The Buccaneers’ outside linebacker Shaq Barrett was recently named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week after his three-sack performance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. On Thursday morning Barrett joined NFL Network’s Good Morning Football to talk about winning the award, his most-recent performance and the Bucs’ upcoming matchup with the New York Giants.
“I found my rhythm late in the second quarter,” Barrett said. “Right before halftime we had a two-minute drill going and I got a couple of rushes in back-to-back. Then, leading into the third quarter, my rhythm was found and the guys on the back end were doing a good job making the quarterback hold the ball so I just took advantage of that and got to Cam [Newton].”
Barrett went on to talk about his time in Denver and how much he grew as a player, starting on the team’s practice squad before eventually moving into a rotation behind supremely talented outside pass-rushers like Von Miller, Demarcus Ware, Shane Ray and Bradley Chubb. Now Barrett’s gotten his chance to start and he’s taking advantage of it.
Moving on to Week 3, the sixth-year pass-rusher spoke about going up against Saquon Barkley and the Giants’ first-round pick, Daniel Jones, who will be making his first career start.
“I know he’s going to come out with a lot of energy, ready to prove to everyone that they made the right decision,” Barrett said. “We’ve just got to stay calm, stay composed and treat him like a normal quarterback. We know he’s a young guy and he’s going to make mistakes occasionally but we have to try not to force anything, play our normal defense let the cards fall where they may. We’re excited to play Daniel Jones, his first start, and welcome him to the league.”