Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
4 weeks ago

Ayers was lined at tackle with the first-string defense in Sunday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Bucs appear intent on finding ways to get as much of their burgeoning pass-rushing talent on the field at the same time, as Ayers has already been featured in various packages at both end and tackle. A move inside for the offseason acquisition offers the potential for some inside push and collapsing of the pocket while also providing dynamic second-round pick Noah Spence and productive end Jacquies Smith the opportunity to rotate in with Ayers in the game.

Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
1 month ago

Ayers, a prize free-agent acquistion this offseason, was deployed in multiple roles on the defensive line in Friday's practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kania reports that Ayers primarily slotted in his customary starting right defensive end spot during Friday's session, but also moved inside next to Gerald McCoy in a special pass-rush package. That personnel grouping also featured Noah Spence and Jacquies Smith as the defensive ends, a scheme that would offer substantial pass-rush potential.

Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
2 months ago

Ayers, who described the state of the defensive line as "terrible" early in the offseason, has seen the unit progress over the last seveal weeks, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "We're a little less terrible," Ayers said. "We're getting better and that's all we can ask for. We're trying to get to the end of the tunnel, so each day is a day to get better, a day to prepare, a day for me and my guys to get to know each other better and grow as a unit and build a chemistry."

EDGE Analysis

The offseason acquistion had made his initial assessment in the very early stages of his unit being introduced to new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, but continued reps have served to kick-start the gelling process. Ayers had been highly complimentary of the talent he already saw on the line before he came on board, and his every-day exposure to those players has only boosted his opinion of them. "I feel like we can compete," Ayers said Wednesday. "I'm not just saying that because I'm here now, but from the outside looking in, I always thought Tampa (Bay) man, they're right there. We've got some guys. The big three on offense, one of the best defensive tackles in the game with Gerald, Clinton (McDonald) who's been and underrated dog, Jacquies (Smith), who got hurt last year, but talking about pass rush, that guy was beasting until he got hurt. Noah (Spence) can play. Howard (Jones) is super-fast out there. Kourtnei Brown. Akeem (Spence). There's some talent, man." The 30-year-old pass rusher notched a career-high nine sacks in 2015 while with the Giants, and has seen time at both end spots and inside at tackle during the offseason.

Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
4 months ago

Ayers could see significant time at tackle with the addition of rookie defensive end Noah Spence in the draft, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The soon-to-be nine-year veteran, a free-agent acquisition from the Giants, saw 2.5 of his 9.5 sacks in 2015 come when he was shifted inside, a strategy that he commends his former coaches for implementing. With the addition of Spence, considered by some to be the most gifted pass rusher in the draft, Ayers can foresee opportunities at tackle in his first Bucs season as well, particularly after what he put on film last season. "I think that's something that (the Bucs) saw that I do extremely well,'' Ayers said of kicking inside. "And I definitely think I'm in a situation here where they're going to try to utilize me the way Coach Nunn and Coach Spags did. I think they're going to put me in position to be successful.''

Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
6 months ago

Ayers has agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Buccaneers, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ayers' deal reportedly includes $10.5 million guaranteed. His addition bolsters Tampa Bay's defensive front, an area of need this offseason. In 11 starts last season, Ayers registered a career-high 41 tackles and 9.5 sacks, while also forcing two fumbles along the way.

Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
8 months ago

Ayers notched six tackles (five solo) and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

Despite the fact that the Giants gave up 49 points to the Vikings, Ayers was one of the few bright spots on defense as he recorded 1.5 sacks for the second straight week. The veteran pass-rusher now has eight sacks on the year which marks a new career-high for him. He'll be a solid IDP play next week against the Eagles at home.

Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
8 months ago

Ayers notched six tackles (five solo), adding 1.5 sacks in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

Ayers was in Cam Newton's face from start to finish on Sunday as he recorded 1.5 sacks to give him 6.5 on the year. The Giants have given up big plays and a lot of points throughout much of the year, but Ayers has been one of the bright spots along the defensive front. Ayers holds solid IDP value as a pass-rusher from week-to-week.

Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
8 months ago

Ayers (neck) is active for Monday's game in Miami.

EDGE Analysis

A mid-week addition to the injury report, Ayers missed practice both Friday and Saturday, leading to a questionable designation for Monday's game. His presence is good news for the Giants' middling pass-rush, but Ayers doesn't get enough snaps to warrant IDP consideration.

Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
8 months ago

Ayers (neck) is listed as questionable on the Giants' Saturday injury report, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

Added to the injury report Friday, Ayers remains questionable heading into Monday night's showdown with the Dolphins. Ayers will likely be a 50-50 call leading up to kickoff, but if he is unable to go, George Selvie would likely take over at left defensive end. Ayers' potential absence could inhibit the Giants' ability to take advantage of a Miami offensive line that has allowed the eighth-most sacks in the NFL this season.

Robert Ayers
DL TB (6)
9 months ago

Ayers (neck) was added to the Friday injury report as a non-participant at practice, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

EDGE Analysis

With fellow defensive end Damontre Moore released earlier in the day, the Giants may be a bit thin at defensive end in Monday's game against the Dolphins. Ayers had five tackles and two sacks in a Week 13 loss to the Jets, but he previously had no more than three tackles or one sack in any game this season.