After spending five seasons with Denver to start his career, outside linebacker Shaq Barrett returned to Empower Field at Mile High Stadium on Sunday for the first time since joining the Bucs.

In his return, Barrett totaled six tackles, three tackles for loss and his first two sacks of the season, with one going for a safety. Following the impressive performance, Barrett was named the NFC Player of the Week for the second time in his career.

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ScottC543
ScottC543 (@scottc543)
1 year ago

Well deserved!

Now let’s see him go out and get the award again next week too.

pinkstob
pinkstob (@pinkstob)
1 year ago

Great stuff, well deserved!

bucballer
bucballer (@bucballer)
1 year ago

Good job Shaq! Now ur moving and producing. Let’s starting taking down them QBs like a wild pack of dogs. That was fun to watch this defense hunt like that.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan (@naplesfan)
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

Shaq was producing in the first two games too .. led the team in quarterback pressures, scored as winning on more than half of his offensive snaps against opponents. A sack is nice to get, but more important than sacks are quarterback pressures – because that is what leads to missed throws, muffed handoffs and fumbles, and interceptions. Sacks are merely the obvious headline stat – the other aspects of pass rushing, not to mention run defense, may not be as superficially obvious but are just as, and sometimes more important than quarterback sacks.

bucballer
bucballer (@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

Yep agree! It’s sorta like the home run. They get the press but the average hitter is equally important as well! Shaq sets the table for the others as the others set the table for Shaq. Glad he’s on my team… fo sure!

awwdembucs
awwdembucs (@awwdembucs)
1 year ago

He was held on one play. Probably would have another sack.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan (@naplesfan)
Reply to  awwdembucs
1 year ago

There’s a story on ESPN today about how the NFL is cutting way back (by 59%!) on offensive holding penalties so far this season. The assumption being that the league likes offense, and offensive holding is the single most commonly called offensive penalty, and more often than not kills drives.

Expect to see more of that trend. The league – and the fans – seem to love offense and scoring more than defense and interruptions in gameplay.

Horse
Horse (@horse)
1 year ago

Happy for him. Congrats; well deserved. Go Bucs

seat26
seat26 (@seat26)
1 year ago

I hope franchising him doesn’t come back to bite us. If we lose this guy in the offseason, our defense will be significantly weakened.