Bond has appeared in 25 career games and accrued 36 tackles (28 solo) for the Buccaneers since being drafted in the sixth round in 2016. The 25-year-old has been fairly involved on special teams but has also made six starts due to Tampa Bay's injury issues at inside linebacker.
Bond (illness) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Bond is managing his recovery from an undisclosed illness, putting his status for Tampa Bay's season finale in question. If the third-year pro were to sit out versus the Falcons, Adarius Taylor and Cameron Lynch would benefit from increased snaps.
Bond may be starting to grow into the starting strong-side linebacker role now that he's had a chance to fill the spot for three games, as Sunday's tackle tally was a season high. The third-year pro was an important part of the Bucs' best defensive effort of the season, and he'll look to continue rising to IDP relevance against a run-centric Panthers offense in Week 13.
Bond will step into an elevated role after Kwon Alexander (knee) was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. Adarius Taylor will shift over to fill Alexander's old spot at middle linebacker, which may result in Bond seeing most of his duties on early downs while the Buccaneers opt for an extra defensive back in obvious passing situations. Bond's uptick in opportunity nonetheless puts him closer to warranting consideration in deep IDP leagues.
Bond is expected to take over starting outside linebacking duties with Kwon Alexander (torn ACL) out for the year, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The Buccaneers were dealt a poor hand following Sunday's outcome when news broke that both Alexander and rookie linebacker Jack Cichy tore their respective ACLs. Tampa Bay may be in the market for a linebacker, but as of now it seems as though the team is comfortable with Bond stepping in to fill the season-long void. Bond, 25, appeared in 14 games for the Bucs last season and registered 14 tackles over that span.
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||14||12.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||22||16.0||6||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|