In the span of 13 games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, former Penn State football defensive end Carl Nassib has outplayed his Cleveland career.
A change of scenery can do wonders for any player, and it’s seemed to do that for third-year defensive end Carl Nassib. After spending his first two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Nassib has rejuvenated his career with the Tampa Buccaneers. Penn State football’s former star has more than doubled his sack total this year, while becoming a more consistent force.
Nassib was waived before the first game of the season and claimed just one day later. The third-year player did see improvements in his second year in Cleveland. He logged 12 more tackles, but he didn’t play well enough or apparently get where the Browns wanted him to be to stay around for one more year.
It took some time for him to adjust to his new stop. However, after the bye week, Nassib rocketed off to a hot start. He’s recorded 24 tackles, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles this year and all but three tackles have occurred in the last nine games.
He’s done a great job of getting to the quarterback, and with his 6-foot-7, 275-pound frame, he can get around the edge and reach for a sack. According to Pro Football Focus, he’s jumped into the starting 32 as an edge defender, ranking 28th in the position group. PFF graded him out at 73.7, which means he’s played above average on the year.
Before this year, he’d failed to live up to his third-round pick status, but he’s found success, keeping constant pressure on opposing QBs, and it’s evident over the last three weeks with five tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and even not on the stat sheet. He’s not just recording sacks either, he’s getting to the QB constantly, recording 13 QB hits. It’s fair to say, Nassib has found his spot in the league and won’t be going anywhere.