Price takes over as starting nose tackle
The Bucs will finally have their 1-2 punch at defensive tackle.
Brian Price, a second round pick from UCLA in 2010 who has been plagued by injuries, will start at nose tackle for the Bucs against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. He will be alongside defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was selected in the first round from Oklahoma a year ago.
Price, who played in only five games as a rookie before undergoing pelvic surgery to have both hamstrings reattached, was used as the Bucs' at defensive tackle in pass rush situations in last week's 27-20 loss to the Detroit Lions. Technically, he started last week because the Lions came out in a three receiver formation and the Bucs went away from their base defense.
"Brian Price looks good. He’ll get his first NFL start this week,'' coach Raheem Morris said. "He did a nice job last week, really played well. He’ll get a chance to go out there and get some more snaps in. We’ll still use our normal rotation because I want to keep those guys fresh and I want those guys to have the ability to be strong and be tough and fight as a unit. But he’s certainly earned the ability to go out there and play first this week and I’m really proud of where he’s at and what he’s doing for us. Especially where he’s come from.''
Price had two tackles, including one for a loss, against the Lions before leaving the game in the second half with a hamstring cramp.
"He flashed, not just a little bit,'' Morris said. "His get off was very noticeable. I believe he had a tackle for loss. He was very active, hands on. He did things at a high level and getting out there and having the ability to do a little bit more, I hope we can see a lot more from him.''
Price takes over from defensive tackle Roy Miller and will be counted on to help stop Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.