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50 Vita Vea DT

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
2%0%
Key Stats
GPTot TcklSacksIntTDsFF
13283.0000

Player Updates

January 8, 2019 02:44 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Solid as rookie despite injuries
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea, who was credited with four solo tackles in a Week 17 loss to the Falcons, finished his rookie season with 28 tackles (21 solo), including two for loss, and three sacks across 13 games.

A calf injury that Vea suffered in a July 29 camp practice cost the rookie significant time, delaying his NFL debut until Week 4 against the Bears. Vea was then held off the stat sheet in his first two games, and he managed just 3.5 total tackles over the subsequent five contests. His season finally started trending in the right direction Week 12 against the 49ers, and he finished the campaign averaging 4.2 stops over the final six games of the season. Despite Vea's massive presence in the middle, the Buccaneers still allowed over six more rushing yards per game in 2018 than the year prior -- 123.9, compared to 117.5 in 2017 -- so the hope is a full training camp and regular season in 2019 will help both Vea and the team statistically.

December 25, 2018 10:56 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Returns to sack column
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea had three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 27-20 loss at Dallas.

Vea came back down to earth after exploding for nine tackles a week ago, but he still managed to record the sack. The 23-year-old has been limited throughout the season by injuries, but he's logged heavy snap counts over the last few games.

December 17, 2018 12:48 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Tallies nine tackles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea recorded nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Vea entered Sunday with 12 tackles through 10 games, and a career-high of 4 tackles in a game. While he didn't notch any sacks, his nine tackles made Sunday's outing one of his most impressive as a pro. He'll look to maintain his momentum into Week 16, when the Buccaneers take on the Cowboys.

December 12, 2018 05:56 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Equals career high in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea logged four tackles (three solo) in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

The mammoth tackle equaled his career-best tackle total he'd managed two games ago against the 49ers. Vea always has a chance to log decent tackle numbers against run-heavy offenses, but other than the pair of contests with four stops, he's posted one tackle or has been shut out in the eight other games for which he's suited up. As a result, he remains a low-upside IDP option for the time being.

November 28, 2018 12:48 AM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Tallies second career sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea had four solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Vea entered Sunday's game with three total tackles and a sack for the entire season, making his performance akin to a defensive explosion. The rookie first-round pick should continue to work as a rotational defensive tackle for the Buccaneers.

November 12, 2018 11:56 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: First career sack Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea recorded one sack across 28 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Redskins.

Vea reached the quarterback for the first time in his young career Sunday afternoon and was one of three sacks on the day for the Buccaneers. Vea's 28 reps (48 percent) slightly edge out Beau Allen's 27 -- as the two continue to play rotational roles on the defensive line alongside veteran Gerald McCoy.

November 1, 2018 09:08 AM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Absent from injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (knee) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Vea's total lack of an injury designation is surprising, considering that the rookie underwent an MRI earlier this week after suffering a knee injury during Sunday's loss to the Bengals. The first-round pick has battled injuries all season, including missing the first three games of 2018, so it's great news for the Buccaneers if he didn't suffer a notable injury of any kind. Barring any setbacks, Vea appears on track to suit up against the Panthers on Sunday.

October 30, 2018 12:40 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Avoids serious injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea had an MRI Monday that came back negative for an ACL tear, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Vea injured his knee Sunday against the Bengals and the team initially feared he had suffered a torn ACL. He will likely still miss some time due to the injury, but the team hasn't given a timetable for his return. Look for Beau Allen or Rakem Nunez-Roches to see extra snaps for as long as Vea is sidelined or limited.

October 25, 2018 12:16 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Still rounding into form
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea, who missed the first three games of the season due to a calf injury, is progressively getting his conditioning up to par, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. "Vita looks like a guy that is still getting his legs under him," head coach Dirk Koetter said. "I think Coach Buckner said it best, that Vita's basically played his third preseason game or maybe he's around his first game where everybody else is six games into the season. I mean he looks like a guy that's still finding his way with his pad level a little bit, with his conditioning."

The gargantuan rookie played a season-high 38 snaps in a Week 7 overtime win over the Browns, but he managed just one solo tackle. He'd netted the same result in the Week 6 loss to the Falcons, and he was held off the stat sheet altogether against the Bears in his Week 4 professional debut. While those numbers are discouraging on the surface, Vea's learning curve has naturally been negatively impacted by his extended absence, which dated all the way back to late July. Subsequent weeks are likely to bring better results, considering Vea's pedigree.

October 21, 2018 01:48 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Draws first NFL start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea will start at defensive tackle in Sunday's game against the Browns in place of Gerald McCoy (calf), Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The 2018 first-round pick didn't even make his debut until Week 4 due to a calf injury of his own, and he'll now step in for his Pro Bowl teammate. Vea will look to help contain rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield and a Browns backfield now helmed by fellow first-year player Nick Chubb in the wake of Carlos Hyde's trade to the Jaguars on Friday.

September 30, 2018 11:52 AM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Making pro debut in Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (calf) is active for the first time in his NFL career for Sunday's Week 4 tilt against the Bears, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The 2018 first-round pick will finally see game action after progressively improving in practice over the last several weeks. Vea is expected to immediately serve as a stalwart run-stopping presence in the middle of the Buccaneers' defensive line, although Smith reports that William Gholston will draw the start next to Gerald McCoy at defensive tackle in the absence of Beau Allen (foot).

September 30, 2018 12:16 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: In line for NFL debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (calf) is expected to play Sunday against the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Vea has missed the first three weeks of his rookie season with a nagging calf injury. The 6-foot-4, 347-pound defensive tackle looks prepared to clog some lanes against RB Jordan Howard and the Bears. The first-round pick didn't work in preseason, though, so there could be some growing pains through his first snaps, and fantasy owners should discount his IDP value accordingly.

September 28, 2018 03:36 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Questionable for Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (calf) is questionable to play in Sunday's game against the Bears, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Vea is slowly working his way back from a calf strain he sustained at the end of July, but the rookie seems to have favorable odds of making his NFL debut this weekend given his full participation in Friday's practice.

September 22, 2018 03:20 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Out again Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (calf) will remain sidelined for Monday night's matchup with the Steelers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Vea was able to practice, albeit in limited fashion, for the first time this week since the regular season kicked off. Still, the rookie first-round pick is not quite ready to make his NFL debut. With starting defensive tackle Beau Allen (foot) also sidelined, Gerald McCoy and Jerel Worthy will be the only healthy interior linemen available for Tampa Bay.

September 21, 2018 10:08 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Practices in limited fashion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (calf) was a limited participant at practice Thursday.

Vea had yet to practice since the regular season started, so even returning in a limited capacity is a huge first step. The rookie first-round pick's availability for Monday's game against Pittsburgh should be determined from Friday's and Saturday's practice sessions.

September 14, 2018 06:36 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Won't play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (calf) has been ruled out against the Eagles on Sunday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Vea's absence is no surprise, given that the No. 12 overall pick of this year's draft has not yet been able to practice during the regular season. The Buccaneers will once again line up with Jerel Worthy as their only healthy backup tackle. Whenever Vea does get healthy, expect him to earn immediate defensive snaps.

September 7, 2018 07:56 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Out for opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (calf) will not play in Sunday's season opening matchup with the Saints, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Vea has not been able to return to practice after being sidelined for nearly a month, so there is no surprise that he has been ruled out for Week 1. Expect the team to exercise caution with their No. 12 overall pick in order to ensure his health going forward. His absence will leave Jerel Worthy as the sole healthy backup at defensive tackle.

September 5, 2018 05:40 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Not practicing Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (calf) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Vea has yet to return to practice after being sidelined for over a month with a strained calf. The No. 12 overall pick from this year's draft, Vea's availability for Sunday's season-opener against the Saints appears to be in legitimate jeopardy. If Vea is unavailable Sunday, veteran Beau Allen is expected to line up alongside Gerald McCoy.

August 24, 2018 07:16 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Not expected to play Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (calf) is unlikely to play in Friday's game against the Lions, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Vea hasn't played in any of the Buccaneers preseason games as he's worked his way back from a calf strain. He remains without a concrete timetable for return, but the team will hope to have the No. 12 overall pick from this year's draft back in action in time for Week 1.

August 6, 2018 10:08 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Out of walking boot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea was seen without a boot Monday, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

This is an encouraging sign for Vea, who was originally thought to have sustained a potentially serious leg injury. Though there remains no clear timetable for the 12th overall pick's return, the fact Vea no longer requires the use of a boot is a step in the right direction.

Schedule
WeekDateOpp.TDSacksIntFF
19/9/18NO0000
29/16/18PHI0000
39/24/18PIT0000
49/30/18CHI0000
610/14/18ATL0000
710/21/18CLE0000
810/28/18CIN0000
911/4/18CAR0000
1011/11/18WAS01.000
1111/18/18NYG0000
1211/25/18SF01.000
1312/2/18CAR0000
1412/9/18NO0000
1512/16/18BAL0000
1612/23/18DAL01.000
1712/30/18ATL0000
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2018Tampa Bay Buccaneers132821.073000.0000
TOTAL132821.073000.0000
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/347
Birthdate:
2/5/1995
Age:
24
Hometown:
Milpitas, CA, USA
School:
Washington
NFL Experience:
2
Awards: