Buccaneers: Danny Lansanah breaks out
Over the course of the 2014 season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Danny Lansanah has gone from being buried on the depth chart to being an integral part of the starting defense. Lansanah didn’t feature on a single defensive snap in Week 1, and played a total of 51 through the next three weeks. He had a solid performance against the Steelers (+1.4) in Week 4, his first career start, and has held the starting strong-side linebacker spot ever since.
Lansanah is currently our tenth-ranked 4-3 outside linebacker with a +6.9 overall grade. Over the last two weeks, Lansanah has led the team in both tackles and stops, enjoying a breakout game in Week 13, when he registered 15 tackles and 12 stops, a league high in both categories for all defensive players. Lansanah’s 16.7 Run Stop Percentage was the second-best mark by a 4-3 linebacker in that two game span; his season long mark of 10.7 ranks ninth. The 2008 undrafted free agent has taken a rather circuitous route to the NFL, he spent three years in the UFL before landing on the New York Jets practice squad last season. However he is there now and proving that he belongs.