TAMPA, Fla. -- Cornerback Johnthan Banks and defensive tackle Akeem Spence have been getting a lot of attention because they're rookies starting on Tampa Bay's defense. But there's another rookie starting to make an impact.
That's defensive end William Gholston, a fourth-round pick. Out of Tampa Bay's 59 defensive plays in Monday night’s victory against Miami, Gholston was in for 21 snaps. Adrian Clayborn and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim are the starters. Clayborn got 57 snaps against the Dolphins, while Te'o-Nesheim was in for 37.
"Gholston had a good number of reps the other night, and I thought he handled himself well," coach Greg Schiano said.
Gholston was credited with half a sack against the Dolphins, and Schiano said he's been impressed with what he's seen out of the rookie.
"Mostly production in practice in pass-rush drills and one-on-one pass rush," Schiano said. "He's growing up. He's learning to use all his strength. He's a very strong guy, and he's learning how to mobilize that strength and use it effectively. The things he did against Miami I think played to his strength."
Gholston's playing time could increase against Atlanta on Sunday. Third-year pro Da'Quan Bowers, who got 18 snaps against Miami, is dealing with concussion-like symptoms. Bowers hasn’t been cleared to practice.
If he misses the Atlanta game, Gholston probably will take a lot of Bowers' snaps.