“It’s Not My Position, But I Can Do It”

March 12th, 2015

New Buccaneer Henry Melton speaks

Brand new Bucs defensive tackle Henry Melton, a former Pro Bowler, played Gerald McCoy’s position under Lovie Smith with the Bears.

So where will he fit in with the Bucs?

Joe asked Melton today at One Buc Palace about his experience at nose tackle.

“It’s not my position, but I can do it,” Melton said. “Just from when I first came in and, you know, trying to find my spot in the rotation, I had to play every position.

“I played some end this year for Dallas for a couple of games. You know I just get in where I fit in. If they say they need someone to work on this guy, and ‘I think you have a favorable matchup here,’ I do it.”

Melton, 28, signed a one-year deal with the Bucs today and should provide fantastic depth. But will he get many snaps?

The Bucs love nose tackle Clinton McDonald, who had 5.5 sacks last year. And Jason Licht has said many times he’s looking for “more Clinton McDonalds” in free agency. Akeem Spence also is a legitimate backup.

Joe’s not complaining. Again, Melton provides great depth and experience. It’ll be fun to watch him compete for playing time. It should make the whole interior line better.

21 Responses to ““It’s Not My Position, But I Can Do It””

  1. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    “Henry Melton, a former Pro Bowler, played Gerald McCoy’s position”

    While agree he’ll add depth to our rotation it’s just as good given GMAC’s struggles with injuries to have a former pro bowler backing up our own pro bowler.

  2. passthebuc Says:


  3. Ian_620WDAE Says:

    seems to me Lovie wants interior pass rushing depth and pairing McCoy and Melton on 3rd downs plus being able to give McCoy a breather when needed.

    I’m liking the DT rotation of McCoy, McDonald, Melton and Spence

    Now go get some edge rushers!

  4. ColoradoBuc Says:

    The Bucs need a new QB?

  5. ColoradoBuc Says:

    What happened to the future is now kid?

  6. ander Says:

    this is the way to go on free agency. just by signing role players their is no need of making a splash im pretty sure jason licht and lovie smith already learned their lesson

  7. BucIt941 Says:

    I heard he played RB in college.

  8. bucs4lyfe Says:

    having depth on the d line will come in handy big time against run heavy teams, offensive line like Dallas has and considering we have chip Kelly’s eagles on the schedule this year your going to need those guys fresh

  9. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Why only a one year deal?

  10. OneLove Says:



  11. cnvertbleweathr Says:

    Why is he relegated to playing nose? Remind me who Gerald’s backup at the 3-tech is again? You are right, Joes. Gotta think this is more of a low-risk, high-reward depth move than anything. I only hope this somewhat spells the end of Akeem Spence. Beyond the weight room and toking through Alabama, can’t think of anything to remember him by.

    One year contract because: (1) History of torn ACL, (2) Didn’t quite live up to the contract the Cowboys were hoping he would, hence the not picking up of the extension, (3) Checkered past – DUI, etc.

  12. LargoBuc Says:

    Exactly what we need. We dont need a lot of big name guys coming. We need second tier type guys to develop and eatablish a core. While I was hoping for an oline or a DE I think this offseason has gotten off to a good start.

  13. Phillip Says:


    Because Melton can’t stay healthy. Or he wants to do a Jeremy Maclin prove it year and hope to strike it somewhat big next year before he turns 30?

  14. Zam Says:

    good depth, but this position needed less work than the gaping holes at other positions. I don’t like making guys play out of position either. You make them a jack of all trades and master of none.

  15. 87ForJameisNOMariota Says:

    I’d sign em all to one year deals…

  16. HFXBUC Says:

    faster and more athletic on Defence. Pressure up the middle destroys NFL offences….even one’s led by Matt Ryan and Drew Brees.

  17. flmike Says:

    He’ll be awesome playing RDT in Lovie’s new 5 man d-line…featuring GMC @ LDT and McDonald on the nose…. 😉

  18. Fuzzy Red Coin Purse Says:

    This is great but we need DE’s!

  19. iamkingsu Says:

    I’m loving this off season!!!

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    Melton may play some DE. He did last year

  21. pick6 Says:

    it would be nice to know that the team is still capable of pressuring QBs without mccoy in the game. melton helps that possibility. a good rotation can give every member more impact plays than if they played every single down