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Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: [email protected]

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    I’m feeling better about this pick as I hear more and more how he and others are going to be used. Go Bucs!

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    HE has the speed and the moves, although he is a little small. As long as he doesn’t get pushed around at the line he will be strong for us.

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      He will get a little bigger..260? And a lot stronger in the next couple of years.

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        Agreed. Play him as a situational pass rusher until he’s big enough to play the run, maybe next year.

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      Von Miller:
      Height: 6-3; Weight: 250

      About the same size as Spence. So Spence’s size shouldn’t matter.

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    To me Spence is more of a 3-4 outside linebacker, 6’2 251 seams light for a 4-3 DE with hand in dirt and yes I know he played some in college but NFL a different ball game

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      Dwight free Neyland wasn’t tall either and he played de for many years his height is a advantage against taller tackles

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        When they are that small they are liabilities against the run, the bigger LT’s just lean on them and drive them out of the way, maybe they will use Gholdston on first and second down then bring in Spence on obvious passing plays

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    Tampa23, you are right and it is pure physics at work. Lover man wins force when rushing the QB. Once you get a back peddling OT on his heels going back you have won.
    However, speed alone will not win the battle of the trenches.
    We have plenty of speed rushers in the ends right now and although we raised our sack total last year and were in the middle of the pack in the NFL in sacks, the Bucs DL lack pressure on the QB many times.
    The reason for this is the players have to learn and use more than just their speed to win in the NFL.
    Feeney developed multiple moves in the NFL and always kept to OT’s he played against off balance as to which one he would use.
    Vic Beasley of the Falcons has excellent speed as an outside rusher but I believe only collected two sacks last year.
    The same goes for DE Jacques Smith.
    When these guys learn to develop more rush moves their sack totals will increase. But if they just rely on their speed, they will always remain in the four to eight sack total range.

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