In fact, the unit was one of the league’s best throughout the second half of the season. Junior entry, two-year starter, The Woodlands, TX. Dawkins is another guy who was around last year, but didn’t see much playing time as a reserve. … As for the starting roles, things look the same. Simms believes the front-three down linemen of the Bucs are dominating because inside linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White are playing so damn good. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Well, the NFL announced the […] The Buccaneers haven’t been strangers to solid linebacker play throughout their history, regardless of how things have gone for them in terms of wins and losses over the years. Cichy was a star at Wisconsin, but a season-ending knee injury caused him to drop in the 2018 NFL draft, where the Bucs selected him in the sixth round. On the outside, 2019 fourth-round pick Anthony Nelson should have a bigger role, and on the inside, veteran Kevin Minter should continue to be a reliable backup. The previous leader was Seahawks’ linebacker Bobby Wagner. While he did end up being a part of the national championship team at LSU last year, he missed nine games due to suspensions (one three-game suspension and a six-gamer). The team is still favored to reach the playoffs, and they may have several Pro Bowlers to help get them there. Tampa Bay originally drafted Cichy (pronounced "sitch-E") in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. Buccaneers Devin White leads NFC linebackers in Pro Bowl voting Tampa Bay has the fifth-most votes in the league. Cichy was a star at Wisconsin, but a season-ending knee injury caused him to drop in the 2018 NFL draft, where the Bucs selected him in the sixth round. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players. Not to mention, COVID-19 is still a significant concern, so much so that no one really knows whether or not the NFL will actually be able to pull off a season. 6-1. But if they do, of course health will be a frequent topic of conversation throughout the year. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. 2020 Buccaneers Position Preview: Linebackers, NFL has agreed to do away with preseason games. So, is there enough? He was the NFC’s Defensive Rookie of the Month in both November and December, putting an exclamation point on what was a pretty strong debut season. The Bucs enter 2020 with a linebacking corps that looks pretty similar to the way it did in 2019. Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) runs by Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) after intercepting a pass … Make it happen stud. Tampa Bay’s defense as a whole ended 2019 on a very strong note. He had a strong junior season and could’ve entered the 2019 draft, but chose to stay with the Tigers instead. Through the end of the voting period on December 17, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. The 2020 Position Preview series rolls on today with a look at Tampa Bay’s talented group of linebackers. Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason after being stuck in a reserve role with the Broncos, the former undrafted free agent had a breakout year—and that’s putting it lightly. With the expected start of training camp approaching, we’re going to dive into the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers position by position. Jack Cichy, a former star linebacker at Wisconsin, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday. The other update from the league is that the Bucs are fifth in total votes in the NFL. Let’s go Bucs. The speed and hustle the linebackers displayed in Oakland and in new York was day and night, I thought they played it safe not to risk injury on the supposedly horrible turf. Barrett and Pierre-Paul held things down in terms of sack production for the Tampa Bay defense in 2019, with Carl Nassib adding six to finish third on the team. Some of that can be attributed to improvement in the secondary, but it was the play of the front seven that was much more consistent throughout the year. And with the switch to a 3-4 base defense under new coordinator Todd Bowles in 2019, we saw just how talented the unit was, both off the edge and on the inside. But of course, one man can’t be responsible for the production Tampa Bay gets out of the linebacker position. (Parts of this report come courtesy of the NFL Communications Department. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. White missed time early in the season due to sickness and then an injury, but he went on a tear to end the season. The Bucs (8-5) bolstered their chances of their first postseason berth in 13 years with Sunday’s 26-14 victory over Minnesota. Barrett is back, playing under the franchise tag. Analysis. The Bucs had an awful November losing three of their last five games. Roster selections are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. He will have to take a significant step forward in 2020, especially considering the rest of the unknowns that Tampa Bay may have to use on the outside. Every season the NFL names one worthy player their Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner, and for 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte … Reserve/Injured. ), Buccaneers Devin White leads NFC linebackers in Pro Bowl voting, Best and Worst of Week 14: Buccaneers roll behind Ronald Jones II and Dan Bailey’s struggles, Not perfect, but a good showing coming out of the bye pushes Tampa Bay closer to playoff football. Tampa Bay has the fifth-most votes in the league. Fan voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 17. As far as depth on the inside goes, Minter is definitely a good No. The former LSU standout finished his rookie campaign with 91 tackles (58 solo), 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, an interception and two defensive touchdowns. This is not the 2002 Bucs defense, not the 1999 Bucs defense, not even close to either. A fourth-round selection in 2019, Nelson showed little flashes of potential in limited action before going down with an injury. Joining David on the inside after Kwon Alexander left in free agency was No. A lot of that has had to do with the presence of the perennially underrated Lavonte David, of course. And the middle, of course, will continue to be occupied by David and White, who make up one of the league’s best linebacker duos. Barrett, Pierre-Paul, David and White stack up pretty well when compared with any unit in the league. But a Bucs assistant said yesterday just worry about tomorrow. Daniels, Bell, or any one of those rookies could be the Bucs’ No. 4 outside linebacker, so Nelson needs to be solid in that No. It’s always important, but it’s going to be more important than ever in 2020. Things are looking good for this linebacking corps once again heading into 2020, but before we preview what they’ll look like in the new season, let’s take a glance back at what they were able to do last year. But behind them, there’s plenty of question marks. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 28, 2020 After finishing both the 2018 and 2019 seasons on the injured reserve, Cichy once again found himself out of action after suffering a hamstring injury in the Bucs’ loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 5. The New England Patriots have claimed linebacker Jack Cichy off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, giving the talented but oft-injured defender a new NFL home. Even lately, in the current playoff drought that dates back to 2007, Tampa Bay has fielded some strong linebacker groups. But it was also an opportunity for some well-earned R&R, and even some bonding … 186 26 1 Florida Atlantic. Bucs 2020 Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line/Outside Linebackers. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. 5-11. Playing outside linebacker in Tampa Bay’s new-look 3-4 defense under Bowles, Barrett led the NFL in sacks with 19.5, setting a new single-season franchise mark in the process. What Ourlads' Scouting Services said about ANTOINE WINFIELD JR before he made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Depth Chart: Minnesota, 5091 203 4.44. 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