Yaya II

June 12th, 2024

Rookie edge rusher Chris Braswell.

Of course there’s excitement for the Buccaneers’ draft picks.

Unless a guy looks like a complete mess, high hopes flourish in May, June and July. That’s why the guy was drafted.

Edge rusher Chris Braswell (Round 2 out of the University of Alabama) has looked the part since landing in Tampa six weeks ago.

Yesterday, head coach Todd Bowles likened him to last year’s surprise edge rusher find, beastly athlete Yaya Diaby.

“He has semblances of Yaya from last year, as far as raw strength,” Bowles said. “We’ll see when the pads come on how that translates, but I like what I see so far.”

Everything Bowles says these days is qualified with “when the pads come on.” Right now, it’s like watching a guy hitting batting practice; everything is coming at him at half speed and easy. A hitter can look good, but what does it really mean?

Regardless, Joe has heard steady reports about Braswell looking NFL-ready. If he can be a solid rookie, he’ll certainly help the Bucs’ somewhat shaky edge rusher position.

19 Responses to “Yaya II”

  1. Mike Says:

    How scary would that be if Diaby, Braswell, Vea and Kancey are all dominant players on the field at the same time? I am excited to see them on the field!

  2. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Agreed, @Mike. There’s a lot of potential to get excited about on the DL. Now it needs to be realized.

  3. Bobby M. Says:

    We just need one more guy who can consistently win 1 on 1 matchups. Hopefully the rookie can step in but I doubt we see him on the field regularly until he’s got a solid understanding of his assignments. Until then, JTS will be out there not for his potential but simply because he knows where he needs to be.

  4. Fred McNeil Says:

    Hope springs eternal this time of year. Last year Bowles said we were knee deep in outside LBs. Except for Diaby it didn’t really work out. That said, this year does look promising. Diaby, Watts, and Ramirez had an NFL off-season to train. We added Brasswell. JTS is on a contract season and has lots of serious competition. Whitehead is way better than Neal. I like the looks of things. Bring on the pads! Go BUCS!!!

  5. Booger Says:

    I would like to think that having benefitted from such a high-level of coaching in his background from St. Frances Academy (who plays a ‘national’ schedule) to Alabama, by getting to play against and to sit, watch and learn from THE BEST, that it’d really pay off for him now!!!! All of our dreams will come true, if as long as Yaya and Bras come through. They will become a PROBLEM (along with Kancey) for opposing teams for years to come. The future looks bright.

  6. Fred McNeil Says:

    Inside linebacker worries me a bit.

  7. Fred McNeil Says:

    Hey, Booger, Via looks faster this year too; according to Bowles. Nice!

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Fred McNeil … ‘Inside linebacker worries me a bit.’

    Me too Fred. I was really anticipating that the Bucs would draft a replacement for Devin White someplace in the Top-3 Rounds, but they didn’t. Tells me that they’re either satisfied with what they have (LVD, Britt, Dennis, plus 1) OR they’ll attempt to pick up a veteran MLB someplace in Preseason. My money’s on the latter.

  9. Dude Says:

    @Defense Rules

    It’s slim pickings on the FA ILB market rn, could be possible we’re waiting on our depth to get the pads on to see what we’ve got in them. Still got JJ Russell & Vi Jones, added 3 UDFAs including Kalen Deloach who looks like he can grow/play himself into a role this summer. I really like Dennis tho, but the best look we got of him last season was the Colts game where he clearly looked like a rookie getting his first major piece of action.

  10. Not My NFL! Says:

    Contract year for JTS so we shall see if he has hit his ceiling or if the prospect of a $$ contract here next season motivates him to do so.I hope he does well until the rookie catches on anyway.

  11. BucYou Says:

    Anyone else seeing this team as a legit SB contender?

  12. Booger Says:

    I know that, Fred. I was meaning the future with the young guys, over (hopefully) the next 10-years!!!!

  13. JimBobBuc Says:

    Braswell had a lot of snaps on the left side and produced some turnovers. Probably our best guy on the left side.

  14. TampabayDJ Says:

    @BucYou – I am ! I think with the better CBs and getting Whitehead back will allow Winfield to really take off . He won’t have to worry about playing both safety positions at the same time since Ryan Neal was just a statue out there. And with a better Oline, Baker in his second year throwing to Evans, Godwin, and Palmer, this team looks well rounded on both sides of the ball. Go Bucs

  15. Hodad Says:

    If he was drafted from Whatsamatter U I’d be worried. He played in the SEC at Bama, not like we don’t have tape.

  16. infomeplease Says:

    Mike says “How scary would that be if Diaby, Braswell, Vea and Kancey are all dominant players on the field at the same time?”

    I like how you are thinking!

  17. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    That front 4 could be nice! Don’t sleep on Delouch ILB from FSU. That kid can play – undersized, fast, can hit, sure tackler. Can’t believe he went undrafted, but that’s what being under 6ft will do for you.

  18. garro Says:

    Yaya looks like he sent away for Charles Atlas’s kit! Wow
    Braswell looks bulked up as well but Yaya has taken it to the next level!

    Go bucs!

  19. Daniel Hammond Says:

    So you’re always talking about our addresses like they’re no good I think we have good Edge rushers especially Yaya rocks you got Wells that they’ve been talking a lot about and if the rookies even half as good as what Daya was last year it’s looking up I don’t know what’s going on with Gregory if he’s actually going to play for us or not but it seems like everywhere else besides you I’m hearing that it’s a solid Edge rushing contest to see who gets playing time maybe they’re wrong but that’s what I hear from everybody but you