The Bucs will be In or Near the Top Five in Sacks
We have talked a lot about the need for a pass rush here in Tampa. It’s no secret that the guys up front didn’t give the secondary a lot of help in that area. However, they weren’t as bad as everyone thought. Led by Gerald McCoy and his 8.5 sacks, the Bucs were tied for 14th in the league with 38 sacks. That is a number that needs to get better, but it’s a start.
Don’t minimize the addition of Robert Ayers. Over the last three years in New York, Ayers posted an average of over six sacks per season, culminating in a nine sack performance in 2015. Adding a threat like that along the line will open up more holes for Gerald McCoy, as defenses will have to pay attention to both. Both should have a shot at double-digit sacks when you add Noah Spence to the mix.
Will Spence be a three down player? Possible, but not likely in year one as he adjusts to the speed of the NFL and the level of opponent. But, even on passing downs, adding Spence as another potential weapon against the passer, everyone will have more opportunity.
The Bucs will cash in on the influx of talent, and the pass rush will not even resemble the 2015 version.
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