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Buccaneers tap DE Tapp to bolster struggling defense

Roy Cummings

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TAMPA – The Buccaneers are hoping 11-year veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp has enough left in the tank to give their struggling defense the much-needed boost it needs.

Tapp, who will be joining his sixth team since he first came to the league with the Seahawks in 2006, was signed on Monday to bolster the Bucs defensive line, an NFL source told Florida Football Insiders.

Tapp will fill the hole on the roster that was created when the Bucs waived safety Isaiah Johnson, who is expected to be re-signed to the team’s practice squad.

Tapp comes to the Bucs with 28 career sacks but he’s never recorded more than seven sacks in a season, that in 2007, and has not had more than three in either of the last seven years.

The Bucs Came out of Week 7 action in the NFL ranked 30th overall in total defense, allowing an average of 408.5 yards per game, and 30th against the pass, where they are allowing 294.8 yards per game.

The Bucs will be back at practice Wednesday and we will find out more on the status of pass rushing specialist Noah Spence. Spence has battled shoulder problems in both of his NFL seasons, including leaving Sunday’s game at Buffalo in the third quarter and being unable to return.

There was a report post game that Spence told a local Buffalo reporter he will have shoulder surgery, but that is yet to be substantiated.

Back to Tapp. He last played with the Saints, appearing in 16 games with two starts and recording 17 tackles and half a sack in 2016. He was with them earlier this year in the preseason (above), as well, but was released in September. He just turned 33 in September.

Tapp confirmed his signing on Twitter Wednesday morning and should be on the practice field with his new teammates later in the day.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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