The Bucs decided to build their defensive line early in the 2010 NFL draft, taking Gerald McCoy in the first round and selecting Brian Price early in the second round. So far, Price is outshining McCoy on the defensive line and appears to be a star in the making.
After the Bucs’ first practice, Coach Raheem Morris was quoted saying that Price was “wrecking practice.” Price missed OTAs in the offseason because of a minor hamstring injury, but appears to show no ill-effects of the injury as he gets to work in practice. According to Price, he is still not 100% yet, but is going hard and showing everyone on the field and sidelines how good he can be. Price is a great asset for the Bucs because he can play multiple positions on the line and still be effective. McCoy will probably play the 3-technique, which means Price will be at the nose tackle position.
The 6’1″ 303-pound tackle will have a lot of pressure on him this season, along with McCoy and company. The Bucs will be relying on the talented rookies to lead and improve the team, but relying on rookies is risky move. While Price is talented and “wrecking” practice, it is a bit too early to start predicting if he will be able to do this not only throughout the practices, but during the season when it matters most.
It is great to see the young talent shinning for the Bucs and makes people optimistic about the future, but the results may not happen as fast as many would hope for. I think Price will have a good season. He is part of a rotation of young defensive tackles and while he might not have the big numbers that McCoy is projected to have, he will still be a force to deal with in the NFC South.
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