#1 According to the Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud von liny195 11.10.2019 09:05

(and later verified by ESPN’s Adam Schefter) Darius Leonard Color Rush Jersey , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are releasing longtime defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, which begs the question of..." Free AgencyColts Should Kick the Tires on Ex-Bucs DT Gerald McCoyNew,75commentsEDTAccording to the Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud (and later verified by ESPN’s Adam Schefter), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are releasing longtime defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, which begs the question of whether the Indianapolis Colts should be potentially interested: Originally the 3rd overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers, McCoy went on to become the ‘face of their franchise’, as a 3x First-Team All-Pro, 1x 2nd-Team All-Pro, and 6x Pro Bowler—absolutely living up to high draft billing. The former Bucs team captain was the second longest tenured player in Tampa Bay team history and an active presence in the community off-the-field. While the 31 year old McCoy isn’t what he once was, he could still help a contending team such as the Colts as a veteran impact starter—and remains one of the better defensive tackles in all of football. The 6’4”, 300 pound defensive tackle is coming off a season for the Bucs, in which he recorded 28 tackles, 6.0 sacks, and a pass defensed in 14 starts. Per Pro Football Focus (subscription), McCoy received a +78.6 grade overall, which ranked 31st among qualifying interior defenders. The 10-year veteran is a natural as a 3-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 base defense, where he can showcase his disruption as a pass rusher—meaning he’d be a fit in Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus’ scheme—which also features, well, disruption. From a familiarity standpoint, Colts defensive line coach Mike Phair also previously served as the Bucs defensive line coach in 2014 under former Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith’s Cover 2 defensive scheme https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Denzelle-Good-Jersey , so he should know McCoy all too well—and by the same token, McCoy has a general feel for Eberflus’ scheme already. Of course, the Colts last addition of a former star Bucs defensive tackle worked out very well in 2006, when the team traded for veteran Booger McFarland en route to winning their first Super Bowl in Indianapolis. While the current Colts don’t necessarily have a dire need at defensive tackle right now, the team still hasn’t found a true replacement for departed veteran Al Woods and could use another proven player to platoon with Margus Hunt and Grover Stewart in their defensive line rotation at nose tackle.McCoy doesn’t offer the same enormous size as say the 333 pound Stewart, but on the other hand, he could theoretically provide the Colts with more of a pass rushing presence from the interior situationally and is an overall, well-rounded defensive tackle—even if he’s not a natural nose tackle. The Colts somewhat surprisingly did not address the interior of their defensive line in this year’s NFL Draft, so adding a known commodity such as McCoy on a 1-year deal could help fortify their unit in the trenches for the immediate future. Having already signed pass rusher Justin Houston earlier this offseason, McCoy could be another solid veteran addition to the Colts front seven—and show that the franchise is absolutely serious about hoisting the elusive Lombardi Trophy at season’s end. PHILADELPHIA聽 鈥?Carson Wentz shook off rust and defenders.Wentz threw a聽touchdown pass聽on his first drive in nine months, Wendell Smallwood ran in from the 4 for the go-ahead score and the Philadelphia Eagles held on for a 20-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.“It was a long time coming,” Wentz said after playing his first game since he tore two ligaments in his left knee last Dec. 10. “It felt great.”Adam Vinatieri tied Morten Andersen’s career record of 565 field goals by connecting on all three tries, but the Colts (1-2) couldn’t take advantage of two turnovers by Wentz inside the 20 in the second half.“I like to step out there and kick field goals,” Vinatieri said, “but it’s better kicking extra points, that’s for sure.”The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (2-1) needed two defensive stops against Andrew Luck in the final 90 seconds.Indy had a first down at the Eagles 11 and two cracks from the 4, but Luck’s pass to T.Y. Hilton sailed over his shoulder in the left corner of the end zone on third down and Derek Barnett sacked Luck on fourth down.The Colts got the ball again at their 11 with 39 seconds remaining but couldn’t reach midfield. Jacoby Brissett threw a desperation pass on the final play that fell incomplete.“We knew we fell short in the red zone,” Luck said. “Our guys gave us a chance at the end. What else can you ask on the road against the defending Super Bowl champs.”Wentz engineered the winning drive with precise passes and nifty moves. Wentz eluded a sack and threw a 10-yard pass to Nelson Agholor, who hurdled for a first down on third-and-9 to extend the drive at the Colts 26.Four plays later, Smallwood scored to make it 20-16.“That was huge Clayton Geathers Jersey ,” Wentz said.Fans welcomed back Wentz with a standing ovation when he ran through the tunnel during introductions.On a wet, soggy field, Wentz showed no effects of the injury at the start. He misfired on his first pass, then connected over the middle to Zach Ertz and kept going. Running a no-huddle offense, Wentz drove the Eagles 79 yards in 12 plays and capped it with a 13-yard TD pass to Dallas Goedert for a 7-0 lead.Wentz was sacked five times, scrambled three times and dove for a first down on one of his runs.“It felt like riding a bike, get hit and pop back up again,” he said.But the offense couldn’t get much going until the fourth quarter. Wentz nearly gave the Colts the game.First, he stared down Ertz and floated a pass that was picked by Anthony Walker and returned to the Eagles 16. But the Colts only managed a 31-yarder by Vinatieri that gave them a 13-10 lead.After Jake Elliott answered with a 24-yarder on the following drive, Margus Hunt knocked the ball out of Wentz’s hands and recovered the fumble at the Eagles 13. Philadelphia’s defense again held and Vinatieri made a 28-yard field goal to give Indianapolis a 16-13 lead.“Those are things that can’t happen,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of the turnovers. “Overall, for his first time back, not so bad.”Luck threw a聽5-yard TD pass聽to Ryan Grant to tie it 7-7 after Elliott missed a 55-yard field goal wide left.QB COMPARISONColts: Luck was 25 of 40 for 164 yards, one TDEagles: Wentz finished 25 of 37 for 255 yards, one TD and one pick.SPOILED RETURNColts coach Frank Reich was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator the previous two seasons.DECORATED BACKUPWentz’s return sent Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles back to the sideline. Foles replaced Wentz in Week 14 and led the Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960.NFL DEBUTUndrafted rookie Josh Adams, the fifth-leading rusher in Notre Dame history, had 30 yards rushing on six carries for the Eagles. He was promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week.BACK SCRAMBLIN’Wentz avoided a sack, ran toward the sideline and dove out of bounds for a first down on third-and-6 on the final drive of the first half. … Luck outran Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long for a 33-yard gain in the second quarter.INJURIESColts: RT Joe Haeg left with an ankle injury. … LT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) was out again and RB Marlon Mack (hamstring, foot) also sat.Eagles: S Rodney McLeod left with a right knee injury after colliding with teammate Mills in the third quarter. … RBs Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) were out and WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) missed his third straight game.UP NEXTColts: Host the Houston Texans next Sunday.Eagles: Visit the Tennessee Titans next Sunday.

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