“Instant Recognition”

May 10th, 2023

Speed kills.

Pretty cool film breakdown by a former NFL offensive lineman who knows a thing or two about trying to stop defensive linemen.

Current NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger displayed some of his film work on Twitter. Joe loves when Baldinger does this. It’s great stuff. More should do it.

Baldinger broke down film of Bucs first-round pick Calijah Kancey. And what impressed him is Kancey is excellent at reading plays. Given that ability and his cat-like quickness, it becomes easy for Kancey to disrupt plays.

What jumps out at Joe was Baldinger highlighting Kancey’s play for Pitt against a Virginia Tech player. Kancey diagnosed the play so quickly that he turned on his jets and forced Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Wells, who was flushed on the play, to unload the ball way before he wanted to.

Incomplete pass.

Small plays like that lead to big results.

27 Responses to ““Instant Recognition””

  1. Dooley Says:

    Play doesn’t have to end in a sack to be a successful “pressure” getting a QB off his spot, disrupting the timing of a play, and forcing errant throws are all wins provided by pressure. Baldy’s breakdowns are usually spot-on, and it’s awesome he’s been shown CK94 a lot of love post-draft. Should be interesting to hear how Kancey and some of the other rooks take to mini-camp this weekend. Joe are you media types allowed to attend this weekend?

  2. DJB Says:

    Enjoyed the breakdown by Baldy, he is one of the few analysts that I like to listen to. Besides his physical attributes, Kancey brings intellect to his game as well.

  3. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I’ll be shocked if we don’t see a better pass rush in general this year.

  4. Pewter Power Says:

    The more I see the more I love this pick. He’s still a kid so really hope he’s not getting manhandled his first season. Vea will get almost all the double teams though

  5. AnonymousBuc76 Says:


    He moves like a LB…
    Great decision to improve team speed; we looked stale last year way to often…we needed some juice on our dline and Kancey should provide that…

  6. For the People Says:

    Never easy to disrupt plays at an NFL level, but given what I’ve see from this kid I’m very excited at his potential to become really good and an impact player on our defense

  7. garro Says:

    Love Baldinger film stuff!
    But Joe you should qualify your statement “more should do it”.

    More who know what they are talking about should do it. Very few do.

  8. Jonny Says:

    Kancey’s athleticism pops off the screen like many highly drafted players’ do. But what separates him among defensive linemen is how he successfully turned that athleticism into impact and measurable stats, signaling hyper productivity. Very few questioned the Logan Hall pick who weighs the same, but is six inches taller. Kancey is built compact and stout like a pitbull terrier. And he is relentless in his pursuit of ball carriers after the snap, whether it is QB or RB. This is the most excited I’ve been with a first round draft pick as a Bucs fan.

  9. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Time will tell if he’s a stud in the nfl. Deff excited pairing him with vea. I’m a defensive guy. Our defense didn’t play up to the standards I like but they kept us in games last year. Man if Shaq comes back on fire this defense might just take the next step forward which will help out the O

  10. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Hes got to be better than Logan Hall.

  11. doolnutts Says:

    I love Jason Lichts plan. We werent really in position to get an edge rusher at 19 or in FA so we stack up the DL. Most disruptive way to ruin a QB’s day is right up the middle. Going to be fun watching these folks help out Vea.

  12. K2 Says:

    The coaching staff failed Logan Hall…by not getting him on the field more. He was ok,,,but not quite the level of Hicks or Gholston. That is kind of the expectation for a player transitioning from college ball.

  13. Craig Says:

    I like most of Licht’s draft class because the Bucs were one step away all of last season. If speed rushers can make up for that one step, it will be a fun season to watch.

    I also like that Hall bulked up some, but not enough to slow him. It should make him much more effective.

    Now we need JTS to join the program. I gave him a second year because he sat out his senior season, so some rust had to shake off. Now it is time for him to improve.

  14. HC Grover Says:

    TX Joe he looking good.

  15. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Kancey appears to have a lot of MLB in his game.

  16. Hodad Says:

    Can’t compare Hall to Kancy. The only thing they have in common is they’re both DT’s. They will play totally different roles on the D line. Two way different body types. I do think Kancey’s skill set will help Hall, and visa versa when they’re on the field together.

  17. Brandon Says:

    That last clip really showed his speed. He moves like an ILB. That’s impressive. Folks need to lighten up on Logan Hall. It takes time to develop. He came from a smaller school and needs to catch up physically and mentally. He is reminiscent, physically, of JJ Watt … and this season he will be the same age as Watt was as a rookie. Don’t discount the time it takes linemen to develop physically. Just as being an overaged prospect is an advantage for players, being chronologically younger is a disadvantage as well. Hall should be tons better this year and we will see a drastically more dynamic front seven than we’ve had in ages.

    DE Hall
    UT Kancey
    NT Vea
    OLB Barrett

    That is a dynamic group, especially if JTS and Hall make that jump and Barrett is back 100%. Add in Gaines for depth and Diaby on the outside, this is potentially a really good group.

  18. Dooley Says:

    Forgot Nelly, but agreed on the dynamic. Cam Gill may also be looking to bounce back this season and earn some playing time.

  19. Buc4evr Says:

    Looks like he has the speed, but does he have the moves and hand work it takes to get through an NFL offensive line? Should be interesting to see him line up next to Vita. Hope he is as disruptive as Sapp was.

  20. sasquatch Says:

    He really doesn’t even look like 280. He looks almost LB sized.

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    If your Defense can consistently get off the field you got a chance. But then again, you cannot leave them out there to long and your QB cannot repeatedly throw mega interceptions..Calling Dr Mayfield?

  22. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Baldy is one of my favorites from NFL Network.

  23. Destinjohnny Says:

    Dude clearly has some juice and will go hard unlike our last two lineman picked high.
    Wonder how he holds up on run downs against cats that outweigh him by 50-75 pounds?

  24. Redeemer Says:

    Fine to be excited, but the NFL is a different animal. Expecting greatness straight away is unrealistic. The kid does look fast as hell.

  25. Destinjohnny Says:

    Redeemer especially with Jason
    In 10 drafts he has given us who on the defensive line?
    Asking for a friend

  26. Duane Says:

    Pretty exciting speed and moves, and gets to the ball handler very quickly. He’s got some learning curve to go thru as all rookies do, but it’s easy to see why Licht took him in the first round. Overall the Bucs got faster this off season, just as they said was their plan.

  27. shak Says:

    vita vea.