There was a big crowd at Bucs camp on Saturday for the team’s second open practice of training camp, and with the extra bodies came a lot of extra noise, which seemed to fuel the defense throughout the day.
Will Gholston, who has been lost in the shuffle for most of camp so far, had what was likely his best day of camp with a handful of nice pressure plays like the one seen above.
2018 is a big year for Gholston. He’ll have to prove to the team he’s worth the big money they signed him for a few years ago, and that will be a tough task since this is the most talent defensive line the team has had since Gholston signed his deal.
Gholston wasn’t the only one showing his moves off during the day, and one of the newcomers on this team who will make Gholston’s job harder to stand out is Vinny Curry. Curry’s had a quiet camp in terms of highlight plays, but his presence can be noted on a daily basis for the leadership and savviness he’s bringing to the defensive line.
For the icing on the cake with the defensive line, the franchise’s top defensive lineman, Gerald McCoy, gave one rookie, Alex Cappa, his “Welcome to the NFL” moment with a nice little spin cycle for a sack in the one-on-one drill.
You’ll get ’em next time, rookie.
Even though the defensive line was making most of the plays, the best play from the defensive came via safety Justin Evans, who made a diving interception off a throw from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fans have been asking us about Evans and why there have been highlights for all the cornerbacks and not the safeties. Playing safety is all about opportunities. You could do everything right as a safety and the ball not get thrown your way. Sometimes it’s tough position to truly appreciate. But, in plays like the one above, it’s easy to appreciate a guy like Evans.
Evans allows this defense to play more agressive, as he can take on a single-high role in coverage by himself due to how fast he is and how he can make plays on the ball, as shown above. He’ll be a key piece to the Bucs defense being more aggressive in 2018.