The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are unsure what they have in Da’Quan Bowers (although they’re definitely holding him back a bit too much), and they let go of Michael Bennett this past offseason. That means there’s room at the defensive end position for someone to earn playing time if they’re able to generate pass rush and play consistently well off the edge.
Enter Trevor Scott.
The former Oakland Raider and New England Patriot was signed by the Buccaneers this week to provide competition in training camp and the preseason. Aaron Morgan has been sidelined with injuries, and Steven Means and William Gholston are rookies who need some seasoning to be contributors at the NFL level on a regular basis, so the Buccaneers needed another veteran to push returning defensive ends Adrian Clayborn, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, and the aforementioned Bowers.
Scott made a great first impression, recording three sacks against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday evening and forcing a fumble on one of his sacks. Scott showed great quickness and great use of his hands and feet coming off the edge.
With Daniel Te’o-Nesheim failing to impress, Trevor Scott could find a role as a situational pass rusher for the Buccaneers in 2013. Assuming Da’Quan Bowers eventually ascends to the starting role across from Adrian Clayborn, Scott would be an excellent option to rotate in and get after opposing quarterbacks a handful of times per game.
He will likely need to continue to make his way into the backfield during the final preseason game to secure a roster spot and a role on the defensive line, but the initial signs from Scott are promising. He has great techinique, as pointed out in this tweet by the great Stephen White
What Scott has is good hands moves. And a good feel for pass rushing. The advantage is he learned it before coming here.
— Stephen White (@sgw94) August 25, 2013
Regarding the last part of the tweet, hopefully Scott can help pass long some of the things he’s learned over the years, so the Buccaneers’ young pass rushers can have their own three sack games in the future.