Bucs 2022 Camp Preview: Defensive Lineman

Bucs coaching camp is drawing close to and it’s time to preview the Bucs roster place by place. Pewter Report will break down and study every roster spot, the gamers on the depth chart and preview the outlook for the 2022 season.

The Bucs 2022 Camp Preview sequence strikes to the defensive facet of the ball with the line of defense.

Defensive Line:

The Bucs line of defense went by way of some adjustments this offseason however a lot of the core stays intact. Vita Vea made his first Professional Bowl, and is locked up on a long run deal. William Gholston had a profession yr getting after the quarterback final season and re-upped on a one-year contract. Rakeem Nunez-Roches offers a flexible backup alongside the road. Whereas particular crew’s ace Pat O’Connor will look to construct off a powerful 2021 season.

The largest change comes within the type of veteran Akiem Hicks changing Ndamukong Suh within the line up. The Bucs wished to get sooner up entrance. With Hicks and rookie Logan Corridor, they achieved that aim. Rounding out the roster is Benning Potoa’e, Willington Previlon and Mike Greene.

Vita Vea

Vea appeared to lastly break by way of in 2021 with one in all his greatest seasons as a professional. He had a profession excessive 4 sacks and made his first Professional Bowl. With an enormous contract extension kicking in, an uptick in his snap rely needs to be on the horizon. Suh transferring on means that is now Vea’s room. He’ll want to point out he generally is a chief of the line of defense and tackle the obligations that go together with it.

2021 Stats: 33 tackles, 5 for-a-loss, 4 sacks, 3 passes defended, and 1 fumble restoration.

William Gholston

In his third yr in Todd Bowles protection, Gholston had his highest sack complete of his profession. One of many groups longest tenured gamers, he re-signed with the Bucs to a one-year $4.5 million deal. Gholston does all of the soiled work alongside the line of defense with out the popularity. Although one space he may stand to enhance is splash performs. The place he has simply three pressured fumbles in his profession.

2021 Stats: 36 tackles, 7 for-a-loss and 5 sacks.

Akiem Hicks

To say Hicks is a big addition to the line of defense could be an understatement, each figuratively and bodily. He provides velocity and skill to get after the passer, with out dropping something in run protection. The largest knock on Hicks has been sturdiness points, lacking seven video games final season. If he stays wholesome all yr he could make a serious affect alongside the defensive entrance. Not simply when it comes to his personal manufacturing, however the remainder of the protection as nicely.

2021 Stats: 25 tackles, 5 for-a-loss, and 5 sacks.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Nunez-Roches has been a gentle backup alongside the road for the previous 4 years. In 2020 he began 11 video games whereas Vea was out with an ankle harm and had one begin final yr. Nacho brings depth to the road as one of many greatest trash talkers on the crew. Whereas he didn’t register a sack, he had a profession excessive 11 hurries final season.

2021 Stats: 19 tackles, 3 for-a-loss, and a pressured fumble.

Logan Corridor

The Bucs drafted Corridor with the primary choose within the second spherical so as to add velocity and youth to the line of defense. At 6’6″, Corridor’s top instantly stands out, however so does his velocity in drills. His versatility to play a number of positions throughout the road needs to be utilized by the Bucs early as a part of the rotation alongside the line of defense. With the signing of Hicks, Corridor will likely be afforded time to study the playbook and the velocity of the NFL, whereas contributing off the bench.

2021 School Stats: 43 tackles, 9.5 for-a-loss, and 4.5 sacks.

Pat O’Connor

O’Connor has been a gentle pressure on particular groups since becoming a member of the crew. Final season noticed his snap rely improve as he acquired extra cross rush makes an attempt. It paid off for the Bucs as he notched his second profession sack and posted a 72.1 cross rush grade. O’Connor suffered a season ending knee harm Week 15 however is now wholesome and can look to choose up the place he left off final yr.

2021 Stats: 4 tackles, 1 for-a-loss, and a sack.

Benning Potoa’e

Potoa’e has spent the final two seasons on the Bucs apply squad after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He’s seen motion in two profession video games longing his first sort out final season after be elevated Week 16. The previous teammate of Vea and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka seemed lighter and faster throughout camp and can compete for one of many remaining spots on the roster. A spot on the apply squad appears doubtless for the third yr professional.

2021 Stats: 1 sort out.

Deadrin Senat

Sentat joins the Bucs after three seasons with the Falcons.The previous second spherical choose noticed most of his motion his rookie season totaling 30 tackles. He handled accidents over the following two years and was positioned on IR at first of the 2021 season earlier than being waived in November. He’ll enter the fray for the ultimate spot on the roster however faces an uphill battle as he tries to regain type of the expertise that made him a excessive draft alternative.

2021 Stats: 4 tackles and a fumble restoration.

Willington Previlon

Previlon joined the Packers after going undrafted in 2020. He spent the whole season on the apply squad and a part of 2021 earlier than being waived in October of final yr. Previlon then joined the Bucs apply squad the place he remained for the remainder of the season. He faces lengthy odds to make the roster, however one factor to notice is that Previlon acquired third string snaps throughout camp forward of Potoa’e and Senat.

2021 Stats: N/A

Mike Greene

Greene was signed to the Bucs roster after performing nicely as a tryout participant throughout rookie mini-camp. In school he performed each defensive sort out and defensive finish giving him the flexibility the Bucs make the most of of their defensive entrance. He seemed fast and powerful all through spring camps and will carve out a task on the apply squad.

2021 School Stats: 56 tackles, 12 for-a-loss and 5 sacks.