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5 things to know about DT Rakeem 'Nacho' Nunez-Roches


The New York Giants agreed to terms with free agent defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches. Here are five things to know about the man who likes to be called Nacho:

1. Originally a sixth-round pick by Kansas City in 2015, Nunez-Roches has appeared in more than 100 games with the Chiefs (2015-2017) and Buccaneers (2018-2022). He has also played in eight postseason games with four starts, including Tampa Bay's Super Bowl LV championship run.

2. His career numbers include 132 tackles, 3.5 sacks (career-high 2.0 last season), 12 quarterback hits, 14 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

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3. The 6-foot-2, 307-pounder helped Tampa Bay's 2020 championship defense lead the league in rushing yards allowed per game (80.6) and yards allowed per rush (3.60), while ranking sixth in yards allowed per play (5.12), sixth in yards allowed per game (327.1). The Buccaneers that season were also tied for second in tackles for loss (91), tied for fourth in sacks (48.0) and tied for fifth in takeaways (25).

4. In 2021, he was part of a defense that held the Patriots to negative-1 yard rushing, the fewest allowed in a game in Buccaneers history and the fewest allowed by any NFL team since 2007.

5. He started 24 of 31 games at Southern Miss (2011-2014) and was named first-team All-Conference USA following his redshirt junior year (2014). A native of Dangriga, Belize, he attended Central High School (Phenix City, Alabama). His wife serves in the Air Force, while his father and three cousins served in the Army and an additional cousin serves in the Navy.


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