ESPN’s yearly rankings have began to roll out, and the Bucs’ Shaq Barrett landed proper outdoors the highest 10 this yr. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler interviews gamers, execs, and coaches to compile a high 10 at every place. Edge rushers had been the primary to drop within the sequence.
Barrett made his second Professional Bowl final season in a yr which noticed him notch 10 sacks. Whereas his sack numbers didn’t rival his extraordinary 19.5 sacks in 2019, he led the league in quarterback hurries with 61, per PFF. Nevertheless, he was positioned outdoors the highest 10 record, touchdown at 14.
Fowler highlights Barretts sack totals and two Professional Bowl nods in his brief tenure with the Bucs.
“He reinvented his profession in Tampa Bay with 37.5 sacks and two Professional Bowls in three years,” Fowler wrote.
Whereas an AFC defensive coach praised his skill to make performs from in every single place.
“Actually good however completely different than another rushers — nice athlete, a run-around man, can counter off the velocity, makes performs everywhere in the subject,” an AFC defensive coach mentioned. “Not a complete lot of energy to his recreation, however he’s simply dynamic.”
Along with his 10 sacks, Barrett created 4 turnovers. He prompted three compelled fumbles, recovered two of them, and recorded an interception. He then added one other choose within the playoffs. The 2-time Professional Bowler is the unquestioned chief within the room with Jason Pierre-Paul transferring on. He’ll look to construct on a robust season and improve his double digit sack whole from final season.