Is Buccaneers’ Tryon-Shoyinka Poised for a Breakout Year?


Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ legend Derrick Brooks was recently on WDAE to talk some Bucs offseason and upcoming 2022 season. During this segment, the topic of second-year outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka. Brooks, in his typical classy but pointed way sees the potential in Tryon-Shoyinka, but needs to see more development from year-one to year-two.

“At times, you could tell, when he was comfortable with what they asked him to do, he succeeded.”

Brooks went on to say that he did like what he saw out of Tryon-Shoyinka in his rookie year. But with a limited amount of playing time Brooks, like all of is need to see more. Brooks did point out that Tryon-Shoyinka appears to have been putting in a lot of work in the weight room this offseason. “I’ve seen the body transition.” Again, Brooks is correct, Tryon-Shoyinka looks to have added significant muscle and size to his frame.

It isn’t like Tryon-Shoyinka had a bad rookie season. Posting 29 tackles, four sacks, five tackles for loss and 10 quarterback hits in limited snaps is actually good. The big question here is can the Buccaneers coaching staff get more out of Tryon-Shoyinka? Judging by Brooks’ comments and what we’ve seen thus far, I’d say it’s a no-brainer.

Tryon-Shoyinka is set up for success on this team. Playing opposite of Shaq Barrett with Vita Vea and Akiem Hicks in-between, Tryon-Shoyinka couldn’t be in a better situation. Add in Will Gholston, Pat O’Connor, Rakeem Nunez-Roches and rookie Logan Hall and this defensive front has unlimited potential. For these reasons I see Tryon-Shoyinka stepping up and more than filing the void left by Jason Pierre-Paul’s departure.

Stat Prediction

Tackles: 52
Sacks: 12
TFL: 14
QB Hits: 24

Rookie Highlights


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