Noah Spence Dominant, Sacks Blake Bortles

August 18th, 2016

Joe’s Got video and more

Something special is really brewing along the Bucs’ defensive line.

Rookie second-round pick Noah Spence continues to impress day after day. Joe’s really seen Spence jack it up a notch the past 10 days or so.

It’s been damn impressive, and it flowed right into the joint practices in Jacksonville.

Spence beat Jags left tackle Luke Joeckel to the inside so cleanly in a 1-on-1 drill, it was stunning. Then immediately came Round 2 of Spence and Joeckel. Spence had a tougher time but once again, he won. The Bucs’ defensive line coaches were all jacked up. (see video below)

Later, Spence’s pressure was evident. And late in practice under brutal, bright noon sun, Spence, at right defensive end, flushed Blake Bortles and sacked him near the Tampa Bay sideline. There was huge celebration from the Bucs.

Spence doesn’t strike Joe as a guy who’s ever going to do much of a sack celebration. But after other teammates congratulated him, America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, ran over and was so damn fired up. The two slapping hands so loudly you could hear it across the field. Spence seemed fired up after that.

Joe asked Bucs linebacker Daryl Smith, a veteran of 172 starts, about Spence’s rise as a rookie and his performance today.

“I mean, that’s what Spence has been doing in our practices back in Tampa. That’s the norm for him. It really is,” Smith said. “We expect that to get better and now he has to translate, translate into games and into sacks. That’s the step for any rookie.”

Joe can’t help but be excited. Yeah, even though it’s August. Spence practices with a fire that’s just not common, certainly not among rookie second-round picks.

65 Responses to “Noah Spence Dominant, Sacks Blake Bortles”

  1. DB55 Says:


    They took everything from him and now he’s back for revenge!

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    I am so excited about Noah. If this kid is the real deal, he’s the edge rusher we’ve been needing for years.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    LOL DB

    Look at that look. This kid has a little nasty to him.

    Nice pic Joe.

  4. DB55 Says:


    He even looks like Al Simmons. #Spawn

  5. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Could not be more pleased with drafting this young man. He really did a 180 after his expulsion from Ohio State. Someone got through to him and he is determined to be the best he can be, it shows. Wish him continued succes and look forward to proudly wearing his jersey for many Sundays to come. GO BUCS

  6. The Buc Realist Says:

    Is the kid fast, Yes. But the most Impressing thing is this kid has hands!!!! He should not have the handwork that he does unitl his 3rd-4th year, and that is if work hard at it!!!!!

  7. James Walker Says:

    That kid is wicked fast!

  8. Mojiska Says:

    So we have seen the inside rip, inside spin, outside swim (last week) outside rip (last week). His pass Rushing ability isn’t what impresses me, but the versatility in the moves to get that pressure. That is that scary part!!! He isn’t a one trick pony.

  9. MadMax Says:

    I’m loving it. Keep up the pressure Spence! No doubt he’s our best pick this draft, no doubt in my mind at all.

  10. Tron Says:

    Bortles looks a little stiff in that video.

  11. tmaxcon Says:

    This new breed of buccaneer player s that have emerged with kwon, marpet, d smith and spence being led by Ayeres and jameis is exciting. Not only do they have more talent than the choir boy experiment under schiano andn lovie they have that fire and desire to win and be great unlike the previous face of the franchise. spawn is going to rule the south.

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Glad to hear the kid is doing good#keepbeastin’

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:


    Before the draft I was reading up on all the DEs/DTs & CBs and came across an article by Stephen White from SB nation that broke down Spence’s game. He did this for a lot of DEs and his article on Spence had me sold as the #1 player I wanted on our team from the draft. I would have been fine with taking him at #9 even. He was the only DE that White said could turn the corner consistently with speed AND be effective with inside pass rush moves. He’s also wasn’t that bad against the run given his size.

    People knocked him down the draft board because of his 40 time but he’s not running 40 yards to the QB. All his short area athleticism drills were some of the best in the combine among any d-lineman. I was just staring at his name the entire 2nd round praying he would fall to us.

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:



    Go ahead and trademark that $h!t bruh.


  15. 813bucboi Says:

    great to see…GO BUCS!!!!

  16. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Lord Cornelius

    Some of Us (cough,cough) been bragging about this kid (on this blog) since – the earlier part of 2015.

  17. Owlykat Says:

    Not surprised. Spence has been studying film of the top NFL sackers on his own and getting pointers from our excellent Defensive Line Coach and from our Veteran players on the DL. He will be able to contribute big time from day one.
    His competition has motivated Smith and Jones to pick up their game too. This will disrupt QBs who are having to hold the ball because of excellent coverage by our DBs downfield already. If they try stepping up they will get grabbed by McCoy. This will be an exciting year to watch the Bucs!!!

  18. DB55 Says:


    I can’t take credit I saw it here on JBF first and ran with it. Wish I knew who started it.

    the choir boy experiment under schiano andn lovie
    The choir boys weren’t Schiano’s experiment. Didn’t he draft Talib, blunt, Bennett, Barron and others? the choir boys are a result of a fan base and media that perfer “players” with big smiles who are soft spoken as to not offend their civility. They even hated on Sapp cuz he wasn’t a nice guy but PRAISED Brooks and Dunn. You know what I’m saying?

  19. LargoBuc Says:

    Man Spence is no joke. Gaines Adams and Adrian Clayborne never had a camp like this, let alone their first!

  20. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Go get’em Spawn.

  21. Lord Cornelius Says:


    -True – you probably were high on him before I even knew who he was. I think he was a pretty popular draft desire for a lot of us. I just thought of that article when Realist mentioned his hands.

  22. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    D Smith giving Malik Jackson and Donte Flowers the buisness.

  23. BigMacAttack Says:

    I never understood drafting Clayborne, a one armed guy. I liked him and he had a good motor, but not worthy of a first round pick.

  24. DallasBuc Says:

    Good news. Say can he kick extra points?

  25. DB55 Says:

    What’s the point of even kicking extra points? Just go for two.

    Do you know if safeties and touch backs on punts will come out to the 25 yard line or is it just kickoffs?

  26. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I know most of us have voiced our concerns – regarding the depth of the defensive tackle position. Well guess what? Jacksonville has quite a few guys battling for that 5th tackle spot.

    • #99 Sen’Derrick Marks DT – 6-2 | 309 (29) 8 Auburn
    • #96 Michael Bennett DT – 6’2” | 300 (23) 2 Ohio State
    • #94 Richard Ash DT – 6’3” | 325 (23) 1 Western Michigan
    • #92 Sheldon Day DT – 6’1″ | 293 (22) R Notre Dame

    Maybe one of the following tackles have impressed our Pro Scouts enough.
    That if released – one of them – can garner a roster spot; on the final 53.

  27. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    SPAWN’s former teammate

    #96 Michael Bennett DT – 6’2” | 300 (23) 2 Ohio State

  28. Wes Says:

    Is Spence doing that well or is Luke looking that bad? Damn he looked sluggish

  29. firethecannons Says:

    Cam will make a loud thud.

  30. Tnew Says:

    I’ll say it… He reminds me of Derrick Thomas

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    After that high-ankle fracture – during his rookie year. He hasn’t been the same.
    At this point in career – he’d probably be better off kicking inside to guard.

    Sidebar: Funny how Luke resembles a young Tony Boselli – But doesn’t play like him.

  32. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    DB55, also INTs in the end zone.

  33. cmurda Says:

    Spence looks like the real deal but I’m telling you, I could have sacked Bortles in that video. Zero movement from that guy. Oh, it should also be mentioned that I would need to be unblocked.

  34. DB55 Says:

    I’d take Day and Marks any day. I also like Francis as a NT he’s a 5th string DT for the Bucs right now.

    Unblocked – yes sir, I heard that, lol.

    Yea any of the other times the ball gets spotted at the 20. I think it’s only on kickoffs though.

  35. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Atlanta is in trouble… This whole team seems fired up and ready for September 11th. Suddenly our defense looks as talented as any. Jameis is Jameis… Our O-line and Doug Martin seem ready to close out some victories. My expectations were so so a month ago… Now I’m thinking playoffs without a doubt.

  36. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Firethecanons I like that. And he sure will. I was just telling my big brother he thinks Von Miller was all over him during the Superbowl. Man o man I can’t wait for him to meet this new Ferrari of ours.

  37. GO BUCS Says:

    I’ve been a Bucs fan since 1976 and I wanted Spence picked more than an other pick ever! I actually cried when we picked him, that’s how much I wanted him.


  38. Jacko101 Says:

    Is it me or is he more impressive than our 1st Rd pick?

  39. Xavier Says:

    Controlled Fury! Pass it on! Go Bucs!

  40. SB with Jameis Says:

    Evening Fellas. If Spawn keeps this up he will be what GMC has been waiting for all this time!! This line has a chance to be NASTY!!!

  41. unbelievable Says:


    I believe credit goes to NOSBOS for that one.

    agreed with the other poster, I would have been cool with him at 9, but getting him in the 2nd makes it that much sweeter.

  42. SB with Jameis Says:

    Oh………and we are now up to 41 players in the Pickem league. That is Sweeeeeet!

  43. DraftJameis Says:

    Sounds reminiscent of Kwon last year. Rookie coming in pissed off with a chip on his shoulder….love it.

  44. StAugBuc Says:

    SB with Jameis Says:
    August 18th, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Oh………and we are now up to 41 players in the Pickem league. That is Sweeeeeet!

    How does one join?

  45. DB55 Says:

    James Harrison in his 30th year in the league is playing preseason and beasting on kids. #football

  46. SB with Jameis Says:

    Here you go StAug……..Love your town. I surfed there a bunch years ago.

  47. SB with Jameis Says:

    LOL at the ’30 years” DB. Actual LOL for me

  48. DB55 Says:

    I aim to please brother

  49. BigHogHaynes Says:

    SB/J: It’s about time!!

  50. SB with Jameis Says:

    BigHogHaynes Says:
    August 18th, 2016 at 8:19 pm
    SB/J: It’s about time!!
    If you are referring to GMC Finally getting the edge help he deserves than Yes Sir it is about damn time.
    I dont see your screen name on the League Pickem. Are you competing ?

  51. teacherman777 Says:

    Look at Von Millers deal!

    Pass rushers get PAID!

    I pray he stays healthy.

    I love his thick neck.

    Reminds me of Takeo Spikes!

    Go Bucs!

  52. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    JOE, how does Bortles personality in practice differ from Jameis?

  53. SB with Jameis Says:

    Seeing Brent Grimes’ int today gives me a slight boner. We have definitely found the right guy to teach VH3 the ropes. Kid was Un-freaking-drafted and was told he never could be great. He is still good no matter what the pundits say. GREAT time to be a Bucs fan

  54. SB with Jameis Says:

    Bonzai asks a great question and Should receive a response from Joe I would believe. Why not compare America’s QB to Bortles?

  55. Kevin Says:

    Licht bettwr pyt some moeny aside…..some SERIOUS money, becasue he will demand a big contract. Only Jameis over him when the time comes

  56. tmaxcon Says:

    SB with Jameis

    Thanks for putting the pigskin pickem together. Very cool.

  57. SB with Jameis Says:

    Thanks tmax. I think it will be cool for us Bucs fans who come here every day to be able to compete against each other while we still route passionately for our Bucs. A little smack talk never hurt brethren. 🙂

  58. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    It is hard to believe Spence fell all the way down to us in this draft. All of us here jumped for joy when he was drafted by Tampa.

  59. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    If that pic doesn’t scream SPAWN I don’t know what does. Absolutely LOVE this guy. Can’t wait to see him raise hell in opposing backfields for years to come. QB’S will soon know #57, that’s for dam sure. #time to take back the south.

  60. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Time to take it back indeed Demboyz..

  61. orlbucfan Says:

    What’s with the ‘Spawn’ bit? Was that Spence’s nickname in college? I know squat about college football hence the question. I’m not worried about the D this season; I’m more concerned with the depth on the OL. Go Bucs!!

  62. Joe Says:

    What’s with the ‘Spawn’ bit?

    To Joe, “spawn” is a pretty derogatory term. Joe would never use it for someone he respects, that’s for sure.

  63. orlbucfan Says:

    Joe: I wondered about that negative whiff w/’spawn’ myself. Obviously, it’s a compliment in the eyes of several of the regulars on here.

  64. Pike Says:

    Isn’t Spawn a reference to that badass character from Spiderman?

  65. Bucamania Says:

    Good hand fighting. His repetoire of moves and get off… combined with his dawg mentality. Let’s turn him loose!