I was of the school of thought come draft day that the Bucs would be best served by upgrading the defensive tackle position. It is something that they did target in the third round with Roy Miller out of Texas, but it appears that one of last years picks, 4th rounder Dre Moore, could have been the reason they weren’t so eager to take a DT at the top of the draft.
Moore came into camp last season overweight, and never dressed, spending the whole year on the practice squad. It seems as though he has a new mindset this season, and from all the talk around Tampa the last few days, the Bucs are counting on him to be a big piece of the puzzle on the dline.
“I was going to talk about Dre Moore in a positive light today,” said Morris. “I’m starting to see flashes in Dre Moore. I’m starting to see things that I like. I’m starting to want to count on him. I’m not saying I count on him yet, but I want to count on him.”
“The guy’s done nothing but come to work every day,” said Morris. “He’s working hard; he just doesn’t know how to work really hard yet. He doesn’t know how to lock in and focus, but he’s starting to get some of those things. He’s starting to do it. He’s starting to show up in team periods.
“I’m starting to see signs of life. I’m starting to see a guy grow into his own. He’s done nothing but positive things. He’s at every workout. He’s showing flashes. He’s really shown in this camp. I know it’s rookies and he’s got a little bit of an advantage, but hopefully he gives the veterans the same sort of attitude. I’m just looking for an angry, big man to come out of that man.”
All of those quotes are coming from new head coach Raheem Morris himself.
If Moore continues to progress and ends up being the player many thought he would be (he was slotted by a lot of draft experts as high as the 2nd round) coupled with another guy who has had some past underachievement issues who showed a lot of promise last year in Ryan Sims, the Bucs DT position might not be a hole, it might be a strength. Add in Roy Miller and veteran Chris Hovan and the Bucs suddenly have a deep line, something I know Jim Bates wants to achieve.