Bucs Plan To Use Calijah Kancey All Sorts Of Ways

April 28th, 2023

Bucs DT Calijah Kancey.

It seems one trait that drew Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht to new defensive tackle Calijah Kancey is versatility. The Pitt product isn’t just a one-trick pony.

Defensive tackle, defensive end, run-stuffer, pass-rusher, drop in coverage, run on stunts, you name it. It seems Kancey is a toy Todd Bowles gets to go crazy with.

“I know our coaches are excited about all the different things you can do with a player like this just because of his elite athleticism [and] quickness,” Licht said of Kancey.

Licht also described Kancey as “Super intelligent.”

Joe thought it was interesting that Licht said Kancey’s personality is very much like Lavonte David’s. Kancey went to the same high school as David in Miami.

When speaking with the local pen and mic club late last night, Kancey said he doesn’t know anyone on the Bucs, but he hopes folks get to know him for his play real soon.

30 Responses to “Bucs Plan To Use Calijah Kancey All Sorts Of Ways”

  1. RBUC Says:

    Listening to his interview I can tell Calijah will add a positive element to this defense immediately and looking at his tape I can see Bowles using him all over the line and in coverage!! LIKE THIS PICK💯

  2. 1sparkybuc Says:

    The Buc didn’t hesitate. They knew who they wanted, and it wasn’t a LT, a S, or an ILB. They did their research and snatched up the guy they wanted. Okay, good.

  3. nick houllis Says:

    I think we need to remember, the only day where there is MORE over reaction from first Sunday of NFL season, is day one of draft day. the concept that people give out grades the day after the draft is the biggest joke. It takes 5 years to grade a draft. I worry about Robinson facing the Bucs twice a year for the next half decade, but at least its a sound pick and he can play outside if Ian Beckles current scab target doesn’t pan out again this year.

  4. Rand Says:

    He reminds me of Warren Sapp

  5. rrsrq Says:

    Sounds like Bowles saw this young man dominate Tampa Jesuit when he payed for Miami Nortwestern in a high school game. He got better, no in-state scholarship offers, sad state of Florida college football (ACC defensive player of the year)

  6. All_da_way Says:

    The defense looked flat down the stretch along with the offense. Kancey provides much needed juice to shut the door on third down situations.

  7. ATLBuc Says:

    Sounds like a great state of Florida college football when the acc poy can’t make a Florida team

  8. SteveK Says:

    Let’s go!

    This is such a dynamic pick. I am stoked!

  9. Ranger Walker Says:

    I’ll be honest not at all what I was expecting but I also didn’t think we’d have any chance at a decent DT in this draft as there weren’t many and after all the tackles were basically gone I like this pick in the end

  10. RealBucsFan Says:

    It is a not a bad pick because Vita Vea is there to attract double teams also he can be a forxe that stops Bijan 2x a yr. IDK why but I feel like if I was running the show, I trade up to get closer on day 2 for Ocyrus Torrence and would even have mortgaged to get back into the first rd and grab Nolan Smith. Do what the Texans did and go grab players you believe in.

  11. Iamabuc Says:

    I hear all this elite athleticism [and] quickness,”and Diva Devin comes to my . mind. Let’s hope he’s not another one and that this one really knows what to do in the filed.

  12. Iamabuc Says:

    “field”…meant say.

  13. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Unimpressed, but I’ve never seen the man play. Not sure why you skip Nolan Smith for this guy, though.

  14. Hodad Says:

    Jenna Laine, what happened to the Bucs picking Will Levis? This broad spends her life covering the Bucs, and couldn’t come close to predicting who’d they pick.

  15. Rob Hamada Says:

    This is a great pic. Best player available to fill an absolute need on the DL. Now the focus should turn to LT. There are still some good LT prospects available in the later 2nd round and early 3rd round. Not all starters have to come from round 1. T MATTHEW BERGERON, SYRACUSE. If he’s off the board then TETE DARNELL WASHINGTON, GEORGIA, TE SAM LAPORTA, IOWA, or E LUKE MUSGRAVE, OREGON STATE. If neither are on the board then CB. CB CAM SMITH, SOUTH CAROLINA, CB TYRIQUE STEVENSON, MIAMI, CB DJ TURNER, MICHIGAN. Wildcard pick could be RB ZACH CHARBONNET, UCLA.

  16. Thunder Says:

    DT is nice, but it don’t mean a thing when your in QB hell.

  17. AnonymousBuc76 Says:

    Loved the pick…

    This is a pass-happy league and because of that this kid will get plenty of opportunities to do what he does best when we’re in our nickel and dime packages…

  18. FortMyersDave Says:

    Hodad, good chance Jenna did not even make that pick. Some stat geek at BSPN probably just said that this is the guy our algorithm spit out at 19; deal with it. Lets just say there are a few people with a better feel of what is going down at One Buc than BSPN or their Tampa rep who is a USF grad BTW. The Joes, Ira and Sean Sullivan come to mind.

    Now if Kay Adams was reporting as the BSPN Bucs reporter, well I am sure many of us critics might be a bit more forgiving; “Poor girl got bad intel, fell victim to misdirection, etc ….” 😉

  19. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I love it lol. I wanted a top OT or D-line or trade back.

    This reminds me almost of how we aggressively rebuilt the secondary in 2 drafts going with top 4 round picks on MJ Stewart / Carlton Davis / Jordan Whitehead / SMB / Jamel Dean / Mike Edwards. Especially if we go with O-line or edge in R2 or R3.

    Between last year/this year we’re in the midst of rebuilds on both lines.

    Goedeke / Hainsey / Hall / JTS + Kancey now.

    Ideally we get a LT in R2 like we did with Donavon Smith. Seems Bergeron has potential there still.

  20. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I like your R2 targets Rob H lets go

  21. Beej Says:

    What % if our snaps have 4 down linemen? Seems like we really AREN’T a 3-4 defense

  22. Dooley Says:


    Only 3-4 in name/base, but we deploy alot of different looks. We also disguise our fronts to play the pre-snap “who’s comin, who’s dropping” game to confuse QBs pre-snap to varying success. We put a 4-2 or 3-3 most of the time, but instead of using a 3rd ILB in the 3-3 it’s sometimes a Nickel/Safety. Point is we use both 3 & 4 man fronts with a mix of personnel groupings.

  23. Allbuccedup Says:

    Tyron, Hall now Kancey I hope our luck changes after the Tyron/Hall busts.

  24. Destinjohnny Says:

    We missed on our last two (a first and top of the round second) picks
    Let’s see if an undersized 270 pound d tackle can change the trend.

  25. Steven007 Says:

    76, our guy had more sacks than Smith from a position that’s not known for getting them. Also if White remains on the team that makes Smith less of a need.

  26. Goatfarmer Says:

    FtMyersDave – Kay Adams is also versatile and can be used in many different ways.

  27. Goatfarmer Says:

    On a podcast, live, in a humorous setting, a serious setting, and not just sorts. News, weather…..Macy’s Parade. She’s a do it all talent.

  28. Stormy Says:

    JTS is headed for bustville, but it is way too early to give up on Hall.

    Can’t have too many pass rushers/disruptors. Opposing Qb’s were a little too comfortable last year. And if this guy allows the defense to create pressure without Bowles dialing up a blitz, that’s a win.

    The best Buc defenses were the ones who could disrupt an offense without selling out on a blitz.

  29. Goatfarmer Says:

    Penetrating up the middle. That’s the secret to lasting success.

  30. Fred McNeil Says:

    Goat, are you still talking about Kay Addams? If so I agree.