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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.

In fact, despite playing just more than half the snaps Pierre-Paul is playing, Tryon-Shoyinka has more pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. In 159 pass rush snaps this season, JTS has 21 pressures per PFF. In 282 reps, Pierre-Paul has 17 pressures.

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

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.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

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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12 days ago

This coaching staff can be very stubborn at times so this is a situation that is evolving. There is little doubt that a two armed Shoyinka is a much better player than a one armed JPP. Why they want to limit him to 30 plays is somewhat baffling, especially if they are going to use him on the interior defensive line. Where does that help us in regards to JPP still playing with limited phycial abilties. Like I said, stubborn.

Reply to  drdneast
12 days ago

I am with u on this one dr! Player wants more time. Has earned more time. Coach wants to see player with additional reps. What gives? Is it really the biggest paycheck?!

Reply to  drdneast
12 days ago

Don’t worry, I’m sure our resident troll nipples will be on later to clarify all of this and call everyone idiots and morons in the process. He’s clearly the couch coach we all need for this organization

Reply to  chefboho
12 days ago

It’s like u were channeling nipples!

James Taylor
James Taylor(@jptaylor74)
12 days ago

The coaching staff does a lot of things right, but sometimes they are too stubborn and can’t get out of their own way. They let JTS loose against the Giants and he made an impact. They let Jamel Dean play press man and less zone and he makes an impact. They bring in Mike Edwards to play slot and he makes an impact. They throw more on first down and they stay on the field and have longer drives. If they play Scotty Miller in Indy he will have an impact. If they run their offense by adjusting to the… Read more »

12 days ago

We all understand just how special JPP is and those leadership qualities that only a veteran could bring to the team. He is a leader out there. Having said that, he’s banged up. His Shoulder injury can only be fixed with a surgical procedure, after the season. Just playing through the pain. My point was continue to play JPP if he/coach wants to, but play him fewer reps. Instead of 75% to Tryon’s 25%…maybe 60-40 JPP. Reducing wear and further tear on JPP until Playoffs, while giving Tryon more reps because he’s earned them and deserves them. Kid produces in… Read more »

12 days ago

Even limiting JTS to 30 snaps seems somewhat arbitrary and begs the question why? JTS is sacking and pressuring opposing QB’s at approximately double the rate of JPP, proportionate to the number of snaps played. Now I understand, being a rookie, that the Bucs might want to avoid the possibility of JTS ‘hitting the rookie wall’, especially in view of how much his production may be need in the post season. If this is BA’s rationale then there is certainly some sound logic behind it. Nevertheless, maybe this is a question that you or Jon could ask BA in a… Read more »

12 days ago

Perhaps the coaching staff has more knowledge of the entirety of the situation than being “stubborn” simply because they don’t do what we novices think.

Reply to  scubog
12 days ago

Perhaps, but I really doubt it at this point. Wanting to keep him fresh for post season is understandable. Playing him as little as they have when we lost 2 in a row to likely non playoff teams is baffling. Also baffling when you consider how Bucs and Bowles have struggled to pressure QB’s. The Giants May be one worst O lines too. We need more production from pass rush and Colts O line doesn’t suck. To me all things considered and JPP being hurt, he should be playing 50 not 30.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
12 days ago

I feel like a few of you guys are still drunk off of last year’s championship and no matter what happens these coaches can do no wrong. I don’t think the Bucs have bad coaching but there’s room for improvements. It’s a valid argument as to why JTS healthy isn’t playing more over an injured JPP. Personally I think the coaches are disguising coverages until the playoffs but who am I to call out someone who disagrees. Let’s exercise respect for one another’s opinion. Happy Thanksgiving!

Reply to  Captain Sly
11 days ago

“Respect each other’s opinions”. How refreshing Captain! Sometimes the folks here will get outraged whether it’s called “dressing” or “stuffing”. I’m a “stuffing” guy, but I think I used to call it “dressing” when I grew up it Pittsburgh. I need to get off the fence. Happy Thanksgiving!

11 days ago

It’s progress at least, getting JTS on the field more often. Maybe if we can string a few wins together JPP will take some time off down the stretch so he’s well rested for the playoffs.

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