tackles-for-loss. But injuries plagued the fourth-year pro by the end of each camp, forcing him to start the season on IR. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL), Penn St. defensive tackle Robert Windsor runs a drill during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Indianapolis. 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Predicting that the Bucs hold onto five edge rushers as they did a year ago, the team will be looking to fill the role left by Carl Nassib, who signed with the Raiders as a free agent this offseason. Suh contributed 41 tackles, seven tackles, 14 quarterback hits and four fumble recoveries, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Much like the defensive line, there are no questions on who the starting outside linebackers will be. Vea and Suh have eaten up double teams in order to create opportunities for their fellow teammates, they will do much of the same this year. Adding quarterback Tom Brady , tight end Rob Gronkowski and offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs to an already strong offense makes that side even more lethal. Both are big men who can handle the nose tackle position in a 3-4 front but also have some pass-rush ability. Lord willing, we’ll get a full 16 games with the threat of Barrett and Pierre-Paul coming off the edge. The team's primary three-man front of Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea and Will Gholston combined to record six of those 47 sacks. It’s important to note that all interior defensive linemen and edge defenders have been grouped together for this exercise, so teams that run a base 3-4 will include their outside linebackers (edge defenders) in this writeup, and they will not be featured with the linebackers. We will also see a couple of familiar faces on Sunday: Bucs defensive end Rakeem Nunez-Roches, a 2015 draft pick of the Chiefs, spent three seasons in … Pat O’Connor | Age: 26 | NFL Exp. The Tampa Bay defensive front consists of ends Ndamukong Suh … Khalil Davis | Age: 23 | NFL Exp. Some additional veterans with proven track records potentially hitting free agency include Timmy Jernigan, Michael Brockers and Gerald McCoy, though a McCoy-Bucs reunion would be surprising. In past years the Bucs have found a gold mine with undrafted free agents that include Demar Dotson, Adam Humphries and current Buc Cam Brate. If I had to guess I would say it’s Ledbetter and Davis making the team barring Ledbetter’s health history. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rediscovered the deep ball in Sunday's 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings, as Tom Brady hit Scotty Miller for a 48-yard bomb in the second quarter to give the Bucs their first lead of the game. : Rookie | 6-3, 290 Nunez-Roches contributed 301 snaps on defense and played in every game while Allen was in on 192 snaps. Preparations for the 2020 NFL Draft in April will continue ahead at full steam, with dozens of college Pro Days next on the docket, but the next big date on the calendar is March 18. Reed had 10.5 sacks in 2018 but otherwise has just five sacks in 40 other games over three seasons, and last year he lost the first six games to a suspension. The Bucs defense begins with their front seven, and that group looks strong coming into 2020. (Aaron Doster/NFL), LSU defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence runs a drill during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Indianapolis. The depth behind the starters is really shallow. Davis may receive the benefit of the doubt since he is the Bucs’ sixth round pick from the 2020 draft. Rakeem Nunez-Roches | Age: 27 | NFL Exp: 6th season | 6-2, 307 1138. (Logan Bowles/NFL), Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson runs the 40-yard dash during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Indianapolis. Bucs defensive lineman Will Gholston isolating as coronavirus precaution The eighth-year veteran said he expects to play Sunday night against the Saints. After the game, Brady and Miller each broke down the play from their own perspective. Michael Divinity | Age: 23 | NFL Exp: Rookie | 6-2, 242 Pierre-Paul suffered a fractured vertebrae in a car crash last offseason, and yet still managed to work his way back onto the field to collect 8.5 sacks in ten games. February 2, 2020. © 2020 PewterReport.com All Rights Reserved. Nelson has long arms and good physical traits to play football at his 6-7 size, and this a big chance to prove himself as he wipes the slate clean. The Bucs defensive line, combined with the best linebacker corps in the league, will restrain the Viking rush attack. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says: August 19th, 2020 at 10:14 am. 34-13. Jeremiah Ledbetter finished the 2019 season on the Bucs' practice squad and then signed a new one-year deal for 2020 in January. In 2019 there was a big change in the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s defensive philosophy. The FINAL mock draft roundup before we find out the real thing this weekend. 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