Gholston Is No. 2 DEDecember 17th, 2013
Joe recognizes that Bucs fans with lofty expectations and negative attitudes are crying over the fact that rookie Will Gholston and Daniel Te’-O Nesheim are battling neck and neck for playing time at left defensive end. It’s not exactly a confidence-inspiring duel.
But Joe’s not going negative. Gholston’s a true bright spot, and the leader of the New Schiano Order talked about Gholston’s rise on his radio show last night.
Speaking on WDAE-AM 620, Greg Schiano took a call from a fan who told the head coach Te’-O Nesheim is a second-rate football player who wouldn’t start for another team. And the fan, who praised Gholston, demanded to know what Schiano sees in Te’-O Nesheim.
Schiano was happy to talk about both.
“[Daniel] plays his guts out. Now, he’s more of a first and second down run, grunt player that just kills himself for our team,” Schiano said. “But you’re right, Will Gholston is really coming on strong. I think the way that Will has developed has not happened by accident. You know, we needed to bring him and put him in the fire just a little bit more each week so he could develop, learn. He’s getting better every week, and he will continue to play more and more. Whether that means he starts, I guess it’s important for the player to say, ‘I started,’ but when you look at his play count, Will’s play count is going up and up and up.”
ProFootballFocus.com stats for the Bucs-Niners game show Gholston had more snaps that Te’-o. And given Schiano’s words last night, it’s clear that Gholston is now the Bucs’ No. 2 defensive end behind Adrian Clayborn.
Gholston is probably at least a full year away from becoming the next Michael Bennett, but it seems like rockstar general manager Mark Dominik found a fruitful project late in the fourth round.