Bucs think fitter, thinner Noah Spence can be a “15-plus sack guy”

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The Buccaneers took defensive end Noah Spence in the second round of last year’s draft and got a solid year out of him, with 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. But this year they’re expecting a lot more than just “solid.”

Spence played through a shoulder injury last year, but he had surgery to repair the injury immediately after the season and now says he’s going to be in better shape in his second season. Spence weighed in at 251 pounds at last year’s Scouting Combine but says he has now lost about 10 pounds while actually gaining muscle.

Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports that teammate Robert Ayers is so impressed with what Spence is showing this offseason that he said Spence could be “a 15-plus sack guy” in 2017. Teammate Gerald McCoy added that Spence is ready for a “breakout year.”

No one has ever doubted Spence’s talent. He was viewed as a future first-round pick at the start of his college career at Ohio State, but he got kicked off the team for failed drug tests and finished his college career at Eastern Kentucky. The questions about Spence have always been off the field, but Spence now sounds like he’s doing everything right there, including giving up fast food and every liquid other than water.

“I feel so much better,” Spence said.

The Bucs have to feel very good about the possibilities for a healthy and in-shape Spence in 2017.

11 responses to “Bucs think fitter, thinner Noah Spence can be a “15-plus sack guy”

  1. This guy had some big brass ones, playing like he did with that shoulder injury all year. He popped the darn thing back into place during a game when it got dislocated, so he’s got toughness in spades. Looking forward to see what he can do with a healthy body and a year of experience under his belt.

  2. I was surprised how good I felt when I drank enough water and cut out all the other crap. I don’t drink anything besides water. Well, I still have 2 cups of coffee in the morning. Oh and obviously I still drink beer. And I have ONE Mountain Dew in the afternoon. But that’s it. 2 Coffees, 1 Mountain Dew, and 6-8 Beers a day. Otherwise nothing but water for this guy. My body is my temple. #healthyLiving

  3. I was amazed how much he flashed in every game last year. The 5.5 sacks he had last year don’t tell the whole story at all. I’m excited to see what this year has in store for him.

  4. .
    The Bucs defense ran the gamut last year, ranging from stout to something resembling the red sea. Often the defense was so poor, it made the offensive game plan irrelevant. That left a young Jameis Winston to play catch up and throw on every down. If the Bucs defense lapses, divisional QBs like Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton will make you pay.

  5. Not saying they’re over-hyping the guy… but not a single player tallied 16 sacks last year.
    Tough to expect him to go from a raw rookie to the best sack artist in the league.

  6. This is going to be very interesting, and hopefully exciting year for the pewter pirates. From Hard Knocks to DeSean Jackson to drafting OJ Howard, the Bucs passing game just got WAY BETTER, though Jameis already passed for 4,000 yards last year.

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