Vita Vea, Every-Down Player?

May 21st, 2019

Bucs legend Warren Sapp says a giant defensive tackle like Vita Vea, a guy from the west coast, can’t handle the Florida heat on a full-time basis.

Bruce Arians ain’t feelin’ it.

After today’s sweltering practice at One Buc Palace, Arians was asked about Vea stepping up to play a load of snaps following the ousting of Gerald McCoy from the roster.

No problem, Arians said.

“He should be able to go the whole time,” Arians said of Vea. ” He’s young. He’ll have his weight where it needs to be. And he can play every down.”

Man, Joe sure hopes Sapp is wrong.

There will be an awful lot on Vea’s big shoulders this season. Thankfully, Joe’s been told Vea reported to camp in top shape. It’s at least a great sign.

27 Responses to “Vita Vea, Every-Down Player?”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    another player with more hope moving forward on this glorious day!

  2. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Based on photos / last year I’m assuming he’s going to be playing more around 330 lbs vs the 347 lbs he weighed at the combine.

    I forgot Vea’s 40 time was pretty close to McCoy, (5.1 vs 5.06) despite having 47 lbs on him for their combine weights.

    Who knows how fast he’d have run at 330 or less.

  3. Bruce Blahak Says:

    These dudes with the long hair need to go old school with a brush cut and that’ll help handle the heat. Can’t understand how they play in that heat with long hair. Makes no sense…they should be helping themselves not hindering…

  4. Jean Lafitte Says:

    He’s stronger and way more violent at contact than GMC. He will make GMC a distant memory and live up to his spot in the draft. Like someone had mentioned earlier, GMC can help Ben up twice a year now.

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    Yes Jean……Vea looks like the perfect type of player Bruce wants.

    They say they wanna be physical and attacking. Vea is exact kind of guy you need for that……Same can be said for Suh & I bet there is some validity to that rumor.

    It’s another reason why McCoy is gone too. He is a finesse player. Wrong type of player they want for this football team.

  6. Snook Says:

    Didn’t Sapp also say on more than one occasion that McCoy was better than he was? He was clearly wrong on that.

    Please. Why is anyone listening to Sapp?

  7. DooshLaRue Says:

    Sapp wrong?

    Unheard of Joe!

    Ha ha ha

  8. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans') ***Rhealist, louden, & tmax are the worst posters ever!!! Says:

    Vea will terrorize the NFL this year.

    He will be a perennial All-Pro beginning this season.

  9. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Vita Vea fits a 3-4 scheme better than GMC. It is almost as Licht predicted that the Bucs were going to a 3-4 defense in the near future.

  10. DooshLaRue Says:

    AlabamaBucsFan Says:
    May 21st, 2019 at 1:27 pm
    Vita Vea fits a 3-4 scheme better than GMC. It is almost as Licht predicted that the Bucs were going to a 3-4 defense in the near future.


    Nice theory, but if that was the case, then Licht is really, really stupid for not trading Softie last year before the deadline.

    At any rate, I think we can only be better without The Softness.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea

    Lifted boulders in Tonga…….same average temp as Tampa….91.

    I think he can handle it.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    91 Summer Months…..

  13. SenileSenior Says:

    Don’t forget that Vea is of Samoan ancestry. His lineage goes back to the South Pacific climate. If genetics means anything his people are naturally large and can take the heat

    He showed an ability to play carrying a lot of weight during his college days. Let’s see how he does in year two of his NFL regimen.
    Go Bucs!!!

  14. LakeLand Says:

    This guy was drafted over Derwin James
    A 1st team All-Pro as a rookie

    And we’re asking, is he a every down player

  15. SenileSenior Says:

    Vita Vea’s full name is Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea. If he can “carry” a name like that perhaps he can carry 335 or 340 as a pro. 🙂

    Even the shortened version of his name suggests dozens of nicknames for a guy who just might emerge as beast in the NFL. I’ve seen Darth Vea and VitaMan thrown out there already. I am sure that something more appropriate and more unique will be hung on him after he plays several more NFL games.

    I am getting more excited! Can’t wait for training camp, let alone the real season.
    Go Bucs!!!

  16. SOEbuc Says:




  17. SenileSenior Says:

    I probably mixed up Samoan and Tongan. Oh well! The point remains the same. The south Pacific Islanders in general are nothing to sneer at.

    I am not as fast or sharp as I once was. Hence, my moniker. ;D
    Go Bucs!!!

  18. Infidel Strong Says:


    “Licht predicted”. LMAO!

  19. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Any update on Stevie T?

    Not a sheep

  20. 813bucboi Says:

    he can play every down…..not an issue….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  21. SOEbuc Says:

    Warren Sapp best player in the Bucs franchise. But wasn’t he the mentor and teacher of captain hands on hips. I would rather him not have to play 3 downs coming off a serious injury last year, but he can do it. Dude’s got a serious motor.

  22. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Funny how the Gumpster Fire never drafts players that fit into the current system.

    Just what team does he think he’s managing?

  23. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Sapp was right once. Those hookers were trying to roll him. On the other hand Vea is a beast. Imagine how good he will be with a training camp. He was injured and out of shape when he came in during week 4. When he was healthy, he was a stud. Which team has a 2 DTs that are physically stronger than Sue and Vea? Undersize centers are going to have mysterious injuries the week the Bucs are in town.

  24. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Vita Vea couldn’t make it through a single summer contact practice without pulling something.

    When he came back his play sucked until mid/late November.

    Bruce Arians watches this guy play once, for an hour, indoors, and is banking on him playing as a 3 down lineman in september.

    It’s still hot as sh!t in that stadium at 4 o,clock (especially if you have to buy them cheap seats on the east side staring into the sun like a farmer…).

    I would be leery of this dude playing that much in the Tampa heat until he shows he can do it.

  25. Br luceletdadogsloose Says:

    Guys , we now have vea & suh Manning the middle and freeing up white and David ! I’m telling you guys , we are starting to have man that can get nasty for a change and I am literally jumping up and down in my kitchen knowing we don’t have babies who think they can finesse Thier way to QB’S by using Thier great first step to nowhere ! I start off smiling knowing I don’t have to see or listen to gmc’s bullspit any friggen longer and FINALLY we as fans can start to say goodbye to all the friggen losing !.. MOTHER F__KERS , GO BUCS !

  26. Buccfan37 Says:

    Of course Vea will continue to struggle with the heat and humidity. That’s a given.

  27. BigMacAttack Says:

    Everyone struggles with the heat and HUMIDITY which is so often overlooked. I’m in it every day and it still sucks. The good thing for players is their time on the field is only 2.5-3 hrs and about half of that is usually on the bench. It could be worse. I think Vea is ready for the challenge. I wish the penny pinchers would cover the stadium, it would help, especially the fans stuck in the stands. Sapp knows a lot but he has a big fat mouth that never stops running.