Viewing Vea From The Other Side Of The Ball

May 21st, 2018

Dictation lessons

During the draft process, Joe shared takes from guys who played directly against Vita Vea in college, guys who said he was easily their toughest matchup.

But what about evaluation inside One Buc Palace?

One man who had his eyes glued to Vea was Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop.

It was inevitable, Warhop explained.

“There were several offensive linemen, ok, in the Pac-12 coming out. So if you know there’s a good defensive linemen, you try to watch that tape [of the o-linemen facing that star defensive lineman]. I’ll be honest. Now I was excited when we drafted Vea,” Warhop explained.

“Because that dude in college was dictating the game. I remember one play, I think it was against Washington State, they threw a screen to the receiver to the right, ok, and he’s down the field and you see this big body about 30 yards downfield making the play. And it was him. I’m like, ‘He’s 3-whatever [pounds] doing that. That’s really impressive.’ So foor me, watching him play, I was really ecstatic about us drafting him.”

Warhop added he doesn’t like to give offensive linemen to much credit, but it was earned in the case of Vea.

“I can’t think of one that stood out that much on college tape that you looked at and you ,went ‘Holy cow! This dude is really impressive.'” Warhop said. “You watch any game he was in, he was dictating the game.”

Joe assumes every breathing Bucs fan can’t wait to see Vea get on the field. Joe is fired up.

Joe absolutely hopes the Bucs give Vea maximum first-team work in preseason. The Bucs should already know what free agent run-stuffer nose tackle Beau Allen can do. Let’s see what kind of impact Vea might be ready for on opening day. The Bucs need to come out firing, not guessing.

22 Responses to “Viewing Vea From The Other Side Of The Ball”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Re”Vita”lized Dline

  2. Destinjohnny Says:

    I say don’t play him till the 2nd half.
    When teams are starting to get big running clips after d’s are getting worn down.
    He ends it.

  3. casual Observer Says:

    Excellent DL line depth, regardless of who starts. Much rotation envisioned.

  4. Earl Says:

    “Veas- Mode!”

  5. M0J0 Says:

    If the Bucs D-Line can truly be a force, it will change everything for the Bucs. Vea is a man child and it will take him some time to acclimate, but once he does, watch out!

  6. voiceofreason Says:


  7. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Wait… so our big nasty interior lineman’s standout remarkable play was one 30 yards downfield…

    That’s like signing a receiver because they can block.

    We don’t need a 350 lb d tackle who can get 30 yards downfield, we need one who can get eight yards up the field and put a quarterback on their backside!

  8. AlteredEgo Says:

    He has not always been this big…I’d like to see him play his rookie year 15lbs lighter

  9. Pryda ...sec147 Says:

    Just don’t get injured running 30yards down the field! Have a healthy year

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    You know where Warhop’s eyes are always focused when watching tape.

    Really glad to hear him say this about our 1st Rd pick.

    But many will not “see” a “huge impact” from Via due to the nature of his position of NT in a 4-3 – even when he is doing exactly what he should be doing and is playing well.

    I know its hard to do because the natural tendency is for your eyes to want to follow the ball. But for those who never do it – try watching football with all your focus on the Trenches. You can actually see the play develop better that way and you still see what’s happening in the back field with peripheral sight. Try it sometime if you rarely or never have.

  11. Stanglassman Says:

    The preseason should be interesting watching other teams 2nd and 3rd string players going up against our backup DL. This is one year the Bucs really need the preseason games to work in the new interior OL, ROJO passpro reps, DL rotation and get lots of game reps and evaluations in the young secondary.

  12. Owlykat Says:

    Vea used to be a RB in High School. We need him to also practice at FB in short yardage situations like Chicago used to do with the Fridge. He is going to be right beside McCoy in the Saints game and will be our Nose Tackle in the 3/4 formation. The Buc’s need to groom Stevie T to backup Vea for the 3/4, and to play by Vea when McCoy retires or takes a breather this year.

  13. Phil Says:

    It’s going to take a couple of guys to move something that big. I know our run defense just got a whole lot better. Linebackers should be free to make a play.

  14. Trench War Says:

    VITAmin V

  15. MadMax Says:

    @Pick, i do that all the time, also watch with the volume muted….it brings so much more into focus.

    Im sure we’re going to try Vea in GMC’s spot too when he’s taking a break.

  16. MadMax Says:

    Haloti Ngata, another big Tongan, drafted in the 1st at pick #12 🙂

  17. Destinjohnny Says:

    Strangleglssman nailed it.
    In the PRE season if your second team dominates then its party time

  18. Ghingus Kwon Says:

    The Tonga Truck

  19. K2 Says:

    Joe, what I gets me excited is the rotation. Usually when you rotate in the second man up…our first guts is resting. But, the second man up is so weak the O-line gets to rest too. Now, just imaging being that O-line guy. The first D-line comes in and beat the crap out of you. Then he get to go rest while the second D-line guy beats the craps out of you. There is no rest, there is no help…you start praying for the game to end.

  20. SOEbuc Says:

    Should line up in the I-form with Peyton Barber every time we’re inside the five.

  21. AlteredEgo Says:

    Ghingus Kwon Says:
    May 21st, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    The Tonga Truck

    LOL…..Winner winner !

  22. Trench War Says:

    They should use Vita Vea as FB inside the 5 just like they did with DT William “Refrigerator” Perry. The Eagles just drafted a Australian rugby player Jordan Mailata to tryout to play OT,OG who said that they may try him as the ball carrier inside the five. If you watch film on him you will see why. The same should apply to Vea who has had experience running the ball.