The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally addressed their need for pass-rush depth with the perfect signing. Now, the Buccaneers pass rush until should be a deadly one and opposing quarterbacks should beware when dropping back.
Unlike last season, the Bucs come into this training camp and season as a whole having to deal with a handful of departures from a championship roster. One of those departures, and perhaps one of the more under the radar for some reason, is Jason Pierre-Paul. His exit from Tampa Bay has opened the door for last year’s first round pick Joe Tryon-Shoyinka to step in as the starter with a chance to really break out. We don’t know what fruits his labors will bear, unlike Shaq Barrett who we know is a stud.
Beyond that, the depth for pass-rushers was looking dicey. Anthony Nelson is a solid depth piece who has shown consistent signs of improvement, and that was evident in the Buccaneers preseason debut against the Miami Dolphins. He’s underrated, but he can’t be it as far as depth goes. Fortunately, Cam Gill stepped up and showed flashes that he could be a dude for this team. Unfortunately, he got injured in his efforts, and the Bucs were back to square one.
The Buccaneers finally made the perfect signing that this particular writer has been screaming from the mountain tops about for a while.
Carl Nassib spent two seasons in Tampa Bay in 2018 and 2019, just missing out on a Super Bowl championship ring. Before that, he spent two years with the Cleveland Browns, and after his time with the Buccaneers, two years with the Las Vegas Raiders. Now, he’s back with the Bucs where he has enjoyed his best seasons. Consider this.
For those keeping score at home, his career-high 6.5 sacks came in 2018, still as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, he’s back with Todd Bowles, and is expected to be the third-best pass-rusher on the roster. That is absolute mayhem.
Shaq Barrett, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Anthony Nelson, potentially an improved Cam Gill in the future, and now Carl Nassib is a recipe for success the Buccaneers needed.
With more and more emphasis on offense and the passing game, defenses are just as important as ever, if not more so. You need to be able to get to the quarterback, and do it often and efficiently. Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have capable pass-rushers in spades, thanks to the picture-perfect signing of Carl Nassib, bringing him back to the franchise where he was at his best.