Growing Up, Defensive Tackle Wasn’t Calijah Kancey’s Thing

April 28th, 2023

New Bucs DT Calijah Kancey.

Maybe one reason Bucs rookie defensive tackle Calijah Kancey is able to get in opponents’ backfields so much is because he uses Reggie Bush-like moves or because he ‘Moss’ed’ guards?

The Bucs’ first-round pick arrived at One Buc Palace today and sort of made a confession. Growing up, he didn’t warm to interior linemen.

Kancey was asked what defensive tackles he admired and he said, None. Why? “I always considered myself a skills player,” Kancey said.

When pressed to name his favorites, Kancey said Reggie Bush and Randy Moss.

Imagine Kancey going deep down the seam for bombs, shaming defenders? LOL

41 Responses to “Growing Up, Defensive Tackle Wasn’t Calijah Kancey’s Thing”

  1. Tim Says:

    He could do goal line runs with Vea blocking for him. There Fridge backfield.

  2. Tim Says:


  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Well that’s a breath of fresh air!!!

  4. MadMax Says:

    Thats what makes him unique in this role. Wanted something else but fell into this mold of a player. Thats why he’s fast….and his instincts are built for it.

    Folks, Im not gonna lie…thats why they were so quick to turn in the pick! I think we hit it out of the park with this one. Great Job Mr. Licht and Bowles. He was under my radar and most others too.

  5. Pewter Power Says:

    Lol yea not with 4.7 speed but if Nick foles can catch a Philly special no doubt he can moss someone

  6. MadMax Says:

    @Tim, yup, I was thinking the same thing lol.

  7. Jack Clark Says:

    Very happy for this powerful man, I hope he has a very lucrative NFL career

  8. Jack Clark Says:

    Calijah Kancey said he wants to learn as much as he can to be the best player he can be. Hope we add more people to our team like him

  9. D-Rok Says:

    I said it earlier as a joke (?) but his 3-cone drill at 7.00? 7 is the elite metric for…WIDE RECEIVERS. Could this guy be a TE? Could he?

  10. Jack Clark Says:

    D-Rok Says:
    April 28th, 2023 at 5:41 pm
    I said it earlier as a joke (?) but his 3-cone drill at 7.00? 7 is the elite metric for…WIDE RECEIVERS. Could this guy be a TE? Could he?

    Sounds like he will be getting a lot of sacks after getting off blocks!

  11. MadMax Says:

    Calijah “TAZ” Kancey….

    Taz Kancey….

    Yeah, that one! He’s our tasmanian devil!

    Taz Kancey!!!!

  12. D-Rok Says:


    Whether this guy carves out his role as a DT, an EDGE, or a TE – he’s a supreme athlete, and I’m glad the Bucs used a first-round draft pick on him. Ceiling is insane. Great job picking THIS GUY, Mr. Licht!

  13. ModHairKen Says:

    Just saw him on NFL network. Humble. Great smile. Was asked about Aaron Donald comparisons and he paid respect and then said he is his own man.

    He also said he wants to meet and work with Sapp. If he can get one tenth of Sapp’s fire, he will be great. Now, go get his DB55. It ain’t White.

  14. BUCman Says:

    Joe, I hope calling him Elijah was a slip. Lets not disrespect our first round pick on day one!

  15. Steven007 Says:

    I’ve seen a few interviews with him now. Well spoken and seems to really love football. Always a plus. T-Kras recently interviewed him on 620. Asked him what he thought about seeing Bryce Young twice a year now. He said the question should be what does Bryce Young think about seeing him!! Great attitude.

  16. Steven007 Says:

    Ken, I think Sapp will love this kid. And vice versa.

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    The kid grew up in Miami, played DT, and didn’t have Sapp as his model player. I hate Gen Z.

  18. ghost Says:

    heard him speak on 620, love the guy already. After being asked about having to see CJ Stroud 2x a year, he responded “CJ Stroud is going to have to see me 2x a year”

  19. ghost Says:

    err, bryce young*

  20. Davenport Says:

    Right now, its all a bunch of talk. No-show-inka and Hall both said the same things. I hope this kid is different: stop talking and produce.

  21. chark Says:

    Came across sounding pretty humble..yes sir no sir..and when asked “he will see bryce young twice a year” he answered ..”.bryce young will get to see him twice a year!!!”

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @ Munch


  23. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    He’s full of himself, calls his team an organization, struggles with the English language, and calls his interviewers “man”

    He’s perfect, for the NFL

  24. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh dam….. he do he having shoat arms…… but I don’t mind. I think he’ll be great.

    Now go get Cody Mauch or Brian Branch JL.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    Unlike Hall and JTS, Kancey LITERALLY did produce in college and unlike those two isn’t a developmental player, he’s someone who can and should play early.

    However, like all defensive lineman, they normally are not special in their rookie year. Even the great Sapp had a plodding rookie year.

    That’s also why writing off Hall as being a bust is really dumb. He might be a bust, but we haven’t seen anything from him yet – which, again, is normal for pretty much all rookie defensive lineman. As for JTS, if you look at his numbers, they’re fine. Nothing special, but not a bust either – but he still has a chance to improve since he was really green coming out of college skipping an entire year because he was afraid of getting a cold.

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    DoooshLaRue – I heard someone else say it, but they made a good point. Short arms don’t matter when you play inside, where he can use his speed and quickness to cause havoc before the lineman can wrap him up.

    The same person, however, said playing outside might be a real issue, since those long offensive tackles can tie him up.

    Basically, just play him inside, and let him be a disrupter.

    From watching his tape I love the pick. Hopefully the hype is right on the guy.

  27. DoooshLaRue Says:

    It’s now hard to pee
    The Fancy Man hates Gen Z
    Old Rod Munch so mad


  28. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Talent experts, chiming in from the couch, already.

    This dude prolly hasn’t even gotten his helmet yet.

  29. Goatfarmer Says:

    OK I’m ready to marry this dude. Platonically of course. Best pick since Vita.

  30. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Now, I know why, the Buccaneers are called the Bucs.

    Because a lot of these dudes, can’t spell Buccaneers.

  31. Dooley Says:

    Kancey’s eyes lit up when Auman asked about getting a chance at punching it on the goal line, love it. We got a ball player with this one, def got a “whatever it takes” vibe from Calijah’s presser. Rookie camp & OTAs we’ll see what his peers have to say about his game.

  32. Goatfarmer Says:

    Oh and Rod, you’re a great American.

    Dooshawn – so are you. As long as we can laugh in between disagreements and not get so offended like certain humorless d-bags that seem to be auditioning for a sports bloggers job, we can all have fun.

  33. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Agree GF.
    And I know Rod would bend over backwards for any of us to make us laugh.


  34. Buc4evr Says:

    Short Arms .. lol. Let’s see if he can shed blockers and get to the QB.

  35. Irishmist Says:

    Just as long as he doesn’t start dating a Kardashian. Once you fall into that crack, you never come out the same

  36. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I’m just glad the Bucs are doing all the draft picking.

    And not the “peanut-gallery”

  37. Rod Munch Says:

    DoooshLaRue – What are you talking about? This is sports, this is real life, everything I talk about is important. Don’t talk about me as if I’m a joke, that I do tricks to entertain people. If I do a trick, it’s to feed my family, and there’s nothing wrong about that.

  38. Goatfarmer Says:

    Irish! Once again, killing it.

    Thank you lads this is what we need, there’s only so much “fluid hips” or “twitchy uvulas” you can discuss before boredom’s, followed by depression, followed by heavy drinking set in.

    And that leads to pot, which leads to glue, which leads to heroin. JBF doesn’t want heroin addicts as his primary customers.

  39. Bojim Says:

    What a great pic. Tight end. lol. No way the Bucs would mess with him like that.

  40. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    I like the pick, I don’t mind Licht pulling a John Lynch and drafting D-lineman with a premium pick (Rnd 1 & 2) every year. His film is definitely better than Logan Hall’s. I just hope Logan has been seriously hitting the weights.

  41. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    Sapp occasionally lined up at TE in goal line situations.
    He caught a couple TD’s too. I always loved that package. Lol