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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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