The 2021 Bucs mandatory mini-camp just ended, but outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett is just getting started.

A few months off recording a sack and multiple pressures in Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl LV win, Barrett addressed the media on Thursday and was in mid-season form.

“I’m coming with a vengeance this year – even though we won the Super Bowl,” Barrett said. “I’m still hungry. I want to show my supporters that they’re right to support me and show the doubters that they were wrong for doubting me.”

After playing on the franchise tag in 2020, Barrett was rewarded with a four-year, $68.5-million contract this offseason. The deal included $34.75 million of guaranteed money for the 28-year old pass rusher.

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

In Barrett’s first season in Tampa Bay he broke Warren Sapp’s single-season Bucs sack record. He recorded 19.5 sacks along with six forced fumbles. That helped him make his first Pro Bowl.

Barrett’s sack numbers dipped last year to just eight along with two forced fumbles. But he erupted for four in the postseason, including three at Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.

“This upcoming year I’m working on being consistent game in, game out,” Barrett said. “There were some games where I might have played good, but in my head I didn’t play the way I was supposed to play. I want to improve on that. I want to have the best season possible that you all have ever seen from a defensive end/outside linebacker.”

Barrett wants to top his own sack record and lead the league in sacks once again in 2021. In fact, he wants to make more than just another Pro Bowl while helping the Bucs repeat as Super Bowl champions.

“I want to be individually the Defensive Player of the Year,” Barrett said. “If they want to give me the MVP because my season that I’ll have should be MVP level – I’m coming, man. I won’t be denied this year. I’m so excited to have this time off so when we get back I’ll be ready to go. This year is going to be real big for me.”

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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eaustinyoung
9 days ago

Tryon should help this. Keep JPP and Barrett rested and healthy by rotation. Get them to focus more on the big sacks and stops.

MCBRICKEL
9 days ago

His fate rests in Veta Vea’s good health.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  MCBRICKEL
9 days ago

Vita vea is a game changing player. He demands attention at all times. Period. You have to have 2 bodies on him at least no matter what. That’s why any pass rusher with any kind of skills has a chance to thrive in this defense. Vita makes everything go. If he can just stay healthy, our defense trumps any other offense we face.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  MCBRICKEL
9 days ago

Nonsense. The Vea narrative for Barrett’s increased productivity in the playoffs isn’t supported by the tape. He had 4 sacks in the posteason. They’re all featured in the following video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KWQB_f63uI). They, plus another couple major plays, were: @5:06 –> bullrush and clever shed straight up on the RT (Vea maybe a tiiiiiiny assist by closing a lane of potential escape for Rodgers to the side of the play away from Shaq) @5:20 (pressure, not a sack) –> splits the tackle and guard on an inside move to get to Rodgers (Vea not on the field) 5:35 –> dips his… Read more »

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  toofamiliar17
8 days ago

You’re kidding, right? you completely lost me on your “analysis” of the plays at 5:35, 6:03, 6:13, and 6:20. At 5:35, On the stunt, it is designed to be that way. Its supposed to be delayed. JPP takes an inside rush, Vea waits for him to penetrate, then he takes his outside path. Vea did exactly what he was supposed to do on that and had an impact on that play. The 6:03 mark, Vea isn’t even on the field. That is Rakeem who you are saying got “beaten soundly by his guard on the other side of the formation”.… Read more »

toofamiliar17
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
8 days ago

I’m not sure why, but you’re completely misunderstanding my point in my post. I’m not trying to knock or beat up Vea. I LOVE that guy. He’s an excellent player, and our defense is of course much better overall with him than without him. His impact vs. Shaq’s would be an interesting debate, but that’s not what I’m trying to get at or assert at all. The only point of my post was to address the common assertion that Vea’s return is why Shaq became more productive in the playoffs. That simply isn’t the case. Shaq played at a high… Read more »

drdneast
9 days ago

Hopefully the Bucs front 7 can again remain healthy, especially if Tryon can pitch in with a half dozen sacks while giving the starters a breather. Although I know the PR staff doesn’t think so, I think a healthy Anthony Nelson with a solid preseason under his belt can also produce a half dozen sacks. I think he is ready for a break out season. After being snubbed by the NFL players last year for the Pro Bowl, these guys should all be playing with a chip on their shoulder this year and if they do, I can’t think of… Read more »

toofamiliar17
Reply to  drdneast
9 days ago

A half dozen sacks would be a LOT for a rotational rookie edge rusher. Chase Young put up 7.5 sacks last year while playing 74% of WAS’s defensive snaps, and that was good enough to get him defensive rookie of the year and a Pro Bowl nod. If JPP and Shaq stay healthy, Tryon will max out at 40% of snaps, and likely end up closer to 30%. 6 sacks would be insane production and is a very unrealistic expectation. Similar deal for defensive ROY/Pro Bowler Nick Bosa in 2019 – 9 sacks while playing 76% of snaps. I’m not… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  toofamiliar17
8 days ago

You sure devote a lot of time digging up a bunch of statistics and videos just so you can post a retort to another fan’s comments on Pewter Report. I presume you have an Excel spreadsheet somewhere keeping track of your reply %. If so, please keep a count of the times DrD mentions Trump or Kyle Trask. LOL! Just curious what that number might be at the end of the year. Me, I don’t have time to peruse the internet for “fun facts” to support my opinions. I just watch the games and get a sense of how the… Read more »

Dman
Reply to  scubog
7 days ago

Well said.

Captain Sly
Reply to  toofamiliar17
8 days ago

Shaq’s success is directly attributed to Bowles System which includes Vea & Suh. Shaq and his agent weren’t going to get their asking $$ because the Bucs knew the horses that drove this engine. Vea will get Top $$ and even Suh got a raise this year!

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Captain Sly
8 days ago

Virtually every high volume pass rusher in the league relies at times on pressure and help created by other players. That’s a big part of the reason why, at his absolute peak, Gerald McCoy could still generate only very good rather than excellent sack numbers – because he was the only guy who ever pushed the pocket, making gameplanning for him easier and making escape relatively easy for opposing quarterbacks. So yes, of course Suh’s and Vea’s play HELPS Shaq, just as Shaq’s play helps them. It’s a symbiotic relationship between all of them, plus JPP, and our blitzers when… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  toofamiliar17
8 days ago

I’d much rather be at the game than watch on TV when the cameras force us to “follow the ball”. I do like re-watching when it’s less emotional. Just curious Too, do you attend all the games?

toofamiliar17
Reply to  scubog
7 days ago

I’m a long-time season ticket holder, but I obviously don’t see away games, with the rare exception here and there. What does that have to do with anything anyways? I’m talking about film review in my comment, not saying that one needs to see the plays/games in person in order to judge them. Overall, when it comes to something like line play, it’s actually a lot tougher to judge from the stands than it is from a decent camera angle with effort put forth towards targeted play review.

Last edited 7 days ago by toofamiliar17
TBChucky
9 days ago

He definitely doesn’t seem complacent after getting paid.. Hopefully at year’s end he’ll be in the DPOY conversation! Like someone above said, having Vita healthy all season has a HUGE impact on his goals.. 🤞🤞

bucballer
9 days ago

I think if Tryon turns out to be a baller then they may try to get him on the field with JPP and Shaq. If Vea has a healthy season this defense can be even more ferocious than last year!

FLBoy84
9 days ago

Like Shaq and hope he reaches all his goals this season, but have always preferred players that speak softly and carry a big stick. SO many players shout to the sky only to see those shouts turn into empty words by season’s end. Just go out and get it done and let your play do the talking. The accolades will come if the play warrants.

Last edited 9 days ago by FLBoy84