Expected To Be A Professional

May 3rd, 2013

Bucs rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence had an idea of what to expect for his first NFL practice. It’s not much different than what a college graduate should expect on his/her first day on a job.

Be professional.

“The pace is a lot quicker,” Spence said of the difference between the NFL and Illinois practices. “You get out here and get on the field. Coaches expect you to know. In college, coaches give you a little one-on-one attention. But here, you are expected to know. You are supposed to be a professional.

“This is your job.”

The thing that struck Joe about Spence, who will be given a strong opportunity to lock up the starting role next to Gerald McCoy, is that the guy was smiling like Rachel Watson invited him to dinner.

In other words, the dude loves football.

“I learned a lot today,” Spence said. “I learned how to get lined up, how to play the tilted nose, how to get the play call. [Defensive line] “coach [Randy Melvin] walked us through real fast, bullets flying at you, making sure you are ready and getting some one-on-one work.

“It’s been a good day.”

17 Responses to “Expected To Be A Professional”

  1. Joc Says:

    Spence will show u how Vikings do it!!

  2. RastaMon Says:

    I am so sick of hearing the line….”everything is so much quicker/faster”…say something real about this great experience

  3. Stranger Says:

    They repeat it because its true.

  4. RastaMon Says:

    Of course it is faster….but is also trite and wizened

  5. CanadianBucsFan Says:

    I think he’s going to show up more on the stat sheet then Miller did.

  6. Jacko101 Says:

    Do what rasta it’s his first time what else is he suppose to say. He told you what he learned sheesh. What I wish is that Joe stops using Ms Watson in every Post. Lol She’s ok nothing special (physically anyways) no offense

  7. Stanglassman Says:

    I watched the Syr game vs Ohio St. cut ups of him on U-tube and I’d like to be able to see what the Bucs brass sees in this guy but I just can’t. I will be rooting for him to be a great player and hope he fits right into the defensive role they have planned. He does remind me of Brian Price a bit but Price when healthy had a lot more explosiveness in his first few steps out of his stance.

  8. Northend Says:

    Stan,try an Illiinois game.May have better luck seeing Spence

  9. Stanglassman Says:

    Yes I watched the Ill Vs Oh St Game 2012, the other orange team. Thx for the correction . Here is the video I was referring to:


  10. Rick Says:

    @Stanglassman, possibly he was playing through injury?

  11. Paul Says:

    There’s a good article up at BucsNation that is all about TB’s tilted nose position. http://www.bucsnation.com/2013/5/4/4290148/the-4-3-tilted-nose-tackle-history-scheme-and-the-buccaneers

  12. Bobby Says:

    @Stanglassman….so you watched one game and that’s your final opinion???!
    Why even comment?

    RastaMon…Exactly what is he supposed to say? The only real difference between the pros and college is the pace of the game when it comes to training camp. They aren’t getting into schemes and game planning yet. Easy to annoy you isn’t it….

  13. Bill Says:

    It amazes me how every season the Bucs–no matter how much cap room—have a position or two in which they are completely reliant on mid-round rookies or career backups to emerge as starters.

  14. LadyZ Says:

    @Bill. Just like most other teams.

  15. BucFanFromLa Says:

    @Bill. It may seem like a lot of money but you have to think about the current players that will be getting an extension or a new contract.

  16. BucFanFromLa Says:

    This is a good article on why they like someone of his build…

  17. Bill Says:

    Actually, no. The vast majority of teams have no spots in which they build up a fourth-rounder to start. The ones that do either stink (buffalo) or are are cash-strapped and stink (San Diego).