It took 11 games in 2018, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first round pick Vita Vea finally broke out and had his best game this season against the San Francisco 49ers. Vea tallied 4 tackles, two stuffs/tackles for losses, and a sack in the 27-9 dominating win. Considering Vea had 3 tackles and one sack in his previous 7 appearances, something clicked, and the beast has awoken.
Is this be a turning point in an otherwise unremarkable season? Well, for a draft pick who was controversial from the get-go given the needs in the secondary, not to mention the nagging injury that prevented him from starting the season.
For such a high-profile revamping of the defensive line, only Jason Pierre-Paul was showing up on the stat sheet. Those players will be playing for their jobs regardless of the status of the front office.
Whether or not this is a fluke remains to be seen in the mess of a season. If Vea’s going to prove he’s the real thing and not regress back towards “bust” as far as performance goes, he’ll have opportunities to do it against better teams like the Ravens, Cowboys and the Bucs’ second round against their division rival in the coming weeks.
Will this latest investment of Jason Licht’s pay off or will he be added to the Bucs Draft Wall of Shame?