Vita Vea

#50 DL / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 347 lb Age: 26 College: Washington Bye 9

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Gets fifth-year option

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked up the fifth-year option on Vita Vea's rookie contract, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.The fifth-year option is usually picked up for any first-round pick that hasn't been a bust. It's debatable if Vea has lived up to his status as the 12th overall pick in 2018, but there's no question he's a quality player, picking up 73 tackles and 7.5 sacks through 34 NFL games despite taking a lot of snaps at nose tackle. He missed the final 11 games of the 2020 regular season with a leg fracture, eventually returning for the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. A breakout season could be ahead in 2021, especially if he doesn't have any issues with the leg this offseason. In any case, the Bucs aren't taking too much of a risk here, as fifth-year options are guaranteed for injury only.

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Likely staying with Tampa Bay

    Vita Vea's contract option will likely be picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers according to GM Jason Licht, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.Though Vea didn't have as much game action in his 2020 campaign as seasons prior because of a leg injury, he managed to record 10 tackles (six solo) and two sacks through his five games. The 26-year-old plays a pivotal role in the team's defense, and it's no surprise Tampa Bay would want to keep a crucial part of their defensive line in the mix.

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Endures injury-shortened 2020

    Vita Vea, who recorded a solo tackle Sunday during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, finished the regular season with 10 tackles (six solo) and two sacks across five games.The 2018 first-round pick was off to a fine start until suffering a fractured leg Week 5 against the Bears, resulting in him landing on injured reserve. However, with the Buccaneers advancing to the NFC Championship Game, Vea had just enough time to heal sufficiently and make his return in that contest. He logged 33 snaps in that contest, albeit without accruing any statistics. If he isn't quite already back to 100 percent health, the jumbo-sized defensive tackle should be at full strength for Tampa Bay's offseason program. He'll once again play a pivotal role in helping the Buccaneers maintain their No. 1 ranking against the run in 2021.

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Officially activated from IR

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated Vita Vea (leg) from injured reserve Friday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.Vea practiced this week for the first time since suffering a fractured ankle in Week 5 against the Bears. The third-year defensive tackle will immediately bolster the Buccaneers' front seven when he's on the field, but Vea could be on a pitch count in his first game in over three months. Through the first five games of the year, Vea recorded 10 tackles, two sacks, an additional tackle for loss and three quarterback hits.

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Expected to play

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to activate Vita Vea (leg) from injured reserve for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Peter Schrager of FOXSports.com reports.Coach Bruce Arians said the decision wouldn't be made until Saturday, but Schrager suggests it's close to a done deal. The 347-pound defensive tackle has been practicing this week, hoping to return from IR and make his first appearance since he fractured his leg/ankle Oct. 8 in a loss to the Bears. His return could make life more difficult for Aaron Jones and the Green Bay running game, though Vea probably won't be in top form after the extended absence.

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Could be activated Saturday

    Coach Bruce Arians said that a decision on whether to activate Vita Vea (leg) from IR won't be made until Saturday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.Vea has participated in practice the last three days, and it looks like he has at least a chance at coming off IR in time for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers. He hasn't played since fracturing his leg Week 5, so the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could certainly opt to cap Vea's snaps even if he does retake the field.

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Will practice Wednesday

    The Bucs have designated Vita Vea (leg) to return from the injured reserve list, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.After fracturing his leg Week 5, Vea previously was ruled out for the remainder of the season. The defensive tackle will rejoin his team in practice Wednesday and aim to be activated for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers. If the 27-year-old is unable to return, Rakeem Nunez-Roches will continue playing an expanded defensive role.

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Clears COVID-19 protocol

    Vita Vea (leg) was restored from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, per the NFL's official transaction log.Vea has already been ruled out for the season after fracturing his leg Week 5 against the Bears, so he'll revert to injured reserve. He's now eligible to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' facilities to resume his rehab for the 2021 season.

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Shifts to COVID list

    Vita Vea (leg) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Scott Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official site reports.The 25-year-old was ruled out for the season after suffering a fractured leg Week 5, so this is strictly a procedural move. Vea will move back to injured reserve once he clears the league's COVID-19 protocols.

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    Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Out for season

    Vita Vea suffered a season-ending leg injury in Thursday's loss to the Bears and was placed on injured reserve Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.Vea suffered a broken leg Thursday, an injury he won't be able to recover from this season. It's a major loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as the 2018 first-round pick has handled a major workload and produced two sacks through the first five games. If the recovery goes as planned, Vea should be ready to begin the 2021 campaign. Rakeem Nunez-Roches is expected to start at nose tackle moving forward.

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