New Bucs defensive deal with Akiem Hicks is an enormous man with a number of huge causes for eager to signal with Tampa Bay. The possibility to play with Tom Brady once more was an apparent draw, however so was enjoying in Todd Bowles’ 3-4 protection. It’s a scheme much like the one he performed in with the Bears for six seasons.
“This protection is aware of how one can hunt,” Hicks mentioned, addressing the Tampa Bay media for the primary time.
Hicks has racked up 40.5 sacks in his profession, together with 31 the final six years in Chicago. At 6-foot-5, 352 kilos, Hicks is an enormous man who ought to current some huge issues for opposing offenses.
“Properly, he’s an enormous man,” Bowles mentioned. “We anticipate him to do what he did in Chicago – clearly, he’s a bodily presence up entrance. He can push the pocket and he has quite a lot of go rush strikes as nicely. We simply search for him to mix in with the fellows and assist us get higher.”
Hicks will play subsequent to Professional Bowl nostril deal with Vita Vea, a person of comparable dimension at 6-foot-4, 350-plus kilos. The veteran newcomer has admired Vea’s recreation for fairly some time.
“I’ve been watching him for a pair years, and one of many issues that I really like that he does is push up the sector,” Hicks mentioned. “He disrupts that pocket fairly a bit. And it’s one thing that guys that play with energy – like myself – we admire.”
Bucs Might Have The NFL’s Largest D-Line
Bucs heart Ryan Jensen has battled Hicks a number of occasions through the years and believes that Tampa Bay may need essentially the most formidable line of defense within the NFL.
“Once we signed Akiem, it was like we would have the largest D-line entrance inside three within the league,” Jensen mentioned. “You’ve bought very gifted gamers in each of them after which the younger child, [Logan Hall]. He’s the actual deal. [Hall] goes to be a heck of a participant, simply seeing what he has completed via OTAs and the primary day of mini-camp. I’m impressed.”
Throw in 6-foot-6, 318-pound defensive finish Will Gholston and the Bucs have a monstrous line up entrance.
Corridor additionally made a good first impression on Hicks as nicely.
“Logan, he seems very athletic,” Hicks mentioned. “He seems like he has plenty of fast twitch, however that’s as a lot as I’ve seen from him in at some point.”
At age 32 and with 11 years of enjoying within the league beneath his belt, Hicks has some recommendation for the rookie defensive deal with.
“Pad stage,” Hicks mentioned. “The second you don’t have your pad stage proper, they’re going to show you a priceless lesson.
“I skilled it myself. I’m a tall, lengthy man, and coming into the league, you’re used to with the ability to bully guys round together with your size and energy. However these guys have gotten the identical factor now.”
Hicks Might Probably Begin – With A Nice Exhibiting In Camp
When requested what number of snaps Hicks will get within the rotation, Bowles had this to say:
“He’ll step in and play as quickly as he will get the playbook down. We’ll see what number of reps. All of it depends upon the sport, whether or not it’s no-huddle or whether or not it’s an extended drive or something like that. I don’t know the share but, however he’ll play quite a bit.”
So, will Hicks substitute Steve McLendon as a reserve defensive deal with or be a co-starter together with Corridor?
“Properly, that’s what camp is for – we’ll see what occurs in coaching camp,” Bowles mentioned. “All of these guys are fairly versatile throughout the road of scrimmage, and we like the flexibility of it. However coaching camp will decide who begins down there.”