McCoy logged two tackles (one solo) and a half-sack in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.
The Pro Bowl tackle got in on the fun on a night when the Bucs defense tallied a whopping eight sacks overall. McCoy dealt with an ankle injury several days ago but appeared unencumbered Friday, serving as an active presence and drawing plenty of attention in the middle. He also combined with offseason acquistion Robert Ayers for a half-sack of Robert Griffin III, a hit which caused a fumble that the Bucs argued they'd recovered but that insatant replay apparently couldn't confirm. McCoy looks primed for another strong season anchoring Tampa's defensive line and figures to benefit from playing alongside the likes of Ayers and dynamic Noah Spence in certain personnel packages.
McCoy's ankle issue figures to be a thing of the past soon, while his Week 1 status shouldn't be in danger if he avoids any potential setbacks. The
McCoy missed portions of practice last week and went on to sit out the Buccaneers' preseason matchup versus the Jaguars on Saturday. However, after the extra time off, the 28-year-old defensive tackle should be back on the practice field Monday, albeit in a limited fashion. McCoy will likely be eased into action in order to avoid any setbacks prior to Week 1. A projected starter for the upcoming season, McCoy will look to build on the 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks he produced during the 2015 campaign.
McCoy has been arguably the most dominant interior defensive lineman for the past several years. In each of the last three seasons, the seven-year vet has recorded at least 8.5 sacks. The only way McCoy is going to get better is if he stays healthy on and the field, and playing through an ankle injury in the preseason is not in McCoy's nor the team's best interest at this point.
McCoy was held out of the final portion of Thursday's joint practice session with the Jags but is "fine" according to head coach Dirk Koetter, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The All-Pro tackle was slow to get up after one play and was held out as a precaution. McCoy had an impressive first day of practice against the Jags on Wednesday and the Bucs will certainly exercise an abundance of caution with one of their most dominant defensive players during preseason. Barring any setbacks, McCoy should see his regular playing time with the first unit in Saturday night's contest against Jacksonville.
|1||9/11/16||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|5||10/10/16||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/23/16||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||28||22.0||6||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||11||10.0||1||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||30||23.0||7||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||50||35.0||15||9.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||35||28.0||7||8.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||34||26.0||8||8.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||0||1||12||1||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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