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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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April 26, 2021 03:04 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Gets fifth-year option
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers have picked up the fifth-year option on Vea's rookie contract, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

The fifth-year option is usually picked up for any first-round pick that hasn't been a bust. It's debatable if Vea has lived up to his status as the 12th overall pick in 2018, but there's no question he's a quality player, picking up 73 tackles and 7.5 sacks through 34 NFL games despite taking a lot of snaps at nose tackle. He missed the final 11 games of the 2020 regular season with a leg fracture, eventually returning for the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. A breakout season could be ahead in 2021, especially if he doesn't have any issues with the leg this offseason. In any case, the Bucs aren't taking too much of a risk here, as fifth-year options are guaranteed for injury only.

April 1, 2021 04:12 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Likely staying with Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea's contract option will likely be picked up by the Buccaneers according to GM Jason Licht, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Though Vea didn't have as much game action in his 2020 campaign as seasons prior because of a leg injury, he managed to record 10 tackles (six solo) and two sacks through his five games. The 26-year-old plays a pivotal role in the team's defense, and it's no surprise Tampa Bay would want to keep a crucial part of their defensive line in the mix.

February 11, 2021 11:28 AM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Endures injury-shortened 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea, who recorded a solo tackle Sunday during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, finished the regular season with 10 tackles (six solo) and two sacks across five games.

The 2018 first-round pick was off to a fine start until suffering a fractured leg Week 5 against the Bears, resulting in him landing on injured reserve. However, with the Buccaneers advancing to the NFC Championship Game, Vea had just enough time to heal sufficiently and make his return in that contest. He logged 33 snaps in that contest, albeit without accruing any statistics. If he isn't quite already back to 100 percent health, the jumbo-sized defensive tackle should be at full strength for Tampa Bay's offseason program. He'll once again play a pivotal role in helping the Buccaneers maintain their No. 1 ranking against the run in 2021.

January 22, 2021 11:40 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Officially activated from IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers activated Vea (leg) from injured reserve Friday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Vea practiced this week for the first time since suffering a fractured ankle in Week 5 against the Bears. The third-year defensive tackle will immediately bolster the Buccaneers' front seven when he's on the field, but Vea could be on a pitch count in his first game in over three months. Through the first five games of the year, Vea recorded 10 tackles, two sacks, an additional tackle for loss and three quarterback hits.

January 22, 2021 01:24 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Expected to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers plan to activate Vea (leg) from injured reserve for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Peter Schrager of FOXSports.com reports.

Coach Bruce Arians said the decision wouldn't be made until Saturday, but Schrager suggests it's close to a done deal. The 347-pound defensive tackle has been practicing this week, hoping to return from IR and make his first appearance since he fractured his leg/ankle Oct. 8 in a loss to the Bears. His return could make life more difficult for Aaron Jones and the Green Bay running game, though Vea probably won't be in top form after the extended absence.

January 22, 2021 12:56 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Could be activated Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Bruce Arians said that a decision on whether to activate Vea (leg) from IR won't be made until Saturday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Vea has participated in practice the last three days, and it looks like he has at least a chance at coming off IR in time for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers. He hasn't played since fracturing his leg Week 5, so the Buccaneers could certainly opt to cap Vea's snaps even if he does retake the field.

January 18, 2021 04:56 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Will practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bucs have designated Vea (leg) to return from the injured reserve list, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

After fracturing his leg Week 5, Vea previously was ruled out for the remainder of the season. The defensive tackle will rejoin his team in practice Wednesday and aim to be activated for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers. If the 27-year-old is unable to return, Rakeem Nunez-Roches will continue playing an expanded defensive role.

December 5, 2020 10:40 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Clears COVID-19 protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (leg) was restored from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Vea has already been ruled out for the season after fracturing his leg Week 5 against the Bears, so he'll revert to injured reserve. He's now eligible to return to the Buccaneers' facilities to resume his rehab for the 2021 season.

November 29, 2020 01:08 AM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Shifts to COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (leg) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

The 25-year-old was ruled out for the season after suffering a fractured leg Week 5, so this is strictly a procedural move. Vea will move back to injured reserve once he clears the league's COVID-19 protocols.

October 12, 2020 05:48 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Out for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea suffered a season-ending leg injury in Thursday's loss to the Bears and was placed on injured reserve Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Vea suffered a broken leg Thursday, an injury he won't be able to recover from this season. It's a major loss for the Buccaneers, as the 2018 first-round pick has handled a major workload and produced two sacks through the first five games. If the recovery goes as planned, Vea should be ready to begin the 2021 campaign. Rakeem Nunez-Roches is expected to start at nose tackle moving forward.

October 9, 2020 01:08 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Likely done for the year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Vea suffered a broken leg during Thursday's loss to the Bears, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Vea had to be carted off the field late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss, and Arians confirms that the severity of his injury is likely season-ending. Expect the 25-year-old to officially land on IR in the near future. Rakeem Nunez-Roches is likely to handle an expanded defensive role going forward.

October 9, 2020 09:36 AM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Broken ankle suspected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea is feared to have suffered a fractured ankle during Thursday's loss to the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The 25-year-old was carted off the field after his ankle was rolled up on during the fourth quarter Thursday, and he may have suffered a season-ending injury. Vea is undergoing further testing Friday to confirm the diagnosis in what would be a huge loss for the Tampa Bay defense.

October 8, 2020 11:28 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Carted off the field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea was carted off the field Thursday against the Bears, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

It appeared that Vea's ankle was rolled up on late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's contest. With the big defensive tackle out for the remainder of the contest, look for Rakeem Nunez-Roches to see an uptick in snaps.

August 20, 2020 11:20 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Full participant in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (hand) has been a full participant in training camp, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Vea has made a full recovery from hand surgery he underwent at the end of June. The defensive tackle has impressed at camp with his lateral quickness as he heads into his third season.

August 10, 2020 08:20 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Ready when pads come on
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (hand) will be ready for padded practices when they begin later in August, but he'll initially sport a club for added protection, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Vea underwent what was described as a minor procedure in late June on his hand, but the delay in the start of padded practices this summer will apparently buy him enough time to be ready Day 1. The mammoth defensive tackle once again is expected to be an integral part of a front seven that helped the Buccaneers defense rank tops in the NFL in rush yards per game allowed (73.8) in 2019.

June 27, 2020 03:44 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Gets work done on hand
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea recently underwent a minor procedure for a hand surgery, but he should be ready for the start of the regular season, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

The same is not guaranteed with respect to training camp, as there is a chance the mammoth defensive tackle's recovery time does extend until some point in August. Vea, who logged a career-high 35 tackles in 2019, joins teammate Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) as the second member of the Buccaneers defense to undergo a surgical procedure over the last several days.

January 13, 2020 10:00 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Solid second season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea recorded 35 tackles (19 solo), 2.5 sacks and three defensed passes across 16 games during the 2019 season. He also failed to complete one pass attempt and logged a one-yard touchdown reception.

The 2018 first-round pick was able to navigate groin and neck issues to play in all 16 games, although he logged under 50 snaps in 11 of those contests. Vea also continued to play a key role on special teams, and as a result of playing the full season, he slightly upped his tackle tally over that of his rookie campaign (28). Although Vea has yet to force or recover a fumble during his first two pro seasons, the jumbo-sized tackle was a key element of the Buccaneers' top-ranked run defense (73.8 rushing yards per game allowed). He'll be an IDP consideration in deeper formats next season, but his interior line position figures to limit his ability to make the type of impact plays that would boost his overall fantasy value.

November 26, 2019 08:28 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Active on both sides of ball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea recorded two tackles (one solo), including one sack, two passes defensed and a one-yard touchdown reception in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

The jumbo-sized defensive tackle made his presence felt on both sides of the ball in the win, notching his first career offensive touchdown in the waning moments of the first half while also wreaking havoc on defense. Vea is an integral part of a defensive front that's allowing an NFC-low 78.7 rushing yards per game, and he's now surpassed his rookie-season tally of 28 tackles by one stop in two less games than he suited up for in 2018.

October 16, 2019 12:40 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Solid in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea finished Sunday's loss to the Panthers with four tackles (two solo) and 0.5 sacks.

Vea was part of the contigent with Ndamukong Suh to take down Kyle Allen in the backfield, good for Vea's first sack of the season. The 24-year-old hasn't quite been an IDP asset this season, playing just 57 percent of defensive snaps in the game and racking up 14 tackles through the first six games of the season. The team will head into the bye Sunday and take on the anemic Titans offense for Week 8.

October 4, 2019 04:12 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Shakes injury tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (neck) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Saints.

Vea was a limited participant in the first two practices of the week, but he upgraded to full speed Friday and shed the injury tag completely. The second-year pro will have a pivotal role Sunday, as he will be tasked with slowing down Alvin Kamara.

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Game Log
DateOpponentResultTKLASTTOTSCKINTPDEFFFSTY
Sun 09/13@ NOL 23-3401100000
Sun 09/20vs CARW 31-1710100000
Sun 09/27@ DENW 28-1012310000
Sun 10/04vs LACW 38-3120200000
Thu 10/08@ CHIL 19-2021310000
Sun 01/24@ GBW 31-2600000000
Sun 02/07vs KCW 31-910100000
Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2021TB00000000000
2020TB551064200000
2019TB16163519162.500003
2018TB13828217300000
Total342973 46.027 7.500-13
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/347
Birthdate:
02/05/1995
Age:
26
Hometown:
Milpitas, CA
School:
Washington
NFL Experience:
4
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