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McCoy: Bucs can have great D-line

4/16/2013

There’s a lot of angst in Tampa Bay about the Buccaneers letting Michael Bennett and Roy Miller walk away from a defensive line that helped the team rank No. 1 in run defense last season as free agents.

But those same concerns aren’t nearly as great inside of One Buccaneer Place.

As Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy spoke to the media Tuesday, he said he thinks the defensive line can be very good. McCoy talked specifically about defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers. Clayborn is coming back from an injury that cut last season short. Bowers missed most of the first half of last season while recovering from an Achilles tendon injury.

“For people to say they haven’t proven themselves, that’s just an opinion," McCoy said. “I think those guys are great."

McCoy has a point. The Bucs have high draft picks invested in Bowers and Clayborn. When they’ve been healthy, they’ve shown all sorts of promise.

If they can stay healthy, McCoy can turn in another strong season and Derek Landri and Gary Gibson can handle Miller’s old position, Tampa Bay could have a very good defensive line.