Consistency Wins Starting Job for Te'o-Nesheim
TheBucs'first depth chart of the regular season was released Thursday, and one of the more interesting things of note was Daniel Te'o-Nesheim getting the start at left defensive end over Da'Quan Bowers.
Head coach Greg Schiano said it was because of Te'o-Nesheim's consistency.
"Daniel is a steady as she blows," Schiano said to the media during his Thursday afternoon press conference.
"He goes in and does his job and plays really well against the run."
After the departure of Michael Bennett in free agency last year, it was Bowers, not Te'o-Nesheim, who was expected to take over that position.
The Bucs gave Bowers every opportunity to earn the job in camp, including playing him far longer during preseason games than his teammates.
Ultimately it was Te'o-Nesheim who prevailed, thanks to what Schiano called "hard, tough, relentless football."
Schiano pointed to his four sacks from last season as proof.
"Were very pleased with the way Daniel is performing, but Im also pleased with the way DaQuan is getting better," said Schiano.
"He just hasnt gotten to where we think he needs to get to yet, but hes getting there. Hes improved substantially.
Te'o-Neshiem was a third-round draft pick by the Eagles in 2010. He was signed from Philadelphia's practice squad by the Bucs the following year, and in 2012, he started 14 games for the team in the absence of Adrian Clayborn.
Hes technically very sound, hes strong, hes got a low center of gravity, but his best trait is that hes relentless.