After the Buccaneers defense allowed 387 yards and 31 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense in Week 3, Bucs head coach and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is looking to make some changes along the defensive line. While the Bucs defense had a rough game against Pittsburgh, one of the players that stood out for the right reasons was rookie defensive tackle Brian Price. Based on that performance Morris was asked if he sees the second-round pick getting playing time over veteran Ryan Sims and starting nose tackle Roy Miller.
“I really do. I don’t know about over Roy. He’s our starting nose tackle,” said Morris. “Price has a role. He’s kind of that third down rusher. Price goes in there and spells Roy. On first and second down he creates that different type of element of speed. He creates different mismatches for the center. If those two guys can get their snaps somewhat equal, or how the game dictates and how the plays out we’d like to see more of Price, but he is one of those young ascending dynamic players that really got his feet wet at the beginning of the season.
“He fought through the injury all offseason. He’s starting to get healthy. He’s starting to get back to where he can play numerous amounts of plays, and get used to this Tampa heat. All of those things are starting to happen. He is another one of those young exciting players that we like to talk about.”
Another young defensive lineman that Morris envisions using is defensive end Michael Bennett. The second-year pro was inactive for the first three games of the season. Bennett’s two sacks were the only sacks from a Bucs defensive lineman in the preseason. With Tampa Bay’s front four struggling to rush the passer, Bennett will get a look against Cincinnati. With Bennett suiting up either defensive end Kyle Moore or Sims will be inactive.
“Michael Bennett is certainly looking forward to getting a helmet this week, and he’s certainly going to have an opportunity too. I don’t want to tell the Bengals,” said Morris. “He certainly is looking forward to going out there and practicing very hard this week, like he has the first three weeks of this season.”
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