It's obvious that the Bucs' very effective pass rush in Week Six (five sacks, 13 QB hits) was the main reason that Rodgers had by far his worst game of the season. The Giants took that one, too, 21-17, advancing Green Bay where they finally prevailed in a 23-20 overtime contest. The Steelers then finished off the their incredible run with a 21-10 win over Seattle in the Super Bowl. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Defensive Lineman William Gholston #92 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. The Packers, meanwhile, have not been good in the return and coverage game this season. Vea … The Buccaneers would sure like to find out if that is true. Vita Vea #50. Vea is returning from a fractured ankle. Duplicating that won't be easy, but getting more pressure than the Bucs have had in the past three weeks seems essential. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday's NFC championship game at Green Bay. Joe also asked about tight end O.J. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be getting a big boost for the remainder of the playoffs if … Vea was designated for return on January 18, 2021. As an example, Tom Brady's attempted quick slant to Rob Gronkowski at the goal line looked like a good play call with a high chance of working Sunday in New Orleans, but it was knocked away by safety Malcolm Jenkins. likuidsmoke says: William Gholston #92. 3. But the Bucs obviously have to plan for every possibility, and even if Vea doesn't get clearance this week, if the team does prevail in Green Bay then he would have two more weeks to progress before that final game. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea is inching closer to a return. That team scored 458 points, absolutely demolishing the old (if being around one year makes you old) record. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Vea broke his leg back in October and was thought to be out for the season. Most points and fewest turnovers in a season. Initial observations have Vea … Now, I know we are not looking past Green Bay to the Super Bowl. Tampa has designated defensive tackle Vita Vea to return from injured reserve, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times tweets.. Stroud adds that the big man in the middle “will begin practicing Wednesday and could be activated for Sunday’s NFC title game.” Ndamukong Suh #93. Buccaneers designate Vita Vea to return from injured reserve, could reportedly be active for NFC Championship By this measure, the 2020 Buccaneers are the best offense in franchise history and it's not even close. 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It really wouldn't be hard to make this work from a game day roster standpoint either. But if you do manage to complete that sweep, you apparently will find yourself in good shape in the Super Bowl. The result was a spot in Super Bowl XLV against Pittsburgh. The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return … The first one is the red zone. There really isn't a whole lot of that to deal with right now. But let's take a closer look. The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return the 6-foot-4, 347-pound tackle to the active roster. Vea, 25, suffered a broken lower leg on Oct. 8 against the Chicago Bears and was thought to be out for the season, but the team designated him for return from IR on Monday. If he can come back this will be huge for that Bucs D, we may see them back to how they played in those early season dominant stretches. It kind of seems like it was meant to be, doesn’t it? This dude has been injured since the Bucs drafted him. The Buccaneers could be getting a big piece back on their defensive line for the NFC Championship Game. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro … “See them a lot. My knee-jerk reaction, without looking at any numbers or even trying to think too hard about the specifics, is yes. I think it is. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers won that one in a thriller, 31-25. Tiny sample size? New York got out of Tampa alive with a 24-14 win, then had to go to Dallas to play the team that won their division, the NFC East. McVay saying Donald was all good and 100% good to go. He was wrecking the Bears offensive line all night back in October. Then came the 2019 Bucs, with Winston under new Head Coach Bruce Arians. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Inside Linebacker Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. Howard, who blew out his Achilles in the game prior to Vea’s injury. However, he’s apparently made enough … The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return the 6 … Let’s be as full strength as possible and let the chips fall. That is the third-most in team history, with all three of the top marks coming in the last three years, but the 2018 record of 6,648 is way out ahead. championships, Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near you. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Defensive Lineman Steve McLendon #96 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. But the Patriots were an 11-5 team that season, somehow finishing third in a powerhouse AFC East behind the Dolphins and the Jets. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. For instance, this year's team scored 30.8 points per game and the NFL average was 24.8. That 37.5% TD rate would have been worst in the league over a full season. In addition to Nunez-Roches and McLendon, the Buccaneers kept rookie defensive lineman Khalil Davis active for their Divisional Playoff Game in New Orleans. Steve McLendon #96. The Buccaneers have designated Vita Vea to return from IR and he could play Sunday against the Packers. Return of Vita Vea could catapult Buccaneers to a historic home finale The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one game away from becoming the first team to host and play in a Super Bowl . Vea can practice with the … Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The easiest and probably best way to support that argument is just to look at points scored. Hope he comes back, big fan of him and Suh! Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. After suffering a broken ankle against the Chicago Bears in Week 5, the Bucs designated defensive tackle Vita Vea for a return from the injured reserve on Monday, allowing the third-year lineman to return to practice. Statistics January 22, 2021 at 11:17 pm. But, again, scoring has steadily increased across the NFL in the last two decades. Tampa Bay officially activated defensive tackle Vita Vea from injured reserve, clearing the 25-year-old to play at Lambeau Field. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. Head Coach Bruce Arians dead-panned that Vea "walked really good," when asked about his return to action. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Wide Receiver Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. You must be logged in to leave a comment. ... Vita vea is a massive man. Vea fractured his right ankle in Week 5 on Thursday Night Football in the Bucs’ 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears, and … That defense is going to be impenetrable, if everyone can stay healthy. Patrick O'Connor #79. The Bucs only had one of those in 2020, so they really outscored last year's offense by more like 70 points. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one game away from becoming the first team to host and play in a Super Bowl. Vea suffered a broken leg in Tampa Bay’s Week 5 loss to the Chicago Bears, and was expected to miss the rest of the season. Stroud says Vea will practice Wednesday and Stroud notes there’s a chance he could be activated for Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Packers. But as the Bucs are still playing into late January, preparing for Sunday's NFC title … Pittsburgh then took out the Colts in Indianapolis and the Broncos in Denver to reach Super Bowl XL. The containment problems the Bucs had against the inexperienced Taylor Heinicke in the Wild Card round are a bit more of a concern, particularly given how lethal Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers can be when he escapes the pocket and extends plays. It's just an area in which I think the Bucs could make a difference with a bit of improvement this week. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday’s NFC championship game at Green Bay. The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return the 6 … This has all come as a bit of a shock this week because the last time that Arians was asked about the possibility of Vea or tight end O.J. 16 responses to “ Bucs designate Vita Vea for return from injured reserve ” likuidsmoke says: January 18, 2021 at 2:41 pm. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Bucs are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea has been designated to return from injured reserve, but a decision about playing this weekend remains up in the air. Could Vea return if the Bucs make a run in the playoffs? Getty Vita Vea could return for the Bucs-Packers playoff matchup. The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return the 6-foot-4, … TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday's NFC championship game at Green Bay. He wanted to play. Arians did not rule it out. Vea suffered a broken lower leg October 8 against the Chicago Bears and was thought to be out for the season. With veteran Steve McLendon also in the mix, the Buccaneers could really play it by ear and give Vea as much or as little work as they thought he could handle as the game progresses. Vea suffered a … Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I am hoping for his return against the Packers….the man is a BEAST. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday's NFC championship game at Green Bay.Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at… ————————————————————————————————— What is the biggest area we need to clean up ahead of the Championship game? I don't think there's any reason to believe that the red zone struggles of recent weeks will continue on Sunday in Green Bay, other than the fact that the Packers had the league's eighth-best red zone defense this year. Arians saw Vea running and realized a return was possible, and now the team wants to get him on the practice field and make a determination for Sunday. It's not particularly obvious why Tampa Bay's offense is suddenly struggling in the red zone, other than the fact that one of the defenses they just played, at Washington in the Wild Card round, is really good in that category. Glad to see he’s healed up and (hopefully) ready to go this weekend. Rakeem Nunez-Roches, whose primary role was as Vea's backup at nose tackle, got in for 37.8% of the snaps. New England would have to go through both of those teams on their way to Super Bowl XX, beating the Jets in New York in the Wild Card round, the Raiders in Los Angeles in the Divisional Round and the Dolphins in Miami in the AFC Championship Game. That's 17.3% better than the average, but that 2000 team had seven non-offensive touchdowns. Learn how your comment data is processed. The only other team that is remotely close in this category is the 2000 squad, which averaged 24.3 points per game while the league averaged was 20.7. Jeremiah Ledbetter #95. The 1985 New England Patriots are probably best remembered as the sacrificial lamb that took the Super Bowl beating from the famous 1985 Chicago Bears. Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea (born February 5, 1995), commonly known as Vita Vea, is an American football nose tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). That bought Green Bay a ticket to the Windy City and a chance to get its revenge on the Bears, which it did in a 21-14 decision. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Outside Linebacker Shaquil Barrett #58 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday’s NFC championship game at Green Bay. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Punter Bradley Pinion #8 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. I guarantee you every head coach in the NFL right now would gladly take an offense that ranked 20th in yards but led the league in scoring (which wouldn't be easy to do, but you get my point). My second area of concern is the pass rush on defense. Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea has been designated to return from injured reserve, but a decision about playing this weekend remains up in the air. Vea (leg) was restored from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, per the NFL's official transaction log. If the Buccaneers believe that Vea could play and be an asset on Sunday in Green Bay, they can activate him from IR and put him on the 53-man roster at any point up through Saturday. Not a member? You know, but even Vita, I doubt very seriously, even all the way to the [Super Bowl] that he would be ready. “They’re both doing really, really well,” Arians said. The Buccaneers have a … (What's that? Right on time big fella! He wanted to come back and I said, 'Hey, we'll keep winning and you keep working and it will work out.' Howard returning for the playoffs he indicated that neither was likely to happen. The Patriots then lost to Mike Ditka's Bears, 46-10. Bucs designate Vita Vea to return from reserve/injured list. 1h. Vea can practice with the team on Wednesday and could be added to the active roster for Sunday’s game in Green Bay. That's nice, but it's a job unfinished in the estimation of Tampa Bay players and coaches. Meanwhile, there were no turnovers in New Orleans, no glaring coverage breakdowns (unless you count getting burned by a trick play), no players really losing their cool, no offensive line miscommunications leading to free rushers, few dropped passes and not that many missed tackles (the one on the first punt return being a glaring exception). Through the first 15 games of the season, the Buccaneers scored touchdowns on 71.4% of their drives that penetrated the opposing team's 20-yard line, averaging 5.68 yards per possession. I can't image the Buccaneers would expect Vea to come back and immediately step back into the primary nose tackle role playing two-thirds of the snaps. However, let's remember again that the 2019 team had five more defensive touchdowns than this year's squad. Arians said he came to this realization about three weeks ago. The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return the 6-foot-4, … January 18, 2021 at 2:41 pm Maybe it was just a phenomenal play by Jenkins; maybe it would have been complete if the pass had been a foot farther in front of Gronkowski. The key will be if Vita Vea is in any kind of game shape after the broken ankle. I did think the penalties got a little out of hand in New Orleans; it turned out to be seven for 62 yards, including five that created new first downs for the Saints. Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea to return from the injured reserve with … Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Wide Receiver Tyler Johnson #18 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. Not sure whose attempted rouse is worse –. Of course, the Bucs' offense only had 17 giveaways in 2020, which is the lowest single-season total in franchise history. That easily makes up the difference in those two percentages. Vea suffered a broken leg in Tampa Bay's Week 5 loss to the Chicago Bears, and was expected to miss the rest of the season. Vea has already been ruled out for the season after fracturing his … The Bucs have designated Vea (leg) to return from the injured reserve list, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.. After fracturing his leg Week 5, Vea … Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans got a pleasant surprise earlier this week when the team designated defensive lineman Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. It would be 20 years before the Pittsburgh Steelers would make the next three-game road trip to the Super Bowl. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle) to return from the injured reserve. In a big way, the return of Vea not only bolsters the defensive front, it reinvigorates the championship vision which has been under construction for years. Mind game or physical game, we’ll take it anyway we can. “He walked real good because that’s all we did today, we had a walkthrough,” Arians said on Wednesday. Green Bay won that on a tiebreaker and went to Philadelphia to start the playoffs. “That was a really physical game last week … That first day back didn't tell us much because the Bucs held their Wednesday practice at walk-through speed. Arians did not rule it out. An injured Donald is still better than a 90% Via. The Buccaneers managed to survive Sunday vs. the Saints, and they could have a major reinforcement on the way for the NFC Championship vs. the Packers. Bucs WR Antonio Brown out, DT Vita Vea to return Sunday 5 mins ago. The Buccaneers could add significant reinforcements ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Packers. 1. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - General Manager Jason Licht during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. If the Bucs were to keep Vea active instead of Davis on Sunday and Vea wasn't able to contribute much, it doesn't seem like it would make much of a difference. Right on time big fella! Howard, who blew out his Achilles in the game prior to Vea’s injury. The punt coverage looked like it needed to be tightened up but a lot of that has to do with facing the electric Deonte Harris. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Bucs are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. Overall, they finished the regular season as the seventh-best red zone offense in the NFL in terms of touchdown percentage. For some reason, the Buccaneers have gone from being quite good in that category for most of the season to not particularly efficient over the last three games, including the season finale against Atlanta and the two playoff games. They are looking to complete the long journey, and join those other four teams who powered through three road games to make it to the Super Bowl. "It's like, 'Man, he's getting close.' It's not terribly surprising that the Bucs were shut out in the sack department in New Orleans, as the Saints emphasize getting the ball out of Drew Brees's hands very quickly. Tampa designated defensive tackle Vita Vea to return from injured reserve, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. “It’s a big, big loss,” head coach Bruce Arians said at the time of the injury. Vea suffered a broken leg in Tampa Bay's Week 5 loss to the Chicago Bears, and was expected to miss the rest of the season. "I saw him running in the pool and then on the Ultra G [treadmill]," said Arians. Stroud adds that the big man in the middle “will begin practicing Wednesday and could be activated for Sunday’s NFC title game.” This is something of a surprising development, as Vea was previously believed to be done for the season after … TAMPA, Fla. (AP)The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday’s NFC championship game at Green Bay. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have big things on their mind this weekend, hoping to join a very limited club of the best playoff road warriors in league history. For anyone not up to speed on this, the Buccaneers designated third-year defensive lineman Vita Vea to return from injured reserve on Monday and he returned to the practice field on Wednesday. Wins have extended Tampa ’ s Super Bowl, '' said Arians the Buccaneers kept rookie defensive lineman Vea! 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