McCoy Says Cummings Has Quiet Drive

May 29th, 2014

EuclidCummingsGerald McCoy is the unquestioned vocal leader of the Bucs defense, but it seems his likely 2014 backup won’t take after No. 93.

Joe talked to McCoy this week about undrafted rookie Euclid Cummings, the likely Bucs undertackle of the future.

Here are the current Bucs defensive tackles:

Clinton McDonald
Akeem Spence
Matthew Masifilo
Everett Dawkins
Euclid Cummings

Masifilo hasn’t taken a regular season snap, and Dawkins played in one game with Dallas last season. Nearly all teams carry four defensive tackles, and the Bucs don’t have a defensive end that’s proven anything as an inside rusher.

As Joe’s documented previously, Cummings was very much targeted by the Bucs before the NFL Draft. Defensive line coach Joe Cullen ran Cummings’ pro day at Georgia Tech, and the Bucs made promises to Cummings agent if he signed with Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent. And yes, Cummings got a signing bonus.

Cummings, who stands a fit-looking 6-3, 291 pounds, is making an impression. McCoy didn’t dispute Joe’s claim that Cummings could be his backup on opening day.

“I’ll say this about him; he’s more action than words. He comes to work every single day. He doesn’t make any excuses and just learns and works. That’s the way it should be for a rookie,” McCoy said of Cummings.

Training camp is just eight weeks away, but that’s a long way to go and Cummings and the rest of the defensive tackle hopefuls will have a lot to prove in preseason.




17 Responses to “McCoy Says Cummings Has Quiet Drive”

  1. geno714 Says:

    Why was his pro day at Georgia State? And why did Joe Cullen run it?

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Personally, I think Akeem Spence will mature and become a Booger-type of player…which will get the job done.

    Assuming he stays away from certain outside influences.

    I’m all for Cummings working out as well. Let the best man win.

    Though I cannot see McCoy saying anything negative about anyone.

  3. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I like quality competition at all positions. What do I define as quality? Someone as good as or potentially better than the current best player at the position, and who can be a long term solution.

    There is only one position at this time that does not meet that requirement. Quarterback. No way can anyone convince me the top two guys are both potential long term solutions. Therefore, there is no real competition.

  4. BoJim Says:

    The Cannon lives!

  5. canadian bucsfan Says:

    Will Gohlston will be able to move to the inside for passing downs.

  6. Architek Says:

    Pulling for the kid!

  7. biff barker Says:

    Spence will be playing behind McDonald as opposed to a UT like McCoy. That’s why he’s getting some extra time/love from GMC.

    I know nothing at all Masifilio or Dawkins. Hopefully they can add something.

    Gholston did move inside last year on obvious passing situations to get his hands up in the air. Hoping he can team up with Means outside this year. I expect pretty much the same from Bowers as I do from Nicks.

  8. KWBucFan Says:

    This kid reminds me of Ellis Wyms from back in the day. Same body type.

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  17. Jim Walker Says:

    Cummings is a VERY interesting prospect. The knock on him is that he needs to bulk up and play with more aggression. Also, he is more of a run stuffer. But, he has the size and is VERY fast.