“I’ve Seen The Body Transition”

July 9th, 2022

Joe Tryon-Shoyinka with one of his four sacks this season.

Joe loves hearing a Buccaneers legend put a lot on the coaching staff when it comes to getting the most out of a player.

That’s what legendary Derrick Brooks did on WDAE radio this week.

While outside linebacker Anthony Nelson busted out with five sacks last season in limited time, it’s second-year man Joe Tryon-Shoyinka who the Bucs need to bust out at the position and to keep Nelson looking for snaps.

That’s what you expect from a first-round pick with huge potential.

Brooks says he liked a lot of what he saw during Tryon-Shoyinka’s rookie season, but it was limited.

“At times, you could tell, when he was comfortable with what they asked him to do, he succeeded,” Brooks said.

Joe’s going to read between the lines and conclude that Brooks thinks the Bucs must to better when it comes to utilizing Tryon-Shoyinka, whose athleticism Brooks appreciates. No. 55 said the challenge is clear for Bucs coaches now that they know their player well.

As for Tryon-Shoyinka, Brooks said he ran into him in person a couple of times this offseason and he likes how the 2021 rookie’s body has added man-weight and strength.

“I’ve seen the body transition,” Brooks said.

Joe also noted in the spring that Tryon-Shoyinka looks jacked up and more of a physical presence.

Like most second-year players, Tryon-Shoyinka has much to prove. And Joe has no reason to believe he shouldn’t take at least a half-step forward in his game.

18 Responses to ““I’ve Seen The Body Transition””

  1. GOB Says:

    Some rookies come into the league thinking they are in great shape. Once they realize the pounding an NFL body takes, they transform. Many of these guys have been the best athletes on their team all the way through college. It can be a shock to the system. The speed, power, and size is overwhelming. If you aren’t in the best possible shape, I don’t care what kinda athlete you are, the NFL will eat you alive.

  2. D-Rok Says:

    Yes, GOB, I hear you, but our man DB said JTS looked good this offseason. That surely isn’t a step-back, is it? If JTS is looking bigger and stronger per DB, then that is a great sign. Of course, we will all wait for the production….but it does give us fans some optimism devoid of actual content in these interim football months.

  3. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Does the kid have the heart of an NFL player, a player who is determined to be great? That’s the difference in him being the next JPP, or the next Gaines Adams.

  4. Goatfarmer Says:

    He needs a brain transition also. Not sure Todd has what it takes to accomplish that.

  5. GOB Says:

    D-Rok, absolutely not a step back, but a step in the right direction. Its just frustrating when rookies show up in college bodies, thinking they’ve got the world at their feet. I understand some of them haven’t finished filling out, but most rookies could produce more if they realized the jump. Poor ole GOB had to work his ass off, and gain 20 pounds, simply to survive on a practice squad. Maybe it’s because I was on the fringes that I understood what it took. This kid has all the ready made potential to be a game wrecker. Can’t wait to see how he performs.

  6. Miller5252 Says:

    Let’s hope the “jacked up” you and Mr. Brooks are seeing is coming from hard work and nothing stupid. We need him 100% of the time this year with no real back up signed and JPP gone.

  7. Craig Says:

    Tryon played great as a rookie, all things considered.

    He sat out his senior season because of the sickness, so he was both mentally and physically rusty as an antique gate.

    He got blown up a few times because of the lack of upper body strength. It seems he has solved that. Looking for big, splashy stuff from him this season.

    We are going to need it.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Wow, some really astute observations here; I may have to stay up late more often. Agree with GOB that there is a physical transformation that needs to take place for most players. It helps IMO when the team has not only great coaches in the player’s position group, but also great players on the team to serve as examples & mentors. Players like Tom Brady & Ndamukong Suh survived as long as they have because they know & do what it takes to be at their best year-in & year-out.

    Also agree with Joe in Michigan about each young player developing ‘heart’. To me, that’s the desire to be great, and to do whatever it takes to make that desire become reality.

    And Goatfarmer I assume you’re talking about the mental aspects of the game. The greats seem to put in tons of preparation time with film study, etc and know the playbook inside out. Relatively few though seem to get it all together … the physical aspect and the mental aspect combined with the overwhelming desire & commitment to be great. I HOPE that JTS is one of those, because we desperately need him to take a big step this season to replace JPP.

  9. Dooley Says:

    To keep things in perspective, JTS’ rookie season was his first football action in a over a year. On top of that, he wasn’t being asked to just rush off the edge, but also engage in a lot of the games/stunts/coverages we play along the DL in attempts to stuff the run and generate pressure. JTS looked better in the situations he was allowed to just come downhill, but there were also plays where he benefited like the sack in New England where Vea obliterated the A-B gaps. So it’s not a matter of the game being too big for JTS, just him assimilating himself to the demands to pro football.

    Coming into the 2022, JTS has his own side of the line and staring at a big bump in playing time. It’s at the very least encouraging to hear he’s working hard in his downtime to get himself ready. I really can’t wait for those joint practices, I can think of at least 10 players along with JTS I can’t wait to hear how they fair against another team.

  10. teacherman777 Says:

    @goat farmer


    You mean transformation?

    You just made yourself look dumb while calling someone else dumb.


  11. Leighroy Says:

    Lol, I think everyone could use a lobotomy here teacherman!

    It isn’t some revelation to recognize that 20-22 year old men have mental and physical adjustments to make to become professionals in their craft when suddenly working among/against “men” – in any profession. Kids gotta grow up, just like the sun must rise in the East.

    But I want to push back on Joe’s interpretation of Brooks’ quote and offer a counterpoint that if you’re not comfortable with what you’re being asked to do in your craft, you better get comfortable! Take the initiative to work on the skill, study, focus up whatever. Bc if that task is integral to the success of the system and you can’t do it, you will eventually (quickly if necessary) be replaced by someone who can.

    I am encouraged that JTS has put the work in this offseason to get stronger and take on more of this responsibility. That’s what it takes or else it’s Not For Long. Looking forward to seeing what kind of results that initiative yields this year.

  12. FrontFour Says:

    Thought as just an edge rusher JTS had a pretty good rookie season. And saying he was “not comfortable” in certain situations last year, well he got moved around quite a bit and played positions he didn’t have experience with. Rather than uncomfortable maybe he was just going through a typical learning curve. But playing those other positions is part of his NFL job description instead of just lining up an chasing the QB. With a year under his belt, some bulk on his side not, maybe he’s able to get into a groove in each aspect of what he’s being asked to do. Let’s see how he does.

  13. Mike Says:

    He is going to break out! Excited to see him get a full time role on the defense!

  14. Goatfarmer Says:

    Yes DR you got what I was doing for. Not like a Young Frankenstein thing, ”Abbie Normal.”

  15. Crunchbuc Says:

    B U S T. I called it on OJ Howard. Everybody got their wittle feewings hurt. I started calling it with JTS. Chicken with his head cut off. Waste of a 1st round pick. Hide and watch. Go Bucs

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    Body transition? Give it all the superlatives you like. But this kid needs to step up considerably this year. Not just the occasional flash here and there. We shall see. If he does not, we might be in trouble on the Defense.

  17. SlyPirate Says:

    Crunchbuc … Bad take

    What about JTS’ first year suggests he’s a bust? He was very disruptive. He tied all of JPP’s rookie stats. He just needs to refine his technique.

  18. Joe in Michigan Says:

    SlyPirate: There were times that Tryon was dogging it, IMO. Nobody should be dogging it, especially on limited snap counts. I hope the kid gets that worked out.