Pass-rush concerns linger in Tampa

Posted May 26, 2010 @ 2:12 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

After filling other needs in the draft and free agency, the Buccaneers are gambling that an unimpressive collection of defensive ends will be enough to get them through this season. The 10 defensive ends on the roster — seven of whom have one season or less of NFL experience — made a combined 11 sacks in 2009. The Bucs will argue that the addition of rookie DTs Gerald McCoy and Brian Price will help the pass rush, but this could be a group that struggles to pressure the quarterback even if McCoy and Price do get a push up the middle. Kyle Moore and Stylez G. White are expected to start at defensive end, and Tim Crowder will rotate in frequently. The rest of the ends are unknown commodities. With trade and free-agent options limited, Tampa Bay will have to wait to address its need for a quality, young edge rusher until 2011.


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