“Father Time Hasn’t Caught Him Yet”

September 28th, 2023

Defensive lineman Will Gholston.

Will Gholston trained and trained and trained this offseason waiting for a contract from the Buccaneers.

Gholston told Joe he had other options but wanted to stay in Tampa and the Bucs made it happen at the last minute with a deal right before the start of training camp.

Joe has no doubt 32-year-old Gholston had options. Aside from being a solid defensive lineman through 10 seasons, Gholston signed this season for $2.66 million. That’s more than double the league minimum for a longtime veteran player. That much cash wouldn’t have come if Gholston was not in demand.

A Bucs fourth-round pick in 2013, Gholston was seen playing a load of snaps this preseason. He was out there grinding with future Amazon drivers, grad students and mattress movers. It was a surprising look for an 11th-year player with a Super Bowl ring.

And then Gholston barely played early this season. Ok, he’s a bench player? Not so fast.

Gholston played nearly half the game Monday against the Eagles. His position coach, Kacy Rodgers, was asked about more work for Gholston today.

“Father Time hasn’t caught him yet and he just keeps going on,” Rodgers said. “I think he had more plays [against the Eagles] than he had in the first two combined. You know, just a joy to coach him aand he does everything we ask of him.”

Logan Hall continues to lead interior Bucs linemen in total snaps. Newcomer free agent Greg Gaines showed up against the Eagles and got a couple of quarterback hits. Second-year guy and Jason Licht special Mike Greene is playing a lot, too, along with Vita Vea.

Joe is very curious to see who gets the bulk of snaps against New Orleans on Sunday — a huge game in a climate-controlled environment before a bye week. The final snap counts could tip the Bucs’ hand on where they rank their interior linemen.

13 Responses to ““Father Time Hasn’t Caught Him Yet””

  1. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    That’s a good point there at the end.

  2. HC Grover Says:

    Hope he kicks som Staink Ass.

  3. Marine Buc Says:

    Who could argue – he is outplaying our #1 draft pick “stud” D-lineman Calijah Kancey…

    FYI – I still like C.K. – However – I think the coach and or GM who forced K.C. to play before he was healed and ready to play was a total JA@K A$$ MULE.


    I hope those 10 snaps against the Vikings was really worth it.

    Did I mention – STUPID?

  4. JimBobBuc Says:

    I like what Will and Gaines are doing. Give them some more of Hall’s reps. Not a Hall fan.

  5. Bobby Says:

    Logan Hall and JTS Busts, so far Bowles pick of DLineman in drafts are not working out. Anthony Nelson is ok for a rotational player. Cancey will be a gamechanger for this team and will be Bowles first successful early rounder on the DL since being with the Bucs. Gholston is a beast, just always there, available and always reliable.

  6. teacherman777 Says:

    Gholston is a Bucs hero!

    One of my favorite all time players!

    I used to always say he would be a 3-4 DE beast.

    And he has proven it!

    Gholston would have been a great Pittsburgh Steeler or Raven.

    Gholston is the Pillar of our D-line.

    Gholston Forever!

  7. Hodad Says:

    The fact that Hall is playing the most snaps of any D lineman makes him anything but a bust. He’s a second year D lineman starting for the first time. Took Sapp three years to become the beast he became. Remember too, Hall was taken at the bottom of the first round, not the top. Fans expectations for him are simply to high. He’s doing well where he’s at IMO. The great thing is he’s at least available.

  8. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Logan Hall isn’t good that’s a fact

  9. EternalSon Says:

    Gholston has been a good Bucco his whole career

  10. Eckwood Says:

    Logan Hall can play a lil ,,,, he’s close to being noticed !!

  11. Wild Bill Says:

    As usual JTS is a non factor for the Bucs again this year. Time to replace him. To use an anology, looks like a thoroughbred, plays like a nag.

  12. Andrew Fish Says:

    I feel like Gholston had most of his snaps later in the game when we were trying to stop the run more. I think the coaches realize now that he is still a solid player that is great against the run game.

    Biggest thing I have noticed since we went from JPP to JTS is JPP always controlled the edge against the run and JTS gets thrown around way to much creating seems for the RBs to cut up into or to go around him. Would much rather have nelson in against the run..

  13. garro Says:

    I love our unsung hero Gholston! Not flashy, Not All Pro, just does his job.

    I woulld start him Sunday largely because of his having gone against these guy so many times in the past.

    Go Bucs!