They’ve often done the dirty work in the Bucs’ 3-4 defensive scheme, providing push from the middle to free up the team’s vaunted outside linebacker pass-rushing duo of Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul to get to the quarterback.
They’re a big reason why the Bucs had the best run defense in the league last season and have remained stout against opponents’ ground games through the first two games this year, though their defensive numbers don’t always reflect their contributions.
But something is different this year about defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, nose tackle Vita Vea and defensive end William Gholston. They’re suddenly getting to the quarterback.
In last week’s 31-17 win over Carolina, Suh and Gholston accounted for three of the team’s five sacks. Last season, Suh, Vea and Gholston accounted for six the whole year.
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