Gerald McCoy loves the signing of Jason Pierre-Paul and the drafting of Vita Vea in the first round. He hates that some are saying the additions of five defensive linemen were to help him.
“It’s not about me. It’s about the team
Three of the Bucs’ defensive linemen — Vinny Curry and Beau Allen last year in Philadelphia and Pierre-Paul with the Giants — have Super Bowl rings. Despite being in his ninth season, McCoy is learning something fr om his new teammates.
“Three of them won it, so they know what it takes,” McCoy said. “They’ve been wh ere I want to go
On paper, the Bucs got better this offseason. That means nothing, McCoy said, as the Bucs seek to have a player with double-digit sacks since 2005.
“That help means nothing. There’s a lot of work to be done,” McCoy said. “People think well we brought JPP in; we brought this guy and that guy in; there’s no reason he shouldn’t get double digits [in sacks]. This is the NFL. This is the best of the best. The game evolves every year.”
Kirk Herbstreit will take Jon Gruden's place on ESPN's coverage of the NFL draft.
ESPN announced Thursday that Herbstreit will be part the opening night coverage of the first round in prime time on April 26 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Herbstreit will be joined by host Trey Wingo
Rounds two and three are April 27, and rounds four through seven are April 28.
Herbstreit is the lead analyst for ESPN's "Saturday Night College Football" and the "College GameDay" pregame show.
Gruden left his job as analyst on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" in January to return to coaching as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Gruden joined ESPN in 2009 and has been part of draft coverage since 2010.
Herbstreit said he was approached by Lee Fitting, ESPN vice president, college sports, about being part of draft night coverage.
"After we talked about my role, I was pumped up
Herbstreit has covered most of the players expected to be drafted in the first round, especially top quarterback prospects such as Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Southern California's Sam Darnold.
"I'm hoping to bring a little bit of the intangibles and what makes this particular guy tick," he said.
Herbstreit has been part of "GameDay" since 1996. The show has grown into a three-hour marathon
"As long as you do your homework, when you go on the set the ball can go anywhere and you're ready to go," he said.