Bucs Encouraged Early By Noah Spence

April 27th, 2019

One eye-opening nugget coming out of Jason Licht’s wrap-up news conference late last night was a statement that Noah Spence is turning heads at One Buc Palace for his work over the past 3 1/2 weeks.

That’s right. You’re not hungover.

Spence, 25, has been invisible the past two seasons. First he was injured. Then he was just benched, officially slapped with the “B-word” after being the No. 39 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

About two weeks ago, Licht said Spence was better suited for a 3-4 defense and the Bucs knew that when they drafted him, even thought that was their defense under Dirk Koetter. Joe thought it was an unsettling take by Licht.

Last night when asked about not addressing defensive line through the first three rounds of the 2019 draft, Licht talked about how much the Bucs staff loves Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib.

And then came a Shaq Barrett mention and the Spence commentary.

“Noah has been really a pleasant surprise so far for the new staff and for us, of what he’s been showing,” Licht said.

Also, Licht added, “We’re happy with Vita [Vea].” Gerald McCoy? Nah.

Spence is in a contract year and perhaps he’s gotten his off-the-field life in perfect order. (Joe’s just going to leave that there.) Not every professional matures at the same pace. The NFL has had many pass rushers who flourish after a few seasons, but rarely are those guys high draft picks like Spence.

If Spence can contribute — and it’s a big “if” — that would be a such a welcome bonus for the Bucs. The Bucs remain thin at linebacker.

37 Responses to “Bucs Encouraged Early By Noah Spence”

  1. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Look over there…look over there….

  2. Billy_43 Says:

    Oh yeah.
    Didn’t need Josh Allen.
    We already have him.

    Noah gonna look like Vic Beasley as an OLB

  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    Remains to be seen. Would be a huge boost if he can contribute.

  4. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Everyone here is surprised at the draft selections, but BA wasn’t kidding when he said he liked Peyton Barber, he believes in Ronald Jones. Licht wasn’t kidding when he said he believes in Noah Spence and Carl Nassib.

    Wake up people. Everyone crying “Smokescreen!” is now surprised when the truth was right in front of their faces the entire time.

    For better or worse, Licht and BA told us how the offseason was going to go. Call Licht what you will, but he has faith in his picks. Licht and BA made their bed, time to lie in it.

    For better or worse.

  5. Magadude Says:

    Hah! Yeah, I guess they must be! I know last year we’d thought the same and in wiedest fashion, we barely saw him. Maybe it was personality, attitude, whatever. Unacceptable for any player to get…but maybe he’s past whatever it was? We can hope.

    About “Licht said Spence was better suited for a 3-4 defense and the Bucs knew that when they drafted him.” Say what? That is fireable stupidity right there given he was a 2nd rounder and 3-4 was RARELY used. Is Licht making this stuff up as he goes?

  6. Rick Says:

    Should get some competition still.

  7. Magadude Says:

    Beau Allen, Vita Vea, JPP, and Nassib, with Spence stepping it up may be enough? It wasn’t before. We can hope. And of course, we need Ghoulston to step it up too. The oft-injured Stevie T. will be back, and maybe he can break out. I am trying to think of a key DT I am missing from past years but just can’t think of his name. Oh well…these are likely the main guys going into the season I think.

  8. JGhoti86 Says:

    The Bucs are not thin at LB. it’s not the best group in the league, but it’s adequate. It includes a 10 sack guy (which should mean everything to the Joe’s) in JPP, Nassib, D. White, David, Barrett, Bucannon, Minter, Spence and Bond. Cichy and Beckwith’s status are unclear and would be a bonus. It’s not thin though.

  9. wideleftandright Says:

    Dance Jason Dance!Rather than saying we screwed up ,you drafted an S load of DB to replace the ones from last year and the year before.
    Vita Vea was the only reasonable pick in the last two years or more.
    Yes you like JPP as well as Nassib and all of a sudden Noah Spence is showing up??Also with JPP in his 30s and we are going to have to draft a replacement leaving us in the same spot next year .But there will be plenty of dbs next year too. SMH.

  10. Bird Says:

    We hear this every year from Spence. Especially this time of year.

    Regardless. He can probably go back to lighter weight and play outside 3-4 better fit.

    Let’s see if this coaching staff has a purpose for him instead of bench warmer

  11. Anonymous Says:

    “That’s right your not hungover”
    Lmao I read that post like ahhhh this headache and then u said it

  12. BlogTalkFootball Says:

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…

  13. ATrain Says:

    BA can believe in Barber and for the record The ATrain does too

    BUT without a line to open some holds forget about it


  14. Bird Says:

    Gotta get guard here – Either Oklahoma or Wisconsin guard /tackle

    4 good running backs still there too

    Kentucky , Texas Am , Oklahoma st and Oklahoma RB
    Not a big fan of Bryce love.

    Think justice hill may be best of bunch. We need one that can catch -3rd down down and he will play right away.

    We needs starters still

  15. JGhoti86 Says:

    We are thin on DLine, not LB

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    AlteredEgo Says
    “Look over there…look over there….”

    LOL. I thought the same thing.

  17. Bird Says:

    ^^^3rd down back

    Need starters

  18. Easy Says:

    LMAO I could give two sh!ts about Noah Spence anymore.

  19. ManzielMadness Says:

    Let’s hope he can stay healthy

  20. BringBucsBack Says:

    Has any Buc ever gotten more pub for less production than Spence?

    He’s got to be better suited for 3-4, because in a 4-3, he couldn’t whip 3rd string tackles in pre-season.

    I love how the new regime deduced this ghost’s preparedness for the 3-4 D from what, five practices? Don’t they have film of their own players?
    Not holding my breath.

    Joe, it’s time to re-run the “Our division rivals draft better than we do” article.

  21. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Had we drafted 2 OL and 2 DL people would be saying we need LB help and secondary help. Half of the posters in here would complain no matter who we drafted.

  22. Easy Says:

    ^^^no we wouldn’t

  23. Magadude Says:

    There are still some decent OL and DL players, including edge rushers left on the board. Maybe they can pick a diamond in the rough today in some of the rounds. If nothing else depth, especially at O line. So far, Alex Cappa, Boozer, and Liedtke have to be happy. That may change today.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    LMAO…this guy’s a joke.

    They use Spence as a tool to say…..the DL’s all set…..some of these guys are coming on anyways…

    Didn’t they say this same stuff about Spence in offseason’s pasts?

    Perhaps it’s hot air….wishful thinking….or a motivator for him….wtfever.

    He’s still a joke until it shows on game day.

  25. Kobe Faker Says:

    This highschool defense is going to break records

    The worst defense in the history of the NFL

    Minimum 7 games we get torched over 40 points

    Record setting year coming up”

    Kobe Faker

  26. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    I liked the Noah Spence pick…at least at the time…and his Year One was very encouraging. I’ll be rooting for this guy.

  27. TOM Says:

    OMG! Where have I heard this crap before from Licht. He’s good at one thing. He’s a great BS artist & with BA they are two peas in a pod. Now we got to listen to this bull crap from PW, trying to justify these horrible picks. It seems like the Bucs like to draft these no name players, with the exception of White who personally wouldn’t have picked ahead of Allen or Oliver. But WTF do I know.

  28. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Help me out our secondary got torched last tear, we draft guys to stop it and Licht is making a mistake? Is there any doubt the back is where our defense was the worst?

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    SC…nope they just all around sucked ass.

  30. tmaxcon Says:

    BringBucsBack Says:
    April 27th, 2019 at 10:47 am
    Has any Buc ever gotten more pub for less production than Spence?

    Cancer93 has been the face of the basement years for a decade so yes a player has received far more publicity for accomplishing nothing meaningful in her entire career….

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    Now I know why I’m moderated….

  32. TexBuc Says:

    BA also said in a predraft interview that he felt DL talent was all the way into the 6th round. He was not lying seems they are addressing positions in the draft that may not be so deep.

  33. TexBuc Says:

    New offense and blocking schemes can do wonders for a team. Example the Rams, with new coaching staff the Rams went from a low ranking offense to a high flying offense with basically a few tweaks in personnel.

    Relax at least BA and T. Bowles have history of success.

  34. wideleftandright Says:

    TEXBUC: Offense except for guard on the right side isnt the problem.
    Not being able to stop Plant High from scoring at will ,is !!

  35. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    JGHoti86 – “We are thin on DLine, not LB”

    While we could use a couple good bodies on the Dline, don’t need to be as thick on the Dline in a 3-4. Focus should be on Linebackers and DBs. And with Kwon gone and Beckwith and Jack Cichy rumors about retirement injuries – yes we were very thin on Linebackers.

  36. Pryda...Sec 147 Says:

    Will Gholston …omg this mofo gained like I quote “40 lbs” since last season and he looks amazing !!! He came in to eat at my restaurant in Hyde park. He came a bunch in the spring /summer last year as a bunch of players do. But yeah he looks so much stronger I said “coach got you working hard” he laughed lol I hope he has success this season I think he will. I think Noah will too.

  37. bucnole Says:

    Sounds like a lot of maybe and if