TAMPA ― Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, two of the game’s best defensive players, are gone and —apparently ― no longer in the Bucs’ plans for the 2022 season.
Second-year player Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and rookie Logan Hall, the team’s first pick in the 2022 draft (33rd overall), will take over those important jobs.
It’s almost impossible to evaluate players on the line of scrimmage during non-contract drills like the ones being executed during organized team activities and the upcoming mandatory minicamp June 7-9.
But it’s hard to imagine two Bucs players that will be under more scrutiny to start the season.
Tryon-Shoyinka, who opted out of his final year at Washington in 2020, was the Bucs’ first-round pick a year ago.
He was utilized in a variety of roles, but mostly as a replacement for the oft-injured Pierre-Paul, who missed five games with a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder.
Tryon-Shoyinka finished with four sacks, 10 quarterback hits and five tackles for loss despite making only six starts. Coach Todd Bowles isn’t shy about heaping high expectations on Tryon-Shoyinka.
“He’s very athletic,” Bowles said. “Obviously, we took him in the first round. Going into year two, we expect him to have the nuances down with a lot of the things he did last year and expect him to come into his own. I don’t expect him to be (Pierre-Paul), I expect him to be Joe. He…