Bucs 2022 Camp Preview: Outside Linebacker

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.

Persevering with on the defensive facet of the ball within the Bucs 2022 Camp Preview sequence are outdoors linebackers.

Outdoors Linebackers

The skin linebacker group returns principally intact, with Shaq Barrett main the group. Jason Pierre-Paul is the lone departure, which was as anticipated after the Bucs chosen Joe Tryon-Shoyinka within the first spherical final 12 months. Barrett was again to double digit sack numbers (10), whereas JTS was caught behind JPP on the depth chart as he developed. He’ll step into a much bigger position this 12 months because the starter reverse Barrett.

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Anthony Nelson had his finest season as a professional final 12 months notching a profession excessive 5 sacks. His continued development might be key to the Bucs depth. Behind him is core particular teamer Cam Gill and transformed defensive lineman Elijah Ponder. The Bucs dipped into the draft this 12 months deciding on Andre Anthony within the seventh spherical. And rounding out the group are undrafted free brokers Jojo Ozouwu and Jordan Younger. The Bucs may nonetheless add a veteran to the group.

Shaq Barrett

Barrett turns into the unquestioned chief of the group with Pierre-Paul’s departure. He’ll must assume a management position and assist mentor the youthful gamers behind him. A transfer again to the best facet ought to profit Barrett, as he tries to recapture the magic of his 19.5 sack 2109 season. Lacking three video games final 12 months the Bucs want the two-time Professional Bowler to remain wholesome over the course of the 17-game season. Barrett will once more want produce double digits sacks for a profitable season, and he ought to profit from the large our bodies up entrance on the line of defense.

2021 Stats: 51 tackles, 9 for-a-loss, 10 sacks, 4 go breakups, 3 compelled fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and an interception.

Joe Tryon-Shoyinka

Now that Pierre-Paul has moved on, it’s Tryon-Shoyinka’s time. After enjoying in a restricted position for a lot of the season, he’s set to begin reverse Barrett. The second 12 months participant noticed in depth time whereas JPP was sidelined with harm and might want to construct off that have. Notching 4 sacks his rookies 12 months, Tryon-Shoyinka may had four-to-five extra had he completed performs. The protection is counting on JTS to take the subsequent step in his development this season. If he can ship, the Bucs needs to be in good condition on the sting.

2021 Stats: 29 tackles, 5 for-a-loss, 4 sacks, and three go breakups.

Anthony Nelson

Nelson lastly broke out final 12 months with a profession excessive 5 sacks. He additionally had an necessary fumble restoration within the Bucs come from behind victory towards the Jets. Logging probably the most snaps of his profession, Nelson additionally began two video games for Tampa Bay. The Bucs might be counting on him because the lone backup with actual enjoying expertise. Whereas they might nonetheless signal a veteran sooner or later, Nelson might want to construct off his breakthrough 12 months.

2021 Stats: 13 tackles, 7 for-a-loss, 5 sacks, a go breakup and a fumble restoration.

Bucs OLB Cam Gill

Bucs OLB Cam Gill – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Cam Gill

After becoming a member of the Bucs as an undrafted free agent in 2020, Gill was a core particular teamer and a sub rusher for the staff on their option to a Tremendous Bowl victory.  Even notching a half-sack within the large recreation. Final season didn’t begin as effectively for Gill who missed half the season with a foot harm he sustained throughout camp. Nonetheless Gill was capable of carve out a small position on protection whereas performing his particular groups duties. With Ponder and seventh spherical decide Andre Anthony on his heels, he’ll must have a robust camp to make the staff.

2021 Stats: 11 tackles, 1 for-a-loss, and 1.5 sacks.

Elijah Ponder

Ponder returns to the staff after spending two separate stints on the observe squad final season. The previous school defensive sort out has undergone an entire physique transformation in hopes of touchdown a spot on the 53-man roster. He’ll want to point out an understanding of the playbook and grasp of his new place with the intention to earn a spot on the groups roster, whether or not that’s the primary roster or observe squad.

2021 Stats: N/A

Andre Anthony

The Bucs seventh spherical decide has a superb mixture of of measurement and velocity. One thing Tampa Bay may make the most of on particular groups. Although his senior 12 months at LSU was reduce brief as a result of harm, Anthony was capable of take part throughout Bucs offseason camps. The previous teammate of Devin White, Anthony will attempt to make the roster this season in a outdoors linebacker room that’s not significantly deep. He’ll want an excellent camp to be thought of for one of many closing roster spots, however his finest guess could be touchdown a spot on the observe squad.

2021 School Stats: 8 tackles, 4 for-a-loss, 3.5 sacks, and a fumble restoration for a landing.

Jordan Younger

Younger is a disciplined linebacker and doesn’t often get moved out of place simply by the quarterback’s eyes. He has a excessive soccer IQ and shows good learn and react expertise.  Younger has simply common velocity and will be out-positioned by blockers. He’ll want to make use of higher method and work on fundamentals to have an opportunity to succeed on the subsequent degree. Younger was talked about by Cyril Grayson on the Pewter Report Podcast as somebody who had stood out throughout offseason camp and can value keeping track of. Although the observe squad is his finest probability at sticking round.

2021 School Stats: 104 tackles, 4 sacks, and a couple of compelled fumbles.

JoJo Ozougwu

Ogzougwu has an explosive first step and makes use of an array of rush strikes to get to the quarterback. He locates the ball effectively and shows good capability to get off blocks to make the tackles. Nevertheless, he’s undersized as an each down edge defender, and might want to get stronger. He’ll get tied up by greater blockers however makes use of lively arms to attempt to break away. Ozougwu didn’t actually stand out throughout offseason camps and can face an uphill battle to land a spot on the staff’s observe squad.

2021 School Stats: 56 tackles, 16 for-a-loss, 7.5 sacks, 2 go breakups and a compelled fumble.