Kyle Moore Has Been Served NoticeMay 3rd, 2011
Moore, who Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik had high hopes for when he spent a fourth round pick for in 2009, has had pretty much zero impact with the Bucs defense.
To be fair, Moore, who has yet to record an NFL sack and has a grand total of 28 tackles, was hurt his rookie year and never did get on the right track. There really was no excuse for last year when he was all but invisible. Joe knows though his sources that the Bucs hierarchy has been disappointed in his lack of progress.
This may have been one of the reasons why Todd Wash was waved goodbye after last season. The younger players on the line such as Roy Miller and Gerald McCoy, along with Moore, either regressed or never progressed.
Now enter two stud defensive ends.
The knee jerk reaction would be that Stylez White is on his way out. Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune told Tom Krasniqi of WHBO-AM 1040 yesterday that it seems to be a mere formality that White, a free agent, is gone.
Joe isn’t quite ready to buy that, though Cummings makes a compelling case that the Bucs covet others on the defensive line such as Alex Magee more than White. Even though White had just a meager 4.5 sacks through 16 games, he still led the Bucs in sacks. No one knows with any certainty if Clayborn or Bowers will do much next year so why not keep Stylez as a safety net? Mark Dominik even put a restricted free agent tender on him already.
It’s possible that Clayborn will get a starting nod off the bat since he is both a first round pick and will play right defensive end, which is where White played.
If Bowers is healthy, he would play on the left side, which is Moore’s side.
Joe’s going to guess that Moore gets one more year, one more chance with the new defensive line coaches to prove himself. If, with the new coaches and plenty of talent surrounding him, Moore still can’t take advantage and is still as invisible as he was the past two seasons, Joe’s confident Moore will not be in a Bucs uniform come 2012.