The Bucs believed that outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka had star potential when the team used the 32nd overall pick on him in last year’s draft. Tryon-Shoyinka didn’t disappoint. The Washington product has a bright future after a promising rookie season.

“He’s going to be a premier outside guy as he learns to use his strength more and not always on all that speed, you know?” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. “I think he’s going to be a dominant player outside.”

So much so that the Bucs may pass on bringing back starter Jason Pierre-Paul, a Pro Bowler in 2019, in free agency. But at age 33 and coming rotator cuff surgery after his ailing shoulder limited him to just 2.5 sacks last year, Tampa Bay may decide to move on and let Tryon-Shoyinka start in 2022.

Pierre-Paul signed a two-year deal worth $25 million in 2020 and wants to play this season. Yet his price tag may be too high. And his body may be unable to withstand the rigors of a full season now that he’s in his 30s. Plus, his presence may stunt the growth of the Bucs’ budding young pass rusher.

Tryon-Shoyinka played in all 17 games with six starts for the injured Pierre-Paul. He notched 29 tackles (21 solo) and four sacks during his rookie season. Tryon-Shoyinka should’ve had at least three or four more sacks. But he couldn’t bring down the QBs he was pursuing on those occasions.

Yet he impressed the Bucs with his ability to rush the passer. Whether it was from the edge or the inside.

“He can do both, that’s what is great about him,” Arians said.

Where Tryon-Shoyinka needs to improve in his second season is stopping the run. Too many times down the stretch in games against the Jets and Panthers Tryon-Shoyinka did not do a good enough job setting the edge.

“We thought he made some big steps – played mostly in rotation,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said. He’s going to have to get a little more stronger and a little bit more disciplined in the run game, but that will come. That usually happens with a young pass rusher coming in for his first year as a rookie. That’s the thing that you need to develop the most. He’s definitely skilled as a rusher and has upside there. And we’ll get better there as well.”

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Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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chefboho
chefboho
4 months ago

I think with a little more weight that this kid can be a premier edge rusher. Of course that could be stunted because of Bowels absurd ability to have his edge rushers drop back into coverage. As a rookie i feel like they had him in too many positions, flooding him with info to process at NFL speed. Let him learn how to adapt to the nfl as a rusher before you put him in coverage and inside.

Joseph
Joseph
Reply to  chefboho
4 months ago

Yeah I think the way they played him being a rookie who took a year off because of covid in college stunted his growth. I’m very interested in seeing where he is with an off-season and a solid direction.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  chefboho
4 months ago

Are you ever going to grow up, or continue to comment like an immature moron with your sophomoric “bowels” commentary? You really should be ashamed and embarrassed – unless you’re nine years old.

Last edited 4 months ago by Naplesfan
cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

Who calls the defense genius? That’s right Bowells. Who drops Tryon into coverage too much genius? That’s right, same guy. Stats back up Bohos claim, you’re just too big of a dolt to not see it. John wrote a whole article on Tryon being put into coverage too much, guess in your ignorance, you missed it. Clown.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

You are truly a parasite to this site. Talk about being a child. You act like you played in the nfl or that you’re on the staff. You’re opinion literally means shit to me and honestly if someone bitch slaps you on the way home today, Ill give them a follow on FB. You never bring anything to a conversation but your own egotistical opnion which carries nothing on this site. Piss off you moron

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
4 months ago

It’s extremely rare for a pass rusher to make a big splash as a rookie … it usually requires at least a season or two of “seasoning” to learn the ropes and the tricks of the trade in pro ball. Micah Parsons was that exception on Dallas last year – the exception that proves the rule.

Joe is going to be very good and fun to watch for years to come.

scubog
scubog
4 months ago

It’s easy to see the physical talent. Seemed that by the time the game started slowing down for him as the season wore on, he started slowing down himself. Reminds me a little of Simeon Rice. Hope the youngster develops the ‘tude Rice had.

ehinote
ehinote
4 months ago

I’m not big on him as an every down player. He plays light. I thought he was really bad against the run. And his sacks were basically missed blocking assignments on blitzes. Relying on pass rush by pairing him with Shaq would be a mistake. You can never have too many pass rushers.