Pirates Add Second Linebacker

By: Oliver Nissi
Pirates Insider
November 24, 2020

WORCESTER, MA. — The Massachusetts Pirates continue to bolster the defensive side of their roster heading into next season. The team has announced the re-signing of linebacker Tavarus Dantzler, who returns for his third season with the organization. Pirates president and general manager Jawad Yatim spoke with masspiratesfootball.com regarding the transaction.

Dantzler (middle) alongside his teammates at a Pirates home game. 

“Tavarus has been a productive player for over the last couple seasons. He’s long, moves well, extremely physical and violent, good with his hands, sound tackler. We are glad to have him back and I’m excited to continue preparing for the upcoming season.”

Dantzler is excited to run it back with Massachusetts.

“It feels great to be back. After coming close to winning a title in my first two seasons, my only goal now is to win it all.”

In the 2018 regular season, Dantzler’s first year with the Pirates, he recorded 19.5 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2 pass breakups. The following season, Dantzler was again productive, registering 15.5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 3 pass breakups. Dantzler holds the Pirates single-game record for sacks in a playoff game. He recorded 2 sacks against the Carolina Cobras in the 2019 postseason.

Back in May 2015, Dantzler signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent. He spent training camp with the team and appeared in some preseason games before being let go in August 2015.

At 6’3”, 250 pounds, Dantzler is a product of Bethune-Cookman University (2011-13). After playing in a reserve role during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Dantzler started all 13 games as a junior. He led his team in forced fumbles that season. He finished his college career with 95 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

Dantzler is a native of Homestead, Florida.

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