The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted edge rusher Joe Tryon-Shoyinka with the final pick of the first round on the 2021 NFL draft. In an effort not to rush him into action the Bucs eased him into a rotational role.
By seasons end, Tryon-Shoyinka had played 49% of the Buccaneers defensive snaps and 30% of their special teams plays. He appeared in all 17 regular season games.
With the Buccaneers having not re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul, Tryon-Shoyinka is now slated as the starter heading into the 2022 season. Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles recently stated that the team has “high” expectations for the second-year EDGE rusher.
“He’s very athletic,” Bowles stated. “Obviously, we took him in the first round. Going into year two, we expect him to have the nuances down with a lot of the things he did last year and expect him to come into his own. I don’t expect him to be [Jason Pierre-Paul], I expect him to be Joe. He has a skill set all on his own that he could be a good player.”
Tryon-Shoyinka posted 4.0 sacks, five tackles for loss, three pass breakups and 10 quarterback hits in his rookie campaign. Look for him to have a breakout year this season, something the Buccaneers not only expect, but desperately need.
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