Bold projections for Buccaneers after the first quarter of the season
By Rob Leeds
Two Buccaneers finish with double-digit sacks, and two safeties finish with eight
The Buccaneer pass rush is no longer just the Shaquil Barrett show. Barrett was a force last season and is still playing well this season, but the Bucs are successfully bringing the pressure from several areas.
Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul are both on pace to finish the season with 12 sacks, which is a respectable year for any pass rusher in the league, with Ndamukong Suh also on pace for a massive season with eight.
So far, the craziest stat is that Jordan Whitehead and Antoine Winfield Jr. are both on pace to tie Suh and finish the season with eight sacks. Eight sacks is almost an unheard of stat for a safety, and it even out-paces some of the better years from Jamal Adams.
From the realism side, JPP and Barrett could easily eclipse 12 sacks on the year. Both are playing at very high levels and create decent penetration, so taking that next step to getting to the QB isn’t out of the question.
On the safety front, eight sacks are probably too much to hope for. The Bucs could expect one to get to six at this rate, but there will likely be a drop-off in this production as the other pass-rushers find their stride.