Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is undoubtedly the face of the team. He is also well-respected and highly talked about throughout the league.
Newcomer Tony McDaniel is no different.
McDaniel’s signing was officially announced by Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He also took the field with his new teammates which means he was linemates with McCoy for the first time. That idea makes the veteran defensive tackle excited and revealed he has watched McCoy’s play often.
“Since he came in the league I’ve watched him often because I play some three-technique as well,” McDaniel said. “I appreciate what he does at D-tackle and I’m excited about being on a team with one of the best D-linemen in the NFL.”
But McCoy isn’t the only one McDaniel is excited to be around. He will also have his former Seattle teammate Clinton McDonald with him, who McDaniel says has already given him some information on how things are run in Tampa Bay.
“We kind of talked a little bit about how things are around here. He told me to be prepared for the heat. Clinton’s a good dude and a close buddy.”
McDaniel, 30, will most likely have legitimate involvement in the Buccaneers’ defense due to Akeem Spence‘s uncertain return. The former Seattle Seahawk is ready for that challenge and feels the Buccaneers have a solid defensive front with an opportunity to win many games.
“I think to win ballgames it starts up front, a nice, aggressive defensive line,” McDaniel said. “The defensive line is already pretty solid here and I think I bring some more toughness. I think with having me here we’ll win a lot more ballgames.”