When free agency began last March, not many Bucs fans had defensive end Robert Ayers on their list of favorite targets. Names like Olivier Vernon, Charles Johnson and Jason Pierre-Paul excited most fan bases probably a lot more so than Ayers did at the time. But after listening to Ayers speak on Monday following a quick trip to Tropicana Field for practice, Bucs fans are most likely getting excited to see what the former Giant and Broncos end will bring to a team in need of a little nastiness. Ayers doesn’t see himself as an edgy player, but his words on Monday seemed to contradict his self-assessment. “I wouldn’t say that, (but) I do feel like I’m a naturally pissed off person and sometimes things happen and fights break out,” Ayers said. ” I’ve never been a part of a team where there aren’t fights or guys going at each other’s neck. It’s the nature of the beast. I want to win. They want to win. Only one person to win so, with that being said … it’s part of the game. Sometimes you may see one guy and think, Oh, I don’t think I’m no different than Kourtnei Brown; he was out there throwing down first day of practice or Gerald McCoy, he’s out there the same way. Clint, he’s the same way. And Lavonte and Kwon. I don’t consider myself to be any different from anybody else, but sometimes that light is on you when you have to see it.”
DC Mike Smith and Robert Ayers talk during a recent practice – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
Bucs DE Robert Ayers – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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