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Akeem Spence | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 307
College: Illinois
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (100) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Buccaneers contract-year DT Akeem Spence wants to stay in Tampa Bay beyond this season.
"I would love to stay in Tampa," said Spence. "I have been here helping to build this thing and definitely want to see this thing through all the way." Spence also said he's excited to be working with new DC Mike Smith while adding that his confidence is "through the roof" heading into the last year of his rookie deal. The 24-year-old was limited to eight games last season while battling back and ankle injuries. He was also suspended a game for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Jul 1 - 3:45 PM

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Bucs placed DT Akeem Spence (ankle) on injured reserve.

It ends an injury-filled season for Spence, who missed the first six weeks on PUP. He'll finish with 297 snaps over eight games (seven starts), grading out negatively against the run in PFF's ratings. Spence will return at a $675,000 base salary for the final year of his rookie deal.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 04:25:00 PM

Bucs activated DT Akeem Spence from reserve/PUP.

Spence will return in a situational role behind Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald. The Bucs waived C Jeremiah Warren in a corresponding move.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Bucs placed DT Akeem Spence on the reserve/PUP list.

The Buccaneers are now down to the 75-man limit. Spence underwent back surgery in July. He will miss at least the first six games of the season.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 11:43:00 AM

NFL suspended Bucs DT Akeem Spence one game for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Spence was arrested for possession of marijuana last January. The charges were dropped after Spence completed a pre-trial diversion program. Spence is a candidate for the reserve/PUP list after undergoing back surgery in July.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 11:37:00 AM

Bucs DT Akeem Spence will miss "a couple months" after undergoing back surgery.

Spence had the procedure on July 2. He is a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP, with Spence stating "I'll probably shoot for October or something like that." Theoretically an early-down run stopper, Spence had a miserable first season under Lovie Smith in 2014. He graded out a dreadful 79th among 81 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 defensive tackle charts.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 08:48:00 PM

Bucs DT Akeem Spence has completed a pre-trial diversion program and had his drug-related charges dropped.

Spence was busted for possession of marijuana in January 2014. Now that the legal matter has been resolved, Spence can be disciplined by the league. He played 504 snaps last season, receiving extremely poor marks from PFF for his run defense. Spence will likely be handed a two-game ban at some point.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 03:23:00 PM

Bucs DT Akeem Spence was arrested for possession of marijuana Tuesday afternoon.

Spence was reportedly stopped by an Alabama State Trooper in Flomation, Ala. after he was clocked traveling in excess of 100 MPH. A K-9 then identified an unspecified amount of marijuana in Spence's vehicle. He was booked into Escambia County (Ala.) Detention Center before being released shortly after on $3,000 bond. Spence, the No. 100 overall pick in last April's draft, started 14 games as a rookie next to Gerald McCoy and amassed 29 tackles and one sack.
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 09:25:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Times considers Buccaneers rookie DT Akeem Spence the favorite to start at nose tackle.

This comes as no surprise since GM Mark Dominik said as much after drafting Spence. At 6-foot-1, 307 pounds, Spence is undersized by traditional standards, but an increasing number of NFL teams have shown a willingness to sacrifice size for speed along the defensive line. Based on pre-draft tape study, NFL Films guru Greg Cosell has likened some of Spence's skills to Geno Atkins.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 05:21:00 PM

Bucs agreed to terms with No. 100 overall pick DT Akeem Spence on a four-year, $2.65 million contract.

The Bucs traded up to select the Illinois product, and view him as a legitimate candidate to replace Roy Miller at nose tackle. Spence is a bit undersized for the job at 6-foot-1, 307 pounds, but has quick feet, and the power to shoot through gaps.
Wed, May 15, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Bucs GM Mark Dominik expects No. 100 overall pick Akeem Spence to be the team's starting nose tackle this season.

Spence (6-foot-1, 307) is a bit undersized to play a traditional nose tackle role, but the guy he's looking to replace, Roy Miller, was only 6-foot-2, 310. His competition will be veteran Gary Gibson after Corvey Irvin's release on Thursday.
Fri, May 3, 2013 11:59:00 AM

The Bucs plan to use fourth-round DT Akeem Spence at nose tackle, where he'll compete to replace Roy Miller.

His primary competition will be journeyman Gary Gibson and perhaps Corvey Irvin, so Spence has a real chance to start as a rookie. The "tilt-nose" in Greg Schiano's defense is a two-down run stuffer. Spence is undersized for the position at 6-foot-1, 307 and was viewed as a three-technique prospect by most NFL teams, but the Bucs like his quickness and power in the lower body.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 01:52:00 PM

Bucs traded up to select Illinois DT Akeem Spence with the No. 100 overall pick, sending Nos. 112 and 181 to the Raiders.

Spence (6-foot 5/8, 307) started every game of his Illini career, racking up 16.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks across 38 starts. Short but quick-footed, Spence generated generous pre-draft comparisons to Bengals All-Pro Geno Atkins. He'll need to start making a lot more plays to reach those heights. Spence did demonstrate short-area burst with a 1.67 ten-yard split at the Combine. He's an undersized, gap-shooting three-technique prospect. It's a worthy flier for a Bucs team that needs girth in the middle after losing Roy Miller in free agency.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:17:00 PM

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