Vita Vea Doesn’t Make BSPN’s Top-10

July 10th, 2024

Honorable mention.

This is a bit of a surprise. And maybe the Bucs having Vita Vea lose weight was sort of a tip to the following.

Yesterday, Joe brought word that in BSPN’s annual Top-10 poll among “nearly 80” NFL suits, scouts and coaches, Rachaad White didn’t get one single vote at running back. Joe thought perhaps his exceptional production as a receiving back would get him a vote or two. Nope.

Today, it is Vita Vea. Oh, he got votes. Just not enough for Top-10. He was honorable mention.

If you think about it, the way the Bucs push Vea and national #NFLMedia seems to love Vea, the people that count who get paid handsomely to build football teams and know when to pull the plug on a player, aren’t fully enamored with Vea.

Did Vea’s play drop off last year? So the Bucs are trying to save him by having him drop weight? Vea is 29, not young for a nose tackle.

Did these NFL folks ding Vea because he doesn’t play that many snaps?

It’s all very interesting to Joe. This suggests the Bucs were onto something when they had Vea drop weight. Rarely do actions behind the scenes in the NFL happen by accident.

14 Responses to “Vita Vea Doesn’t Make BSPN’s Top-10”

  1. unbelievable Says:

    Part time player with diminishing production. Don’t get me wrong- he can be a monster and game changer. But consistently? No, not lately.

    Hopefully that changes with the weight loss.

  2. Booger Says:

    Heard this list on WDAE this afternoon… I’m guessing he could’ve been in he top 6 or 7 pretty easily, if only he’d had the ‘conditioning’ to have been able to stay on the field long enough to qualify. That’s Pretty Bad. Not good at all. Should be an ALL-PRO Player.

  3. Drunkinybor Says:

    They ding Vea because he’s a Buccaneer. Just like everybody else in the media. It took Mine Evan 10 straight years of 1000 yard seasons to be recognized by them. I.agine he had 999 on season. Thry would still say he’s not elite like whatever shiny new thing that played decent is.

  4. Stanglassman Says:

    I’m still not convinced that the Bucs asked him to lose the weight. I remember that he approached T. Bowles after the Lion’s play-off loss and said he’d come back in better shape. Then when asked about it during OTAs Bowels said it’s something he wasn’t asked to do and that he did it on his own. I’m sure it was discussed at some point during the off-season when he was working out with Suh but I never heard that this was initiated by the coaches or management.

  5. heyjude Says:

    Stanglassman – It’s good that Suh had Vita in Portland working out and making his body better for himself and on the field. We may never know who guided him to lose some weight. Could have been himself, family, team-mates, friends, coaches, and/or doctors. With the weight loss will come increased quickness and durability. This could Vita’s season and maybe he will be top ten too.

  6. garro Says:

    Vea was not top ten last year. Is he now motivated? We shall see. Barton better be ready for the big man me thinks.

    Go Bucs!

  7. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I agree with ESPN and Vita not making the top 10. Best asset for a player is availability. If Vita is playing less than 50% of the snaps, he is little value to the team. Vita needs to step up his conditioning and play at least 70% of the snaps. He is getting paid high dollars to be on the field not on the bench.

  8. heyjude Says:

    Looking forward to seeing how Graham does. Thinking he is ready.

  9. Buc's Nick Says:

    How can a guy who plays 60% of the time be in the top 10?

    Sorry folks, he an above average player when (if) he is in the game. I would take GMC over this guy. Definitely not worth big money.

  10. Bobby M. Says:

    He’s prepping for one more pay day…..writing was on the wall he needed to be in better shape to stay on the field more and improve production if he wants one more guaranteed contract. I’m always a bit nervous with guys who coast until a pay day approaches, particularly those on the back end of their careers. Fournette is an example of this, he comes into camp out of shape after getting a new deal.

  11. Hearty Dikerson Says:

    I like Vea, but we’re paying him a fortune. $21M for this year for a part-time NT that’s not even top 10 at his position.

  12. Allen Lofton Says:

    Vita Vea’s wasn’t as dominate last year so let’s hope his weight loose has a more positive affect this year. If Kelsey becomes more dominate it will have a domino for Vita too.

  13. Dave Pear Says:

    He’s got all the potential to be a clone of a Warren Sapp / Vince Wilford combination. Seems to lack the killer instinct, maybe.

  14. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    It’s very encouraging vita worked out with suh prepping for a ‘contract year’. I wouldn’t bet against him.