High Expectations For Bucs OLB Tryon-Shoyinka


The Bucs chosen edge rusher Joe Tryon-Shoyinka within the first spherical final 12 months, and whereas he noticed the sphere in a depth function as a rookie, he’s anticipated to make the leap to full-time starter this season. With that new function comes excessive expectations, expectations new head coach Todd Bowles isn’t shy about expressing publicly.

“Properly, they’re excessive,” Bowles mentioned. “He’s very athletic. Clearly, we took him within the first spherical. Going into 12 months two, we count on him to have the nuances down with lots of the issues he did final 12 months and count on him to return into his personal. I don’t count on him to be [Jason Pierre-Paul], I count on him to be Joe. He has a ability set all on his personal that he could possibly be participant.”

The Bucs have a reasonably good pair of bookend offensive tackles that can problem Tryon-Shoyinka on each play in observe. Bowles was fast to level out that the problem will solely enhance the second-year edge rusher.

“Going up towards Tristan [Wirfs] and Donovan [Smith] on a regular basis can’t do something however make him higher,” mentioned Bowles.

Bucs OLBs Shaq Barrett and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Saints QB Taysom Hill – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Based mostly on what we’ve seen at OTAs, it seems Tryon-Shoyinka could possibly be lining up on the left aspect. A minimum of that was the case throughout Wednesday’s observe. Fellow edge rusher Shaq Barrett racked up most of his 19.5 sacks in 2019 enjoying proper outdoors linebacker, so permitting Barrett to maneuver again to that place ought to profit the protection. Pierre-Paul expressed his desire to enjoying on the correct aspect when he returned after lacking eight video games with a neck damage in 2019. Barrett primarily moved to the left aspect consequently, though he has see some motion on each side.

Like Bowles, Barrett additionally has excessive expectations for Tryon-Shoyinka and is happy for his alternative to begin. The NFL’s 2019 sack chief thinks his 23-year-old teammate has the power to be a constant double-digit sack performer.

“I feel Joe could possibly be a double-digit sack man yearly,” Barrett mentioned. “I’m excited for him. In observe, I’m seeing him put the work in, so it’s only a matter of time for him to only get on the market and get comfy with it on a play-in, play-out foundation, after which he’s going to take off. It could possibly be the primary sport or the second sport, however I think about him that he’s going to be making performs – not simply sacks, however compelled fumbles, tackles for loss, passing sport – he’s going to essentially have an effect on the sport. It’s going to be enjoyable to play with him.”

The previous Washington Husky was productive in his rookie season, however he left lots on the desk. Ending with 4 sacks, he may’ve had extra if he performed a bit extra disciplined.

However as a first-year participant, he was nonetheless greedy the protection and studying the intricacies of the NFL sport. Heading into his second season, Tryon-Shoyinka needs to be extra ready for the challenges of the sport. If he can take it to the subsequent stage, the Bucs can be in nice form getting after the quarterback.

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