Club Vita

August 17th, 2020

Strength challenge ahead

The No. 12 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft is back on the practice field today as the Bucs strap on the pads for the first time, surgically-repaired hand included.

Vita Vea, as Bucco Bruce Arians noted earlier this month, is sporting a club-like covering on that right paw, as the Twitter photo from the nflstroud account reveals here.

Lots of players have played with a club through NFL history, Jason Pierre-Paul included, but not everyone adjusts to it well and obviously it’s something that potentially could affect strength. Again, potentially.

Bucs center Ryan Jensen noted recently that Vea might be the strongest player in the NFL. (Great explanation by Jensen) So Joe has to wonder aloud about how the club might impact that.

Hopefully, the club comes off in a few weeks and all this is moot. But for now, it’s something for Vea to adjust to. Joe talked to a football man who’s familiar with playing with a clubbed hand. The guy told Joe the silver lining is that it forces you to be laser focused on your overall technique because you’re thinking about the hand. Eventually, he said, that hyper-focus on technique leads to overall improvement.

6 Responses to “Club Vita”

  1. All lives matter Says:

    I heard it happened from lifting Húsafell Stones. Do you think there’s any validity to this?

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    At least he shouldn’t be called for holding with that hand…..

  3. Sick of the lies Says:

    Dude is 3-3

  4. Roy T. Buford Says:

    All good stuff, all good to know, Joe. Thanks.

  5. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @All lives…
    Had to look that one up. As many times as I’ve been to Iceland, you’d think I’d know it. I don’t know what to call them…but one thing whole country had was a lot of big rocks, and a lot of long haired sheep.

  6. pick6 Says:

    hope it heals up. between vea and wirfs we might have 2 of the strongest humans in NFL history on the roster right now