Not only is Noah Spence’s time with the Buccaneers in jeopardy, but his NFL career may be over soon as well. Touted as one of the most talented pass rushers in the 2016 draft, Spence won’t be on the field often next season.
While he will get situational pass rushing reps, Spence’s inability to dominate third string tackles in the preseason doesn’t bode well. There’s no reason to expect much of him with his poor performance in exhibition games.
Spence is still on his rookie deal until 2019, but his money jumps to over $1.2 million next season, according to spotrac.com. Odds are, the Buccaneers will eat the dead money left on his contract rather than give that much to a player who only garners a handful of snaps per game.
If Spence wants any chance to stay with the Bucs, he needs to go above and beyond this season. There was plenty of hype surrounding his diet and physique, but it didn’t make a difference in training camp.
He will be playing with an improved front seven and is in a position to succeed as other players will draw attention away from him.
Health will be another key for Spence. Nagging shoulder injuries have slowed him down up to this point of his career.