Noah Spence was drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft. The team needed to draft a stud pass rusher. Spence had a great rookie season finishing with 22 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He for the next two seasons experienced two setbacks in 2017 and 2018. One was the poor coaching and defensive schemes from old defensive coordinator Mike Smith and the other is the injury.
Spence has shown when he is healthy and confident that he has the ability to put up good sack numbers. I personally have him at eight sacks for 2019, but I hope he can best that prediction. Spence has the support of new coach Todd Bowles and a new look attacking defense that best fits Spence’s strengths. He dominated in camp and in the first preseason game against the Steelers and has continued that attack mindset since. Noah Spence loves the game of football and will do anything that is asked of him to help this team get better.
No, Spence hasn’t shown enough that says he has arrived and will become that consistent pass rusher that we are all hoping for. I think even Spence will agree with me in saying that he hasn’t reached that level until its regular season and has done so on the field. The Buccaneers and Spence both are ready to see him take that next step into being one of the great Buccaneer pass rushers.