Three days of Buccaneers training camp in the books, and one guy that is standing out already is veteran Superbowl-winning Pro Bowler Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Bucs acquired Pierre-Paul in a trade with the Giants in March. And his pass rushing ability and veteran leadership were two of the biggest reasons why.
After all, the former first-round pick from USF, helped New York win a Super Bowl championship in 2011 and has been one of the most feared pass-rushing defensive ends in the NFC this decade.
But there’s another aspect of Pierre-Paul’s game that had Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter very pleased after practice Saturday: JPP’s ability to help stop the run.
Our Roy Cummings was there for this assessment:
#Bucs HC Dirk Koetter had lots of praise for DE JPP today. That's to be expected. What was not expected was all the praise he had for JPP as a run stopper. "A lot of speed rushers can't stop the run, but he can set the edge, it's hard to get into his body and he's powerful."
— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsFHCN) July 28, 2018
A short time later Pierre-Paul met with the media and gave his thoughts on the importance of stopping the run and his role with it for this season:
Jason Pierre-Paul on the importance of stopping the run. pic.twitter.com/Gphj8lgMbV
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) July 28, 2018
Make no mistake, the Buccaneers want JPP to get after quarterbacks from a left defensive end spot. That’s the primary reason for making the trade for the high price veteran. However, the ability to lockdown his end of the line of scrimmage is also beneficial.
And, another key part is “winning breeds winning.”
With the fact that Pierre-Paul has a Superbowl ring, and now, new teammates Vinny Curry and Beau Allen coming from the Eagles last year also have Championship Victory experience, that will only help the preparation and confidence level of the Bucs defensive line.
The stalward of that defensive line, perennial Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy spoke on that very subject after Friday’s practice. And make no mistake he’s learning from Pierre-Paul Curry and Allen already.
The Bucs and everyone that covers them knows the situation: their pass rush was last in the league a year ago.
However proven veteran players have been brought in to change that.
And Pierre-Paul is apparently already providing that and more this early in training camp.
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