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.
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||30||14.0||16||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||42||28.0||14||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||67||47.0||20||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||49||37.0||12||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||36||21.0||15||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|