Spence Drops A Sapp Comparison

July 19th, 2013

Rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence is somewhat Warren Sapp-like with his gift of gab.

No, Spence isn’t crazy arrogant like Sapp, not yet anyway. But Spence is fun and engaging, and  there’s almost always a giant smile plastered across his face.

Spence, however, sees another similarity to himself and the legendary No. 99, who enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month. Spence explained to Joe and other media yesterday.

“Like Warren Sapp, you know what I’m sayin’, we’re like the same built, same everything,” Spence said. “I try to mimic some of his stuff. But you know the scheme is kinda different, but I’m still trying to do it for the short guys around the league, man.”

Joe admits it’s hard not to want to slap a rookie fourth-round pick who dares to remotely compare himself to Sapp. Joe’s not sure if Spence realizes Sapp was a coveted first-round pick who ran a freakish 4.69 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine. Spence chugged out a 5.15-second time.

Regardless, Joe can tell Spence, who stands 6-1, 207 pounds, is just excited, eager and yungry, rather than cocky and foolish.

Joe likes the attitude, and Joe will leave you with Spence’s take on the looming start of training camp.

“I know that first day we put on the pads its going to be intense. Scratch claw, do whatever, bust somebody’s butt, do whatever you gotta do,” he said.

33 Responses to “Spence Drops A Sapp Comparison”

  1. BIlly Bob Says:

    At 6’1″ 207 pounds Spence is lighter then our safety :)

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Dear lord Joe I hate that word yungry. Your giving me flashbacks man, bad ones. As for Spence’s comments. Good for him, if he wants to aspire to be like Sapp on the field. Sapp was extremely special though. So if he strives to reach that level he’s got a long way to go. As for my Bucs I hope he gets there.

  3. rhenry Says:

    Enough of the “Youngry” PLEASE! For three years I had to listen to that idiot.

  4. mpmalloy Says:

    What does any of this have to do with Freeman v Glennon?

    Dance with the chick who brung ya.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Can’t fault Spence for aspiring to be Sapp. I like his attitude and powerlifting work ethic. Less will be expected since he was a 4th round pick. I will be please if he matches Booger’s performance.
    I would be willing to bet that he will exceed expectations.
    I like that “Sapp-like slap he gave Zuttah”

  6. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    I certainly hope he is NOT 207 pounds. lol

    The guy is confident, if nothing else.

  7. Walter Says:

    @mpmalloy

    There is no Freeman v. Glennon

    First it’s Glennon v. Orlovsky

  8. Mean D Says:

    I’d like to see Joe slap him too.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    Akeem Spence, DT – He kept his numbers from the combine, but weighed 306 at the pro day. He also ran the short shuttle, doing so in 4.60 seconds.

  10. Tampamac Says:

    I’m anxious to see Spence go against Zuttah when the bullets go live. That rematch has been a long time coming. Hope they match them up in th Oklahoma drill at the night practice at Ray Jay.

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Akeem Spence, sounds like an Ideal tackle for the 4-3 stunt. Best article I’ve seen on the subject. http://www.bucsnation.com/2013/5/4/4290148/the-4-3-tilted-nose-tackle-history-scheme-and-the-buccaneers

    Ok I understand that Chuck Noll & Defensive line coach George Perles designed the 4-3 stunt. And that Bud Carson was the originator of the Cover 2 shell (Aka Tampa 2). And “Mean Joe” Greene developed the titled nose alignment. Then later John Randle(Still pissed we didn’t sign him as a UDFA) played a lot of titled nose in Minnesota with Dungy; and dominated.

    So since the titled nose is an aggressive technique based on movement and quickness(Mean Joe & John Randle). Not soaking up blockers, or holding ground.(Per:Andy Russell & Chuck Noll). Wouldn’t GMC better suited for the position?

  12. DallasBuc Says:

    Love this kid’s fire and the way he talks about getting after it. Hope he can back it up. If so would be a huge asset. Can’t wait to see him play.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe are you saying Spence dropped a 100 pounds since pro day? Or was it just a typo?

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Akeem Spence, sounds like an Ideal tackle for the 4-3 stunt.

    Ok I understand that Chuck Noll & Defensive line coach George Perles designed the 4-3 stunt. And that Bud Carson was the originator of the Cover 2 shell (Aka Tampa 2). And “Mean Joe” Greene developed the titled nose alignment. Then later John Randle (Still pissed we didn’t sign him as a UDFA) played a lot of titled nose in Minnesota with Dungy; and dominated.

    So since the titled nose is an aggressive technique based on movement and quickness (Mean Joe & John Randle). Not soaking up blockers, or holding ground. (Per: Andy Russell & Chuck Noll). Wouldn’t GMC better suited for the position?

  15. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Akeem Spence, sounds like an Ideal tackle for the 4-3 stunt

    I understand that Chuck Noll & Defensive line coach George Perles designed the 4-3 stunt. And that Bud Carson was the originator of the Cover 2 shell (Aka Tampa 2). And “Mean Joe” Greene developed the titled nose alignment. Then later John Randle (Still pissed we didn’t sign him as a UDFA) played a lot of titled nose in Minnesota with Dungy; and dominated.

    So since the titled nose is an aggressive technique based on movement and quickness (Mean Joe & John Randle). Not soaking up blockers, or holding ground. (Per: Andy Russell & Chuck Noll). Wouldn’t GMC better suited for the position?

  16. Bob Says:

    Buc1987

    Are you talking about the same guy?

  17. James Says:

    At 207, he is probably the smallest DT in the league and should be a little faster then his 40 time. But I am sure he will play closer to 307 and get after it for the Bucs!!!

  18. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Can Spence dunk a basket ball?

    Case closed.

    Warren was a unique athelete.

  19. Biff Barker Says:

    Warren was a unique athlete, no question, and a major POS off the field too.

  20. Splengo Says:

    We need to stop with this “he’s just a 4th round pick” and his talking smack. Any of you guys ever heard of John Randle? Randle went undrafted and only weighed 240lbs when he left college. He eventually bulked up to 280lbs. And he talked a lot of smack. He’s only a DT HOFer. Spence just needs to get some face paint!

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    @ Bob yes I am talking about the same guy. You do have google on your internet right? If not here I’ll link it. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1691215/akeem-spence

  22. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    If he plays like Sapp? He can call himself junior all day long. But to compare “yourself” to Sapp and then not back it up could be considered an insult. Spence has some mighty big shoes to fill now because I won’t ever forget this. Just saying so doesn’t make you Warren Sapp. Prove it!

  23. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @Joe

    Apologize for the multiple post Sir. Something strange was going on with the site today. Post were not showing up.

  24. Bucs or Gtfo Says:

    207?? Jesus, our run D is f***** this year..

  25. Joe Says:

    LUV:

    Joe’s spam filter must have picked up the multiple posts as spam. No problem. It happens.

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    307 307 why do you people keep posting comments about 207? Can you people not press the link? Let me hold your hand for you like a kindergartner. The link is red, click the link first and read his TRUE weight. Then make more comments about how he weighs 207. SMH.

  27. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Also remember when Dungy was in Minnesota they drafted

    NT/DT Brad Culpepper-Height: 6-1 Weight: 275 lbs.
    (Draft: 1992 -Round: 10 / Pick: 264)

    He carved out a pretty good damn career for a guy drafted in the 10th round.

    That Defense line was loaded-John Randle, Keith Millard, Al Noga, and Chris Doleman. ++ DT Henry Thomas Sack (93.5 Career sacks)..They just kept plugging guys in.

  28. pick6 Says:

    looking at that photo, i’d say his arms alone are about 207 pounds

  29. pick6 Says:

    *yes i know it was a typo, just amusing myself

  30. Cannon Says:

    If he’s half the tackle that Sapp was, then we got a steal.

    I can remember watching a game on the road against the Dixie Chicks… back in the hey day of the Defense.

    Atlanta had the ball, and was backed up on their own goal line.

    This allowed the film crew to show the action from the perspective of the QB, since their was a camera right behind him.

    Immediately after the snap, Sapp was around the offensive line, and in the QB’s face.

    I swear, I have NEVER seen a man that large move that fast… ever.

    It was honestly both impressive and scary.

  31. Fritz50 Says:

    I just felt he was comparing size & body style, not anything at all saying he’s as good as , or the next coming of, Sapp. Just having fun with the ‘short guys of the NFL’ concept. I loved Sapp as our player, & liked his cocky, brash attitude off the field, too, but if , or anyone else gets insulted by theses comments, they need a life!!

  32. Jacko101 Says:

    Spence is 300 pounds, I love the way someone made up that number of 207

  33. BigMacAttack Says:

    Friday after 5pm doesn’t count.

 
 

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