Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle will serve a one-game suspension without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, the team announced Monday. The violation stems from his arrest in January 2014 for marijuana possession.
Spence was arrested last January in Flomaton, Ala., after police said they pulled him over for driving over 100 miles per hour and found marijuana in his vehicle. Spence was booked on charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and speeding.
The 2013 fourth-round pick played in all 16 games of the 2014 season for the Buccaneers, starting in five. Spence’s trial extended into 2015 though, and he agreed to allow a class of high school students observe the proceedings as a learning experience.
Yeah, Smith has had his issues off the field, but his first two seasons were unreal. We’re talking about 14 sacks as a rookie pass rushing specialist and 19.5 sacks the next season as a full-time starter. He wasn’t just good before the trouble and the suspensions, he was fucking great!
See what I’m getting at here?
Yeah, 10 sacks is definitely nothing to sneeze at, but Young’s move to the outside linebacker position will allow him to realize his full athletic potential. Even with his sack total last season, I don’t think many teams went into games against the Bears “fearing” Young or game planning to try to stop him. I expect that to change in a hurry this year as he takes the next step in his development.