Gholston, who was credited with a quarterback hit during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, finished the 2020 regular season with 44 tackles (24 solo), three sacks, two defensed passes and a fumble recovery over 16 games.
Gholston followed up one of his best campaigns in recent years with a very quiet postseason, as his only two tackles came in a divisional-round win over the Saints. However, Gholston undeniably had a significant impact on the Buccaneers' stellar defensive effort in 2020, particularly against the run. The veteran's tackle tally was his best since 2016, while his sack total tied a career high. The 29-year-old made a virtually seamless transition to coordinator Todd Bowles' 3-4 scheme two years ago, and he's currently due to enter a contract year in 2021 under a reasonable hit of $5.5 million per Spotrac; however, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for both player and organization to contemplate a cost-effective extension this offseason, considering Gholston's consistency and understated value to the defensive line.
Gholston, who recorded five tackles (four solo), including three for loss, in the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints in Week 9, is on pace for his most productive season since 2016.
The veteran defensive tackle has been a consistent force during his second season in coordinator Todd Bowles' scheme, now having posted 26 tackles (16 solo), two sacks and a defensed pass over nine games. Gholston is only one sack away from the career-high three he recorded in both the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Meanwhile, his current tackle pace leaves him projected for 46 stops, just shy of the 49 he tallied back during the 2016 season. While his overall IDP upside remains capped, the durable Gholston, who has a chance to play in all 16 games for a third straight season, is offering some serviceable numbers and has shown a knack for getting into the backfield more frequently than in years past.
The Buccaneers activated Gholston from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, making him available for Sunday's game against the Saints, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Gholston was a close contact with an infected person, but he tested negative all week and can return to team activities immediately. The veteran defensive end is expected to start Sunday's divisional tilt, and he'll look to add to the 21 tackles and two sacks he's registered thus far.
The Buccaneers placed Gholston on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Gholston hasn't tested positive for the virus, but he's considered a close contact to an infected person. If he's able to test negative through Saturday, he'll be available for Sunday's game versus the Saints. Gholston is having an impressive season with 21 tackles, two sacks and a pass breakup through eight games, but if he happens to sit out, Patrick O'Connor is next up to start at defensive end.
Gholston tallied two tackles (both solo), including one sack, and was credited with three quarterback hits overall in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.
Gholston's sack was his second of the season following a takedown of the Panthers' Teddy Bridgewater in Week 2. The veteran defensive lineman is on pace for one of his more productive seasons in quite some time, as he currently projects for 48 tackles and approximately seven sacks, with the former his highest tally since 2016 and the latter a career-best figure.
Gholston recorded 38 tackles (26 solo), one sack and two passes defensed across 16 games in 2019.
Gholston has now toiled for four different coaching administrations in Tampa, but he continues to retain a spot on the roster due to his typically steady play in the defensive-line rotation. In 2019, the 28-year-old bounced back from the most unproductive season of his career a year earlier, upping his tackle total from 10 to 38. Gholston is on the books for a reasonable $4.75 million in 2020, so he's likely to continue in his current role next season.
Gholston tallied three solo tackles, including two for loss, and was credited with one quarterback hit in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday.
The veteran defensive lineman has never been a true IDP asset because of his lack of impact plays, and that's continued to hold true this season. However, Gholston at least penetrated the backfield on a couple of occasions Sunday versus the Lions' pedestrian offensive line on his way to recording his fourth multi-tackle effort in the last five games. It has also actually been a resurgent year for Gholston in the tackle department, as he garnered a career-low 10 in 2018 over 16 games due in part to reduced playing time.
Gholston (foot) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Gholston started the week in a walking boot but it appears to have been precautionary since he never missed a practice this week. The 28-year-old has seen diminished playing time recently with only 72 defensive snaps over the last three games.
Gholston (foot) is wearing a walking boot on his right foot Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Gholston appears to have picked up a foot injury in Sunday's loss to the Saints, during which he notched two tackles (one solo). Expect Wednesday's first injury report of the week to shed some light on the severity of the starting defensive end's issue. Rakeem Nunez-Roches would likely play an increased role on defense if Gholston were forced to miss any time.
Gholston recorded four tackles (two solo) and a half-sack in the Buccaneers' 40-34 overtime loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
The veteran equaled the season high in tackles he'd set in Week 1 against the 49ers, and he was able to get a piece of the quarterback for only the second time this season. Gholston is only serving in a rotational role in coordinator Todd Bowles' 3-4 defense, further capping his already modest IDP value.
Gholston notched a sack during Sunday's win over the Rams.
Gholston's lone tackle came on a sack of Rams quarterback, Jared Goff. It was Gholston's first sack of the season, already equalling his total from 2018.
Gholston will start at left defensive end in place of Vinny Curry (ankle) in Sunday's Week 10 tilt against the Redskins, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The veteran has been relegated to a rotational spot this season when the defensive line's first unit has been healthy, but he'll plug back into a starter's role against an injury-depleted Redskins offensive line. Gholston has historically struggled to offer much push while rushing the passer (11 career sacks across five-plus seasons), but he's known as an above-average run stopper.
Gholston will draw the start at defensive tackle in place of Beau Allen (foot) for Sunday's Week 4 tilt against the Bears, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The veteran defensive tackle gets the starting nod despite first-round pick Vita Vea (calf) also being active for the first time. Gholston has logged three tackles (two solo) this season while serving in a rotational role over the first three games.
Gholston recently told new defensive line coach Brentson Buckner that he is down 15 pounds this offseason, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The veteran defensive end reported that he felt like he got "too big" last season, limiting his overall effectiveness. Gholston's numbers may bear that out, as he generated his fewest tackles (36) since his rookie 2013 campaign and failed to record a sack for the first time in his five-year career. The 26-year-old is slated to play more of a rotational defensive end role this season -- as opposed to serving as a clear-cut starter -- in the wake of the offseason signing of Vinny Curry.
Gholston recorded 36 tackles over 14 games in 2017.
Gholston has never been much of a force as a pass rusher -- he generally is moved to the interior of the defensive line in obvious pass situations -- but this season he set a career low in the sack department as he didn't reach the quarterback a single time. He fared much better in run support, however, and remains on the IDP radar heading into 2018 thanks to his typically strong tackle production.
Gholston tallied four tackles (all solo), including one for loss, in Monday night's 24-21 loss to the Falcons. He was also credited with a blocked field goal.
Gholston ensured that a massive 16-play, 61-yard drive by the Falcons that ate up 7:15 of the third quarter went for naught when he got his hand on Matt Bryant's 33-yard field-goal attempt and disrupted the kick. His tackle total was also his best since way back in Week 3, when he posted a season-high eight against the Vikings. Despite some serviceable efforts this season, Gholston needs to notch at least one sack in the final two games to avoid coming up empty in that category for the first time in his five-year career. He'll be in a fairly good position to break through in Week 16 against a Panthers offensive line that's allowed 38 sacks on the season for an adjusted sack rate of 8.2 percent, seventh-highest in the NFL as per Football Outsiders.
Gholston (neck) registered three solo tackles -- including one for loss -- in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Falcons.
The 26-year-old defensive end was back in action after missing the prior two games following his Week 9 neck injury. Gholston recorded his first stop behind the line of scrimmage since Week 3, but he remains without a sack after logging three apiece in each of the past two seasons. Due to his relatively marginal production, he's only a fantasy consideration in the deepest of IDP formats.
Gholston (neck) is active for Sunday's Week 12 tilt against the Falcons.
As expected, the 26-year-old will return from a two-game absence due to a scary neck injury suffered in Week 9 against the Saints. Gholston was able to log full practices both Thursday and Friday, cementing his return. His presence will be particularly valued against the Falcons, considering that fellow defensive end Robert Ayers (concussion) is out for the contest.
Gholston logged another full practice Friday but is still listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.
Gholston, who has missed the last two games with a neck injury, appears on track to return in Week 12. However, the team is being cautious with this injury designation, so a final decision on his status is unlikely to be confirmed until closer to kickoff. Ryan Russell would presumably fill in at defensive end should Gholston suffer some type of setback.
Gholston (neck) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
With Gholston following up a limited session Wednesday with a full one Thursday, the defensive end looks to be ready to return to the field just two weeks after being carted off with a serious neck injury. Expect confirmation on Gholston's status to come in the next day or two.
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|Sun 09/20||vs CAR||W 31-17||1||1||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ DEN||W 28-10||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs LAC||W 38-31||2||1||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 10/08||@ CHI||L 19-20||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||vs GB||W 38-10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||@ LV||W 45-20||2||1||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 11/02||@ NYG||W 25-23||2||1||3||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||vs NO||L 3-38||4||1||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||@ CAR||W 46-23||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 11/23||vs LAR||L 24-27||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||vs KC||L 24-27||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||vs MIN||W 26-14||2||3||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||@ ATL||W 31-27||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sat 12/26||@ DET||W 47-7||1||1||2||1||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||vs ATL||W 44-27||1||3||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sat 01/09||@ WAS||W 31-23||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/17||@ NO||W 30-20||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/24||@ GB||W 31-26||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 02/07||vs KC||W 31-9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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