Darryl Tapp

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Darryl Tapp
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Tapp in 2008
No. 55 New Orleans Saints
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-09-13) September 13, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school: Chesapeake (VA) Deep Creek
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 63
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-ACC (2004, 2005)
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Total tackles: 310
Sacks: 27.5
Forced fumbles: 11
Fumble recoveries: 9
Interceptions: 2
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Darryl Anthony Tapp[1] (born September 13, 1984) is an American football defensive end of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.

Tapp has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions.

Early years[edit]

Tapp attended Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Virginia where he lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. His senior year, Tapp set a school record with 15 sacks and made 89 tackles and was named Second-team All-State. In all he recorded 22 career sacks while helping Deep Creek to a 34-4 record during his three varsity seasons. He was one of just three juniors to start on offense and defense for Deep Creek in 2000 when he played in all 14 games and posted eight quarterback sacks and earned First-team All-District.

College career[edit]

Tapp played as a true freshman in 2002 at Virginia Tech, mostly on special teams. Against Virginia, he returned a punt blocked by Justin Hamilton for a touchdown and for Tapp's first collegiate score. On the season he recorded nine solo tackles and 12 assists, three quarterback hurries and a pass broken up. Tapp set a position record for defensive ends with a 660-pound back squat during the spring. He also had a 415-pound bench press and a 340-pound push jerk, a 530-pound back squat, a 32½-inch vertical jump and a 4.71 time in the forty yard dash. In 2003 he compiled 58 total tackles—nine tackles for loss, including three sacks and 17 quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. In 2004, Tapp won the starting job, taking over for Nathaniel Adibi as the boundary defensive end and started all 13 games, registered 60 tackles were 16.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks and had 23 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, a pass break up, an interception and a blocked kick as was named First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. In 2005 as a senior he started all thirteen games make 48 tackles (14.5 for losses) and 10 sacks and as First-team All-ACC again.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1½ in 270 lb 4.80 s 1.66 s 2.85 s 4.48 s 7.32 s 33 in 9 ft 1 in 27 reps 22
40-yard dash result from Pro Day, all other results from NFL Combine

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Tapp was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Tapp was a special teamer and part of the Seahawks' DE rotation. He recorded 33 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one interception, and one defensive touchdown. In 2007, Tapp saw a lot more playing time, as the Seahawks' former starting left end Grant Wistrom was cut from the team, and the right end Bryce Fisher was traded to the Titans. As a result he started all 16 games for the Seahawks with new arrival Patrick Kerney as the other DE. In 2007, Tapp made 49 tackles, seven sacks and one interception.

On October 21, 2007, Tapp had four sacks and forced a fumble against the St. Louis Rams, a personal best. Two weeks after, Tapp had an interception against Cleveland Browns' quarterback Derek Anderson.

On December 25, 2009, Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers accused Tapp of biting him on his left arm in their matchup in the 2008 season.[2]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On March 16, 2010, the Seahawks traded Tapp to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Chris Clemons and a fourth-round draft pick in 2010.[3] Tapp was signed by the Eagles to a three-year contract after passing his physical on March 18.[4] On September 26, 2010, Tapp recorded his first sack as an Eagle, bringing down Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback David Garrard.[5] On January 9, 2011, Tapp recorded his first-career postseason sack, bringing down Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers.[6]

Washington Redskins[edit]

On March 28, 2013, Tapp signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins.[7] On September 29, 2013, Tapp recorded his first sack as a Redskin, tackling Oakland Raiders' quarterback Matt Flynn.[8]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On March 13, 2014, Tapp signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions.[9] Tapp was released on August 30, 2014, from the Lions.[10] On March 2, 2015, the Lions re-signed Tapp to a one-year contract.[11] Tapp was named in 2015 the Detroit Lions-Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association-Pro Football Writers Association (Detroit Chapter) Media-Friendly Good Guy Award winner.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On July 6, 2016, Tapp was signed to the New Orleans Saints.[12] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Saints but re-signed on September 5, 2016.[13]


Tapp has been long-time friends with Washington Redskins' cornerback DeAngelo Hall since childhood, the two having gone to same school from elementary school throughout college.[14]


  1. ^ "Tapp on Pro-Football-Reference". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Now that bites: Seahawks' Tapp not pleased by Rodgers' allegation". Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Eagles add Tapp to defensive line". ESPN.com. March 16, 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ Maaddi, Rob (March 18, 2010). "Eagles sign DE Tapp to 3-year contract". msnbc.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Defense, Smart Offense Lead Day In Big Win". Philadelphia Eagles. 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  6. ^ "Eagles defense, sack, 1-yd loss". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  7. ^ Tinsman, Brian (March 28, 2013). "Redskins Sign Linebacker Darryl Tapp". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  8. ^ Tinsman, Brian (2013-09-30). "Redskins-Raiders Monday Stats Pack". Washington Redskins. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  9. ^ "Detroit Lions sign ex-Washington DE Darryl Tapp". USAToday.com. March 13, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  10. ^ Corbett, Jim (2014-08-30). "NFL roster cuts: Champ Bailey, Nate Burleson among victims". USA Today. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  11. ^ Twentyman, Tim (March 2, 2015). "Lions re-sign defensive end Darryl Tapp". Detroit Lions. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ Patra, Kevin (2016-07-06). "Darryl Tapp signs deal with New Orleans Saints". NFL. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  13. ^ Gantt, Darin. "Saints cut Khalif Barnes, Travaris Cadet in getting roster to 53". NBCSports.com. 
  14. ^ Mowinski, Alex (May 28, 2013). "Tapp: 'I Want To Win. I'm Tired Of Losing'". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 

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