Despite his lack of production playing through a torn rotator cuff, the Bucs coaching staff is still trotting out veteran Jason Pierre-Paul each week and giving the 32-year old the most snaps of any outside linebacker on the roster.
The mindset with how the coaches are functioning when dealing with playing Pierre-Paul so many snaps – he played 76 percent of the snaps while fellow starter Shaq Barrett played 72 percent – is as frustrating to watch as Pierre-Paul’s bad game film. Yes, Pierre-Paul is a leader and a warrior, but his shoulder injury significantly hinders his play, and that clear when watching the tape.
There have been cries from Pewter Report and elsewhere to play rookie Joe Tryon-Shoyinka more instead of giving the ailing JPP so many snaps. After all, in his first two starts while replacing Pierre-Paul in Weeks 3-4, Tampa Bay’s first-round pick had seven combined pressures and two sacks in those games.
What’s been maddening is that since Week 4 when Tryon-Shoyinka had a pair of sacks while playing 50 snaps, his snap count has dipped dramatically with the return of Pierre-Paul.
Tryon-Shoyinka’s Weekly Snaps
Week 1 vs. Dallas: 21 snaps Week 2 vs. Atlanta: 19 snaps Week 3 at Los Angeles Rams: 51 snaps Week 4 at New England: 50 snaps Week 5 vs. Miami: 17 snaps Week 6 at Philadelphia: 19 snaps Week 7 vs. Chicago: 37 snaps Week 8 at New Orleans: 8 snaps Week 9: Bye Week 10 at Washington: 19 snaps Week 11 vs. New York Giants: 29 snaps
Tryon-Shoyinka has averaged 27 snaps per game this season – but that includes the 51 and 50 snaps he played in L.A. and New England, respectively. Since Week 4, Tryon-Shoyinka has averaged just 18 plays per game, which is criminal given how talented he is, and how hurt Pierre-Paul is.
Tryon-Shoyinka is tied for second on the team with three sacks – half a sack ahead of Pierre-Paul.
Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was really pleased with the rookie’s performance against the Giants in Tampa Bay’s 30-10 win on Monday night. Tryon-Shoyinka had two tackles and a game-high seven pressures. On Bucs Total Access, Arians revealed that he wants to see Tryon-Shoyinka play around 30 plays per game.
“Joe Tryon played inside a bunch in this game and got his snap count up to where we want [it] and we want to keep it up to around 30 plays a game,” Arians said. “As a group I thought they just hounded Daniel Jones all night.”
Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles deserves for credit for using Tryon-Shoyinka inside as a three-technique interior lineman in some nickel rush situations with Vita Vea out in an effort to get the rookie more plays.
“There is no doubt,” Arians said. “He’s earned every single rep. Todd is getting very creative now with where we’re using him and how we’re using him. He’s a very, bright, bright player.”
After playing 29 reps against the Giants, let’s hope the Bucs coaches stick to the plan and continue to play JTS around 30 plays – or more – in the future.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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