Another Bigger Buccaneer

August 31st, 2020

“I feel like I’m dominating.”

There’s a new level of intensity among Buccaneers defensive linemen this year. The evidence is in their offseason commitment.

Playing defensive tackle in every Bucs game last season was Rakeem Nuñez-Roches (pictured above). He notched nine combined tackles in 26 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. The 27-year-old said today that he was as low as 292 pounds but now plays between 315 to 320 pounds after an offseason of challenging his body.

This stands out to Joe especially after hearing DE Will Gholston talk about his commitment to keeping his weight over 300 pounds this offseason so he can be there all year. (See new-look Gholston below.)

That’s a lot of beef — healthy weight — added to what already was/is the NFL’s No. 1 run defense.

Joe’s impressed. Bucco Bruce Arians’ regime really motivated these guys, or maybe they realize they’re in contract season.

Regardless, Nuñez-Roches was got a most improved nod from defensive coordinator Todd Bowles recently, and Arians and his position coach have lauded him.

 “I feel a night-and-day difference from last year. I feel comfortable. I feel like I’m dominating,” Nuñez-Roches said.

Gone is injury-prone Beau Allen to the Patriots and up steps Nuñez-Roches. Joe thinks Gholston and Nuñez-Roches could represent some hidden improvement in the front-7.

Will Gholston

21 Responses to “Another Bigger Buccaneer”

  1. El Buco Realisto Says:

    The motivating factor has more to do with getting rid of the phony leader She-mc93 then what the ole stale biscuit is doing by just yelling curse words and sloppy coaching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bad GM’s cannot anoint leaders because they were drafted high!!!!!!!!!!!! Shame on the local media that kept telling the “real” fans that we “better be careful what we ask for” and how “sorry the fans will be when She-mc93 is gone”!!!!!!!!!!!!! While last season was still a losing season, at least there was not music and dance party in the locker room after all those losses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    cant wait to see it translate to the field….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  3. El Buco Realisto Says:


    You must be excited!!!!!! In a couple more days, it will be so close that you won’t have to take off your shoes anymore to count the days until game day!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo finally has a player to root for…..Pablo was burned like a sack of mierda with Aguayo…..not since Heff Garcia has Pablo been so excited.”

  5. Howard Cosell Says:

    getting rid of the phony leader She-mc93

    HA! There’s no doubt about it! Realisto = t-m-a-x

    Not that I disagree. The unspeakable one was pretty much right about GMC

  6. 813bucboi Says:


    the “real” motivating factor has more to do with getting rid of SMITTY mid season!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  7. Wesley Says:

    Can’t be worse then Beau Allen.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Swaggy was worse than Beau…..Beau at least looked good smoking a cigar!!!

  9. Allbuccedup Says:

    And Wesley cheaper also!

  10. unbelievable Says:

    Oh wow just realized I haven’t see maxipad in a long time!

    Did he get banned, or did he leave with Jameis? Same with DB55…

  11. unbelievable Says:

    Haha, always gets mod’d when mentioning that one

  12. Cannon Says:

    Nacho kinda looks like Davin Joseph in that pic…

  13. SB Says:

    We have 17 Bucs fans signed up in the pickem league.

  14. SB Says:

    LOL you are right UB!
    I have learned to use ‘spaces’ when trying to type that troll’s name.

  15. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Ha! He does look like Davin in that picture.

    Joseph was a gem who labored amidst mediocrity. Where you get drafted can make a big difference in your career.

  16. Kord Says:

    Think gholston will do very well, Nunez roches will step up as well, how has o Connor been doing?

  17. SB Says:

    UB!!! Are you going to defend your title?

  18. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Somehow the DLine went from no depth to pretty good depth with beefed up Nuñez-Roches and Kyle Love. Nelson and O’Connor are having a great camp and may make a big leap this year.

  19. Nate$Buclife Says:

    Oh no he said he feels like hes dominating he was what a 7th round pick not sure exactly.. JOE what does that say about our O LINE?!?!

  20. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Free agent Defensive Tackles are dime a dozen

    2-3 mill max per year

    Thank god we didnt draft a 2 down Def tackle in the first round

    Nunez and Ghoulston

    Kobe didnt read anything about Vea and his cast in this thread

    Kobe Hopes Vea with the broken hand cant sign that 5 year 10 mil per year contract Jason Gump is going to give him”

    Kobe Faker

  21. Stanglassman Says:

    Kord- Watch the presser by BA today. Auman ask him about the DT position camp battle between Potoa‘e, K. Davis and O’Conner. BA said K. Davis and O’Conner were looking really good. said Davis was run stuffing and rushing Qb well and said O’Conner has separated him self from others.