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Noah Spence on sack: 'Man, I have to run after this dude'

Bucs rookie Noah Spence runs down Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for a sack/strip fumble.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Bucs rookie Noah Spence runs down Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for a sack/strip fumble.

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Bucs rookie Noah Spence is coming into a rhythm as a pass-rusher, tied for second among all rookies with four sacks and tied for third with two forced fumbles in his first nine games. He got one of each on a key play in the second quarter, running down Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on a third down at the Bucs' 7, essentially taking points off the scoreboard when the Bucs only led 7-3.

"I knew coming into the game that he holds onto the ball a lot," Spence said of Cutler, who had three turnovers in the first 17 minutes of the game. "I never stopped chasing him. I just felt like he was going to hold onto it, so I was like 'Man, I have to run after this dude.'"

The Bucs got to Cutler for four sacks -- Robert Ayers forced another fumble that resulted in a Bucs safety -- and Spence credited the improved pass rush to the ends benefiting from greater pressure applied from the interior, where Clinton McDonald was back after missing four games with a hamstring injury.

"Just keep getting off, keep getting off, working on our moves, never ending our rush," Spence said. "That's what we did differently today. It's definitely starting to feel better for me. This is a blessing coming out with these guys. They're getting a lot of pressure up the middle, so it's kind of easy to just run around the hoop."

[Last modified: Monday, November 14, 2016 2:56pm]

    

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