Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaq Barrett had some extra motivation to play well when he faced the Broncos in Week 3.
Barrett was going up against his former team, a team that decided to keep Von Miller and Bradley Chubb instead of him. That was a reasonable decision for Denver to make at the time and Barrett left as a free agent in search of a starting job.
Barrett found a starting gig in Tampa Bay and he led the NFL with 19.5 sacks last season. He returned to Denver on Sunday and totaled two sacks, one of which went for a safety.
Barrett seemingly sent a message when he mimicked Chubb’s sack celebration.
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The Broncos were willing to move on from Barrett in 2019 after using the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Chubb. Last year, Chubb missed most of the season with an ACL injury. He’s yet to record a sack this year.
“You knew he was going to have a big day,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said of Barrett after a 28-10 win in Denver. “They tried to single-block him — we kept pressuring up the middle, which was getting him singled and people were getting home from everywhere.”
The Broncos’ offense managed to score just one touchdown against Tampa Bay’s defense.
“Nothing against the Broncos, but we sort of have dominated that game and [should have] kept them to no touchdowns,” Barrett said after the game. “We always had those mental lapses at one point during the game, but it didn’t come back to hurt us this game, so that’s good.”