Bucs NT Vea Hungry For Another Shot At Rams

Bucs nostril deal with Vita Vea had a exceptional ending to his fourth season in Tampa Bay final yr. Not solely did Vea end with a career-high 4 sacks and his first Professional Bowl berth, however the workforce additionally rewarded him with a brand new contract extension. Vea’s new deal runs by means of 2026 and is value a median of $17.75 million per yr, based on OverTheCap.com.

Every little thing ended nicely for Vea final yr — besides the Bucs’ 30-27 playoff loss to the Rams. That defeat ended Tampa Bay’s hopes of repeating as Tremendous Bowl champions.

Bucs NT Vita Vea – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I feel there’s a lot to study from the final two years, particularly us being a younger group,” Vea mentioned. “We had an actual younger group after we gained the Tremendous Bowl and I feel final yr, we had some good expertise shedding within the playoffs – as bizarre because it sounds. I feel it makes you extra hungry when that occurs. I feel there’s a lot to study from that – shedding and never being there [after] profitable the yr earlier than. It’s simply taking these little steps to get higher day by day.”

Vea Wants To Shed Some Weight

Whereas Vea could also be hungrier, he does have to shed a number of kilos earlier than the season. Though his actual weight isn’t recognized proper now, one workforce supply advised Pewter Report he seems to be lighter than he did in OTAs final yr.

Head coach Todd Bowles didn’t appear too involved about Vea’s weight on Tuesday.

“Nicely, we haven’t weighed him but,” Bowles mentioned. “Clearly, it’s voluntary – we don’t go weighing all people proper now. Proper now, I’m simply blissful he’s right here. He’s right here, he’s working and he at all times finally ends up the place we wish him to be come coaching camp time.”

Vea is listed at 347 kilos on the Bucs’ roster, which was his weight on the NFL Scouting Mix again in 2018. Who is aware of what he truly weighs now, or what his in-season weight often is?

“I feel you realize we at all times attempt to be higher,” Vea mentioned. “I feel I’m blissful the place I’m at proper now. Clearly, we don’t gotta be able to play at present. We’ve bought a very long time. So, it’s simply in the future at a time proper now.”

Vea Displaying Up To OTAs To Lead

Wearing a t-shirt, a sweatshirt and a jersey, Vea doubtless dropped a number of kilos on the primary day of OTA apply. For Vea, it was vital to be at the beginning of OTAs from a management standpoint, regardless of attendance being elective.

Bucs NT Vita Vea and DT Ndamukong Suh

Bucs NT Vita Vea and DT Ndamukong Suh – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

“On day one, it’s simply a type of issues that, you realize, are available and be collectively as a gaggle,” Vea mentioned. “You already know we now have an actual younger group. We’ve bought a pair younger guys that we bought to get collectively on the sphere and off the sphere. And get that comraderie going.”

A kind of new, younger gamers is rookie defensive deal with Logan Corridor, who made a positive first impression on Vea.

“He’s good,” Vea mentioned. “That is our first day in. He confirmed some actually good hustle – particularly within the movie room, watching a few of his movie. He’s good, [a] good younger athletic man. So, [I’m] anticipating so much from him this yr.

“He’s very explosive. He’s large, however an athletic-type of participant. You at all times love that in a D-lineman.”

With the Bucs drafting Corridor to apparently substitute defensive deal with Ndamukong Suh, who’s 35, the workforce is on the lookout for Vea to turn into a pacesetter. That comes with the territory of constructing the Professional Bowl and incomes a profitable contract. Vea is making his greatest effort to step up in Suh’s absence.

“Yeah, I don’t know, it feels type of bizarre,” Vea mentioned. “I prefer to mess around so much. [I] assume I’ve simply bought to chop that down just a little bit, and attempt to step into that chief position and attempt to take management.

“[I] really feel fairly comfy with it. I feel we’ve bought another guys in our group who’re older than me who additionally play that place. And I don’t assume it’s all on me. I feel as a collective group, I feel we do an excellent job of working collectively of taking that management position when there must be management. I feel that’s the perfect factor about it as a result of all of us name one another out about our B.S. So, it really works out for us.”

Loss To Rams Made The Bucs Hungrier

Bucs NT Vita Vea

Bucs NT Vita Vea – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs will want Vea to assist lead the workforce previous the Rams within the NFC. Los Angeles has overwhelmed Tampa Bay thrice over the past two years. This yr, the 2 groups will sq. off at Raymond James Stadium as soon as once more in Week 9. Vea mentioned that the newest loss to the Rams clearly stung.

“Yeah it did, it damage just a little bit,” Vea mentioned. “I feel anyone in that scenario would damage. I feel it was an excellent studying level for all of us. And it was robust to recover from. It was robust to look at some other playoff recreation.”

The street to the Tremendous Bowl could undergo the Rams once more within the NFC. Vea mentioned he and his teammates have a good larger starvation now after watching Los Angeles win Tremendous Bowl LVI.

“There’s at all times a larger starvation,” Vea mentioned. “I feel each workforce is available in yearly anticipating to win. I feel that’s the rationale why we play is to win. If not, you shouldn’t be taking part in in any respect.”