Midway through the second quarter, with Tampa Bay facing a third-and-9 from its own 21-yard line, Derrick Shelby sacked quarterback Mike Glennon for a 10-yard loss. However, the Dolphins were called for defensive holding and that gave the Buccaneers a first down, even though the penalty didn’t prove costly because the Bucs were forced to punt four plays later.
“It’s all right, it happens,” Shelby said matter-of-factly after practice this week. “What are you going to do? It’s not going officially in the stats, but it’s on film, so it counts to me.”
In many respects, there was something fitting about the play. It was Derrick Shelby doing good work without much fanfare, and he also happened to do it at defensive tackle, which showcased his versatility.
The reality is he’s probably the most versatile of all of the guys in there,” Wake said. “He’s probably the more jack of all trades. He obviously comes in, he subs for me, he can sub for Randy. He’s been stuck in the nose, which obviously is probably something he never thought he’d been doing. He knows every position on the field. He’s kind of that jack of all trades where he can go in at any time, he can do it all. He’s dropping in coverage, he’s running down on kickoffs. I mean, how many guys can take on a double team and run down a kickoff? That’s the kind of guy he is.
“He’s definitely — don’t tell him I said this — a joy to have in that room and on our side. He’s probably the guy who’s come in for me more than anybody and he’s in there making plays, getting to the quarterback. When I think of a guy on this team who really does it all, it’s definitely him.”