TAMPA BAY – The Buccaneers no longer have Jason Pierre-Paul on the roster, but honestly, that’s OK.
This is because the Buccaneers selected Joe Tryon-Shoyinka with the 32nd overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Tryon-Shoyinka was drafted to eventually replace Pierre-Paul. Due to a combination of injuries (on JPP’s side) and enough flashes of potential from JTS, it looks like the Buccaneers are ready for the former Huskie to step into a lead role in 2022.
As it turns out, Tryon-Shoyinka has caught the eye of one national NFL analyst in NFL.com‘s Adam Rank. And Tryon-Shoyinka’s such an attraction that Rank believes he will be the Buccaneers’ “breakout star” in 2022.
Rank wrote the following in regard to JTS’ 2022 season:
“It seemed like everyone made such a huge deal about all of the starters that returned to the Bucs last year, but they did add some young talent along the way for the future of the organization. Tryon-Shoyinka, a first-round pick in 2021, is expected to take over for Jason Pierre-Paul at outside linebacker, and he could be on the cusp of a major leap. He posted four sacks last year, despite playing just half of the defensive snaps.
This is mostly me forecasting here, but I could see him getting double-digit sacks playing in this system, given his talent.”
Tryon-Shoyinka is in a great position to have success in 2022
Tryon-Shoyinka has plenty of ability on his own, like Rank mentions. But one could easily argue it’s his environment that will have a greater affect on his 2022 production, than anything.
JTS is part of a Buccaneers front seven that is one of the league’s best. The scary part is the unit can be even better in 2022 if Akiem Hicks stays healthy. With Shaquil Barrett on the opposite edge, Lavonte David and Devin White in the middle, and then the trio of Hicks, Vita Vea, and Will Gholston on the defensive line, it’s easy to see why Tryon-Shoyinka will benefit from the help around him.
But the key with all of this is Todd Bowles. Bowles is one of the most aggressive play callers in the NFL and he will have JTS and co. getting after the quarterback at league-high rates, as usual. Bowles lines JTS up all over the defense to create mismatches and will even drop him in coverage at times, too.
In other words: There will be plenty of opportunities for Tryon-Shoyinka to make plays in 2022. And if he can seize said opportunities, he will most certainly become a breakout star in Tampa Bay and across the NFL.
You can check out Rank’s full column, here.
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