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Bucs' Johnson seeks double-digit sacks in '14



TAMPA -- Defensive end Michael Johnson, who had the biggest contract in the Bucs' offseason free-agent frenzy, has a personal goal for 2014, and it's something the Bucs haven't seen in quite a while.

"I'd like to get back to double digits," Johnson said Saturday of his goal for sacks in his first season with Tampa Bay. "That's the plan. I don't see why not. That's definitely the plan, and that's what's going to happen."

The Bucs haven't had a player reach 10 sacks in a season since Simeon Rice did in 2005 -- defensive tackle Gerald McCoy just missed with 9.5 last season. No NFL team has gone so long without a player getting 10 sacks -- 24 of the league's 32 teams have had a 10-sack season in the last two years.

Johnson had 11.5 in 2012 in a breakout season with the Bengals, then had just 3.5 sacks last year. He said the difference is being able to finish plays, if only a few times each game.

"(It's) just finishing. You can go out and rush your tail off the whole game and come out with nothing, or you can fall into five or six (sacks)," he said. "You have to keep on coming. You have to have a short memory as a rusher. I heard somebody say you can rush 60 times and lose 58 but win two and you're the man."

[Last modified: Sunday, July 27, 2014 9:28pm]


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