Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2017 Player Recap: Gerald McCoy

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was selected to his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl after a quietly productive 2017 season.

View some of the top photos of DT Gerald McCoy from the 2017 season.

It may seem that defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a down year in 2017 production-wise, but upon further examination he undoubtedly had himself a Pro Bowl-worthy season, which, you know, might be the reason he was selected to his sixth straight Pro Bowl this year.

It's true that McCoy didn't register as many sacks this season, but he was only down one from his 2016 total of 7.0. He still led the team with 6.0 sacks in 2017 as well as 34 yards off those sacks. Since 2013, McCoy has retained the title of top sack producer among defensive tackles with 39.5 in that span.

McCoy also led the team in various defensive categories this season. His 13 tackles for loss were the most of any Bucs player, as were his 24 quarterback hits. That was a career-high for the defensive lineman in quarterback hits, made even more impressive by the fact that more often than not, he has to beat a double-team in order to get to the opposing signal caller in the first place. So, in the end he may not have the sack totals this year, but as Scott Smith put it, he was as disruptive as ever. You can read more about that here.

McCoy was a productive tackler as well, registering 47 combined tackles on the season. It was his highest total since 2013 and second-highest total of his career.

McCoy was sidelined for Monday Night Football in Week 15 against Atlanta with a bicep injury. It would be the only game he would miss all season as he returned for the final two contests against Carolina and New Orleans despite the injury.

In Week 16, McCoy proved to be trouble for Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton. With his bicep wrapped up and all, McCoy broke through the middle at the end of the first quarter on third-and-4, bringing down the Carolina signal caller for a loss of 12 yards and forcing a three-and-out. He registered four tackles in the game as well.

McCoy had one multi-sack game this year and it came in Week 10 against the New York Jets. He notched 2.0 sacks on quarterback Josh McCown in addition to four tackles en route to a 15-10 Tampa Bay victory that snapped a five-game losing streak. Both sacks came within three plays in the fourth quarter.

Off the field, McCoy hosted his McCoy Family Christmas event this holiday season at One Buccaneer Place. McCoy and his family hosted nearly 40 families and surprised them with gifts and a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the team's training facility. McCoy also participated in the D-Line Delivers Christmas, where the defensive line takes deserving families on a holiday shopping spree, an event that McCoy himself helped start when he first got to Tampa Bay.

McCoy finished the season with 47 combined tackles, 6.0 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, 24 quarterback hits and 1 pass defensed over 15 games played. For his efforts, he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the sixth consecutive season and will represent the Bucs in Orlando on Jan. 28.

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