Arians said he came to this realization about three weeks ago. (What's that? Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans got a pleasant surprise earlier this week when the team designated defensive lineman Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. The Buccaneers could add significant reinforcements ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Packers. The Bucs only had one of those in 2020, so they really outscored last year's offense by more like 70 points. The Buccaneers have a … This year's team also finished behind the last two in net passing yards, with 4,626. #Bucs are designating DT Vita Vea for … The Buccaneers could be adding significant reinforcements ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Packers. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - General Manager Jason Licht during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. This man is a monster! Vea was placed on injured reserve on October 13, 2020. After beating the Eagles, the Packers headed south to Atlanta and walloped the Falcons, 48-21. 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. Field Level Media . January 18, 2021 at 2:41 pm The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return the 6 … Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. “It’s a big, big loss,” head coach Bruce Arians said at the time of the injury. Vea … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be getting a big boost for the remainder of the playoffs if … Of the first 5 games Vita played, the Bucs beat three teams that finished the season under.500 and lost to two teams that finished the season .500 or better. 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. How Wentz was a factor in Eagles’ Sirianni hire, What’s more likely: Previewing conf. 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. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Inside Linebacker Devin White #45 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. From […] And it’s Super Bowl 55, which automatically thrusts memories of Derrick Brooks into the forefront. - 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. In addition to Nunez-Roches and McLendon, the Buccaneers kept rookie defensive lineman Khalil Davis active for their Divisional Playoff Game in New Orleans. 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. Those two numbers add up to more than 100 snaps, so it wasn't completely a matter of Nunez-Roches spelling Vea at the nose, but that was the vast majority of it. Vea has been designated to return from injured reserve, which … The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. Welcome back. Therein lies the problem. Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. Not sure whose attempted rouse is worse –. “He walked real good because that’s all we did today, we had a walkthrough,” Arians said on Wednesday. Overall, they finished the regular season as the seventh-best red zone offense in the NFL in terms of touchdown percentage. The easiest and probably best way to support that argument is just to look at points scored. He wanted to come back and I said, 'Hey, we'll keep winning and you keep working and it will work out.' Buccaneers designate Vita Vea to return from injured reserve, could reportedly be active for NFC Championship The imposing nose tackle could be activated for a … Glad to see he’s healed up and (hopefully) ready to go this weekend. From […] Joe also asked about tight end O.J. #Bucs are designating DT Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. Howard, who blew out his Achilles in the game prior to Vea’s injury. Top Pictures from Bucs Practice, Jan. 20 | NFC Championship Week. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea was designated for return from injured reserve and will practice with the team on Wednesday. You're asking me about the Bucs' offense, Myers, and I'm responding with point totals, but that 2019 team had the benefit of SIX defensive touchdowns. Let's say, 'rotational player' instead. Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. 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. They have at least managed to come away with points, with nine of the other 10 drives resulting in successful field goals and the 10th being a kneel-down to end the game. Vea can practice with the team on Wednesday and could be added to the active roster for Sunday’s game in Green Bay. We are also now soliciting questions each week on our Instagram page; look for that story on Wednesdays. And it’s Super Bowl 55, which automatically thrusts memories of Derrick Brooks into the forefront. Vea had 10 tackles and two sacks in five games before the injury. Tampa Bay officially activated defensive tackle Vita Vea from injured reserve, clearing the 25-year-old to play at Lambeau Field. It really wouldn't be hard to make this work from a game day roster standpoint either. 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 … Who knows? An injured Donald is still better than a 90% Via. Bucs WR Antonio Brown out, DT Vita Vea to return Sunday. I am hoping for his return against the Packers….the man is a BEAST. The Buccaneers have recorded a total of three sacks in their last three games, after averaging a bit more than three sacks per game over the first 15 outings of the regular season. 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. My knee-jerk reaction, without looking at any numbers or even trying to think too hard about the specifics, is yes. So it is extremely uncommon to win three straight road games in the playoffs, as common sense would suggest. Could Vea return if the Bucs make a run in the playoffs? Vea broke his leg back in October and was thought to be out for the season. “That was a really physical game last week … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could get back a big part of their defensive line on Sunday, as nose tackle Vita Vea has been designated for return from the injured reserve and was seen at practice on Wednesday, per Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud. Then came the 2019 Bucs, with Winston under new Head Coach Bruce Arians. 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. If Vea’s not ready to go this week and the Bucs win, he’d have two more weeks to get healthy for a possible appearance in Super Bowl LV. He played college football at Washington and was drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft Vea has already been ruled out for the season after fracturing his … Let's take a look: View some of the top photos from Buccaneers NFC Championship Week practice at the AdventHealth Training Center. Right on time big fella! Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea is inching closer to a return. 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 suffered a … Arians did not rule it out. 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. The 2010 Packers went 10-6 and finished a game behind Chicago in the NFC North, finishing in a three-way tie for the final NFC Wild Card spot with the Buccaneers and Giants. Otherwise, it just seems like plays that were being executed earlier in the season are not right now. No other Bucs team has ever been more than 6.8% better than the NFL average in points per game. Davis, who has been inactive for 14 of 18 games so far, only got into the game for two snaps. If he can't start, could we see him as a backup? The Giants went 10-6 and won a Wild Card berth, which sent them to Tampa to play the Buccaneers, who had won the South with a 9-7 record. “They’re both doing really, really well,” Arians said. Vea can practice with the … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle) to return from the injured reserve. The most recent one before Tampa Bay was Tennessee just last year, but prior to that no team had done it since 2013. The Buccaneers would sure like to find out if that is true. But as the Bucs are still playing into late January, preparing for Sunday's NFC title … For instance, this year's team scored 30.8 points per game and the NFL average was 24.8. Right on time big fella! Prior to the injury, Vea recorded one sack on Nick Foles during the 20–19 loss. Patrick O'Connor #79. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea to return from the injured reserve with … Of course, the Bucs' offense only had 17 giveaways in 2020, which is the lowest single-season total in franchise history. Green Bay won that on a tiebreaker and went to Philadelphia to start the playoffs. He will begin practicing Wednesday and could be activated for Sunday's NFC title game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today designated nose tackle Vita Vea for return from the Reserve/Injured list, allowing him to resume practicing with the team. Mind game or physical game, we’ll take it anyway we can. Once I finally saw him outside running, [I knew.] The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one game away from becoming the first team to host and play in a Super Bowl. That's HUGE. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans got a pleasant surprise earlier this week when the team designated defensive lineman Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. By winning on the road at Washington and New Orleans, the Buccaneers have already accomplished something that doesn't happen every year. That 37.5% TD rate would have been worst in the league over a full season. Vea broke his leg back in October and was thought to be out for the season. Vea fractured his ankle against the Bears in Oct. — Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 18, 2021. With a win in Green Bay on Sunday, the Buccaneers would become just the fifth team in the Super Bowl era to win three straight road games during a single postseason. This dude has been injured since the Bucs drafted him. championships. I rest my case. Aside from the last few playoff wins, this is the best news I’ve heard for the Buccaneers since they signed Tom Brady. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle) to return from the injured reserve. That easily makes up the difference in those two percentages. There really isn't a whole lot of that to deal with right now. The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return the 6 … He will begin practicing Wednesday and could be activated for Sunday's NFC title game. 4. 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. Rather, let me point out two areas where the Bucs need to "turn it up" if they want to beat the Packers on Sunday. The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return … Vea was designated for return on January 18, 2021. The Associated Press. "It's like, 'Man, he's getting close.' likuidsmoke says: That defense is going to be impenetrable, if everyone can stay healthy. William Gholston #92. Vea, Pro Football Focus' No. The Packers, meanwhile, have not been good in the return and coverage game this season. Brady and the undefeated Patriots were waiting, but Eli Manning and the Giants denied New England the NFL's first 19-0 season with a 17-14 in in Super Bowl XLII. What It Means: Vea fractured his … Even so, the Bucs' average points per red zone drive has dropped to 4.31. 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 … Bucs designate Vita Vea to return from reserve/injured list. 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. My second area of concern is the pass rush on defense. However, he’s apparently made enough … Well, things just got very, very interesting ahead of the NFC Championship. This week, Bucs fans have questions about necessary improvements before the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay, Vita Vea's potential return and more Jan 21, 2021 at … Vita Vea #50. Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. The Steelers then finished off the their incredible run with a 21-10 win over Seattle in the Super Bowl. ... Vita vea is a massive man. 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. Vea (leg) was restored from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, per the NFL's official transaction log. Tiny sample size? Vea suffered a broken lower leg October 8 against the Chicago Bears and was thought to be out for the season. Rakeem Nunez-Roches #56. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea was designated for return from injured reserve and will practice with the team on Wednesday. Vea broke his leg in early October and the injury was deemed a season-ender at the time. Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (leg) was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday. A reminder that you can send questions to me anytime you want on Twitter (@ScottSBucs) and they're easier to find if you include the hashtag #SSMailbagBucs. And it has.". But if you do manage to complete that sweep, you apparently will find yourself in good shape in the Super Bowl. 3. Scoring is up across the NFL; I'll stipulate that. 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. 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. 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 … 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. I could dive into plenty of numbers but don't really see the point. Howard, who blew out his Achilles in the game prior to Vea’s injury. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers won that one in a thriller, 31-25. The Buccaneer defense has looked lost at times this year, and a part of that is due to Vita Vea‘s absence. Duplicating that won't be easy, but getting more pressure than the Bucs have had in the past three weeks seems essential. Buccaneers Designate Vita Vea to Return from Injured Reserve. 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. 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. By this measure, the 2020 Buccaneers are the best offense in franchise history and it's not even close. The result was a spot in Super Bowl XLV against Pittsburgh. Tampa has designated defensive tackle Vita Vea to return from injured reserve, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times tweets.. 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