Following an ankle injury to the Bucs’ former first-round pick, defensive tackle Vita Vea, in Tampa Bay’s loss to Chicago last Thursday night, everyone on the interior defensive line would be expected to “step in and step up.”
This would include increased roles for Will Gholston and Rakeem Nunes-Rochez, while rookie Khalil Davis, the team’s sixth-round pick, would likely to see his first NFL action in Week 6.
Davis missed practice on Thursday however, following a rolled ankle in practice on Wednesday, per Greg Auman of The Athletic. Should Davis be forced to miss the Bucs’ upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers, fourth-year defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter would likely get the nod to join Tampa Bay’s active roster. The Bucs also have undrafted rookie free agent Benning Potoa’e on the practice squad.
Bucs rookie DL Khalil Davis did roll his ankle in practice Wednesday. Not ruled out for Sunday, day to day, but would be in line to make his NFL debut. If he can’t go, Jeremiah Ledbetter likely elevated from practice squad vs. Packers.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 15, 2020