McCoy mentors Spence, believes rookie can have early impact
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said he never had a veteran that helped show him the ropes his first few years in the NFL.
"I had to learn as I went," he said.
But the Pro Bowler is making sure rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence won't have to do the same thing, mentoring the fourth-round pick out of Illinois. McCoy went as far as to pick up Spence's shoulder pads and take them in after practice, a unique role reversal as that task is usually left to the rookies.
"I'm a teammate, and you have to learn to serve before you can lead," McCoy said. " So if a young guy can see one of the vets, one of the captains, can go to a rookie and pick up his pads it'll show him that who am I to say I'm not going to do this? You lead by example more than just talking about it, you've gotta go do it."
McCoy believes Spence, who could end up as the starting tilted nose tackle, could make a big impact early on.
"He's the Mike Williams of this draft," McCoy said. "Mike was fourth round pick and he took over the offense, and Spence has that ability. He's a hard worker, he's kind of ridiculously strong, it's not even cool how strong he is. He's a perfectionist like I am. For me to work with somebody like that, it's a lot of fun."
"I had to learn as I went, everybody expected this this and this but nobody looked at the fact that nobody was here to help me, so I had to learn, I just so happeend to pick it up, with these guys and all the ptoential talent tehy have, i want to give them whawt i didnt have, which was a vet that knows the game, teach them how to play it right now, instead of them having to learn as they go
(on spence impact)
he's the mike williams of this draft, mike was fourth round pick and he took over the offense, and spence has that ability, hes a hard worker, he's kind of ridiculously strong, its not even cool how strong he is, he's a perfectionist like i am, for me to work with somebody like that, its a lot of fun
(you were first vet to pick up his pads after practice?)
im a teammate., and you have to learn to serve before you can lead, so if a young guy can see one of the vets, one of the captains, can go to a rookie and pick up his pads itll show him that who am i to say im not going to do this? you lead by example more than just talking aobut i, you gotta go do it