Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paui was probably the biggest signing of Tampa Bay's free agency period this offseason. And that's saying something with guys like Vinny Curry, Beau Allen and Ryan Jensen also added during that time.
The Bucs were in need of some pass rushing help after last season and that's exactly what Pierre-Paul brings to the table. The now nine-year NFL vet spent the last eight seasons in New York with the Giants. During his time there, he racked up 58.5 sacks while registering 309 combined tackles.
More than stats, Pierre-Paul brings a lot of intangibles to the field. Intangibles that are on full display during these training camp practices. A lot of times, the team drills are what people focus the most on when they're watching these practices. With Pierre-Paul, you might want to pay more attention to the individual drills next time you come out to practice. He absolutely dominates in one-on-one pass rushing drills. The defensive and offensive lines go head-to-head in these drills and it is enormously entertaining to watch. I've seen Pierre-Paul wrestle 300+ pound offensive tackles to the ground in these drills. Or he'll bounce right off and blow right past them.
Part of the reason he's able to do these things is the combination of his size and speed. It's rare that a guy who's 6'5" and 275 pounds can move like that. He twists around and is able to get around linemen before they have a chance to set themselves against him. His length is a problem for the opposition, too. He's got long arms and can reach opposing quarterbacks in just a few steps.
For as hard as it is to deal with him on the field, immediately following these drills he turns into a teacher – and a great teammate. Just a few days ago, after he got past right tackle Demar Dotson who's still easing into practice following right knee surgery this offseason, Pierre-Paul pulled him aside and the two were discussing essentially how to not let Pierre-Paul beat him again. And Dotson, in turn, gave Pierre-Paul some counterpoints.
See? Intangibles. He's another piece in the Bucs' new defensive line and he's definitely one to watch as training camp continues and the line builds more chemistry togethe