The Buccaneers selected pass rusher Joe Tryon out of the University of Washington Thursday night. Considered to be a skilled player with raw talent and the ability to learn, Tryon is in a perfect environment.
Speaking to the media just after midnight Friday, the rookie edge rusher is looking to not just play alongside veterans Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul, but also learn from them.
“I’m going to be a sponge,” Tryon said via the Tampa Bay Times. “Those dudes are some really big-time players, they’ve been doing it, playing at a high level for the past decade so I can’t wait to soak all that in and just learn from them. It’s a big-time opportunity.”
Tryon is also looking forward to facing quarterback Tom Brady in training camp and at practices.
“Just being around greatness really motivates me so I just can’t wait to get in that locker room and, like I said, soak it all in, get started. We’ve got games to win and I’m just looking to help the part.”
Many are already wondering how much of a true impact Tryon will immediately make. Fortunately for him, when he does get on the field, he’ll have either Barrett or Pierre-Paul opposite him that can obviously shift focus away from him.
Or better yet, be on the field with those two guys at the same time.