A big concern entering this offseason for the Buccaneers was their depleted depth across the defensive line. There is still some concern, but with some additions like defensive tackle Henry Melton and Defensive End George Johnson, Tampa Bay has some breathing room.
The Bucs posted some poor numbers in 2014 when it came to sacking the quarterback. The Bucs were 23rd in the league in sacks with 36, per Pro Football Reference. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and defensive end Jacquies Smith accounted for 15 of those 36 sacks while now-former defensive end Michael Johnson -- who was a "big" acquisition last offseason -- recorded four sacks, two of them came in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
To say the overall performance was a disappointment is an understatement. It is because of that the team is still open to bringing in more pass rushers. General manager Jason Licht appeared on NBC Sports Radio's Under Center and said the team is always looking for pass rush help despite this offseason's acquisitions.
"We're never going to turn down a pass rusher. We're always going to be looking for a pass rusher and an edge rusher. I don't think you can have too many," Licht said. "Jacquies Smith came out of nowhere last year and ended up with 6.5 sacks in seven games and we picked him up off the waiver wire. T.J. Fatinikun is a very fast guy that played very well at the end of last year, played better than Michael Johnson -- who we let go.
"We feel like we have a very good rotation. There is still room to add and that's something we'll always be looking for."
Tampa Bay's defense relies a lot on the play up front. The key to success for it is pressure by the defensive line and that is something they lacked last season.
The Buccaneers will hope that their recent additions will assist in providing the production from the defensive front the scheme requires. If not, we'll see new faces coming in and out of that rotation and roster throughout the season.
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