Joe Tyron-Shoyinka Showed Up When Bucs Needed Him The Most

January 15th, 2024

Season-saving play?

Did it finally click for Joe Tryon-Shoyinka? Did coaches finally let him pin his ears back and get after the quarterback?

Joe can’t answer for sure. But for one of the very, very, very few times since the Bucs drafted JTS in the first round in 20241, he made a major impact last week that may have saved the season for the Bucs.

There was 6:25 left in the game. Bucs led 9-0. The Stinking Panthers had the ball at the Bucs-15. The Bucs offense was playing like crap. Carolina was still very much in the game. A touchdown or a field goal would make it a one-score game with plenty of clock left.

The season was in crunch time. It was appalling in such an important game that the Bucs offense had been a total no-show.

And then out of the blue came a player most Bucs fans had given up on, forgotten, a guy stepped over by rookie YaYa Diaby. That would be JTS.

When the Bucs needed a play the most, JTS came swooping in from the right side, went for the ball when quarterback Bryce Young cocked his arm back to pass. JTS not only was credited for sacking Young, but JTS slapped the ball out of Young’s hands.

Greg Gaines fell on the ball and that was it. Bucs ball! The Stinking Panthers pretty much threw in the towel at that point.

The Bucs won the NFC South! Playoffs, here the Bucs come!

Perhaps tonight’s game never happens without JTS.

“It was one of those play calls that was designed to get there,” JTS told Joe last week. “The [corner] backs did a great job where [Young] he had to take a checkdown.”

That split second of a delay in Young finding an open receiver was all JTS needed to blow the play up.

“That was just enough time for me to get there,” JTS said. “When he got the ball out [to throw] I was dog on the spot. I got it.”

JTS said he was “standing up” the whole game. When he heard the defensive call, he knew it gave him a chance to hunt the quarterback.

“I thought, “This is a play where I get to go free. The play lined up to me where I was in the blitz. I got off the ball and made the play.

“That’s why I’m here.”

JTS’s play had fallen off so much this season that Joe wasn’t sure if JTS would even be brought back for 2024. Was this play a sign that everything is finally clicking? Did the Bucs finally use him more standing up where he can be more effective? Or was it blind luck?

Joe isn’t sure. What Joe is sure of is the Bucs are in the playoffs tonight. Without JTS’s strip-sack, tonight’s game may have been played in New Orleans while the Bucs watched from their couches like everyone else. Or from beach bars in Playa del Carmen.

44 Responses to “Joe Tyron-Shoyinka Showed Up When Bucs Needed Him The Most”

  1. Beeej Says:

    I think his rookie deal goes for one more year? 50/50 they bring him back after that, hard to say. He seems to be good people, and he’s not totally useless

  2. BucU Says:

    JTS strip sack was very timely. But let’s not get carried away here. It was a big play yes but it was still just 1 play. Make a big play or 2 tonight and maybe we’ll revisit this thread.

  3. Buccos Says:

    How many sacks and FF’s does that give him on the season?

  4. Beeej Says:

    He was credited for a couple sacks where the wb ran out of bounds and he was closest

  5. Since76 Says:

    Tryon should be a fill in. He doesn’t hustle enough. His minds not in the game. Not about talent. It’s want to with him.

  6. Lol Says:

    I think JTS is much worse than Gaines Adam’s…..

    Just soft.

    Glad he actually did something though

  7. VOT Says:

    Looks like Tarzan plays like Jane

  8. Buc4evr Says:

    Gaines Adams had an enlarged heart and was likely an issue with his play. The Bucs never even did an EKG on him as part of his physical. Not a fair comparison to JTS. RIP Gaines.

  9. dmatt Says:

    Let’s not get carried away here. That was pure luck. He’s a bust. Everyone focused on this one lucky play n fails to realize this guy never gets close to the quarterback. It don’t take much for every teams lineman to block him. He never makes an impact. He lacks aggressiveness, hustle, n football intelligence. I’d take Marquise Watts over him any day.

  10. Uhhmmm Says:

    Buc4evr Says:
    January 15th, 2024 at 10:13 am
    Gaines Adams had an enlarged heart and was likely an issue with his play. The Bucs never even did an EKG on him as part of his physical. Not a fair comparison to JTS. RIP Gaines.

    So you’re saying that Gaines Adams played with more heart than JTS???

    R.I.P. Gaines

  11. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    As you watch this game tonight. Watch JTS. The last game against this eagles team JTS wasn’t just owned by Philly OT imo, he was humiliated. Philly ran at will over JTS. I’m hoping it doesn’t happen again tonight. I’m hoping JTS has indeed had a second coming, an epiphany. If he does, bully for him. Bully for us! Go Bucs

  12. HC Grover Says:

    Plan 9 will be the Hero just for one day. Swooping in from orbit to save Bowles and the season.

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bowles luvs the guy. He should have been benched after the 1st 5 games. He will play tonight. But I fear he may be invisible. Lets see if he can make 2 big plays tonight.

  14. Joe in Michigan Says:

    That was a good play, although it seems that JTS isn’t very good at football over his entire body of work. I’d like the Bucs to take an edge rusher in the first 2 rounds of the 2024 Draft.

  15. SlyPirate Says:

    One good play doesn’t make one good player. He started the season hot. Lead the team in sacks for half the season (which wasn’t that impressive). Hopefully he can get it going.

  16. Davenport Says:

    Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.

  17. dmatt Says:

    Bring back the lawn chairs,
    JTS is humiliated in every game in plays in. Will someone please please help me understand what Bowles see in him.

  18. Jmarkbuc Says:

    “ Plan 9 will be the Hero just for one day. Swooping in from orbit to save Bowles and the season.”

    That might just make him the villain.🦹‍♂️

  19. bucsfaninOregon Says:

    One good play! That’s it. I watched every Buc play this year (except for the 5-6 quarters lost in the YouTube crappy universe and this play by JTS gets him a separate thread here.
    I predict we will NOT see a repeat performance by JTS tonight.

  20. Jeremy Goins Says:

    I haven’t been very impressed with him all year. Let’s hope he makes impactful plays tonight. All you Supposed fans on hear need to quit being dicks and support your Fn team. Go BUCS!!!!!!

  21. orlbucfan Says:

    JTS has been in the opposing team’s backfield just about every time I see a Bucs D highlight. He’s sure disrupting something back there. Bowles likes him for some reason. I respect his defensive opinion more than a bunch of airheads on here.

  22. ChiBuc Says:

    Are we noticing a trend here? Aside from David and Winfield, there seems to have been a drop in defensive player performances since the departure of team leaders like Suh/JPP and the install of Todd as HC.

    Regressions and lack of development:
    D. White

  23. Rick Says:

    He’s having a better statistical season than Shaq Barrett and Anthony Nelson, but yeah let’s run him out of town because he hasn’t lived up to his draft status.

  24. StormyInFl Says:

    Blind squirrel and a nut….

  25. Lol Says:

    The amount of comments talking up JTS is making my head spin. Yall are probably on the same bandwagon that says Baker is better than Mahomes because his stats were better this year.

    Dude is a not scaring any opposing offenses. I haven’t seen a mean play from the man. Bless his heart.

  26. Leighroy Says:

    JTS is disappointing compared to his draft status. Bring him back for the last year of his contract and let him be the 3rd guy in the rotation.

    Amongst all the angst over JTS, Shaq seems to get a free pass from everyone this year though. 4.5 sacks is not living up to that annual contract value! We need Shaq to regain his 2021 form and quickly.

  27. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Rick Says:
    January 15th, 2024 at 12:02 pm
    He’s having a better statistical season than Shaq Barrett and Anthony Nelson, but yeah let’s run him out of town because he hasn’t lived up to his draft status.
    Rick: His draft status has nothing to do with it. I want the Bucs to have good football players, and I don’t think JTS, Devin White, and Jamel Dean are very good at football, for the most part.

  28. uhmmmm Says:

    I mean its so ridiculous to defend JTS. That his backup, a rookie, YaYa took his position. After half a year on being a spot player YaYa is leading the team in sacks and looks like a disruptive force. Nice guy off the field mean man on it.

    YaYa is JTS’s Daddy

  29. BucsFan Says:

    The play that I remember most was in the Falcons game in week 13 when Ridder goes for the edge from about the 5 yard line and JTS has his sights on Ridder and totally unblocked but cannot even force him out of bounds with a clear bead on him. Disappointing much like the majority of his play.

  30. infomeplease Says:

    He’s a backup and should be paid like one.

  31. Buc1987 Says:


  32. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    They won’t bring him back after his rookie deal is up.

  33. Duane in Sanford Says:

    Even though he has underwhelmed this season, I believe he has 5 sacks which is second on the team and ahead of Shaq at 4.5. Food for thought.

  34. Beeej Says:

    At least 2 of those sacks were simply being in proximity when the QB ran out of bounds

  35. ChrisBuc23 Says:

    He hasn’t done much of anything and needs to be replaced we need more
    Physicality and availability on the D line. Whoever isn’t producing and is always hurt can walk or be replaced 💯. Also we need to see more
    Vita vea and Shaq Barrett

  36. ChiBuc Says:

    uh×mmmm Says:
    January 15th, 2024 at 12:34 pm
    “I mean its so ridiculous to defend JTS. That his backup, a rookie, YaYa took his position. After half a year on being a spot player…”

    I don’t disagree that anyone needs to defend JTS over 1 play. However, the above argument does indirectly defend JTS. The same coaching staff that left Yaya in obscurity for half of the season is the same group that does NOT scheme to players’ strengths, Inc JTS. It just so happens that Yaya is more suited for the role asked of him. Sometimes it’s the dog and sometimes it’s the handler. I’d be interested in seeing JTS and D. White with different handlers

  37. BigMacAttack Says:

    It Will Gholston a few years to bulk up and really get going. Sure he was later, I think 4’th round pick, but effort kept him around. Maybe JTS can do the same and he’s worth possibly keeping one more season unless they draft better. If he has a good game tonight they might even be able to trade him with a pick to move up in the draft.

  38. Says:

    One word for JTS – trade him for a 5th round dragt pick or give him his release, Worthless! Wasted draft pick.

  39. orlbucfan Says:

    Are you all scripted? Hope Joe is paying you a few bitcoins for all the negative crap on a Bucs ‘Fan’ site.

  40. orlbucfan Says:

    Hi Joe, keep putting me in moderation cos I don’t give a crap, and I attract $$clicks.

  41. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    JTS is a head-scratcher for me. He’s not stupid. He has great athleticism and speed. He seems to lack some strength, but for his size it isn’t a huge issue (although with the size and strength of Philly’s line tonight…..).

    When JTS gets through to the backfield, he gets there FAST. By all accounts he’s a good guy off the field. So is Maxx Crosby but he becomes Mad Maxx between the lines and JTS needs some “mean” in his game.

    He needs to get some better or more coaching. The little things, techniques, etc. He’s frustrating to watch because he’s “right there” just not quite where he can be at his best. If I were him I’d be at Von Miller’s camp this off-season and pick anyone’s brain who is willing to work with me.

    If he ends up being YaYa’s backup, so be it. Just pay him as a backup when the time comes. He wouldn’t be the first gifted athlete to fail at the NFL level, you just hate to see it wasted.

  42. Lol Says:

    orlbucfan = Homer

  43. Coburn Says:

    Yeah glass.. it just seems like once a linemen gets his hands on him it’s over. He can’t seem to disengage. Needs to use.his hands better and I don’t think he has that lean/bend that a lot of the elite edge guys seem to have. Plays too upright

  44. Ed Says:

    JTS doesn’t get low enough and doesn’t have leg strength to dip into a pass rush. He’s a “looper” always runs past the QB like the way the Moon orbits the Earth.

    Bucs need these rushers to have more strength than finesse.

    As for linebackers, Devin White needs to watch the highlights of a Cleveland Brown linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. This guy had some phenominal tackles behind the line of scrimmage vs Houston. He is what a middle linebacker should be, fast to the ball, sure tackler and completes his assignment.

    White plays like he doesn’t know assignments and is afraid to tackle hard. AW Junior is better vs a RB than White.