Major Minutes, Spotlight For Anthony Nelson

January 2nd, 2021

One guy who rarely gets chances to hunt quarterbacks is about to get a big-time shot on Sunday.

And it’s caused a divide at world headquarters.

The Joe typing here is fired up to see Anthony Nelson start against the Falcons in place of Shaq Barrett, who is now on the NFL’s official COVID-19 reserve list. The other Joe thinks the absence of Barrett and Devin White (also COVID) tomorrow will neuter the Bucs’ pass rush back to dark times in Bucs history.

Nelson has six quarterback hits this season and recorded the first sack of his two-year career last Saturday in Detroit. Joe routinely sees a very active rusher who is a handful to deal with on a healthy percentage of rushes.

And it’s quite likely that steadily-improving Nelson is suffering from a lack of opportunities to rack up significant numbers. He’s played about 25 percent of the defensive snaps this season and, of course, he hasn’t been used much as a pass-rush specialist.

That all changes tomorrow and Joe is eager to see Nelson against a rather porous Falcons offensive line. If Nelson wants a role in the playoffs, and more confidence from Bucs officials before free agency and the draft, then Sunday is the day to let loose.

Young players dream of this kind of shot, and now Nelson has it.

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19 Responses to “Major Minutes, Spotlight For Anthony Nelson”

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    Yes, let’s see what he’s got as a starter. He has skills and may surprise.

  2. PSL Bob Says:

    I’m a little nervous about tomorrow. The Bucs secondary is dependent on a good pass rush. With both Shaq and White out, I’m fearful ol’ Matty Ice might pick us apart. It’s up to the O to jump out to an early lead and keep firing all game long.

  3. Cobraboy Says:

    I’m with PSL Bob. down a DT and two important LB’s against a high-powered passing game is not a good mix for a win.

    Fingers crossed Carlton Davis is 100% at game time.

    An equalizer is the Falcons excellent center is also out, although I don’t know anything about his replacement. Mack is excellent at line calls.

  4. Jason Says:

    So steve is hopeful and Lee thinks the world is ending. I’m shocked….

  5. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Nelson’s length can cause Matt Ryan problems even if he doesnt get home on sacks. Also need Suh to bring the pressure up the middle. Ryan is a little like Brady in that respect. Middle pressure kills him. Get those hands up Nelson lol.

  6. Steven007 Says:

    PSL/Cobra, I second (third) that.

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    #With Mack out, I’d align the D with Suh right over the #2 center on passing downs.

    I suspect we’ll see Winfield blitzing often.

  8. Nutterbutter95 Says:

    Dont forget we also have JPP and Lavonte David, this front 7 is no pushover. You play with the personnel you have. Look to see David or Minter become more involved in the pass rush. I could also see JPP have more designed inside rushes for him, as he will need to eat for us to be successful (I also think he will rebound from his 0 stat day from the last time these two teams played

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    I suspect we’ll see a lot of Winfield in the box on passing downs.

  10. Danny C Says:

    He’s supposed to be JPP’s heir apparent, so tomorrow is his chance to prove it. Fingers crossed he performs well.


    Dude is the stiffest pass rusher I’ve ever seen.

  12. adam from ny Says:

    he hasn’t exactly been the next carl “the arabian knight” nassib

  13. adam from ny Says:

    i hope jpp gets to 11.5 sacks tomorrow…

    he has slowed down on his sack production the past handful of games…

    or at least it seems like that

  14. John Says:

    Minter will do just fine for the game. Nelson too. We really need these guys back for playoffs tho. Fingers crossed.

  15. David Says:

    I think Nelson and Mintor will do good but JPP and the rest of the line need to step it up. If they don’t get pressure, it’s going to be a shoot out

  16. geno711 Says:

    My guess is Nelson will never be a top end player. Just not enough speed or quickness to get it done. His length can make him a guy in the rotation but I do not expect a sudden change with him because of the evident lack of quickness.

  17. BucEmUp Says:

    Think this guy was a fifth round pick? Maybe 6th?

    IT would be a real shame for even more evidence that Jason Licht is a good GM to surface, further silencing his critics. Haven’t seen his name getting bashed for a longtime now but, you know who you are.

  18. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Nelson was a 4th Round pick. I hope the kid has a great game. I wish well for all of the Bucs players. Personally, I’d like to see Nelson put on weight and learn all he can from Will Gholston about the 3-4 DE position. There are a lot of good edge rushers in the 2021, I’d like for the Bucs to take one in the first 3 rounds.

  19. Listnfrmafar Says:

    These guys are pros. JPP will rally the troops and those key players will step up and 2and stringers will perform. This is no different than a temporary injury. They prepare for this. Ryan and Ridley can not keep up with Brady, Evan’s, Godwin, Brown, Gronk, Miller etc. Atlanta is sent packing.