Sack Number One
Spence’s first career sack came in week two against the Cardinals. Yes, the Bucs lost this one badly, we see our first glimpse into the potential of Noah Spence. On this one, he is lined up on the outside shoulder of D.J. Humphries (74), Cardinals right tackle. He is going to start an outside rush on Humphries, but then make a move to the inside after showing brute strength. Let’s move ahead.
Here is when Spence engages with Humphries. Spence has started out by taking Humphries to the outside. It turns out, however, that he is just setting him up. If you look inside the circle, you can see that Spence is already pushing Humphries up field. He is using brute strength to open up a lane to get to Carson Palmer.
At this juncture, Spence is getting the best of Humphries. Humphries is off-balance and Spence is set on his two feet and ready to make a move.
From here, it is all over for Palmer. Spence has tossed Humphries aside, rendering him useless for the rest of the play. Will Holden (69) is otherwise engaged and not able to pick up the now open Spence. He has a clear path right to his target, Carson Palmer.
Down goes Palmer. The Bucs may have lost the game but they saw the beginning of Spence’s ability as a pass rusher. You cannot teach the type of strength Spence showed on that play.
The next one came week seven against the 49ers. On this one, Spence’s polished technique came to the front.