An “Energy Shock” –

A “dump of energy”

June 2, 2022

Joe spent a lot of time studying defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and what he could bring to the Bucs after Tampa Bay lost millions on his lap this week.

It’s curious how beloved Hicks was in Chicago. Joe heard it from various corners.

Yes, there are the numerous injuries and his 32-year-old body, but the consensus is that Hicks’ advantage is huge.

About his performance last season, Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Hicks went from dominating to a guy who “disappeared” in games.

Retired linebacker AJ Hawk was talking The Pat McAfee Show on how Hicks is a “boosted” type of player and acknowledged that at 6-4, 335 pounds, Hicks is in a perfect position to successfully play with Vita Vea and a stacked Bucs roster.

The chatter on Chicago Sports Radio was about how any competitor would want Hicks and that Hicks probably jumped at the chance to return to a winning organization. Hicks knows what it’s like to play under Tom Brady and reach a conference title game, which he did for one season after New England traded him in the fall of 2015.

The guys at the BearGogglesOn blog called Hicks a “fan favourite” – the same chatter Joe heard on Chicago sports radio – and noted that when he’s healthy enough to play, he’s an absolute beast. .

The energy line resonated the most with Joe. Between the fire the Bucs say is burning within rookie DL Logan Hall and now the spark from Hicks, the Bucs defensive front could regain its intensity and success from 2020.