Eye In The Sky comes to you from PewterReport.com contributor Steven Cheah, who has been breaking down the Buccaneers All-22 on Twitter since 2015. Cheah will be joining PewterReport.com with video analysis throughout the offseason, as well as weekly video feature analysis features during the regular season to closely examine an element of the previous week’s game. Here are a few things that stood out when watching the tape.
News broke on Thursday that the single-car crash that Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was involved in last week might be much more serious than originally reported. Details are slowly emerging, but the reports that came out Thursday seem to indicate the Bucs medical staff flagged Pierre-Paul’s neck injury for being more serious than initially thought. Pierre-Paul is seeking a second opinion on the matter, but if he does get surgery, he could be out until November.
2018 was Pierre-Paul’s first season in Tampa Bay and he had an outstanding year with 12.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. He did so while playing all 16 games despite dealing with nagging injuries. While the Bucs are moving to a new 3-4 base defense, Pierre-Paul still figures to play a major role. Any time he misses would be a big blow for the defense and taking a look at the film, the Bucs would miss him in more ways than one.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Pierre-Paul’s game is relentless effort. His motor never stops. Here he’s brought to his knees by a block but still makes the stop.
.@UDWJPP is a very smart player too. Here he knows he has outside contain and holds that position while closing the hole by pushing the LT into it. He keeps his outside responsibility and makes the tackle for no gain. Very impressive stuff #Bucsfilm2018wk2pic.twitter.com/RIsRqAZo7n
Pierre-Paul is a very sound player who knows his assignments. Here he doesn’t crash down and chase the ball, instead he stays in his gap while closing the hole. He patiently waits for the runningback to bounce outside where he’s in position to make a play.
Pierre-Paul is a complete defensive end and his run defense will be missed maybe more than his pass rushing skills. That’s saying a lot considering he was the first double-digit sacker to don the pewter and red since Simeon Rice in 2005. In that clip above, JPP just eats Saints’ left tackle Jermon Bushrod’s lunch and makes the tackle for no gain.
But we can’t have a JPP article without talk his sacks. He definitely rejuvenated the pass rush last season and this clip shows off his ability to adjust when his first move fails. It also highlights his closing speed.
How big of a loss do you think Pierre-Paul will be? Do you think he’ll be missed more in run defense or pass defense? What was your favorite Pierre-Paul play from this past season?
Let me know in the comments section below or feel free to reach out to me on Twitter at @CHEAH_SAY
I hail from, and currently live in New Jersey, but have been a Buccaneers fan since 1997. I have been a PewterReport subscriber/consumer almost as long. In 2015 I wanted to get closer to the game, so I started breaking down the All-22 tape and haven't missed a week since. I put all clips out via twitter @StevenCheah and will also be putting together some features on PewterReport with the Eye in the Sky column.
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