“He’s The Smartest”

December 26th, 2022

If you wagered that outside linebacker Anthony Nelson would have more sacks and tackles than Joe Tryon-Shoyinka this season, then your bet is looking pretty good.

Nelson leads those in-house battles with two games to play, despite him playing more than 200 fewer snaps than JTS.

Last night was one of Nelson’s better games. He notched sack No. 4 1/2 this season and had four combined tackles and a forced fumble.

Head coach Todd Bowles lauded Nelson during his postgame news conference. The praise from Bowles was significant because he loves smart players, so Nelson got one of Bowles’ biggest compliments.

“He’s been playing tough the last couple of weeks. You know, Nelson is probably not the most athletic and the most fluid of the bunch, but he’s the smartest and he’s long and gangly. And he makes play,” Bowles said. “He’s extremely tough with his arm length and he can use everything, and he knows what to do and he always comes up with a play. That’s kind of what we see in practice, what we saw tonight.”

Joe is especially dialed into Nelson’s play, and the play of Tyron-Shoyinka. Without Bucs sacks king Shaq Barrett, the Bucs need at least one of those guys to step up if they want to have a prayer against a stud postseason passing attack.

11 Responses to ““He’s The Smartest””

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    Take opportunities.

  2. Buccos Says:

    Nelson has earned his playing time. JTS was gifted his due to his draft status. Although JTS made a few plays too. Overall that defense is pretty damn good considering no Vita or Shaq or Dean. Next man up! I like the way this team competes until the end. They know the GOAT will usually pull it out in the end

  3. Uncle Urk Says:

    This guy sucks… he had one play. One were he strip sacks the QB. He ALSO, was unblocked with makes it a scheme sack. Similar to Neal’s sack against the 9ers. JJ watt made a difference. This guy Nelson is worse than JTS and older. Wow. I’m not buying. Please step away from my door.

  4. steele Says:

    Uncle Urk, the Bucs work hard to convince themselves tht they have elite talent, when in fact, the talent is overrated. Guys who would be backups or deep backups on a better team. Nelson is a so-so rotational. Better than JTS but that is not a high standard at the moment.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    He’s playing just about how you’d expect a 4th rounder to play…..

  6. Goatfarmer Says:

    JTS is a waste of space. Headless chicken. Dumb as a bag of wet sand.

  7. Demetrius T Meeks Says:

    @uncleurk if we’re talking about 98 please grab your bifocals lol when he plays he produces, imo he’sa younger Carl nassib

  8. Uncle Urk Says:

    @Meeks. Name to two plays his made in any game this year. I’ll wait. Yes 98 sucks… JJ watt was reckless in the first half. Beating up on Whirfs and anyone else that was in front of him. 98 couldn’t and consistently haven’t beat up on anyone since he has been here. Period.

  9. Brendahadababy Says:

    Urk comparing Nelson to Watts… stupidity sure doesn’t discriminate against age, race, religion and now, sexual orientation

  10. Day 1-76 Says:

    There is no way this team wins a playoff game.

  11. Crunchbuc Says:

    JTS is still a B U S T. How many times do I have to say it