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After investing first- and second-round picks on defensive linemen in each of the last two drafts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting heavily on Frank Okam and Michael Bennett, 25-year-old linemen who were cast off by other teams.
"If a team can run the ball on us and control the possession, it keeps our offense off the field. It keeps us on the field and gets us more tired," he said. "The more efficient we can get at stopping the run and get rid of leaky yardage, make sure they're not breaking tackles when we're swarming to the ball, that's the kind of identity we're trying to set."
"I've been told since I started playing football, run defense starts with the two inside guys," said Okam. "I take pride in that. When you look at the numbers at the end of the game, if they have over 100 (rushing yards) then that's on the defensive tackles."