Vita Vea
Vita Vea
24-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Vea is the proverbial roadblock in the middle of a defensive line that teams crave, and his 6-4, 347-pound frame projects to pay off in multiple ways this season. Unfortunately for Vea's IDP prospects, the fantasy benefits of his presence are likely to be reaped mostly by defensive teammates. Vea will assuredly prove a difficult load to budge in the running game, which should allow him to notch his fair share of tackles. Additionally, the double- and triple-teams that he'll draw should go a long way toward affording the proficient pass-rushing trio of Vinny Curry, Jason Pierre-Paul and Gerald McCoy a robust share of one-one matchups. While Vea certainly isn't devoid of ability to get to the quarterback - as his 9.5 career college sacks attest - he'll likely be tasked with stopping the run first and foremost during his rookie campaign. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $14.82 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2018.
Solid as rookie despite injuries
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
January 7, 2019
Vea, who was credited with four solo tackles in a Week 17 loss to the Falcons, finished his rookie season with 28 tackles (21 solo), including two for loss, and three sacks across 13 games.
A calf injury that Vea suffered in a July 29 camp practice cost the rookie significant time, delaying his NFL debut until Week 4 against the Bears. Vea was then held off the stat sheet in his first two games, and he managed just 3.5 total tackles over the subsequent five contests. His season finally started trending in the right direction Week 12 against the 49ers, and he finished the campaign averaging 4.2 stops over the final six games of the season. Despite Vea's massive presence in the middle, the Buccaneers still allowed over six more rushing yards per game in 2018 than the year prior -- 123.9, compared to 117.5 in 2017 -- so the hope is a full training camp and regular season in 2019 will help both Vea and the team statistically.
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Measurables Review
How do Vita Vea's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
347 lbs
40-Yard Dash
5.10 sec
Bench Press
41 reps
Hand Length
10.00 in
Arm Length
32.67 in
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Returns to sack column
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 24, 2018
Vea had three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 27-20 loss at Dallas.
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Tallies nine tackles in loss
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 17, 2018
Vea recorded nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.
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Equals career high in tackles
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 12, 2018
Vea logged four tackles (three solo) in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
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Tallies second career sack
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
November 27, 2018
Vea had four solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's win over the 49ers.
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First career sack Sunday
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
November 12, 2018
Vea recorded one sack across 28 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Redskins.
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