Noah Spence impact to 3-4?
Buccaneers Defensive End Noah Spence spent the last three seasons with promise and hope. He was touted as one of the best edge-rushers coming out in the 2016 NFL Draft, but some of the “football experts” [fans] are saying that he was another mistake made by Bucs’ General Manager Jason Licht.
The Buccaneers new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will bring his well-known 3-4 scheme to this team, and it should be a change of pace for Spence. Maybe a change in his position will help bring the talent that he was known for in college to the surface. Spence heading into his young NFL career was polarized as a prospect, but had been plagued with injuries, therefore resulting in a lack of playing time. However, his attitude and passion for the game have not left him, and he is given to a fresh start under head coach Bruce Arians, in what could be his last season in Tampa.
After recording 5.5 sacks in his rookie campaign, which was outstanding, Spence got the injury bug and was out for 10 games during the 2017 campaign but did manage to get one sack in six games. Spence’s injury was a recurring one that resulted in surgery in late 2017 to repair a torn labrum. He suffered through four shoulder separations prior to the surgery, and the final resulting in him being placed on IR for the remainder of that 2017 season.
Spence likes to live off his strength and athleticism which could be a bonus for him moving into a probable outside linebacker position, in this 3-4 system. He will be tasked to help rush the passer with a tough QB led NFC South.
Along with JPP and the emerging Carl Nassib, having Spence presence will be an added boost along with the 5th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, which the Bucs are projected to draft a defensive player.
In conclusion, Spence has all of the intangibles to be a top notice player on the defense if he can stay healthy and adapt to this new defensive scheme. If everyone is able to transition to the new scheme, Tampa could possibly be a playoff team in 2019.