There was quite a lot of reward heaped on Bucs rookie defensive deal with Logan Corridor. Legendary Bucs Corridor of Famer Warren Sapp loves him. Teammate Will Gholston mentioned that Corridor is “extra athletic than J.J. Watt in his prime.”
All of that hype is creating some lofty expectations for Corridor throughout his rookie season. As a participant who recorded 6.5 sacks final yr at Houston on the Cougars’ “Sack Avenue” protection, what sort of expectations does Corridor have for his first yr in Tampa Bay?
“Earlier than, I instructed myself I wish to have six sacks. I ended with 6.5 at Houston. I really feel like that’s a really cheap quantity coming into my rookie season,” Corridor mentioned. “However my aim can be so as to add worth to the crew wherever attainable. Wherever they want me, I’m going to do no matter I can do to place the crew ready to win. Clearly, I like attending to the quarterback and that’s my favourite half concerning the recreation, so getting again there and getting some sacks is clearly a part of that.”
Corridor’s Lofty Sack Projection
Sapp, a first-round decide in 1995, had three sacks throughout his rookie season. Gerald McCoy, a first-rounder in 2010, additionally had three sacks. That was the identical variety of sacks that Vita Vea, a first-round decide in 2018, had.
Corridor thinks he can double that in his first season within the NFL, which is a lofty expectation. In case you’re questioning, the Bucs’ rookie file for sacks is 10 from Santana Dotson in 1992. Dotson performed 4 years in Tampa Bay earlier than ending his profession with six seasons in Inexperienced Bay. The best variety of sacks that Dotson recorded after his rookie season was solely six in 2000.
Corridor shall be taking part in the 3-technique defensive deal with place in Tampa Bay, which is what Ndamukong Suh performed the final two seasons. An skilled veteran, Suh recorded six sacks in back-to-back years from 2020-21. As a result of he’ll probably be remoted one-on-one with guards, Corridor ought to have loads of alternatives to get to the quarterback.
“Simply me taking part in the 3-technique particularly, having the liberty to move rush,” Corridor mentioned. “In quite a lot of conditions, I’ll have a two-way go, which is right for me as a result of it provides me quite a lot of alternatives to work as a move rusher.”
Getting some useful recommendation and instruction from Sapp a number of weeks in the past through the OTAs solely aids Corridor in his quest to have a productive rookie season.
“I actually loved studying from him. He’s obtained quite a lot of juice,” Corridor mentioned. “He was really on the market demoing a number of the reps, so I believed that was actually cool to see. He all the time says, ‘lengthy levers are robust levers’ and me taking part in with size, being as large as I’m, and attempting to make use of that to my benefit – that was a very good device for my toolbox from him.”