TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on 2nd year outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka to make a bigger impact than what he did as a rookie; Tryon-Shoyinka is putting even more pressure on himself than his coaches.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tryon-Shoyinka Wants Impact Plays ‘I Got A Number In My Head”

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on 2nd year outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka to make a bigger impact than what he did as a rookie; Tryon-Shoyinka is putting even more pressure on himself than his coaches.
Tryon-Shoyinka, Photo by Rock Riley

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on 2nd year outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka to make a bigger impact than what he did as a rookie; Tryon-Shoyinka is putting even more pressure on himself than his coaches.

“Play in every game,” Tryon-Shoyinka said is his first goal. “I’m trying to make those impact plays and they’re gonna come. I’ve got a number in my head. I need 20, but it’s gonna take a lot of hard work. I just wanna be that playmaker for my team.” 

Tryon-Shoyinka played in every game last season as a rookie and started 6 regular season games. For him that was a win but now that he knows the system and his teammates he’s raring and ready to go. 

“It’s been like night and day,” Tryon-Shoyinka said compared to last season. “Just recognizing things, just understanding where I gotta be. Playing at a fast pace and doing it efficiently”

Tryon-Shoyinka was used in a lot of different alignments on the defense last season, but now that Jason Pierre-Paul is gone it looks like Tryon-Soyinka will be at one spot opposite sackmeister Shaquille Barrett.

“I think Joe could be a double-digit sack guy every year,” Barrett said. “In practice, I’m seeing him put the work in so it’s just a matter of time for him to just get out there and get comfortable with it on a play-in, play-out basis. Then he’s gonna take off.”

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles says Tryon-Shoyinka came in with raw talent now he’s got to keep on working to fine-tune his skills.

“He’s (Tryon-Shoyinka) very athletic,” Bowles said. “Obviously, we took him in the first round. 

Going into year two, we expect him to be Joe. He has a skill set all on his own that he could be a good player.”

Last season Tryon-Shoyinka put up decent numbers as a rookie. He had four sacks, ten QB hits, five tackles for loss, and three passes defended.

Tryon-Shoyinka thinks he can far surpass those stats. His first goal is to take care of his body so he can last the entire 17-game regular season. he says he’s just amazed at watching QB Tom Brady go about his business at the age of 45, 22 years older than Tryon-Shoyinka.

“Speechless man, speechless,” Tryon-Shoyinka said. “He’s the goat for a reason.”

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