April 18, 2021

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Next Man Up – Who Replaces Vita Vea?

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“No one’s going to be Vita, but Todd has a good plan,” said Bruce Arians during Tuesday’s conference, but it seems like it will have to be a replacement by committee kind of thing. Arians pointed out that the front runner will be Rakeem “Nacho” Nunez-Roches that will be leading the charge, and he has had his time at the nose tackle position, so he should be more than ready to take on the task. But, Nacho won’t be able to do it all by himself, as he will likely be rotated into Suh’s position a time or two in certain packages. That will allow Anthony Nelson to get his shot at the interior, along with Khalil Davis whose name was also mentioned as someone who would help in a rotation. Davis rolled his ankle in practice on Thursday and is now day-to-day so, Jerimiah Ledbetter could fill in on the line in packages as well on the interior of the line.

Next man up is all that can be said, at this point, and it is something that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have adapted into their philosophy this season. With a lack of depth in the interior department of the defensive line, one has to become worried about our stingy run defense when we have to resort to putting linebackers in the middle. I suppose if it becomes necessary, we could blitz a free safety up the gut. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen that happen on a Buccaneer defense.

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