October 21, 2021

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Pepsi Defensive Rookie of the Week?

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Joe Tryon-Shoyinka | MARK LOMOGLIO | AP

It’s time to put some respect on the name. When Joe Tryon-Shoyinka was drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft, some fans were disappointed. Other fans looked at the selection of Tryon-Shoyinka as a luxury player, someone talented, but someone who would sit behind his more illustrious colleagues. Even the organization spoke about easing their 1st round pick into the league.

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been bitten hard by the injury bug, the timeline required acceleration.

The flashes that Tryon-Shoyinka showed through preseason and limited game time in weeks 1&2 have translated into big plays and a constant headache for offenses.

Against New England, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka saw his snaps increase to 85%, and he did not disappoint. Providing constant pressure, with a final stat line of 4 QB hits, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka receives the first, of possibly many, nominations for Pepsi Defensive Rookie of the Week. VOTE NOW! VOTE OFTEN! VOTE HERE: Pepsi Rookie of the WEEK