Suh, who signed a one-year cope with the Buccaneers final offseason, might not have put a lot of a dent within the stat sheet — ending with 41 mixed tackles (22 solo), 2.5 sacks and Four passes defensed — however his impression was actually felt.
In arguably the Buccaneers’ largest win of the 2019 season, a 55-40 highway victory over the Los Angeles Rams, Suh scooped up a fumble and returned it 37 yards to seal the sport.
Suh was continually double-teamed whereas lining up throughout the line of defense because the Buccaneers switched to a 3-Four protection below coordinator Todd Bowles. Suh’s 261 snaps in opposition to double-teams — third most within the NFL final season behind Aaron Donald and Kenny Clark — allowed different members of the protection to be freed up as Tampa Bay allowed the fewest dashing yards within the league (73.eight per recreation) and tied for seventh with 47 sacks.
“I wished the complete protection, if we may, to remain collectively,” coach Bruce Arians stated Wednesday. “They performed so nicely collectively. Every bit of the puzzle knew one another. Suh was a giant, large a part of it. Not as a lot within the sack recreation as a lot as his inside stress and the nice job he did final 12 months in opposition to the run. I imply, we had been No. 1 in opposition to the run within the league final 12 months, and loads of it was due to him and Vita [Vea].”
Whereas Suh had drawn important criticism for penalties earlier in his profession, he was flagged simply 5 occasions in 2019.
Suh, who turned 33 in January, was chosen second total by the Detroit Lions in 2010. He performed 5 seasons in Detroit and was a four-time Professional Bowl choice and three-time All-Professional.
In 2015, Suh signed a six-year, $114 million contract, with $60 million assured, with the Miami Dolphins to turn into the highest-paid defensive participant in NFL historical past at the moment. In three seasons with the Dolphins, Suh recorded 15.5 sacks and compelled two fumbles. He then performed one season with the Rams earlier than becoming a member of the Buccaneers.
Suh has 58.5 profession sacks and in 10 seasons has missed solely two begins, each in 2011, when the NFL suspended him two video games for on-field conduct.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine contributed to this report.