Entering his sixth season with the Bucs, William Gholston hasn’t developed into a trustworthy starting defensive lineman. Tampa Bay added both Vinny Curry and Jason Pierre-Paul in the offseason, and it will push Gholston into a rotational role.
Although Gholston may not like the limited snaps, he has stepped up his play in response. In the preseason he was forced to play defensive tackle due to injuries, and he hasn’t missed a beat. His athleticism has made him a troublesome cover for interior offensive linemen.
As a rotational lineman, Gholston should be more effective. His ability to play both inside and outside makes him a fit in various combinations up front.
While he may not have been one of the top candidates on the chopping block, there was always the chance Tampa Bay could have decided to go with a younger option.
Gholston has made his mark and should have a more extended stay in Tampa Bay than some anticipated.