The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have yet to re-sign veteran defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. When the team selected defensive lineman Logan Hall in the second round of this year’s draft, the writing might have been on the wall for Suh’s return.
Suh has been a key contributor for the Buccaneers since arriving in 2019. During his three years with the Buccaneers Suh posted solid numbers as well as bringing an edge to the defense. Suh posted 112 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 23 tackles for loss and 46 quarterback hits during his time in Tampa.
Recently Buccaneers great Warren Sapp was on WDAE’s Beckles and Recher Show. The Hall of Famer and quarterback killa had thoughts on the Bucs defensive line status.
“Nah, we won’t be bringing Suh back. You can skip that,” Sapp stated. “You don’t draft a defensive tackle and bring one back that can’t rush and that’s what you’re looking for, is one who can. That’s the opposite message. We’ve got Vita Vea, he’s big enough to hold two A gaps.”
Sapp was then asked if he could see Vita Vea moved to fill in for Suh’s absence.
“Nah, fish out of water. Leave the big fella [Vea] where he’s comfortable. Let him wheel and deal and understand where he’s got to go,” Sapp went on. “But this new guy [Logan Hall], we’ve got to get a motor in him and teach him how to get to the quarterback. If you’ve got two up the middle doing good, everything else will get fit.”
Sapp then went on to talk about 2021’s first-round draft pick Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and the rest of that draft class.
“Man, I wasn’t a fan of any of them. It was just ‘who are these guys?’ A man got drafted No. 1 [Joe Tryon-Shoyinka] that had what, five sacks [Tryon-Shoyinka had four sacks in 2021]? Not one straight rush to be found. A lot of these twists and stunts were done from the inside too. So I’m wondering, you’ve got this guy getting money from the inside and you’re fixing to put him outside? You’re fixing to face the left tackles of the National Football League? Ok. You didn’t even beat one in college? Ok.”
The Buccaneers have done a lot to keep the defense together, especially the front seven. But as Sapp pointed out, there’s still a lot of questions to be answered. Hopefully the Bucs have the answers.
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