DT Vita Vea - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-4, 347Born: 2-5-1995College: WashingtonDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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Vita Vea came on strong during the second half of his rookie season, seeing an increase in snap count - and on-field impact. Vea will play nose tackle in Todd Bowles' defense, but his deceptive athleticism and sheer power should provide him with ample opportunity for tackles and pass rushing production. Bowles has lined up him at nose, three-technique and five-technique in camp. In DT-required leagues, Vea is a high upside player well worth rostering. An LCL injury to his knee in camp will sideline him for six to eight weeks, but the Bucs are 'hopeful' he can be ready by Week 1. (August 10)

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DT Redraft - 52, 43, 45, 51, 53, 58
DT Dynasty - 56, 49, 52

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2018 TB 13.0 22.0 7.0 3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 36.0 * * * * * * *
2019 PROJ-Norton 16.0 34.0 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Buccaneers | Vita Vea eyeing Week 1 (Sun Aug 18, 09:05 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (knee) remains on track in his recovery and could be ready for Week 1.

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Buccaneers | Coach hopes Vita Vea will be ready (Mon Aug 12, 10:03 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (knee) hopefully will be ready for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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Buccaneers | Vita Vea dealing with LCL sprain (Fri Aug 9, 01:35 PM) - Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (knee) has a sprained LCL in his knee that could keep him out 6-to-8 weeks, sources said Friday, Aug. 9.

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Buccaneers | Vita Vea won't require surgery (Fri Aug 9, 12:08 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (knee) underwent an MRI on his injured knee Friday, Aug. 9, and sources said no surgery will be required. Vea should be able to return within the first four weeks of the regular season. .

Our View: Vea has had trouble staying healthy and his injury will delay the debut of the Bucs defensive line with him and Ndamukong Suh anchoring the inside. This helps Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers in Week 1.
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2019 Schedule

1vs San Francisco 49ers
2@ Carolina Panthers
3vs New York Giants
4@ Los Angeles Rams
5@ New Orleans Saints
6vs Carolina Panthers
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8@ Tennessee Titans
9@ Seattle Seahawks
10vs Arizona Cardinals
11vs New Orleans Saints
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13@ Jacksonville Jaguars
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15@ Detroit Lions
16vs Houston Texans
17vs Atlanta Falcons