“I Make All Kinds Of Crazy Cuts And Moves”

August 25th, 2017

Stunning patient

Time to tip the ol’ cap to general manager Jason Licht and his personnel team and medical staff.

Somehow, it seemed they knew rookie linebacker Kendell Beckwith would have one of the fastest recoveries in NFL history from ACL surgery.

Beckwith, the late-third-round pick out of Louisiana State University, blew his left knee out Nov. 19. But he didn’t have reconstructive surgery until nearly two weeks later.

Yet there was Beckwith on the Bucs’ practice field for the start of training camp in late July — taking contact and cleared for everything. Most players need a year to recover fully from that surgery.

Through four weeks of practice, Beckwith has been strong, and he’s playing well for a rookie. With training camp wrapping up this week, Joe talked to Beckwith about his dramatic physical recovery.

Beckwith explained he did “prehab” before his operation, which he believes lessened post-surgery weakness. “I started feeling normal again,” Beckwith said, though after surgery he was starting rehab from scratch like any other patient.

“There’s not a secret to it. If there is, you got to talk to Dr. Bankston at [Louisiana State University]. It’s just the rehab part of it, man. I just did a great job,” Beckwith said. “I had some great trainers and great physical therapists who helped me through rehab, man,  and I attack it each and every day.”

The injury, Beckwith said, is ancient history in his mind. “I don’t think about it. I’ve been knocked down. I fall awkward all the time. I make all kinds of crazy cuts and moves out there,” he told Joe.

Stunning stuff by the final pick of the 2017 third round, a guy who looks like a steal, especially if he starts at strongside linebacker and doesn’t drag down a veteran defense.

15 Responses to ““I Make All Kinds Of Crazy Cuts And Moves””

  1. LongSeason Says:

    I like what I see out of Kendall. This kid is alright. His game performance has been productive.

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    From what I’ve seen, he is a sure tackler. Wraps them up. Speedy too. He could well be a steal.

  3. stpetebucsfan Says:

    There are some things in sports that simply cannot be purchased or duplicated.

    Speed and youth. Beckwith is just a few years removed from being a kid. His young body simply healed quickly. If he was LVD’s or GMC’s age probably a different story.

    Oh and btw let’s give credit where credit is due…to Beckwith himself. He obviously attacked his prehap and rehab with a vengeance so good on him.

  4. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    Loving this kid, loving the pick we got him in.

  5. tnew Says:

    Pretty good for a “wasted” draft pick. I remember after the draft how people were coming out on these boards with their own redrafts. This was one of the most criticized. Other than, Evans (jury is still out) the draft looks really good. McNichols, needs to learn the playbook so they can see if he can play, but he was a fifth. Stevie T looks like he might either make the squad, but at worst will be a practice squad guy. Pretty good draft. Beckwith still has to work to become a solid Sam. He looks and plays more like a Mike but he’s growing at Sam for sure.

  6. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Something in those bayou waters I tell you. And I Like the way those last words sounds “a veteran defense” I was thinking about that on the gig yesterday. To me that is why we are dangerous this year. It is why McClain will edge out Elliot for the starting nickle.

  7. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    A yo Defense, those two short passes cam threw last night were his only two passes all pre season. To the guy that claims DC will be bust we’ll see about DC looked impressive against the hawks first team. On his last rush attempt they were high fiveing the tackle. Full game DC would’ve rushed for a buck20. Ya boy mccaffery got a sample serving yesterday. They grown men close faster than school kids. That 3.0 yards a carry average was below average. I ain’t gone mention the punt returns.

  8. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    The cats are trying to hide the fact that that shoulder ain’t right yet.

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    If you watched him play at LSU. You couldn’t walk away unimpressed by the kid.
    Giving how fresh the injury was – I thought he wouldn’t come of the board until the 6th around.

    I’ll admit though – I was pulling for the following prospects- in the 4th

    • Dede Westbrook
    • Josh Reynolds
    • George Kittle
    • Jeremy Sprinkle
    • Samaje Perine
    • Tarik Cohen

    • Carl Lawson
    • Jaleel Johnson
    • Blair Brown
    • Damontae Kazee

  10. Kobe Faker Says:

    lets see how fast and quick he is

    the modern pro football is all about speed

    they turn fast college safeties into outside linebackers and college outside linebackers into the middle lb. the 250lb slow Nebraska middle linebacker is extinct

    in pro football 3 down linebackers is everything. if he is too slow…OCs will target him in the open and he will eventually be sitting on the bench

    mostly in our division, our linebackers have to pass defend because the rivals all scheme with rbs and slot wrs non stop

    “2017 season, Our Achilles heel will be the pass coverage ”

    Kobe Faker

  11. LocalJoker Says:

    Get DE Arden Key next year and complete the Bayou trifecta.

  12. Pickgrin Says:

    Interesting fact about Kendell Beckwith – The Bucs got one hell of a deal on this player value wise. In 2 different ways:

    1. Beckwith was considered a 2nd rd talent but his semi-major knee injury in Nov and subsequent surgery in Dec scared teams away from drafting him anywhere near where the talent he displays on tape indicates he should have been drafted.

    2. The deal to move up from our 4th round pick (#125) to the very last of the comp picks at the end of the 3rd round (#107) in order to snag Beckwith should have cost us 33 value points according to the draft trade chart (#107= 80 value points minus #125= 47 value points) (80-47=33). Light traded our 6th rd pick (#204) in order to move up the 18 spots to draft Beckwith. That 6th round pick was only worth 9.8 value points.

    In other words -The deal Jason Licht brokered to go get Beckwith hardly cost the Bucs anything – a 70% discount on the trade up – which was parlayed into drafting a player whose talent (aside from the injury) was at least 50 spots higher than where he was picked (a difference of 250 value points).

    Consider also that Godwin should have been drafted about 30 spots higher than where we got him in the 3rd round (190 value point difference) and OJ Howard should have been drafted about 10 spots higher than #19 (a whopping 425 value point differential) and you come up with roughly 865 value points that Jason Licht managed to finagle for free out of this draft.

    That is the equivalent of a mid 1st round pick (our #19 pick this year to be exact) that Licht pulled out of this draft in “value” for free!

  13. shouldhavedraftedeifert Says:

    @Pickgrin good value. Wonder what Licht’s score is for that aguayo pick? -1,000,000,000?

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    “Wonder what Licht’s score is for that aguayo pick?”

    minus 310

    He gained almost triple that value in the 2017 draft as shown above. Also drafted two 1st round talents ahead of Aguayo in 2016 so was already ahead on value due to Spence falling to us in the 2nd rd prior to taking that (ahem) “gamble” on Roberto.

  15. Negative Jeff Says:

    Wish we had the luxury of a vet in front of him. Would like to see that knee rehab for another 6 months. Get this kid right for the next 5 years and not just the next 5 games. Knee will not last the season. Mark the tape.