How would Daniels fit in Bowles’ defense?
Daniels is a gap plugger who, while not recording a ton of sacks, tallies large numbers of tackles for loss and takes on double teams at an extraordinary rate. He has played as both a nose tackle or defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, which Todd Bowles will be running in Tampa Bay, so he would fit right in with Suh and Vea on the starting front.
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As previously mentioned, the Buccaneers have no depth on their defensive line. Adding Daniels would allow the Buccaneers to use Allen, Gholston, Nunez-Roches, and Beckner as rotational pieces rather than giving them significant playing time.
Make no mistake, adding Daniels makes the Buccaneers’ defensive line far better from both a starter standpoint as well as a depth standpoint. Daniels also gives Bowles flexibility to shuffle him and Vea along the defensive front from nose tackle to three-technique defensive end; this would add a ton of versatility to Bowles’ defensive scheme and packages.
Gholston has dropped of significantly in his play since he received a contract extension, so giving him less reps that mean more may potentially boost his play again. Allen is a great plug in the middle as well, but again, more suited for a rotational role than one where he is thrust into the starting line-up.