Fighting For A Gig

August 5th, 2014

Bucs LB Danny Lansanah got on Joe’s radar with this pad-popping splash hit on Tim Wright.

Joe has written several times about wide receiver Tommy Streeter. This guy was totally off Joe’s radar.

In the spring OTAs and minicamp, Streeter was invisible. That all changed last week.

When training camp began, Streeter was making play after play. In fact, the 6-5 Miami product put on a move on Rashaan Melvin that was so impressive, Melvin blew out his ankle on the play and missed several practices with his foot in a boot.

On defense, the guy that has come out of nowhere has been linebacker Danny Lansanah, who was with the Jets last season and turns 29 later this month. Joe first noticed him when he and tight end Tim Wright locked horns like a pair of mountain goats. The sound of the collision could have been heard from Tampa International.

That wasn’t all. Lansanah, if he wasn’t drilling people John Lynch-style, was picking off passes.

Jobs in the NFL are hard to come by for backups. So when given the chance to make a team’s training camp, you better stick out in a good way and not get lost in the shuffle. Thus far, Lansanah has stuck out in a good way.

Lansanah “has performed well,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. “He has intercepted the ball on more than one occasion. He will strike you. A lot of those guys in a backup role, they have been impressive but they need to be core special teams players, too. And there is a battle. Anxious to see what Danny can do. He has good speed for a linebacker so he warrants more time.”

Lansanah knows that he needs to brush up on special teams in order to secure a roster spot. Thus far, he’s enjoying chasing his boyhood hopes and goals.

“This has always been my dream job,” Lansanah said. “If it happens it happens and if it don’t, I know I have my degree I can fall back on. [Hard-hitting] is part of the game of football. You have to play hard; you have to play fast; you have to play physical as a linebacker to make plays.

“We have great linebackers and a great team and great competition. I just have to go out and play each rep like it is my last rep. I have to get in the playbook and improve each day.”

6 Responses to “Fighting For A Gig”

  1. BigMo Says:

    Thanks for this story. I probably would of never heard of this dude. It will be nice to check out a couple of these guys in the 3rd and 4th quarter of preseason.

  2. clafollett Says:

    He definitely says the right things and from his on field performance obviously can make a few plays. Keep it up!

    Trash to treasure? Diamond in the rough?

  3. biff barker Says:

    Years past was a reserve LB who was primarily a ST ace who did a really good job at SLB when his number was called.

    Remember Jeff Gooch?

  4. Bill Says:

    Dude bounced around rosters and practice squads. He was a backup (behind almost-Buc Teddy Lehman and a few other ex-NFLers) for Las Vegas in the UFL.

  5. BucDan Says:

    I made Lansanah into a monster in my Madden league, so of course the potential is there 😉 haha.

    Great reads, Joes. Per usual.

  6. Bucfever40 Says:

    Hey you never know, Shelton Quarles bounced around too, was even in the Canadian Football League, but came here and got coached up by some of the best teachers (Lovie mainly) and blossomed into a very stoudt LB! No reason why Lansanah can’t follow the same path.

    And being that he has secured his degree, he can even pursue a front office gig after his playing days as Shelton has done..