Buccaneers mini-camp has come to a close and a lot of attention was being paid to the first appearance and practices of newly signed free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for Tampa Bay.
And on Friday afternoon the Buccs released a very interesting behind the scenes video through their website of a practice where Sue was wearing a microphone:
"I'll tell you everything I've got. All it is, is a mentality."
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 7, 2019
In particular during the video you can hear Suh giving advice to veteran defensive lineman William Gholston, including be willing to share not only his knowledge, but his mentality with the Bucs defensive end. It’s also fascinating to watch Bucs defensive line coach Kacey Rodgers, as well as new assistant defensive line coach and one of the two first female full-time coaches in NFL history, Lori Locust, helping Suh with a new pass rush move requiring him to go low to the ground.
New coach Bruce Arians and his defensive coordinator Todd Bowles are certainly taking risk in bringing in the nine year veteran Suh. One, he’s replacing the popular Gerald McCoy, who refused to take a pay cut from his $13 million and even, is assuming McCoy’s number, 93. Although, as we wrote late last month, Suh made it clear in his introductory press conference that he’s not in Tampa to replace McCoy.
The five time Pro Bowl selection was the number 2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Nebraska just in front of the Bucs taking McCoy at #3. Suh has started all 142 regular season games he has played, including the last 115 consecutively.
He 4.5 sacks and 4 tackles for loss in L.A. for the regular last year. Then, in the playoffs, he registered 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks in helping the Rams reach Super Bowl 53 in February. Suh has 56 sacks, 107 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and four fumbles recoveries, while playing for the Lions, originally and then, the Dolphins for three seasons after that. Miami had released Suh in March of 2018 after he refused to take a pay cut, himself, saving the Dolphins $17 million in cap relief.
Back to the Bucs. Suh will fit into a defensive line rotation that includes veteran Beau Allen and last year’s #1 pick, Vita Vea, who he’s shown with in the photo above.
The video concludes with Suh giving encouragement to Goldston that he’s going to teach him, “everything I’ve got,” and that “all it is, is a mentality” to become a dominant defensive lineman.
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