Vita Vea Off The Edge

November 13th, 2023

Yesterday wasn’t the first time manbeast Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea lined up as perhaps the largest edge rusher in the history of the NFL.

In past years, defensive guru Todd Bowles has had Vea take snaps on the edge and he did the same with Ndamukong Suh.

Vea’s latest turn came at the end of the opening drive Sunday. The Titans had a long drive rolling and were in a 3rd-and-goal situation.

Todd Bowles said today that the Titans left tackle thought Vea would be running a pass rush game to the inside and appeared to lean that direction, which gave Vea a slightly easier route to the quarterback off the edge.

As you can watch below, Vea bull rushed the tackle as if he were JV player and grabbed Tennessee QB Will Levis with one hand and brought him down. Vea makes it look a lot easier than it is. Yeah, he’s that strong.

Quality trickery by Bowles at just the right time. If rookie defensive tackle Calijah Kancey continues to be a handful for offensive lines, the Joe expects to see a little more Vea off the edge. It’s a great way to confuse and/or overpower a defense.

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39 Responses to “Vita Vea Off The Edge”

  1. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist and Founder of Says:

    He’s as fast as a normal NFL DE, but wayyyyyyy stronger.

    He’s a beast on the outside (and inside too, obv).

  2. Crickett Baker Says:

    I loved watching that again!

  3. Smashsquatch Says:

    A little more V off the edge might be just what the Dr ordered for this D. He looked good there!

  4. Marine Buc Says:

    Vea is having a very solid season.

    Worth every penny spent.

    Our best IDL and is leading the team in sacks.

    Imagine what he could achieve if it weren’t for those little nagging injuries that plague him every season…

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    What is so impressive is that Levis goes down like he’s Baker Mayfield sized, like 5′ 10″ 180lbs – the guy is 6′ 3″ 230lb – that’s a big dude.

  6. teacherman777 Says:

    I guarantee he requested more snaps at DE during the team meeting.

    I love watching him attack tackles one on one.

    Do you know why?

    Because he always gets double teamed. Like ALWAYS.

    So when he plays DE, he actually gets the chance to take on an offensive lineman 1 on 1. Man on man.

    He should rush from DE at least 5 times per game.

  7. Jack Clark Says:

    In other words, Vita Vea needs to do JTS job too because JTS is a soft, weak, useless, sorry as edge rusher 😂

  8. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    That was awesome.

  9. Buccos Says:

    Agreed. I loved seeing that. WOW! How many LT’s can withstand that man’s bull rush at full speed. Not many

  10. KC Buc Says:

    Who is this JTS you speak of? I’ve never seen him…lol

  11. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Wish this happened more than once every 3 seasons. Vea lead the team in sacks last year as the NT. Obviously he knows how to rush. Yeah, I know you can’t do this every play, but you can certainly design plays to make him the primary pass rusher. Bowles does it for Devin White, why not Vea?

  12. Nprbuc Says:

    Not many could stop him on 3 rd and 1 either! We have a short yardage FB on the team. God forbid we should play outside the box huh! It takes two guys to slow him down when his hand id in the dirt. Who is going to stop him when he gets 3-5 steps before hitting them? Let’s get a little creative and use the talent we have!

  13. BucDan Says:


    Nice little package there. I thought i saw Vita and Calijah rushing off of opposite edges a few times. Combo’d with some revitalized Devin White blitzes and a sprinkle of Antoine “The BallHawk” Winfield Jr. makes for some interesting pressure packages.

  14. unbelievable Says:

    The funny thing is Vea doesn’t even look like he’s moving that quickly… just sorta jogs right around the LT and then throw Levis down.

  15. Boss Says:

    VV tossed him like a rag doll lol

  16. Dave Pear Says:

    That one handed Vita sack gave me hope that we could win a game I expected us to lose. Todd and all.

  17. Jack Clark Says:

    Like Joe always says “If you never hear about an offensive lineman from the announcers during a game then he is doing a great job” … But the opposite is true for edge rushers, if you never hear from the announcers during the game about an edge rusher like JTS soft, weak, sorry useless ass during the game then he is terrible job!

  18. Dave Pear Says:

    JTS makes we want to scoop out my eyeballs with a spoon.

  19. Hodad Says:

    Tackles are taller, and play more upright then guards. Vea get’s under the tackle with his power it’s all over. If we’re going to have a chance against San Fran we need to do to Purdy what we did to Levis.

  20. Buc king Says:

    Just is definitely soft n loss most the time
    .wasted pick

  21. Buc king Says:

    I’ve floated this idea since the injury of Shaq last year…I think d white would be better in a le/olb role..rushing the edge every play..
    He sucks in coverage..I mean God awful…
    So just turn him lose hunt the rb while getting to the qb
    .the old Derrick brooks role

  22. ModHairKen Says:

    Vea on edge. White on inside. 31 every now and then. Dean in man coverage. Tryon on the bench. Diaby in his place.

  23. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Tryin riding the pines! Sounds about rite!

  24. nate Says:

    hes our best player by far but gets injured to much!

  25. LEE COHEN Says:

    Vea is the KRAKEN!!!

  26. Bojim Says:

    Kinda just pushed him down like Levis was a little kid.

  27. realistic-optimistic Says:

    @Buc King, you don’t want White playing outside. He cannot shed to save his life. All his sacks are scheme sacks where he comes through the line unblocked.

  28. Weebs10 Says:

    I wasn’t to see Vea vs Wirfs one on one in practice!

  29. Weebs10 Says:


  30. crasey Says:

    and makes the sack while having his helmet almost ripped off his head with a left hand to the face

  31. David Says:

    That play was awesome. His speed totally surprised the LT. Imagine his bull rush with a two-step running start. Then he basically threw a 230 pound quarterback down with one hand.

    When it is an obvious passing down, SHAQ, VEA, Kancey look fantastic. Everyone else… No consistency.

  32. Ateonetree Says:

    Wonder what Dan Quinn would do if he were the head coach here next season

  33. Joshua porter Says:

    I want to see wirfs and vea in on the tush push cuz they would be fire

  34. Hunter Says:

    I watched every play again and it is very interesting to see all the different looks/spots we have the line playing from play to play. Hard for the opposing line to get comfortable.

    Would love to see Watts and Gill out there more like we did in the 4th quarter and for JTS to play less snaps.

    I wonder if we will keep the strategy of bringing in those guys as fresh bodies late in the game. We def should. They can obviously play..

  35. Mike Johnson Says:

    Let Vita try the Edge every now and then. It will shake teams up. Dude is
    so powerful and strong. They gotta put 2 on him.

  36. RustyRhinos Says:

    Even a facemask (that was not called) turned Vea’s helmet 90 degrees, and Vea still one-handed Levis to the turf…

  37. My Momma Says:

    My Momma wishes the refs would have called a facemask on the Titans left tackle.

  38. WeMakeCustomTeez Says:

    these refs have been absolutely horrible the last couple of year… and each year they get worse

  39. garro Says:

    Saw that sack and still can’t belive how easy he made that one handed sack look. With his helmet turned sideways and looking through the ear hole too?

    Go Bucs!