After a nice day off on Sunday, it was back out in the summer sun for the Buccaneers on Monday, and the defense looked ready and focused after their day of rest.

For starters, the Bucs opened up practice in a 1-minute drill where all three offensive units had to get the ball in the end zone with no timeouts. The defense held firm on all three occasions, yielding zero points throughout the drill.

A big reason for that was due to the disruption on the pocket by the Bucs’ nickel rush.

When they go into their nickel defense in obvious passing situations, the Bucs use a lineup of Vinny Curry and Noah Spence as defensive ends with Gerald McCoy and Jason Pierre-Paul as the defensive tackles. Of that group, Spence was the standout.

Spence beat left tackle Donovan Smith for what would have been a sack during the scrimmage portion of practice and did so again when the team broke into one-on-one drills.

Spence has looked good over the last week. If the Bucs can get him to be a key rotational pass rusher — even just have him be healthy in general — that will be one big step in the right direction from righting last year’s wrongs on defense.

Though we’d say the defense had a pretty good day overall, the play of the day came from one of their stars, linebacker Lavonte David.

David has a knack for making plays on the balls, and that doesn’t just come out of nowhere. It comes from always looking for the opportunity to get a turnover; that’s in games and in practices.

It seems subtle, but plays like that are why David is one of the best in the business.

To wrap things up for us, we’d like to point out that Vita Vea has things unwrapped. Vea was seen no longer wearing the walking boot he had last week. That’s a great sign towards him returning to the field after his calf injury.

Share On Socials

About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
Subscribe
Notify of
12 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
nybuccguy
nybuccguy
3 years ago

Donovan Smith is a trash LT. We cant waste big time money on this guy. Please keep punking him Mr Spence

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  nybuccguy
3 years ago

I agree. I don’t think Smith is worth the big money he is going to command. We need to invest a 2 of our first 3 round picks next year in the O-line. LT, LG, DE, Safety with our first 4 picks (not necessarily in that order). Cut D Jackson, Curry, and let D Smith Walk.

Andy Ely
Andy Ely
Reply to  wnb0395
3 years ago

You are crazy if you think we should cut Vinny Curry, I agree with the other 2. Will Gholston would be a better cut than Curry

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  Andy Ely
3 years ago

Andy, performance wise I would agree with you but money wise it makes more sense to cut Curry. Curry is scheduled to make 8 mil next season (8th highest salary on our team) where as Gholston is only making 3.75 mil. That’s a huge difference. Curry is not a top 10 player on our team and def shouldn’t be paid like one. If Spence becomes a force like I expect him to, then no way we will be paying a back up DE 8 mil. By cutting Jackson, Curry and not resigning Smith we will save almost 30 mil. We… Read more »

makski
makski
Reply to  wnb0395
3 years ago

Spence can’t be the starter over Curry, he is way too small to play the run. He is a situational pass rusher. By the way, that would be a great thing if he could develop into a situational pass rusher, a lot of teams have them, and need them.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  wnb0395
3 years ago

Spence weighs 251 pounds. That’s 5 pounds more than Jacksonville’s starting DE Ngakoue and only 14 pounds lighter than the top 2 DEs last season. Ngakoue had 12.5 sacks last year. Spence can end up
Being more than a situational pass rusher, he could end up being a starting DE.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  Andy Ely
3 years ago

Makski

http://www.espn.com/blog/tampa-bay-buccaneers/post/_/id/20957/nine-meals-9000-calories-a-day-helped-noah-spence-gain-35-pounds

Noah Spence is up to 263. At that weight he can def be a starting DE. Dwight Freeney only weighed 266. C Jones (ARI) and D Lawrence (DAL) both weigh 265 and the lead the league in sacks last year.

inspecto
inspecto
3 years ago

somehow we must upgrade at LT.

Go Bucs !!!

fanofdabucs
fanofdabucs
3 years ago

People are so clueless when it comes to football and this team. “Smith is a trash LT”? Smith is a solid LT, who can struggle at times with certain types of rushers. What I just described is about 85% of the starting LTs in the league. Of the other 15%, about 10% are just not very good and 5% are elite. Smith is also still young and just entering his prime. He has played next to some awful LGs and having Marpet next to him will help as well. I think the average idiot football fan, will see an oline… Read more »

fredster
fredster
3 years ago

Smith is a below average LT period. He doesn’t hold up against speed rushers. He commits penalties at worst possible times, and he is flat out very inconsistent.

fredster
fredster
3 years ago

I also think Smith is very weak in run blocking. His technique and he seems to be lost on who to block at times.

fredster
fredster
3 years ago

Smiths durability has been good. I’d rate him below average, but not trash ether. I do think if he doesn’t improve this year or backslides they should consider other options and not pay him big money to be below average. He seems physically gifted and that has prompted comments from coaches about possibly being a top 5 left tackle. Most fans find that laughable but we aren’t coaches either. For whatever reason he struggles with his assignments and makes other big mental mistakes, penaties, etc.