The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one game away from becoming the first team to host and play in a Super Bowl. However, let's remember again that the 2019 team had five more defensive touchdowns than this year's squad. Even so, the Bucs' average points per red zone drive has dropped to 4.31. Not to be outdone, Tom Brady joined Arians in 2020 and the Bucs scored 492 points, another massive bump in the record. Bucs WR Antonio Brown out, DT Vita Vea to return Sunday. Rather, let me point out two areas where the Bucs need to "turn it up" if they want to beat the Packers on Sunday. Glad to see he’s healed up and (hopefully) ready to go this weekend. Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. The Buccaneer defense looks a whole lot scarier with Vita Vea back. Ndamukong Suh #93. Think about that: The Bucs' point total this past season was 103 points more than the most they had ever scored just three years ago. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle) to return from the injured reserve. January 18, 2021 at 2:41 pm That 37.5% TD rate would have been worst in the league over a full season. The Packers, meanwhile, have not been good in the return and coverage game this season. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Inside Linebacker Devin White #45 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. So it is extremely uncommon to win three straight road games in the playoffs, as common sense would suggest. Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. The Buccaneers could be adding significant reinforcements ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Packers. I guarantee you every head coach in the NFL right now would gladly take an offense that ranked 20th in yards but led the league in scoring (which wouldn't be easy to do, but you get my point). "It's like, 'Man, he's getting close.' TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday's NFC championship game at Green Bay.Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at… 2. It wasn’t alway like this though. Vea suffered a broken leg in Tampa Bay’s Week 5 loss to the Chicago Bears, and was expected to miss the rest of the season. Buccaneers designated DT Vita Vea (broken leg) to return from injured reserve. The key will be if Vita Vea is in any kind of game shape after the broken ankle. What's the likelihood of Vita playing and if he does play, how does that change up the line? The Buccaneers are designating DT Vita Vea to return from injured reserve, per Rick Stroud. That is, after all, the only real goal of any offense, to score points. ————————————————————————————————— Rakeem Nunez-Roches, whose primary role was as Vea's backup at nose tackle, got in for 37.8% of the snaps. Vita Vea Set to Return to Practice Buccaneers NT Vita Vea, who has been on injured reserve since suffering an ankle fracture in Week Five, will return to … Arians did not rule it out. Register now! Vea broke his leg back in October and was thought to be out for the season. Scoring is up across the NFL; I'll stipulate that. “They’re both doing really, really well,” Arians said. Brady and the undefeated Patriots were waiting, but Eli Manning and the Giants denied New England the NFL's first 19-0 season with a 17-14 in in Super Bowl XLII. However, Vea apparently surged in his recovery in December and the Bucs began thinking about a possible return if they stayed alive long enough. Jeremiah Ledbetter #95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans got a pleasant surprise earlier this week when the team designated defensive lineman Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. Who knows? And it’s Super Bowl 55, which automatically thrusts memories of Derrick Brooks into the forefront. In a big way, the return of Vea not only bolsters the defensive front, it reinvigorates the championship vision which has been under construction for years. He wanted to play. Statistics Vita Vea #50. Well, things just got very, very interesting ahead of the NFC Championship. Those two numbers add up to more than 100 snaps, so it wasn't completely a matter of Nunez-Roches spelling Vea at the nose, but that was the vast majority of it. Vea broke his leg in early October and the injury was deemed a season-ender at the time. A reminder that you can send questions to me anytime you want on Twitter (@ScottSBucs) and they're easier to find if you include the hashtag #SSMailbagBucs. Hope he comes back, big fan of him and Suh! Duplicating that won't be easy, but getting more pressure than the Bucs have had in the past three weeks seems essential. Top Pictures from Bucs Practice, Jan. 20 | NFC Championship Week. If he can come back this will be huge for that Bucs D, we may see them back to how they played in those early season dominant stretches. He was wrecking the Bears offensive line all night back in October. Vea suffered a broken leg in Tampa Bay's Week 5 loss to the Chicago Bears, and was expected to miss the rest of the season. TAMPA, Fla. (AP)The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday’s NFC championship game at Green Bay. I am hoping for his return against the Packers….the man is a BEAST. It would be 20 years before the Pittsburgh Steelers would make the next three-game road trip to the Super Bowl. Vea, Pro Football Focus' No. You know, but even Vita, I doubt very seriously, even all the way to the [Super Bowl] that he would be ready. Vea suffered a broken lower leg October 8 against the Chicago Bears and was thought to be out for the season. The Buccaneers have recorded a total of three sacks in their last three games, after averaging a bit more than three sacks per game over the first 15 outings of the regular season. Welcome back. That bought Green Bay a ticket to the Windy City and a chance to get its revenge on the Bears, which it did in a 21-14 decision. 3. The Bucs can't afford those kind of drive-extending problems in Green Bay, but it's hard to get too worked up by this because, overall, penalties have not been a problem for the Buccaneers since early in the season. Steve McLendon #96. It's all hypothetical, of course, but it makes sense to start evaluating Vea's progress now just in case there is that future opportunity. 16 responses to “ Bucs designate Vita Vea for return from injured reserve ” likuidsmoke says: January 18, 2021 at 2:41 pm. Getty Vita Vea could return for the Bucs-Packers playoff matchup. Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. But if you do manage to complete that sweep, you apparently will find yourself in good shape in the Super Bowl. Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea has been designated to return from injured reserve, but a decision about playing this weekend remains up in the air. Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (leg) was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Punter Bradley Pinion #8 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. Let’s be as full strength as possible and let the chips fall. You're asking me about the Bucs' offense, Myers, and I'm responding with point totals, but that 2019 team had the benefit of SIX defensive touchdowns. An injured Donald is still better than a 90% Via. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tiny sample size? Bucs WR Antonio Brown out, DT Vita Vea to return Sunday 5 mins ago. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday’s NFC championship game at Green Bay. Vea can practice with the team on Wednesday and could be added to the active roster for Sunday’s game in Green Bay. No other Bucs team has ever been more than 6.8% better than the NFL average in points per game. The only other team that is remotely close in this category is the 2000 squad, which averaged 24.3 points per game while the league averaged was 20.7. Aside from the last few playoff wins, this is the best news I’ve heard for the Buccaneers since they signed Tom Brady. William Gholston #92. This man is a monster! Vea has already been ruled out for the season after fracturing his … I can't image the Buccaneers would expect Vea to come back and immediately step back into the primary nose tackle role playing two-thirds of the snaps. Tampa has designated defensive tackle Vita Vea to return from injured reserve, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times tweets.. Stroud adds that the big man in the middle “will begin practicing Wednesday and could be activated for Sunday’s NFC title game.” Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea was designated for return from injured reserve and will practice with the team on Wednesday. Or Arians bringing back Vea (whose conditioning has got to horrible) in an attempt for LeFleur to game plan for him. With a win in Green Bay on Sunday, the Buccaneers would become just the fifth team in the Super Bowl era to win three straight road games during a single postseason. If Vea’s not ready to go this week and the Bucs win, he’d have two more weeks to get healthy for a possible appearance in Super Bowl LV. McVay saying Donald was all good and 100% good to go. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Bucs are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. I’m sure Jenkins and Lindsey will handle him just fine. championships, Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near you. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their defense for Sunday’s NFC championship game, activating nose tackle Vita Vea from the reserve/injured list. That's HUGE. However, he’s apparently made enough … Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. Vea is returning from a fractured ankle. And it’s Super Bowl 55, which automatically thrusts memories of Derrick Brooks into the forefront. In terms of yards, the Bucs didn't really come close to setting a new record with 6,145. He will begin practicing Wednesday and could be activated for Sunday's NFC title game. You must be logged in to leave a comment. Let's take a look: View some of the top photos from Buccaneers NFC Championship Week practice at the AdventHealth Training Center. I rest my case. We are also now soliciting questions each week on our Instagram page; look for that story on Wednesdays. They are looking to complete the long journey, and join those other four teams who powered through three road games to make it to the Super Bowl. That defense is going to be impenetrable, if everyone can stay healthy. That team scored 458 points, absolutely demolishing the old (if being around one year makes you old) record. Otherwise, it just seems like plays that were being executed earlier in the season are not right now. With veteran Steve McLendon also in the mix, the Buccaneers could really play it by ear and give Vea as much or as little work as they thought he could handle as the game progresses. But the Patriots were an 11-5 team that season, somehow finishing third in a powerhouse AFC East behind the Dolphins and the Jets. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Bucs are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. It wasn’t alway like this though. The easiest and probably best way to support that argument is just to look at points scored. The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return the 6-foot-4, … Benning Potoa'e #91. And it has.". As always, if you want to get a longer question into the mailbag and would prefer to email your question, you can do so to tbbsocial@buccaneers.nfl.com. Howard returning for the playoffs he indicated that neither was likely to happen. The Buccaneers are designating DT Vita Vea to return from injured reserve, per Rick Stroud. The Bucs only had one of those in 2020, so they really outscored last year's offense by more like 70 points. But as the Bucs are still playing into late January, preparing for Sunday's NFC title … Let's say, 'rotational player' instead. Vea fractured his right ankle in Week 5 on Thursday Night Football in the Bucs’ 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears, and … Vea suffered a broken leg in Tampa Bay's Week 5 loss to the Chicago Bears, and was expected to miss the rest of the season. Initial observations have Vea … Vea … The first one is the red zone. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans got a pleasant surprise earlier this week when the team designated defensive lineman Vita Vea for return from injured reserve. Vea had 10 tackles and two sacks in five games before the injury. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea to return from the injured reserve with … The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. Vea was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 28, 2020, and moved back to injured reserve on December 5. So the 2020 Bucs were six points better per game than the average team, or 24.0% better than the average. Buccaneers designate Vita Vea to return from injured reserve, could reportedly be active for NFC Championship Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - General Manager Jason Licht during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. Right on time big fella! Right on time big fella! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Meanwhile, there were no turnovers in New Orleans, no glaring coverage breakdowns (unless you count getting burned by a trick play), no players really losing their cool, no offensive line miscommunications leading to free rushers, few dropped passes and not that many missed tackles (the one on the first punt return being a glaring exception). It kind of seems like it was meant to be, doesn’t it? “That was a really physical game last week … Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Inside Linebacker Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. The Steelers then finished off the their incredible run with a 21-10 win over Seattle in the Super Bowl. For anyone not up to speed on this, the Buccaneers designated third-year defensive lineman Vita Vea to return from injured reserve on Monday and he returned to the practice field on Wednesday. From […] Stroud says Vea will practice Wednesday and Stroud notes there’s a chance he could be activated for Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Packers. This has all come as a bit of a shock this week because the last time that Arians was asked about the possibility of Vea or tight end O.J. Field Level Media . In terms of stats, is this the best offense the Bucs have ever had? Of course, the Bucs' offense only had 17 giveaways in 2020, which is the lowest single-season total in franchise history. The 2020 Buccaneers finished third in the NFL with 30.8 points scored per game, the first time they've ever topped 30 per outing. The Buccaneer defense has looked lost at times this year, and a part of that is due to Vita Vea‘s absence. The Buccaneers could be getting a big piece back on their defensive line for the NFC Championship Game. #Bucs are designating DT Vita Vea for … Joe also asked about tight end O.J. If he is healthy and he looks like he could make a positive contribution on Sunday, then why not. Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (leg) was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday. New England would have to go through both of those teams on their way to Super Bowl XX, beating the Jets in New York in the Wild Card round, the Raiders in Los Angeles in the Divisional Round and the Dolphins in Miami in the AFC Championship Game. Disappearance of Darian Hudson still a mystery after she went missing from Oklahoma town in 2017. Therein lies the problem. Maybe it was just a phenomenal play by Jenkins; maybe it would have been complete if the pass had been a foot farther in front of Gronkowski. Khalil Davis #94. Joe also asked about tight end O.J. What Vea does on Thursday and Friday will be more telling. ... Vita vea is a massive man. What It Means: Vea fractured his … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Then came the 2019 Bucs, with Winston under new Head Coach Bruce Arians. 4. Buccaneers Designate Vita Vea to Return from Injured Reserve. This will be easier to answer if I don't have to stick to the idea of "clean up," which sounds like taking some area that was sloppy or inefficient and improving it. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea was designated for return from injured reserve and will practice with the team on Wednesday. The imposing nose tackle could be activated for a … The containment problems the Bucs had against the inexperienced Taylor Heinicke in the Wild Card round are a bit more of a concern, particularly given how lethal Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers can be when he escapes the pocket and extends plays. Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea (born February 5, 1995), commonly known as Vita Vea, is an American football nose tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could get a significant boost to their defensive line before the NFC Championship game next Sunday as defensive tackle Vita Vea is expected to start practicing again on Wednesday, according to Rick Stroud. They are the 29th team in 55 Super Bowl tournaments to win multiple playoff road games. Always trouble with his wheels. Vea has been designated to return from injured reserve, which … Since the Atlanta game, however, the Buccaneers have had 16 drives reach the red zone but have only scored touchdowns on six of them. Arians saw Vea running and realized a return was possible, and now the team wants to get him on the practice field and make a determination for Sunday. By winning on the road at Washington and New Orleans, the Buccaneers have already accomplished something that doesn't happen every year. Just two years later, the New York Giants duplicated the feat, and if you're a Buccaneers fan by way of Tom Brady, you know how this postseason went. For instance, this year's team scored 30.8 points per game and the NFL average was 24.8. "I saw him running in the pool and then on the Ultra G [treadmill]," said Arians. Vita Vea To Return January 18th, 2021 A promising update on Vita Vea came in November , but today’s news report on SiriusXM NFL Radio … January 22, 2021 at 11:17 pm. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could get back a big part of their defensive line on Sunday, as nose tackle Vita Vea has been designated for return from the injured reserve and was seen at practice on Wednesday, per Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud. Enter Vita Vea. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle) to return from the injured reserve. I think it is. The Bucs (13-5) have a 21-day window to return the 6 … Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 20, 2021 - Defensive Lineman Steve McLendon #96 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during practice at AdventHealth Training Center. 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