There are elevated expectations this season for second-year outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka.
After getting drafted in the first round last year, just about everyone knew JTS would someday be asked to take Jason Pierre-Paul’s role on the roster. That may have come sooner than expected.
Last year JPP was not his normal self as he played with a blown rotator cuff. His contract expired and the Bucs decided not to re-sign him. JPP, as Joe is typing this here article, is still unemployed.
So JTS is being asked to replace JPP now, perhaps sooner than expected.
JTS stayed in Tampa after the Bucs lost to the Rams in the playoffs rather than returning to his Washington home on the west coast. He immediately began working out to prep himself for this season. He remade his body, put on man weight through training, and went to a pass-rushing clinic.
By most accounts, JTS seems like a different player. Joe heard Bucs sources say they decided to streamline some of JTS’s responsibilities in order to unlock his pass-rushing skills.
Appearing on “Movin’ the Chains” last week when co-hosts Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller stopped at One Buc Palace on their training camp tour, general manager Jason Licht seemed to confirm that less will be on JTS’s plate this fall.
“I think [JTS] is going to have a big year the way he looks right now,” Licht said. “He’s more comfortable.
“The scheme, he didn’t play a whole lot last year but he did play in spots and we asked him to do a lot. He’s going to be a little bit more ‘pin his ears back’ this year. At least he’s more comfortable with that.”
That doesn’t sound like JTS will be on the field much for run-heavy down and distances.
Joe would be stoked to see JTS get close to 10 sacks and a boatload of pressures. The way Joe sees it, the more JTS can get to the quarterback, that’s fewer bodies trying to stop Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett on the other side.
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