“I Think Both Of These Players Are Really Going To Take A Big Step Forward”

June 27th, 2024


Want to see Joe get excited without mentioning “Rachel Watson” or Augustiner-Brau Munchen Lagerbier Hell? Get Joe talking about Calijah Kancey.

And YaYa Diaby, too.

Joe really believes Kancey will blow up and destroy sh!! this fall.

One guy also geeked about the second-year defensive line duo is former 11-year NFL offensive lineman Brian Baldinger.

Last year Baldinger, who has a house in South Florida, by chance ran into Kancey who was working out on the beach (Baldinger’s a beach bum and waterdog in the offseason)

The two made a quick connection and became regular workout partners. It’s cool that Kancey works with Baldinger in the offseason and picks his brain from an offensive standpoint. Baldinger appeared on NFL Network recently and raved about Kancey and Diaby and thinks the sky is the limit for both.

“These guys improved as the season went on,” Baldinger said of their rookie seasons. “Sometimes, you almost have to redshirt these defensive linemen and wait until the second year.”

Another cool thing is that Baldinger mentioned Kancey this weekend will attend Von Miller’s “Sack Summit,” where NFL pass rushers gather to learn and swap techniques in an effort for all to improve (and make more money). A rising tide lifts all boats kind of thing.

One thing that impresses Baldinger is Kancey is absolutely committed to improving.

“This guy never stops working,” Baldinger said. “I’m excited to see him in Vegas this weekend at the Sack Summit.

“I think these both of these players players are really going to take a big step forward.”

If Kancey and Diaby both take that proverbial next step forward, the Bucs could have a scary defense.

20 Responses to ““I Think Both Of These Players Are Really Going To Take A Big Step Forward””

  1. Mr. Editor Says:

    I love to hear this news! Mr Licht is drafting players who love football.

  2. Dave Pear Says:

    It’s expected, by the players themselves, by Jason, by Todd, and the team.

    Love these two, if Todd uses them right, they’ll blossom.

    JTS opening his Cosmetics for Men line in 8 months. Logan The Oaf will be a fall guy in pro wrestling.

  3. Irishmist Says:

    With all the restrictions these days on how hard the coaches can push players in camp, it’s essential to draft self motivated players who want to push themselves.

  4. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Man he looked so good for a rookie DT.

  5. Oddball Says:

    Speaks volumes that JTS and Hall aren’t participating in any of these offseason activities. Complacency.

  6. garro Says:

    Baldy’s stamp of approval should not be put to the side. He is one of the few guys who played the game and doesn’t spout alot of BS. He and Pat Kirwan are known to tell it like it is.

    Love the fact that Kancey, Ramirez, and Diaby are doing what they can do to get better! Any other Bucs attending this camp Joe? JTS or Watts, etc? Rachel Watson maybe 🙂

    Go Bucs

  7. Fan of the South Says:

    With more teams going to the 2.5 second time to throw objective Sacks tend to decrease. On the flipside average yards per throw has decreased which tends to help the DB’s.

    QB’s that held the ball way past the 2.8 second average like Fields and Russell Wilson were sacked at a 10% rate. Others that held it a little longer than average were Maholmes, Allen, Flacco and Stroud. Their sack percentages were half @ 5% or less and Average throws were deeper.

    Younger QB’s got sacked around 10% regardless of how long they held the ball.

    Mayfield, Cousins, Purdy, Smith, Stafford and Goff were under the 2.8 Average and were sacked in the 5%-6% range.

    If you sacrifice run defense to try to get to the QB a couple more times out of 100 it does not seem to make much sense.

    If your DB’s and LB’s cannot cover receivers 20 feet downfield without getting beat then that is more of a problem than anything.

  8. Citrus County Says:

    Big Brother is everywhere. I make some posts that mention CBD and the next morning my junk mail has ads for CBD and human growth hormone. Amazing.

  9. heyjude Says:

    Liking what Baldinger is saying. Von Miller’s “Sack Summit” sounds very interesting. Hopefully, we see pictures of the summit and everyone that attended. These types of workouts will only strengthen Kancey and others. Good to hear about them.

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Braswell, Vea, Kancey, Diaby

    I think we’ve got something good cooking up front this year.

  11. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Diaby 0 jerseys will be very popular soon.

  12. Crickett Baker Says:

    They were good as rookies. Taking a big step forward, as Baldy predicts, would be phenomenally excellent.

  13. PewterStiffArm Says:

    Hey Joe, haven’t you been drilling into our heads the fact that rookie defensive lineman usually have to be measured after the start of their second season? It is very rare that college kids can make that sort of a jump when it comes to figuring out NFL competition. The survival rate is real, and some don’t muster the cojones to be respected, let alone players that we have conversations about. In this case Baldinger hit that nail right on the head like you guys have been talking about. Watch the second year of production either get better or drop. Kancey, definitely will get better, I hear he is working and studying his tail off. Him and YaYa just might be the recipe we have been waiting for. Bring on the AFC and the NFC, priceless.

  14. Joe Says:

    Hey Joe, haven’t you been drilling into our heads the fact that rookie defensive lineman usually have to be measured after the start of their second season?

    It’s rare for a rookie edge rusher to dominate. Of course some do — the Bosas for example — but for every rookie edge rusher who gets 10 sacks, there’s like 15-20 who don’t. That doesn’t mean they will be busts, just that it’s very hard for a rookie edge rusher to dominate. Takes time to learn the nuances of fighting grownarse men playing offensive tackle.

  15. Dude Says:

    Found Kanceys’ “pass rush guy”

  16. Joe Says:

    Hopefully, we see pictures of the summit and everyone that attended.

    Pretty sure NFL Network will be there. Not suggesting they will broadcast live but you may see a highlight or two or some interviews from the summit.

  17. Dude Says:

    Vonn Miller posts a VLOG after the event ends, you can probably draw more from that 10-15 minutes of video than anything NFL Net will cover. Iirc Crosby does a Vlog as well so you can get a good look from those two perspectives, but there’s not much more action going on than what you’d see at OTAs.

  18. heyjude Says:

    Thank you Joe and Dude! Sounds good. Can’t wait to see it.

  19. Capt.Tim Says:

    That would be fantastic!

  20. gp Says:

    Welcome to the world of google!