Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Justin Trattou, the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, is one of two rookies on the roster.
But the Buccaneers are also counting on Trattos quick hands and his speed to make up for the lack of experience on defense.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Tratt’s development is a key for the team.
“It shows what we’re trying to do,” Koetter told reporters Monday.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Trattoo had a breakout rookie season for the Washington Redskins last season. “
When we put him in that position, we think he’s going to make plays.”
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Trattoo had a breakout rookie season for the Washington Redskins last season.
The 6-1, 240-pounder started 11 games for Washington in 2013 and recorded 10 sacks.
He recorded 16 tackles, four quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery in 13 games last season, including a pair of sacks.
Trattoos playmaking ability has led to him playing as a rotational lineman in recent years.
Koetter is hoping Trattombs athleticism and quickness is an asset in the run game and on the interior.
“He’s going up against a lot of physical defensive linemen,” Kopper said.
He’s got a lot to offer. “
I like that he’s a very versatile player.
He’s got a lot to offer.
He has to stay physical.
He can rush the passer.
He just has to keep making plays and keep playing football.”
Trattoo said he has enjoyed watching quarterback Jameis Winston from afar, and he is excited to be part of a team that is trying to prove to the NFL world that they have what it takes to win.
“I’ve got to be realistic about that,” Trattoon said.