Amidst all the buzz on how the Bucs’ new offensive pieces have looked in practice, not much has been said about how the team’s heralded defensive line has looked during training camp. However, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians had some praise for the up-and-coming Vita Vea on Thursday, as the former first round pick enters his third NFL season.
“I think he’s having a hell of a camp,” Arians said. “He’s a load in the middle and he can run and chase. That [club] will come off. It’s just protective right now, [but] it will come off soon.”
Vea had surgery on his right hand early in the summer, which has caused him to begin camp with a massive club on his arm. The fact that he’s been impressive while wearing that thing is a pretty great sign that he’ll be ready to make serious noise when he’s able to use two functional hands again.
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