PFF Picks Buccaneers Breakout Player for 2024


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2023 rookie class had quite the showing throughout the 2023 NFL season. The Pewter Pirates had an eye-popping 13 rookies on their first 53-man roster.

With flashes of greatness from the likes of Calijah Kancey and Yaya Diaby and a sprinkle of why Trey Palmer’s nickname of “Big Play” is justified, the Buccaneers team had great production from their rookie class. So it would be natural for one of those named to be poured for a breakout season in 2024 right?

While that may be true, at least one major publication thinks it’ll be a different second year Buc that shines in 2024. That is if you ask Jonathan Macri of Pro Football Focus. Macri recently listed his potential breakout player for each team, and according to him that player for the Bucs will be, linebacker SirVocea Dennis. Here’s what Macri had to say.

“Perhaps this is a really deep sleeper pick for a breakout player in Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers are more than likely going to be without Devin White, who played over 900 defensive snaps for the team this past season and is set to hit free agency in 2024. And depending on if Lavonte David wants to sign another one-year deal with the team, it’s possible that he could also be gone, leaving a massive hole at linebacker.”

Macri continued,

“While Dennis was a fifth-round pick in 2023, he also earned elite PFF run-defense grades in his final college season (92.1), which could be a strength for the team to lean on even if it wants to use him as a sub-package option. He only played 104 defensive snaps as a rookie, with his best PFF grade coming in coverage (72.6) — something that wasn’t necessarily a strength for him in college, so that is somewhat encouraging to see.”

Considering it appears the Pewter Pirates will move-on from linebacker Devin White, it only make sense that Dennis will get more opportunities.

Dennis saw limited playing time in 2023, appearing in only 13 games and posting 11 tackles and one pass defensed.

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