The loss of Akiem Hicks is going to hurt the Buccaneer defense over the next month. The good news for the Buccaneers is that a former player is coming back.
The Buccaneers defense has been arguably the best unit in the NFL over the course of the first two games. Every element of the group has worked together to stifle opposing offenses, and defensive lineman and newcomer Akiem Hicks has played a huge role in filling the loss of Ndamukong Suh.
Hicks was a dominant force to pair with Vita Vea and William Gholston on the front line, and his loss for the next few games at least is going to bring the whole unit down.
While the Bucs haven’t been able to go out and find a replacement starter on the free agent market, they were able to find a recent draft pick that should be able to play a depth role during the time that Hicks is out.
That’s right-with Hicks being out, the Bucs are going back to one of their recent draft picks that probably shouldn’t have gotten the axe in the first place.
Moving on from Davis didn’t feel like the best move in the moment with decent potential as a special teamer and as a rotational back, and the immediate waiver claims on Davis by other teams showed that he was more than a guy to cut for nothing.
Now, the Bucs have taken a step back on their line by losing one of their best players, but they are getting younger, and they will get a second chance to evaluate a talented young lineman that could be a piece of the future if the next month goes well.
One way or another, it is nice to have Khalil Davis back with the Buccaneers.
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