Former Iowa star Tristan Wirfs is having an incredible postseason as an NFL rookie with Tampa Bay
There was little doubt that Tristan Wirfs was going to be successful in the NFL. The former Iowa offensive lineman had the size, athleticism and talent to be one of the best at his position at the next level.
Who would’ve thought his skills would’ve translated so quickly, though?
Wirfs carved out a starting role for himself with the Buccaneers as a rookie after being selected in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. That’s no easy task. But the former Hawkeye has taken it a step further, and is performing like a seasoned veteran during the playoffs.
Pro Football Focus (PFF) recently shared some statistics on Wirfs and his success through the first two weeks of the playoffs so far. And he’s had a really strong run this postseason.
In two games, Wirfs has been on the field for 77 pass-blocking snaps. He’s allowed just one QB hurry and has not surrendered any sacks. That success is coming against the best of the best in the NFL.
Tristan Wirfs this postseason:
🔺 77 pass-blocking snaps
🔺 1 QB pressure allowed
🔺 0 sacks pic.twitter.com/C577gKjlIg
— PFF (@PFF) January 18, 2021
Not bad for a rookie.
Tampa Bay finished the regular season with an 11-5 record and comfortably earned a spot in the NFL playoffs. In the Wild Card Round, the Buccaneers defeated the Washington Football Team 31-23. Last week, Tampa took down the New Orleans Saints 30-20.
Sunday, Tampa Bay and Wirfs will be back in action in the NFC Championship Game to play the Green Bay Packers.