The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp to the defensive line group, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
With the corresponding move, the Buccaneers waived safety Isaiah Johnson, who was just recently promoted to the active roster from the practice squad. The Bucs also released defensive end Larry Webster from the practice squad.
This Buccaneers defensive front has been a letdown this year, as they have registered only seven sacks that puts them dead last in the whole league. They do not have to get sacks to look good, they just need to get consistent pressure on the opposite quarterback instead of putting pressure on Jameis Winston to try a comeback win.
In addition, this group was expected to be one of the better defensive lines this year, but for some reason they have not shown up.
Injuries have hurt this defensive line to an extent. Like Noah Spence re-injuring his shoulder in Sunday’s 30-27 loss against the Buffalo Bills. Also, Robert Ayers has been playing with a nagging knee injury and Ryan Russell is set to return soon from a shoulder problem.
With all that being said, I expect Tapp to boost the defensive line with his experience and speed. He does not have the same speed as entering the league back in 2006, but he still has some gas in the tank.
Over Tapp’s NFL career, he has piled up 28 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, and 259 tackles in 162 games (38 starts).