Buccaneers are overly optimistic about major jump in 2022

Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is in a good spot to make a jump in 2022, but is he going to make the jump that some on Buccaneers believe he could?

Realism is a hard thing to bring in the realm of professional sports. Buccaneers fans have likely seen this first-hand over the past few years as people talk about the team in a way that is always extremely hot or cold.

Many reporters or fans alike have a way of only talking about the good, while those who bring up negative things regarding the team are vilified.

There is a healthy balance that exists between these extremes, but we are firmly in the camp that the Bucs don’t need propaganda sites to further their goals. Positive news only and reporting that ignores mistakes by the team have no place in the modern world of online sports discussion, but they’re out there if those are more your speed.

In this same breath, Shaquil Barrett’s recent take on Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is likely only coming through those pewter-colored glasses.

“Double-digit sacks every year” is a massive expectation to put on a player. Even Barrett isn’t that type of player, and there are very few guys in the NFL that actually fit this bill.

Only 12 true linebackers accounted for double-digit sacks in 2021. That number was six in 2020.

We understand that Barrett was just hyping his teammate up and talking about his potential, which is high due to his athleticism, but it is important to approach JTS and his projections for the future with realism.

Rather than double-digits every season, a better estimate for Tryon-Shoyinka each year is somewhere between seven and ten sacks based on what we have seen. That is nothing to be disappointed with. However, expectations matter.

Every Buccaneers fan on the planet is rooting for JTS and hoping that he can reach this lofty goal while helping the Bucs win a Super Bowl, but let’s not get caught up in the preseason hype just yet.

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