Calijah Kancey Is A Week Away

October 24th, 2023

Todd Bowles talks about his prized rookie.

Buccaneers rookie defensive tackle Calijah Kancey, their 2023 first-round draft pick, continues to impress fans and coaches.

Damn good for a guy who missed nearly all of training camp with a calf injury.

Kancey wasn’t great Sunday against the Falcons, but he did find his third quarterback hit in as many games. He also got a lot more valuable experience, going 40 snaps, four more than running mate Vita Vea.

Sunday was Kancey’s second full game after his return following a re-injury on opening day.

“We know he’s a pressure player,” Bowles said of Kancey’s pass rush on the Buccaneers Radio Network. “That’s what we got him for. He’s making big impact plays that way. Obviously, when he gets the rust off him in another week or so, we look for a really good player.”

Joe is excited to see what a sharper Kancey looks like, too.

His rookie training camp has sort of been through live game action against good offensive lines. The 22-year-old has peformed extremely well considering his limited experience and game fitness.

20 Responses to “Calijah Kancey Is A Week Away”

  1. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Unless he can play offense, I’m unmoved.

  2. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    A week away from what exactly? So does that make it this Thursday or next Sunday?

  3. Obvious Says:

    Living in the moment and making it up as we go. One week… Sure. Why not.

  4. Wild Bill Says:

    Struggling to say something good about the Bucs? Not easy to do

  5. RagingBrisket Says:

    Maybe he can run block?

  6. Buc4evr Says:

    Maybe he can play RB?

  7. Destinjohnny Says:

    It took licht 11 drafts to finally get a d lineman worth anything

  8. RGA Says:

    Did he make a tackle against the lowly Falcons? Think I heard he was in on one play, shared a tackle.

  9. TampabayDJ Says:

    @DestinJohnny – So Vita is not worth anything ? Will Gholston has been a solid rotation guy as well for 10 years.. You must not even watch Bucs games… Get out of here

  10. TampabayDJ Says:

    You fake fans act like it’s week 15 !! Geez , there are a lot of teams that aren’t playing up to standard. The NFC is still wide open. Please stop bashing the Bucs, you same people thought they would only win 3 games ALL SEASON ! It’s still really early

  11. MelvinJunior Says:

    Vea has got to step up and get himself into better shape and drastically, improve his conditioning… IF, he wants to stick around here AND be paid. It’s really disappointing at this point, with a guy drafted THAT High. The ONLY, way I resign him is to a heavily, ‘incentive based’ team friendly contract… Otherwise, I’m moving on from him. He’s definitely, replaceable. College AND High School are both, LOADED with talent at that position right now!!!! Free up some $$$$ and get more draft capital, then rebuild this team with Harbaugh as Head Coach. Hopefully, the Chargers are STILL “The Chargers” this off-season & will stubbornly, refuse to pay BIG $$$$$ on Coaches… Cause, it’d be an absolute ‘no-brainer’ for him to choose to go there, with Herbert, Etc. I think Tampa Bay would be just THE Most ‘Perfect Fit’ EVER, for both sides!!!! It’s so laid back here, Etc. with all the beaches, mid-market, & everything else, that the Bucs NEED THAT… They NEED A Real Strong, ‘Fiery’ Attitude type of Head Ball Coach with an ‘Off-Beat’ kind of Atmosphere!!!! Match made in heaven.

  12. RASH Says:

    same old Bowles presser, blaming penalties clean stuff up. No personal responsibility for his never ending lack of urgency on anything. He is and always has been a bad Head Coach and over-rated defensive coach. Defense always bend not break, always other teams just eat up the middle of that soft zone belly, especially crunch time. Once again against falcons this week he played for the DG Left too much time on click .Another Loss in a game we should have won.Reminds me off another defensive coach we had who won squat with 4 hall of farmers . Said it last 2 years. BAD HIRE.CUT BAIT NOW!

  13. Crunchbuc76 Says:

    Totally and completely invisible Sunday. Didn’t hear his name called even once. Looks like he’s learning at the side of Devin White on how to take games off.

  14. BillyBucco Says:

    I really hope he does find his way because when he got doubled he was pushed around rather easily. Saw him get blown up in the run game and he looked really small to me out there next to Vea.

  15. lambchop Says:

    Kancey is consistently disrupting that OL and getting a lot of attention. He almost had a sack on at least one or two plays. The kid is going to be fine. Hopefully, he takes it up another level and consistently does so.

  16. Bobby Says:

    Hey just thought of a really good idea. Bowles has a buddy, Bowles has 2 buddies that are offensive gurus. One of them os on the staff. Bucs have a guy named Tom Moore on the staff. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t Tom Moore Peyton Manning’s OC!!! I say put Tom Moore in as OC right now. Then have Bowles rely on Bruce Arians consultation on week to week basis as well. Come on Bucs use your resources!!! Bruce Arians and Tom Moore are accessible for the Bucs!!! We need there imput on the offensive sode of the ball now!! BA was Peyton’s OC before Tom Moore was too. Come on Bucs we are a former Super Bowl winning front office and coaching staff snd the Bucs can’t figure this out!!???

  17. teacherman777 Says:

    Vita Vea has never and will never reach his potential.

    He is complacent because he is so naturally gifted and strong.

    He should have been and could have become a Hall of Fame NT.

    He should be the most dominant DT in the NFL.

    His body has not evolved or changed or improved since his rookie year.

    He’s great and I love him.

    But one day he will regret not working as hard as Tom Brady.

    Tom Brady had zero athletic ability and he became the greatest player in NFL history.

    Vita Vea could have become the greatest DT in NFL player.

    He should be an All-Pro every year.

    Unfortunately, he has never once been an All-Pro.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    teacherman777 … ‘Vita Vea has never and will never reach his potential. He is complacent because he is so naturally gifted and strong’.

    I think he has reached his potential teacherman, but not that he’s ‘complacent’. Popeye used to say ‘I yam what I yam, and that’s all that I yam’. That’s Vea.

    He reminds me a lot of a Samoan sumo wrestler. They carry a lot of (extra) weight, but they’re incredibly strong & actually very quick for the most part. That’s Vea.

    If he can (1) stay reasonably healthy, and (2) give us 60% def snaps for the remainder of this season the center of our DLine we’ll be OK. Without him in there though, our interior DLine will be really hurting against solid running teams.

    His biggest issue seems to be that at times his lower body rebels against his upper body. Just about all of his various injuries seem to have been lower body injuries, and that hampers his ‘git off’ & quickness. I agree with several others who’ve said that he could benefit tremendously by shedding some weight, but my guess is that’s NOT Vea.

  19. garro Says:

    I admit to being really doubtful that he would provide much this year given the injury and rookie status. To his credit he has really stepped up.

    Go Bucs!

  20. Itzok Says:

    I’ve heard JTS is close for how many seasons now