Bucs bring George Selvie back to familiar ground

AP

In addition to a group of players which have been previously reported, the Buccaneers added a player who was once a terror in Tampa Bay.

Former Jaguars defensive end George Selvie was the latest to join the Bucs’ late-free agency haul (along with kicker Nate Kaeding, defensive tackle Derek Landri, running back Brian Leonard and wide receiver Steve Smith).

Selvie was a two-time All-American at the University of South Florida, where he finished with 29 sacks and nine forced fumbles along with 69.5 tackles for loss while playing his home games in Raymond James Stadium.

He notched 14.5 of those sacks in 2007, but never matched that kind of production in college or the pros.

In 2009, he teamed with a little-known (at the time) juco transfer named Jason Pierre-Paul, who had 6.5 sacks that season to Selvie’s 3.5 for the Bulls.

Pierre-Paul would go onto become a first-rounder and a success with the Giants, while Selvie was drafted in the seventh round by the Rams, and also spent time with the Panthers and Jags before signing with the Bucs.

4 responses to “Bucs bring George Selvie back to familiar ground

  1. Hopefully he does well — he’s a high motor guy and played well at times for the Rams but seemed to get injured and then became an afterthought. Maybe being home again will help him regain his form as he was completely dominate in college, in that 3.5 sack year he was dominate as he was always double or triple teamed.

  2. Yeah, I hope so. I remember wanting him to end up in Tampa when he was coming out in the draft. If he can even have half of his most productive season in college (provide 6 to 8 sacks) that would be awesome. Tampa’s pass defense can only improve if they have a stronger, and more ferocious line. Sorry, but that is why the Tampa 2 worked so well for so long–because of the pass rush and the guys up front. It is great to stop the run but the QB must be rattled and forced into making mistakes; plus if they are getting sacked a lot, the secondary looks better than they are, which is fine by me. It makes a big difference. Hope Selvie gives them a boost for sure.

  3. This might be a real turnaround situation. Not only that I think we are being sandbagged by the Rockstar and in a little while he’s going to knock our socks off with some dynamite additions. Hopefully not Revis though.

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