Gerald McCoy Blesses Vita Vea Pick

April 26th, 2018

Big No. 93, the six-time Pro Bowler on the Buccaneers’ defensive line, is fired up for the newest Tampa Bay defensive lineman.

Perhaps Gerald McCoy realizes that the pick of manbeast tackle Vita Vea out of the University of Washington means McCoy might be able to cut his snaps by 15 percent or so, which could extend his career and make him more effective when he is on the field.

McCoy took to Twitter tonight right after the pick.

McCoy wasn’t just blowing smoke. Joe heard from a source that McCoy is very pleased.

He should be. Look what the Bucs gave McCoy this offseason: Jason Pierre-Paul, a gargantuan athletic rookie in Vea, plus fresh Super Bowl winners Vinny Curry and Beau Allen (sorry, Mitch Unrein fans).

McCoy has help, and more help. And Bucs fans have a guy in Vea that can, if he pans out, replace 30-year-old McCoy when his game falls off.

63 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Blesses Vita Vea Pick”

  1. Lamarcus Says:


  2. Ndog Says:

    Thats correct no more excuses for McCoy. It is put up or shut up time!!!!!!

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I can only guess that Tmax likes this pick……although he would likely find a very negative way of expressing it.

    I like the pick but am a bit surprised because of our off-season acquisitions. But, then again, that’s what Licht likes to do.

    Obviously aside from the big three Vita must have been the top choice because James was still there for us…..and, we got 2 2s.

    The way this draft is shaping up, we may not need to move up for a good RB.

  4. Bird Says:

    Reverse jinx on last comment

    We need guice or Michel.

  5. Thespiritof1976 Says:

    Shaq Griffin. 2nd round. Make it happen. Him alone will make McCoy an alpha male.

  6. Bird Says:

    Steelers and Seattle and eagles mocks – I always see a rb

  7. Erik w/ Clean Athletics Says:

    U think Vea is just going to spell McCoy?


    McCoy and Vea are gonna be the 2 starters and dominate the middle of the line

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    If Vita can play more than 2 downs and get a pass rush then it’s a good pick, but there is a reason guys his size play NT in a 3-4, not DT in a 4-3. Hopefully he’s a mold breaker, but history is not on his side.

  9. Erik w/ Clean Athletics Says:

    Giddy about our 3 2nd rounders

  10. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    We need rb and a couple of corners. We can sign one of the safeties after the draft for peanuts. Get some corners and address the rb. Ol later in draft and after roster cuts. It’s easier to find gems for the online late or after cut day

  11. Bird Says:

    Good point.

    There are more than a few solid safeties still out there

    The safety market has been frozen Even Matthieu only got 7 mil.

  12. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    I’m still mixed about the vea pick but hey build the trenches. It’s about time and it looks like licht has learned his lesson with the ol and dl additions

  13. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    Rod Munch,

    This guy is an athletic FREAK!

    The biggest reason for the Bucs troubles last year, and the past several years, is that they’re D-lines are WEAK, and get destroyed every week!

  14. Bculaw Says:


    I’d LOVE to see us get Shaq in the 2nd!!! Dude is a baller!! Go RB/CB/Shaq in the second, and I’d be PUMPED!!!!

  15. The Graham Tram Says:

    Mike Smith gets his two BAMFs in the middle.

    Stop the run and go have some fun.

    Penny off the board 🙁

  16. Wjs Says:

    Would waste a 1st round pick on a roster with 6 DTs on it already and 1 DB. Can we fire this dude already.

  17. Oneilbucs Says:

    Trade back in the first round please

  18. OneBucPerson Says:

    Derrius Guice/Sony Michel and Josh Jackson/Isaiah Oliver/Mike Hughes in the 2nd?

  19. Joel Says:

    So will people finally shut their mouths that he has no talent around him?

    Time to play every snap, Gerald. Your replacement has arrived.

  20. BIGz Says:

    Go get Hernandez

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    Now go get Hernandez.

  22. Oneilbucs Says:

    We need a running game man !!!!!! We losing all the running backs.

  23. DB55 Says:

    if he pans out

  24. Frank Pillow Says:

    Hernandez and Chubb still in play, along with CB. Nice!

  25. MadMax Says:

    Some butt hurt chris baker fans here or something…..jeeze

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “Bucs fans have a guy in Vea that can, if he pans out, replace 30-year-old McCoy when his game falls off.”

    Well let’s not go overboard. Vea won’t be getting a lot of sacks. Maybe 4-5 per year. His strength is the blocking, pressure, and run stopping.

  27. MadMax Says:

    Alright, keeping our picks no trades…

    Big Will (wont happen) so DE Landry (fingers crossed)
    Chubb or Jones II
    Jessie Bates
    Nick Nelson
    Desmond Harrison

  28. MadMax Says:

    ^ exactly Bonzai! He’ll be where Baker was but excelling like Baker couldnt. Big Powerful man at NT who will command doubles, flushing the pocket so our DE’s and LB’s can get it done.

  29. Capt.Tim Says:

    Philly proved how to win Superbowls.
    Wave after wave of hungry Defensive linemen.

    Vea replace McCoy?
    Does no one uderstand 3 technique?
    Vea is a big bodied run stopper, who plays Nose tackle.
    McCoy is not a nose tackle.

    For the first time in his career- McCoy has some help on that D-line.
    Fking about time

    Now draft
    2nd round
    Nick Chubb -Rb
    Tavarious McFadden- CB
    Marcus Allen-Safety

    4th round
    Chad Thomas-DE

    5th round
    Wyatt Teller-G

    And we will have addresses this teams largest needs

  30. Lamarcus Says:

    The loser tonight??? Beau Allen. Didn’t he want to come here to be a starter? Well……

  31. Tony from L.A. Says:

    The smart fans understand what is happening. the Bucs – for the first time in 15 years – are being built the correct way.

    Trench warfare.


  32. Buccaneer scotty Says:


  33. Buccaneer scotty Says:


  34. Joel Says:

    I guess the Captain doesn’t realise Vea can okay more than one position.

    He is the replacement for McCoy and his bloated 2019 salary.

    Talent around him for the first time in his career? Please.

    You sound like cry baby Gerald.

  35. Joel Says:

    McCoy Is garbage. Trade him while he still has value to some unsuspecting team that doesn’t realize he takes plays off and disappears during games.

  36. Biggun Says:

    play them both… can’t double team both of them new day in Buc country….

  37. Biggun Says:

    ^^^^^ Joel sit down 6 time Pro bowler PLEEEEESE dude McCoy has been doubled team his entire career and still goes to PB 6 time geeze…. hmft

  38. lambchop Says:

    The Bills and Broncos actually had a trade worked out but because Bradley Chubb fell to the Broncos, they opted to draft him instead of making the trade.

    Lucky for us Denzel Ward was drafted higher than anyone thought and Bradley Chubb fell to the Broncos. That allowed us to be in prime position for the Bills to make a trade offer.

  39. Kstoges Says:

    guys now with vita at nose btw he can pass rush he’s got great speed and wiggle for his side and jpp and curry and healthy spence were gunna kick the sh*t out of our divisions olines and our oline is gunna kick the crap out of there dlines to our trenches are overhauled and it’s so important in football to control the trenches and guys we have 3 second rounders tm I hope we go RB corner and saftey and if we do that hell I wouldn’t be mad if we didn’t make another pick the whole draft Jason Licht does it again I hated the vita pick at first but I’ll be honest I didn’t know about him now that I do I’m so happy it’s insane he’s a wrecking ball gamewrecker.

  40. Kstoges Says:

    Im telling you I hated the pick at first I wanted minkah or derwin with a passion but now that we traded back we can get help there later vita vea is not just a run stuffer he can do it all he’s a freak he literally is the nosetsckle version of Arron Donald mixed with Haloti Ngata so vea is going to be a boulder in the run game you literally can’t run at him and he blasts through double teams with McCoy now to? guys drew Brees hates middle pressure guess what that just became our strong suit we have a top 5 dline in the nfl now guys and we also have one of the best linebacker trios in the league to we are going to dominate our division in the trenches this year we gunna smack them around vita is gunna TOSS fools like it’s his job box it is his job Gerald is gunna blast through and force drew out of the pocket and JPP is gunna bend around and get maaaad sacks bc of Gerald and vita blasting fools in the middle Im so happy

  41. teacherman777 Says:

    Vita Vea is a high-character guy.

    A saintly man.

    Goes well with GMZ.

    But the heathens and demons out there don’t like honorable men, like GMC.

    I for one, love having good MEN on our team.

    Builds a positive culture.

    Go Bucs!

  42. Issic haggins Says:

    Shut the f up McCoy already , you hv talked more than L Roy Selmon would have in 50 years and quit on plays and your team more than Selmon in 100 years !!! We have tape !!! Please just shut the F Up and do what someone that loves football( Bucs player) and the fans would love to do for a quarter of your salary !!! Don’t take that out of context every Bucs fan wants you to be paid 15 million a year if you can dominate as much as your mouth and persona off the field ( camera tiger) …… Thank You Clinton McdonLd for being a real player here and still semi dominating when Gerald wasn’t next to you !!! How could you play so good without Gerald , Well the tape says tenacity and Effort !!! Gerald just shut up and make a play ,, seriously dude shut up and make plays !!! I’m over your mouth , ego and hyped get off !!! Your meaningful highlight real is naked and fellow pro bowlers love told you that 2 yeArs ago and you bAbled promises , posed for the cameras but you just don’t make plays . Jumping in the backfield is not a play , A hole !!!!


  43. JDR Says:

    We hit the jack pot and blew it on a reach who played against sub par opponents

  44. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Don’t be shocked – if we draft Maurice Hurst in the 2nd round.

  45. Joe Says:

    Don’t be shocked – if we draft Maurice Hurst in the 2nd round.

    That would be a shock. (Ahem)

  46. Brad Says:

    Love the move, we’ve been soft up front for years. Starting with the guy who says let’s go.

  47. Jason Mclaurin Says:

    Joe it’s not honest to block every negative reaction to that pick that pick was horrible let’s just be honest already man.

  48. SOEbuc Says:

    GMC has been double covered his entire career and is a good player. That’s not possible anymore with JPP/GMC/Vea/Noah/Curry/Allen/Gholston. THAT’S WHAT I CALL A F#CKIN SICK ASS D-LINE ROTATION AND DEPTH CHART!!! NOW GO GET HERNANDEZ IN THE SECOND!!! FIX THE TRENCHES!!!

  49. Defense Rules Says:

    Remaining PRIORITY NEEDS are pretty clear: OG, RB, CB, SS. OT for depth. We now have 3 picks in 2nd Rnd & 2 picks in 4th Rnd. Bucs now have a chance to fill all of our priority needs AND add some OL depth in this draft … all by the end of the 4th Rnd. Add another CB & RB for even more depth after that & Bucs would have a strong starting roster with decent depth going into training camp.

    Jason jumped on an incredible opportunity when he traded down from #7 to #12 with Buffalo and picked up TWO 2nd Rnd picks in the process. We all need to now thank the Broncos for backing out of their ‘almost trade’ with the Bills & picking Bradley Chubb when he fell to #5. TIMING IS EVERYTHING & that opportunity was EXACTLY what we needed.

  50. Defense Rules Says:

    Oops, make that 2 picks in 4th & 5th Rnds combined (picks #102 and #144). Also still have 2 picks in 6th Rnd (#180 and #202) it looks like. That’s 7 more picks total … please use 1 of those 6th Rnd picks to grab Bo Scarborough if he’s still there Jason.

  51. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    3-4 dLine

    Spence, Curry, Vea, McCoy, JPP

    Get J. Jackson right meow

  52. Hodad Says:

    Think C. Campbell who everyone wanted to get in F.A. last year for a billion dollars. We got us a freakish big D.T.. Remember who coached Campbell in Az, Buckner, and who will be molding Vea here.

  53. Bob in Valrico Says:

    If Vea does what is expected, its going to much tougher for Cam,Kamara or Freeman for example to penetrate our line. Here’s hoping we are able to rattle a lot of QB’s with this revamped D line.

  54. tnew Says:

    Would really like to hear a Buckner quote regarding this pick.

    With the current roster, GMC should pay more end on run downs, then come back to three for passing downs. Kind of like Campbell has done for Arizon and Jacksonville last year.

  55. Capt.Tim Says:

    So, you think 345# can play positions other than nose tackle??
    Suuuure he can!! Meybe he can solve our issues at RB!! He was a Rb in high School, right??

    After watching his Tape, you think Vea has mad skills, and McCoy doesnt??
    Again, Lmfao
    You really dont understand anything about This game,do you?

    Vea was drafted to be a wall every play. Thats a Nose tackles job. He holds his ground- to keep Rbs from having a gap to run thru.
    End of job description.
    If you are expecting anything else, then your dumba*s will be hating Vea by game 4. Because you dont know anything about football

    Can you particularly stupid zombies keep the really Fking stupid comments to a minimum? Im still hung over.

  56. donuts Says:

    Vea played in a 4-3 in college so I dont get some of the comments on the 3-4 and whether he can fit in the Bucs D. This is a great pick especially considering the 2 extra picks in the 2nd round this YEAR. If you compare our trade down to the next one (that got a 3rd and 5th) I think we stole the Bills lunch money. For those of you saying GMC has to prove it this year because of this acquisition, I would say #3 has more to prove to this fanbase than GMC…a lot more.

    When we get our RB today, I think Buc fan will begin to feel great about this draft.I still think the Bucs will replace Sweezy in this draft too. He is done and hopefully Licht will not make the Martin mistake again by hanging onto a player too long.

    Go Bucs!

  57. Bucnjim Says:

    Even though he played a 4-3 in college I’m pretty sure he was brought in to give the Bucs an option to mix in some 3-4 defense because of his shear size and strength. Also as good as McCoy can SOMETIMES be at rushing the QB he can be manhandled by most guards in the running game so this will help with that as well.

  58. celly Says:

    Cam doesn’t score on that play if Vea is in there instead of Baker.

  59. Bucsfanman Says:

    Capt. Tim- You know that the GMC argument is the JBF blackhole right?! If you’re not a “fan”, any argument in support of GMC is Fake News! Facts?! Man, puh-leeze!

  60. Mike Johnson Says:

    Vita’s got that mean streak in him. McCoy has it to a certain degree. But not like Vita Vea. Vita will helping opposing players get off the ground when he hits them!! Because from what I’ve seen of him, Vita hits’em hard and vicious.. We need that..nasty play on Defense. Welcome aboard Vita Vea!!!!

  61. James Says:

    Woahhhhhh.. hell of a move back and grab vea at 12 puts pressure then sends them pierre Paul’s way!! Dayum nice way to help that secondary huh. Let’s grab a rb and cb then maybe safety legoo

  62. James Says:

    Now I see why we didn’t go after suh!!

  63. John meeks Says:

    James,but suh can actually rush the passer.vita is a nose tackle that can free up the linebackers to make plays.he is not gonna get many sacks cause he doesn’t have any pass rushing moves.hopefully he can master a move or two and become a decent pass rusher but that will take time.