A dark horse candidate could emerge at the defensive tackle position this coming season, With the team in search of bigger bodies for the interior of the defensive line, it would not surprise this observer to see a player like Greg Peterson, 25, and 6’5 290 pounds when the Bucs drafted him in the fifth round of the 2007 draft out of North Carolina Central be that player, swirling muffled rumors suggest he has been packing on the pounds over the last season and a half, that speculation is that he is tipping the scales at over 310 pounds, while retaining his quickness. The long shot project might finally be getting ready to pay dividends for the team.
While Peterson’s quickness has never been a concern, his ability to find a permanaite home along the defensive line as well as being a force against the run has, in his brief playing time as a rookie, he flashed quickness in limited playing time, but had issues with being able to bring ball carries down, as well as just the overall flow of the game at the NFL level.
If the rumors are indeed correct and he has added the weight the diamond might just be ready to show its true clarity in a new scheme.
It should be an interesting battle between Peterson & 2008 fourth round draft pick Dre Moore who is a wide body, but lacked condionting and spent what the team has been calling a redshirt year on the practice squad learning his craft at the NFL level. it would now appear that the lightest member of the defensive line is holderover Chris Hovan who is in the 298-302 range.