TOP PHOTO: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (24) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) Playing outside linebacker in Tampa Bay’s new-look 3-4 defense under Bowles, Barrett led the NFL in sacks with 19.5, setting a new single-season franchise mark in the process. Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) runs by Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) after intercepting a pass … Tampa Bay originally drafted Cichy (pronounced "sitch-E") in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. The team's base 3-4 defense includes three down lineman, two outside linebackers who rush the passer on a … This is not the 2002 Bucs defense, not the 1999 Bucs defense, not even close to either. Last year, Barrett played in … The big loss was Nassib, who signed with the Raiders in … And he speaks from experience. Bucs inside linebacker Devin White currently leads not just inside linebackers in fan votes, but NFC linebackers as a whole with 142,728 votes. Make it nine consecutive games where inside linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David have not come off the field for the Bucs, as the two iron-men continue to go the distance game after game. The Buccaneers haven’t been strangers to solid linebacker play throughout their history, regardless of how things have gone for them in terms of wins and losses over the years. Making up his production won’t be easy for Tampa Bay, but there are some guys who have the potential to do so (more on that in a bit). Just a day later, and he has a new NFL home: the New England Patriots. With the expected start of training camp approaching, we’re going to dive into the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers position by position. Not a good sign. Today, we continue with the linebackers. Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) calls a play against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020… They’ve already done it … He will have to take a significant step forward in 2020, especially considering the rest of the unknowns that Tampa Bay may have to use on the outside. A fourth-round selection in 2019, Nelson showed little flashes of potential in limited action before going down with an injury. With little turnover in terms of high-impact players at the linebacker position, the only newcomers to the group in 2020 are rookies. Which five players were Tampa Bay’s best in Sunday’s 26-14 victory over Minnesota? Bucs linebackers Lavonte David, Devin White dare teams to run If the Bucs beat the Saints on Sunday, they will have to slow Saints running back Alvin Kamara. Dawkins is another guy who was around last year, but didn’t see much playing time as a reserve. After spending the first part of the season on the shelf due to a neck fracture, Pierre-Paul came back strong, totaling 8.5 sacks in 10 games. With the expected start of training camp approaching, we’re going to dive into the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers position by position. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players. Tampa Bay has the fifth-most votes in the league. Today, we continue with the linebackers. After he came back at full health, White was making plays all over the field. He knows the defense well and contributes when called upon. Barrett and Pierre-Paul held things down in terms of sack production for the Tampa Bay defense in 2019, with Carl Nassib adding six to finish third on the team. Well, the NFL announced the […] As for the starting roles, things look the same. 2020 Buccaneers Position Preview: Linebackers, NFL has agreed to do away with preseason games. The Buccaneers have seven other players listed as outside linebackers on their current 2020 roster but none of them has even a single NFL sack. This, Simms said, allows the Bucs defensive coordinator to be like Eddie Van Halen in his home studio. By Gil Arcia @GilArciaBUCS Dec 10, 2020, 11:00am EST The speed and hustle the linebackers displayed in Oakland and in new York was day and night, I thought they played it safe not to risk injury on the supposedly horrible turf. On the outside, 2019 fourth-round pick Anthony Nelson should have a bigger role, and on the inside, veteran Kevin Minter should continue to be a reliable backup. The latest numbers have them still leading, but there are other updates to note. But behind them, there’s plenty of question marks. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 2, 2020 Cichy is a third-year player out of Wisconsin, who the Bucs drafted in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Luckily for the Bucs, David is surrounded by an exceptionally talented group of guys. The Bucs had an awful November losing three of their last five games. The Bucs enter 2020 with a linebacking corps that looks pretty similar to the way it did in 2019. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Some of that can be attributed to improvement in the secondary, but it was the play of the front seven that was much more consistent throughout the year. What Ourlads' Scouting Services said about ANTOINE WINFIELD JR before he made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Depth Chart: Minnesota, 5091 203 4.44. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. Tip of the hat to you sir. And again, the Bucs surely hope they don’t have to rely too much on reserves in 2020, but given the state of everything right now, they may have to dip into their depth at one point or another. Make it happen stud. Having one of the best linebackers in the game be a consistent force over the last eight seasons, even on some bad defenses, has never been lost on Buccaneer fans. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. The Bucs (8-5) bolstered their chances of their first postseason berth in 13 years with Sunday’s 26-14 victory over Minnesota. T.J. Logan 22 RB. The team is still favored to reach the playoffs, and they may have several Pro Bowlers to help get them there. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. The previous leader was Seahawks’ linebacker Bobby Wagner. Behind the starting four, the Bucs have a number of guys looking to secure depth roles. Rod Munch Says: November 4th, 2020 at 8:01 pm. Cichy was a star at Wisconsin, but a season-ending knee injury caused him to drop in the 2018 NFL draft, where the Bucs selected him in the sixth round. The New England Patriots have claimed linebacker Jack Cichy off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, giving the talented but oft-injured defender a new NFL home. The Bucs spent one of their seventh-round selections on Temple’s Chapelle Russell and later signed Michael Divinity (LSU), Cam Gill (Wagner) and Nasir Player (East Tennessee State) as undrafted free agents. A lot of that has had to do with the presence of the perennially underrated Lavonte David, of course. Plus, as much as everyone is hoping to see a full season of Barrett and Pierre-Paul playing together, health is never a guarantee. But if they do, of course health will be a frequent topic of conversation throughout the year. Nonetheless, he could be an interesting name to keep in mind over the next month and a half or so. 6-1. Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason after being stuck in a reserve role with the Broncos, the former undrafted free agent had a breakout year—and that’s putting it lightly. Junior entry, two-year starter, The Woodlands, TX. The 2020 Position Preview series rolls on today with a look at Tampa Bay’s talented group of linebackers. It’s always important, but it’s going to be more important than ever in 2020. Let’s go Bucs. He had a strong junior season and could’ve entered the 2019 draft, but chose to stay with the Tigers instead. Nelson is presumably the man to replace Nassib, who was productive both as a starter and a reserve for the Bucs over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Every season the NFL names one worthy player their Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner, and for 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte … The big loss was Nassib, who signed with the Raiders in free agency. Through the end of the voting period on December 17, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. NFC outside linebacker vote leader is Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack with 99,564. Of particular interest may be Divinity, who was teammates with Devin White at LSU. 9 Responses to ““Setting A Trend For The New Age Linebacker”” #1bucfan Says: October 22nd, 2020 at 8:10 am. (Parts of this report come courtesy of the NFL Communications Department. All are listed on the team’s roster as outside linebackers, giving them a decent shot to secure a depth role, as Bell and Daniels are the only two returners looking to earn a spot behind Barrett, Pierre-Paul and Nelson. 5 overall pick Devin White. 4 outside linebacker, so Nelson needs to be solid in that No. The NFL recently released numbers for Pro Bowl fan vote leaders that showed guard Alex Cappa and cornerback Carlton Davis leading their respective positions in votes. Matt Matera - Aug. 14, 2020 ... this is an open competition at outside linebacker after the starters, which makes it a great opportunity for Divinity. Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David (54) trips up Minnesota Vikings fullback C.J. Even when things weren’t going so well in the back half of the defense, there was a lot to love about what the front seven—especially the linebackers—brought to the table. Analysis. So, is there enough? Every team nominates a player for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship award each year who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship. Daniels, Bell, or any one of those rookies could be the Bucs’ No. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period. As far as depth on the inside goes, Minter is definitely a good No. Roster selections are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Cichy was a star at Wisconsin, but a season-ending knee injury caused him to drop in the 2018 NFL draft, where the Bucs selected him in the sixth round. After questionably starting the season with linebacker Jack Cichy still on the roster, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally decided to move on. In fact, the unit was one of the league’s best throughout the second half of the season. All-in-all, if Tampa Bay’s top inside linebacker duo of Lavonte David and Devin White can remain healthy throughout the entirety of the 2020 season they may not only prove to be not only one of Tampa Bay’s strongest individual position groups once again, but one of the most fearsome linebacker corps in the NFL. White missed time early in the season due to sickness and then an injury, but he went on a tear to end the season. By. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Fan voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 17. The Vikings (6-7) remain in … While he did end up being a part of the national championship team at LSU last year, he missed nine games due to suspensions (one three-game suspension and a six-gamer). The Patriots made one transaction on Thursday, announcing that they claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jack Cichy off waivers. He has the talent to play at the next level, but his stock fell in 2019 and now he’s left having to play catch-up. Patriots claim former Bucs linebacker off waivers. At 7-5, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a bit more to be happy about so far this season. Cichy played 87 special teams snaps for the Bucs over the first five games of … But it was also an opportunity for some well-earned R&R, and even some bonding … Given the lack of rookie mini camp or OTAs this offseason, plus the fact that the NFL has agreed to do away with preseason games this year, training camp will be the lone chance for any of these rookies to prove they deserve to start the 2020 season on the Bucs’ roster. Rico 210 Says: October 22nd, 2020 at 8:31 am. Cichy has been around the team for a couple of years now, but he has unfortunately proven to be injury-prone. Bucs 2020 Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line/Outside Linebackers. Inside linebackers coach Larry Foote told his linebackers that his first ring came on a team that had an awful November, as well. Given the lack of offseason programs, injuries could be more prevalent early in the season as teams start to get back to live football. Son of former NFL corner Antoine Winfield. The Bucs rank second in the NFL in sacks with 25 (the Steelers lead with 26). Tampa Bay’s defense as a whole ended 2019 on a very strong note. So, when you look across the Buccaneers’ roster, it’s important to question depth. Barrett, Pierre-Paul, David and White stack up pretty well when compared with any unit in the league. Barrett is back, playing under the franchise tag. Joining David on the inside after Kwon Alexander left in free agency was No. And when you do so with the linebacker position, you may start to feel a little concerned, no? After moving to inside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, Lavonte David was his normal productive self, totaling a team-high 123 tackles (82 solo), three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception, a sack and seven passes defended. 186 26 1 Florida Atlantic. Not to mention, COVID-19 is still a significant concern, so much so that no one really knows whether or not the NFL will actually be able to pull off a season. Every season the NFL names one worthy player their Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner, and for 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David is a finalist for the honor. Things are looking good for this linebacking corps once again heading into 2020, but before we preview what they’ll look like in the new season, let’s take a glance back at what they were able to do last year. John Franklin 5 WR. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 18. But behind him, there are more questions. November 4th, 2020 at 7:37 pm. 195 4 … Barring injury to David or White, that's all the Bucs' defense needs in 2020. Ira, fantastic article! The rest of the group is more unknown, with Quinton Bell, Jack Cichy, Kahzin Daniels, Noah Dawkins, Michael Divinity, Cam Gill, Nasir Player and Chapelle Russell all vying for roster spots. … The big story of 2019 for the linebackers was newcomer Shaquil Barrett. ... comprehensive news source covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and delivering inside scoop on the team found nowhere else. The Steelers, Chiefs, Seahawks, Packers and the Buccaneers make up the top five. And with the switch to a 3-4 base defense under new coordinator Todd Bowles in 2019, we saw just how talented the unit was, both off the edge and on the inside. 3 role. Keep grinding in the coverage game young man and before your know it you’ll be on top. The former LSU standout finished his rookie campaign with 91 tackles (58 solo), 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, an interception and two defensive touchdowns. But a Bucs assistant said yesterday just worry about tomorrow. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. The Buccaneers haven’t been strangers to solid linebacker play throughout their history, regardless of how things have gone for them in terms of wins and losses over the years. They would presumably be at a disadvantage in comparison to returners like Bell and Daniels, but they’ll surely be looking to impress the coaching staff as much as possible once the team gets together. Ham (30) after a short gain during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Ah, depth. Even lately, in the current playoff drought that dates back to 2007, Tampa Bay has fielded some strong linebacker groups. He was an absolute force off the edge for the Bucs, and he was only further helped by Jason Pierre-Paul’s return in Week 8. 3 to have. Buccaneers Devin White leads NFC linebackers in Pro Bowl voting Tampa Bay has the fifth-most votes in the league. The Bucs enter 2020 with a linebacking corps that looks pretty similar to the way it did in 2019. A player with good potential, Cichy had been held back by a number of injuries throughout his college and NFL career. ), Buccaneers Devin White leads NFC linebackers in Pro Bowl voting, Best and Worst of Week 14: Buccaneers roll behind Ronald Jones II and Dan Bailey’s struggles, Not perfect, but a good showing coming out of the bye pushes Tampa Bay closer to playoff football. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent much of their bye week self-scouting, hoping to clean up problem areas before heading into a critical four-game stretch to close the season. 5-11. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 28, 2020 After finishing both the 2018 and 2019 seasons on the injured reserve, Cichy once again found himself out of action after suffering a hamstring injury in the Bucs’ loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 5. And the middle, of course, will continue to be occupied by David and White, who make up one of the league’s best linebacker duos. But of course, one man can’t be responsible for the production Tampa Bay gets out of the linebacker position. There’s no doubt that Tampa Bay’s starting group is formidable. Bucs’ Lavonte David named finalist for 2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, Yarcho’s Pick Six: Bucs Win Gritty Game Against Vikings, The North & South Podcast: Instant reactions from the Bucs’ Week 14 win over the Vikings, Notes and stats from the Buccaneers 26-14 victory against the Vikings. Simms believes the front-three down linemen of the Bucs are dominating because inside linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White are playing so damn good. He was the NFC’s Defensive Rookie of the Month in both November and December, putting an exclamation point on what was a pretty strong debut season. The Raiders in free agency was No of Wisconsin and he has unfortunately proven to be about... 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