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Bucs offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs may have been the NFL’s best right tackle last season, but that didn’t stop the haters. Wirfs surrendered just one sack as a rookie, at the hands of All Pro Khalil Mack in a Bucs’ Thursday Night loss. Despite the fact that Wirfs played well against the Bears edge rusher, that one play burned in the minds of many football fans. It wasn’t just the sack from Mack, but also the hip toss of Wirfs after the play.

Since Week 5 of last season, the memory burned in Wirfs incessantly. On Sunday, the Bucs star tackle dominated the rematch, shutting Mack out of the backfield and holding him to just one tackle. That’s right – no sacks, no pressures and no quarterback hits for Mack on Sunday.

After the game, a reporter asked Wirfs if Mack talked to him during the game.

“No,” Wirfs said, smiling broadly.

Were you looking forward to this rematch?

“I was very excited, yeah,” the Iowa product said, laughing. “Hopefully the GIFs can stop now.”

They should, as Wirfs posted another highlight reel performance in his 27th career game. It’s remarkable how fast he’s achieved elite play in the NFL, yet remains remarkably humble. Still, the unassuming first rounder was clearly motivated to win Round 2 against one of the league’s best defenders.

“Oh yeah, I was looking forward to it a lot,” Wirfs said. “[It’s] been a year of people putting out those GIFs and tagging me and stuff. Being in my DMs and everything. So yeah, I was looking forward to it. It was cool just to see, watching the film last year, how much of a different player I am [now]. I was so tentative and kind of intimidated last year. This year I just wanted to go out there and do what I know how to do.”

In a word, dominate.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46(@76bucsfan46)
1 month ago

Well Tristan you certainly kicked his butt this time around. As far as I’m concerned your the best right tackle in the league. Keep it up kiddo and we will see you in Canton.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
1 month ago

Probably the best right tackle in the league and all the critics have mysteriously disappeared over trading away that 4th round pick.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
1 month ago

Wirfs is a beast. The best O-Lineman in Buc’s history. Paul Gruber is up there as well.

Benjamin
Benjamin(@jammin8519)
1 month ago

Yea Wirfs is hands down the best Offensive linemen for the Bucs and to me the best RT in the NFL. I honestly believe Wirfs should be the LT in Tampa. The man is an absolute monster plus he’s shown he is insanely dedicated to his craft and just look what he has done since being drafted. He’s allowed what 1 sack in 27 games. That’s insane to me.

Buc-Up
Buc-Up(@buc-up)
1 month ago

If they moved Wirfs to RT and Smith to RT, I wonder what the results would be? I think Wirfs would still dominate at LT, but would Smith be a better RT? Most of his draft profiles had him projected as a RT or RG.

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
Reply to  Buc-Up
1 month ago

The best defensive ends line up right, and left side so I don’t see what moving Wirfs to the left side would accomplish. Wirfs should be a pro bowl RT for the next 10 years, don’t mess with it. Let’s also give some love to D. Smith. Don’t know what fans who want this guy replaced have been watching, but Smith has been dominating this year. Our whole O line has been outstanding. If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. Love to see Wirfs wear out Jordan’s ass on Sunday.

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