Exploding Will GholstonDecember 15th, 2013
Bucs fans can at least crack a little grin tonight at the play of rookie defensive end Will Gholston against the 49ers. He continues to emerge as a real-deal NFL talent over the past month or so.
Today, Gholston was credited for eight tackles, five solo, and Bucs fans saw what his massive frame (6-6, 280) can deliver at 22 years old.
He was batting passes, doing damage in the backfield and succeeding against a stout offensive line. He’s a become a late fourth-round pick worth celebrating.
What’s interesting to Joe is that somebody at One Buc Palace is doing a great job developing this kid, who came in raw and as more of a project out of the draft. So that means the Bucs can develop a defensive end. One could call that evidence that DaQuan Bowers’ demise, and underwhelming production from other Bucs DEs, are more a function of their lacking talent.
But Joe wants to just stay positive on Gholston tonight. The kid is coming on. He’s using those long arms and he looks quicker, likely a function of him getting more comfortable in the defense.
At this rate, Greg Schiano will be predicting a double-digit sack season for him next year. Well, that might not be a good idea.