You might not know muchy about Bucs DE Lawrence Sidbury, but know that Jason Licht does. Actually, the Bucs GM was frustrated he didn't sign and play Sidbury sooner in the 2014 season. Now, Sidbury has a chance to make an impact with the Bucs as they head into training camp.
Sidbury was drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. coming from Richmond, Sidbury was a developmental pass rusher for the Falcons 4-3 defense. As the Falcons shifted to the 3-4 defense, Sidbury's days were numbered.
Sidbury signed on with the Colts in 2013 and the Texans in 2014. Both teams also play a variation of the 3-4 defense.
The Bucs brought in Sidbury late in 2014, as it was also a return to the 4-3 defense for him.
After totaling 11.5 sacks in 2008 at Richmond, Sidbury had a tough adjustment to the competition level in the NFL. His most productive year so far in the NFL came in 2011 with nthe Falcons when he recorded 4 sacks.
Coming out of Richmond, Sidbury had nice size (6'3'' 265 lbs), speed (4.63), strength (28 reps), and good athleticism. Sidbury's signature move at Richmond was his spin move. He used it in such an effective way that it received his name in front of it...the "Sidbury spin."
Sidbury got to play in more than 20 snaps in the Bucs' final game of 2014. The Buccaneers were impressed with what he showed. I expect Sidbury to get a much bigger look during the preseason this year.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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