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Clayborn on last year's pass rush: 'What rush?'



Bucs defensive linemen have been blunt in saying how much they prefer Lovie Smith's defensive approach, compared to what the team tried to do last year under coach Greg Schiano.

Asked how he'd evaluate last year's pass rush on Wednesday in the locker room, defensive end Adrian Clayborn didn't mince words.

"Our rush, on defensive line? What rush?" Clayborn said. "It wasn't that great. We weren't jelled together. We weren't working together. A lot went on. I expect better this year."

Clayborn is a former first-round draft pick playing in a contract year -- the Bucs declined to exercise what would have been an expensive option for 2015, so he has added incentive to have a productive year, starting opposite free-agent addition Michael Johnson.

Clayborn and other linemen have said they like the simplicity of the pass rush -- basically get upfield, get to the quarterback.

"That's the past. It was a different defense. This is more geared toward getting to the quarterback," Clayborn said. "That defense last year was geared more toward stunting and confusing people and stuff like that."

The Bucs have only two sacks in two preseason games, but they'll look to improve on that Saturday at Buffalo.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:28pm]


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