Familiarity Is New To Te’O-NeshiemAugust 28th, 2013
Bucs starting defensive end Daniel Te’O-Neshiem is a guy routinely overlooked by Bucs fans.
Joe’s convinced this is largely because his name is so confusing. The guy either needs to changes his first name to something like “Stylez,” or perhaps go all Brazilian soccer player and just use Te’O.
Regardless, Te’O-Neshiem surely has won a starting gig from Da’Quan Bowers. There’s no doubt in Joe’s mind.
Joe chatted with Te’O-Neshiem today and learned an interesting factoid. Including his college days at the University of Washington, 2013 is the first year he’s played in the same defensive system in back-to-back seasons.
“I feel like I’m way for comfortable and what’s expected of you on pressures and base plays,” said Te’O-Neshiem, who went on to state that him working now at both right and left end is a byproduct of that familiarity.
The not-so-wild Samoan, who Joe must say looks a bit more rocked up this season, recorded four sacks last year filling in for Adrian Clayborn. Te’O-Neshiem also was a third-round pick of the Eagles in 2010 and just turned 26.
Bucs fans don’t talk about No. 50, but he could very well be a guy poised for a breakout year.