Chris Braswell Plans On Being A Pest

May 11th, 2024

Rookie edge rusher Chris Braswell.

Look, Joe hasn’t seen second-round pick, outside linebacker Chris Braswell in pads yet. And since this is underwear football guys are not allowed to hit. So it is impossible to get a read on the Alabama product.

(Joe remembers Joe Tryon-Shoyinka in his first worthless preseason game had a beautiful, picture-perfect, textbook sack that the zebras waved off because of Roger Goodell’s can’t-sack-too-hard rule. It’s been all downhill from there for JTS.)

Braswell, at least when he spoke yesterday, came across as a polished, smart, driven guy. He wants to help his transition to the NFL by being a pest.

“Keep asking the veterans, you know, pick their brains about how to go about the game,” Braswell said.

That’s smart. But then Joe realized the conundrum Braswell is in with this task.

Wouldn’t you want Braswell to get advice on being a stud NFL outside linebacker from someone that has been there, done that? Someone who has been successful? Someone who has a quality resume?

You want Braswell taking tips from JTS? YaYa Diaby is still learning the game.

“I’ve been talking to José,” Braswell said. Joe assumes Braswell was referencing practice squad member JoséRamirez. That’s the only “José” with the Bucs.

What exactly is Braswell going to learn from a weekday warrior who only made the 53-man for the first time in January?

Braswell, to his credit, has said he’s been in contact with budding Houston star and Braswell’s former teammate at Alabama, Will Anderson. That’s smart!

Joe gets Braswell wants to pick the brains of veteran teammates and that’s a sharp move. But when it comes to outside linebacker, he’s sort of out of luck with the Bucs, which is a big reason why he’s here.

(Yes, Joe acknowledges Todd Bowles says sixth-year backup outside linebacker Anthony Nelson is like a coach and Joe is fully aware of a veteran the Bucs signed this offseason.)

37 Responses to “Chris Braswell Plans On Being A Pest”

  1. JimBobBuc Says:

    Don’t talk to JTS! Nelly might be the best guy to learn from – he’s been in Bowles’ defense a while and Bowles seems to really like Nelly. Too bad Nelly isn’t just a little more athletic to make more plays.

  2. Buc4evr Says:

    Jimbobbuc, He probably should not talk to JTS, but he needs to watch the film of JTS. It would be a great “how not to play OLB” tutorial.

  3. Scott Says:

    Our vets have had some success and splash plays here and there

  4. Todd Says:

    JTS: Just Too Slow

  5. Beeej Says:

    JTS gonna blow up, double digit sacks, pro bowl as an alternate. You heard it here first

  6. PewterStiffArm Says:

    Dwight Freeney had one of the best signature moves to get through and around the Quarterback. I think he teaches how to moves to young players coming out of college. Experienced players sometimes make great instructors to potential prospects, call him in for some tutorials.

  7. LouisFriend Says:

    Watching JTS might be different than listening to him. There’s a mountain sized number of coaches who used to play the game badly – who were also good mentors as players. JTS could be a guy like that, who know?

  8. dmatt Says:

    The vet who I recommend Braswell surround himself with is LDavid, a man of character who masters the game at linebacker. Do not let JTS brush off on Braswell.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Chris Braswell has one of the most experienced OLB coaches in the NFL in George Edwards. He’ll be fine.

  10. Jason Says:

    Learning technique from JTS? No thanks.
    Learning the complicated ass defense Bowles runs? Sure, why not?

  11. adam from ny Says:

    that’s crazy: a tutorial on how not to be like jts………

  12. adam from ny Says:

    bring freeney in as a consultant…or something…

    a defensive end master, turned consultant, would be an added bonus during training camp

  13. BillyBucco Says:

    Way too many negative comments about JTS.
    What exactly do you think he is gonna SAY that is soooo horrible?
    Man I hope JTS puts it together this season, simply so you a$$ hats will eat your words about calling a grown man a BUST.
    What a bunch of literal wussies you guys must be!!!

  14. PSL Bob Says:

    Too bad Shaq’s not still here. There’s a source of knowledge!

  15. BucsfaninOregon Says:

    BuccoBilly- – Your post is absolutely off-base. The reason so many people piled on to JTS is that he totally deserves it. We are all semi-fanatic fans to be posting here, and we have wasted 2 or more years watching this guy fail again and again- -often doing the same thing- -rushing hard and fast and getting pushed out and behind the play- -the same thing over and over again. As it is now he is taking up a valuable roster slot and an even more valuable game spot.
    JTS may be the nicest guy in the world, but they are playing tackle football and he is quite bad at doing it.
    Beej- -JTS may turn All-pro this year- -I think he may get cut.

  16. Allen Lofton Says:

    Coaches and veteran players can explain the mechanics of a play but it’s up to the player to perform. Natural talent, athleticism and reps come into play, but it’s up to the player to put it all together.

    That’s why so few make it to the Hall of Fame. If you look at the 2020 World Champion Bucs they had several potential future Hall of Famers.

    The 2024 could make a run for the Superbowl but they need to develop more Future Hall of Famers in order to carry home the Lombardi Trophy.

  17. BillyBucco Says:

    James Harrison was cut 6 times Bucs fan in Oregon.
    My post is NOT off base at all. Licht took him in the first round, but if he was a 3rd round pick, people would be ok with his production.
    You didn’t draft him. You haven’t coached him. You don’t know him.
    What exactly have you wasted sitting on your couch eating greasy potato chips?
    Taking up a valuable roster spot? What? Who do you want instead? Tell us that?
    Getting pushed out and behind the play? Do you even know football? You read what EVERYONE else is saying and act like this guy stole your lunch box!!
    Grow Up!!!!!!

  18. George Says:

    Billy you are spot on. If JTS is a third or 4th round pick then he would be considered a good role player just like Nelson. JTS might not be back with the Bucs in 2025, but he will be on another team contributing 5 to 6 sacks making 6 million a year, not flipping burgers.

  19. Joe Says:

    The vet who I recommend Braswell surround himself with is LDavid

    Excellent suggestion!

    Too bad Shaq’s not still here.

    Would have been perfect. 👍

  20. Buccaneer rick Says:

    Jts is not slow he jus t doesn’t have power to finish he is fast that’s why we scooped him …it’s his mechanics not getting pass lineman and when he does he’s not slowing down to make sure he gets his target and he still goes full speed hoping he will take the guys head off

  21. WilieG Says:

    Could someone please put in a call to Simeon Rice?

  22. ThatAintRight? Says:

    Anthony Nelson can get together some splash plays but tbh I’ve always seen him since day 1 as a 3-4 DE. Needs a little bit more extra upper body shoulders back and arms but that’s something he definitely could have gotten with time. I get the impression he or team may be wanting to press, but now look at what’s gonna happen if he’s not playing DE soon. I don’t know why we don’t try to make the most out of guys we take in the draft. This guy could have been a monster DE in the run game. I’d put him there over an aging Gholston or a lesser talent Logan Hall. Whatever. This is why I don’t watch no more. Poor decisions imo lately.

  23. ThatAintRight? Says:

    I like that we still have JTS, but that doesn’t mean he’s ever going to reach his full potential. He’s likely never going to. Idk can’t seems to ever get it all together. He seems best as an off the bench situational pass rusher. 4-5 sacks a year. Whatever. He should’ve been a double digit sack artist for sure. Idk why he didn’t make it happen. Guy has a lot of potential, now alll he has is a lot of pressure. Time to put up or shut up.

  24. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    WilieG Says:
    May 11th, 2024 at 12:03 pm
    Could someone please put in a call to Simeon Rice?

    That ^^^

  25. Conner50 Says:

    Can homeboy please get a different number 43 just don’t seem right coming off the edge.. maybe it’s just me but I don’t like

  26. ThatAintRight? Says:

    I think with Chris Braswell from Alabama on the outside opposite of YaYa Tampa Bay should have their duo of pass rushers set and ready to go! At ILB they still have an all round talent in LVD who can in fact still play at a high level. I’m looking forward to what Kj Britt does for us in coverage next to David. He could be that weak link in the middle. Hopefully Todd Bowels has a failsafe in case this doesn’t work out. Our safeties are above average starters as a whole. Still have the slot CB in Christian Izien , and then the rookie DB from Georgia. So definitely getting younger and more athletic recently. I like the defensive rebuild. TB defense is up and coming. Not sold on DE. I’m okay with gholston but don’t care for Logan Hall. I said that long long time ago about Gholston too though so I’ll give him a little more time. Lol
    I’d imagine next year we look for our CB1 , LG , TE1, ILB. We don’t seem to far off from competing with saints. I don’t think this is our year but people better start to respect us again. We aren’t still pretty damn good team.

  27. Jmarkbuc Says:

    He’s from Bama..

    JTS could be asking HIM questions.

  28. Bucsfan951 Says:

    “He’s from Bama..

    JTS could be asking HIM questions.”

    This actually made me lol for real. Good one!

  29. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Oh sure. Seasoned vets are going out of their way to train there replacements on the roster in minicamp .Ya, I might have been born at night, it just wasn’t last night😎

  30. MadMax Says:

    You’ll see….255, squats 700+… and can get past people, Sabian approved? We’re good yall…. Perfect for us, cant wait to watch him grow.

  31. rrsrqnc Says:

    Randy Gregory – he has been around a few locker rooms and hopefully ready to lead

  32. RBUC Says:

    Braswell is the best athlete Bucs chose in the draft class!! I could see him making more of an impact than even YaYa made last season, could end up being the best Edge rusher in this year’s draft!! Can’t wait til the season starts cause I know most people would consider my comments BOLD and not likely but the kid is a stud maybe the steal of the draft☠️🚩!!

  33. MadMax Says:

    ^def steal of the draft! ….so glad Mr. Licht heard me.

  34. unbelievable Says:

    This is EXACTLY what I said a few weeks ago before the draft!

    There’s no vet in that room for him (or any other young guys / rookies) to learn from. JTS and Randy Gregory are the “vets”… let that sink in for a minute.

    Good luck kid

  35. RBUC Says:

    Randy he might learn some good things from but JTS isn’t cut from the same clothe!! WAYYY 2 SOFT

  36. Proudbucsfan Says:

    Chris Braswell is my favorite player from this draft class. I concur with RBUC and MadMax I’m thinking we hit a home run with this guy.

  37. Brandon Says:

    Jose is the closest thing to a veteran at the rookie mini camp. Who else is he supposed to talk to?