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: January 11, 2008, 01:24:21 PM

Since the season is over it is high time that we weigh in on the rookies and first year players performances from this past season. While some rookies shined other could not see the field from their view point, as they were buried on the depth chart. Some had a decent impact on the overall out come of the season while others broke records.

Rookie Report

DE Gaines Adams Stats: 38 Tackles 6.0 Sacks 2 Fumbles Forced

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Overview: Gaines came out of the box pretty flat, while coming in off the bench for the beginning of the season. Big plays were few and far between; this put many fans in doubt of his true ability. For the first 8 games of the season Adams came off the bench and saw limited playing time, in this time he recorded 1.5 sacks, a disappointment in some eyes. However Adams got his first start in week nine and went on to record 4.5 sacks over the rest of the regular season, and 1 sack in the post season. Adams improved as the season went on, recording more sacks each month. Adams dominated in Buccaneers wins recording 5 sacks, as opposed to only 1 sack in losses. Adams best game of the year came in week 11 against Atlanta where he recorded his first multi sack game. Adams run defense showed up many times this season, including on a 4th and goal from the 1 yard line against the Redskins (week 12) where Adams drove the tackle into the backfield and helped stop the RB in the backfield. Overall Adams improved vastly over the season and looks like the right choice at number 4, he showed up many times in the clutch, however his consistency needs to improve.
Grade: B+

JJC
Overview: Gaines Adams - The rookie first rounder started off pretty slow this year. Somewhat resembling last season number one overall pick Mario Williams. Adams was his own worst enemy by coming out and batting a pass back into opposing QB and NFL golden child, Tom Brady's face in his first action of his NFL career. Immediately you could sense that the fans were expecting a monster year. It was extremely unrealistic, yet some fans were ready to label Gaines a bust after a measly four games. Adams soon caught on, and began to make a name for himself with regular playing time once seasoned veteran Greg Spires succumbed to injury and Adams took over as a starter in Larry Coyer's D-Line rotation. Gaines finished strong and amassed 38 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 2 forced fumble and 2 passes defensed. With hard work and determination, and a lot of hours spent in the weight room, Gaines Adams could be a force to be reckoned with.
Grade: B

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Arron Sears

Stats: 16 Games Started, 11th Ranked Run Offense

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Overview: Sears was probably the best Buccaneers draft pick in recent years. From week 1 he was a starter and one of the main reasons for the Buccaneers vast improvement in the running game. Behind only Jeremy Trueblood he could be seen as the best player on this offensive line this year. Sears was the lead blocker for Carnell Williams who, after a rough start, started running well with Sears in front of him. After Williams went down with a season ending Knee injury, Earnest Graham stepped in, and production actually rose. Again Graham ran well behind Sears pulling in between G Davin Joseph and T Jeremy Trueblood. Sears was valuable all season, and opened lanes all year; he could have been more valuable to our team than any other rookie this season. Sears went down with an injury in the last game of the season, but returned for the playoff game. Arron is well on his way to becoming a pro bowl guard a dominant force on the line for years. He does however need to improve his pass protection and blitz reorganization skills.
Grade: A

JJC
Overview: Aaron Sears - Second round pick Sears was a controversial pick among Buccs fans right after the draft. Many fans had players in mind that they thought the Buccs should draft, especially after a few first round projections dropped into round 2 such as Paul Pazluzney, Allan Branch and Eric Weddle. Sears wasted no time at all supplanting projected starting LG Anthony Davis, as he started the first preseason game against the Patriots and never looked back. Sears season can't be measured in stats, but anyone who watched him play this year, and watched him pulling to lead block knows he had the best season of this year's rookie class. Aaron was a mountain inside against the pass rush, and teamed up nicely with linemate Donald Penn to open up some big holes in the run game. If healthy, we will be calling Aaron Sears' name for a decade or more.
Grade: A

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Sabby Piscitelli

Stats: 3 Games Played, 3 Tackles

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Overview: Sabby was expected to be the Rookie Safety that became the starter, and because of Jermaine Phillips improved play, that wasn't possible. He did however make an impact on ST's in limited time. This was unfortunately his only real impact on the field. Only 3 games into the season Piscitelli suffered a season ending injury, forcing him onto the Injured Reserve. One thing that has become openly known however is the fact that Sabby hasn't stopped learning and studying film even though he can't suit up on Sunday. Look for Sabby too make some noise this offseason and make the starting Safety jobs a battle.
Grade: D

JJC
Overview: Sabatino Piscitelli - This rookie Safety became a fan favorite right out of the gate, and I'm not even sure why. The reports coming out of training camp were glowing, and at one point was the front runner for the starting Strong Safety position. Jermaine Phillips came out of no where to keep his job and light it up during the second half of training camp after a disappointing 2006 season. Flip maintained his dominance all season long relegating Sabby to spot back-up play and special teams where he collected 3 tackles. Sabby has potential, but first he'll need to prove he can stay healthy. It has been stated by Jon Gruden the Piscitelli has been around 1 Buc Place all year despite being on IR. He goes to meetings, film sessions and has even done some film work editing coach's film for review. His attitude and work ethic this season while on IR has been rumored to be second to none, and has shown a serious desire to get back out on the field in '08. The jury is still out, but we're hopeful.
Grade: INC

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LB Quincy Black

Stats: 15 Games Played, 24 Tackles, 2 Forced Fumbles

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Overview: Black showed up big on Special Teams, becoming one of the stand outs in that area. He also made the most of his rookie offseason by digesting the Tampa 2 scheme; this showed when Monte Kiffin allowed him into the game in key situations over a veteran like Ryan Niece. Black also showed improvement as the season went on and showed promise as the future at either SLB or WLB. He could use a little more experience and a little more aggressiveness, but both are things that rookie's usually need. Black has excellent athleticism and this was on display every time he went onto the field. Black looks like a future starter and a good draft pick.
Grade: B-

JJC
Overview: Quincy Black - Black is a promising player with speed, ball hawking skills and an above average intelligence level. He played the same hybrid middle linebacker position at New Mexico State that was made famous by Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher. Although playing MLB in college, Black is projected to be the heir apparent to Will Linebacker Derrick Brooks when Derrick hangs up the cleats. Black didn't get much of an opportunity this season behind a strong linebacking corp. When Brooks was off the field, often Cato June filled the WLB spot and Black played the SLB. Black made his living this season flying down the field making tackles on Special Teams. Black tallied 24 tackles and 2 forced fumbles in limited play.
Grade: C

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S Tanard Jackson

Stats: 16 Games Started, 56 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, and 2 Interceptions

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Overview: Tanard Jackson solidified himself as possibly the steal of the draft in his rookie season, starting every game his rookie season and showing excellent playmaking ability over that time. Jackson is a player that is consistently around the ball and consistently a player that can take an interception or fumble for a TD, as shown this season. Jackson looks like a starting safety for the Bucs for the long term, foreseeable future. He also looks like a player that will be a pro bowl caliber defender for this team. He definitely helped solidify a defense that last year ranked in the bottom half of the league, this year the defense ranked number 2, with the best defense against the pass; you can definitely give credit to Jackson for that. Jackson was however injured in the wild card game early on, and the defense wasn't the same since his injury. Look for Jackson to really become a top defensive playmaker in the league, and hopefully a perennial pro bowler.
Grade: A+

JJC
Overview: Tanard Jackson - What a story Tanard Jackson turned out to be. A first round talent who fell in the draft due to an off the field incident at Syracuse in which he was the victim. Some people unfortunately frown upon the fact that he had even put himself in that position. Well the rest of the league lost out, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a steal in round 4. TJ took the starting reigns from Will Allen right out of the gate and never looked back. Not only did he catch the eye of Buc coaches and fans, he has caught the eye of the National media as well. Jackson started out hot in the first quarter of the season laying vicious hits on RB's and WR's that ventured into his territory. He has a knack for being around the ball, and flies to the ball carrier. He may not be the first defender in on the tackle, but he'll get a piece before the whistle blows. TJ didn't finish the season as strong as he started it, which is common for many rookies in the NFL, so I won't hold that against him. Jackson finished the season with 56 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions and second only to Barbers 14 passes defensed with 13 of his own. He has laid a great foundation to build off of, hopefully he can avoid the dread Buccaneer sophomore slump.
Grade: B+
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DE/DT Greg Peterson

Stats: 10 Games Played, 14 Tackles, and 1.5 Sacks

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Overview: Greg was active early on in the season and made an impact from the under tackle and defensive end positions. This was more than most expected from the 5th round draft choice out of NC A&T. Peterson showed promise in his limited playing time, and showed ability to rush the passer. He was used as a situational pass rusher and a ST's player while active. However when DE Patrick Chukuwarah got healthy, Peterson spent most of his time on the inactive list. Peterson looked good for a project pick, he does however need to become more consistent and much more stout against the run.
Grade: B

JJC
Overview: Greg Peterson - Peterson has often been associated with the terms potential and project. A light weight DT drafted out of a small school named North Carolina Central University, he was an unknown commodity to most Buccs fans when his name was called on draft day. Peterson displayed some raw talent in training camp which excited the coaching staff and filled their heads with visions of what could be, if coached up properly at the NFL level. Peterson has a combination of speed and strength that can be useful at the DT position, lacking only size. Weighing in at 285 pounds, that is his biggest draw back. Peterson did see some playing time this season, and impressed at times. He finished the season with 14 take downs, 1.5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. If Greg hits the weight room hard this off season, he could surprise some people next season.
Grade: C

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LB Adam Hayward

Stats: 12 Games Played, 15 Tackles

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Overview: I give Hayward a higher grade than most for his contribution because this is a kid that very few expected to make the team, let alone be active for the majority of the season and make a positive impact on special teams. He is very athletic and showed throughout the season, including in games where he got extensive playing time, such as the regular season finale against the Panthers. Hayward looks like a possible successor at LB, and is definitely a future special team's stand out. He definitely needs to hit the weight room, but for a 6th round draft pick that was supposed to be cut, he is quite impressive.
Grade: B-

JJC
Overview: Adam Hayward - To be honest, after watching all 16 regular season games, and the lone playoff game I can't recall ever seeing Hayward line up as a LB. Like Quincy Black, it's hard to get playing time behind such players as Brooks, Ruud, June and Nece. Special teams is where he got most of his action, and he made some splash plays, and brought the lumber on a few occasions. He finished the season with 15 tackles. His overall contribution to the team warrants a D grade, but considering where he was drafted, most his peers were probably cut from the teams they were drafted from.
Grade: C

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RB Kenneth Darby

Stats: 1 Game Played, 2 Carries, 9 yards, 2 receptions, and 16 Receiving Yards

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Overview: Darby's grade is based more on value than production; he was a constant player to be moving between the practice squad and the active 53 man roster. Darby was a 7th rounder out of Alabama and could've been cut before training camp and most wouldn't have even noticed, but Darby battled through and became a gem in the pre season. He was seen as so valuable that when division rival Atlanta needed depth at RB, they tried to get Darby, but Tampa in order to keep Darby in Tampa moved him back onto the 53 man roster for the remainder of the season. Darby shows the potential to be a a good 3rd down back, and special teams standout.
Grade: C+

JJC
Overview: Kenneth Darby - Darby seemed to have a nice camp. A lot of good things were said about him from local media covering the team. He had some trouble holding onto the ball, something that will assuredly land you in Jon Gruden's dog house. Some fans thought he would make the final roster, buy ended up getting cut. Darby then spent the rest of the season rotating from the practice squad, the active roster and waiver wire. Darby's season culminated to the tune of 2 carries for 9 yards in mop up duty during week #17.
Grade: F

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#1 : January 11, 2008, 01:24:39 PM

First Year Player

DE Greg White

Stats: 16 Games Played, 2 Started, 26 Tackles, 8 Sacks, and 7 Forced Fumbles

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Overview: Camp Fodder? Try again. Greg White turned into a starting, big play, versatile defensive end for Monte Kiffin. Again this was a player that many assumed would be long gone by the time the season started and instead he wound up dominating on Sundays. White showed a knack for making plays by getting to the QB 8 times and forcing 7 fumbles. White who dominated the Arena League shows a lot of promise as the other side of a big time duo with rookie DE Gaines Adams. White was given a chance by the Bucs after Jon Gruden's brother got him a try out contract with the team, it turned out to be an excellent call. Greg White has shown a great blend of speed, balance, size and excellent strength, this combined with extreme athleticism that a man his size shouldn't possess made him a force to be reckoned with on defense. A guy right in the prime of his athletic career who shows promise and looks to be an excellent long term fix on this defense.
Grade: A+

JJC
Overview: Greg White - Easily the winner of 2007 unsung hero award. By now Buccs fans know the story of Greg White, this time last year he was working at Best Buy. What a Cinderella story, as White turned in the best defensive performance on the team. After bouncing around various NFL team's training camps and practice squads, White turned to the AFL to quench his football thirst, and put the NFL dream behind him. White was lured out of retirement after Jay Gruden urged his brother to give him a chance. Thank GOD they did. White left fans forgetting who the former RDE was. Some guy who wore #97. White displayed heart, desire and a motor that just wouldn't quit. Greg finished up the season leading the team with 8.5 sacks among his 25 tackles, with an awesome 7 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 12 pass defensed. Greg is 28 years old, so he still has a few years left under his belt, and we hope for a repeat performance next season.
Grade: A+

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T Donald Penn

Stats: 12 Games Started

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Overview: Penn was another player who was seen as Camp Fodder that prevailed through it all to become the primary back up for Luke Petitgout, and when Luke went down with a season ending Knee injury in week 4, Penn became the starter. He had a good season, and filled in for Petitgout admirably, all the while locking down some of the games best defensive ends. He has shown a lot better than many expected, and has shown he has a future on this team, but probably just as a backup tackle. While Penn has shown up well against many top pass rushers he struggles against the bull rush and really struggles in run blocking. His grade is based much on the surprise he gave to everyone, and his overall consistency. He made it to where the season wasn't lost with the loss of Luke.
Grade: B+

JJC
Overview: Donald Penn - When Luke Petitgout went down with a knee injury, Buccs fans around the globe shouted a collective "Doh!" Donald Penn came in a virtual unknown who showed some quick feet in pass protection during the pre season, and adequate run blocking. Most fans took note, but dismissed any importance that should be placed on his performance, relegating him to future project. Well the future came sooner than anyone thought and Penn was thrust into action, the old proverbial trial by fire. Penn quickly put water on that fire by turning in a very good effort against perennial Pro Bowl DE Dwight Freeney in his very first game. Penn slid back in his second game, but soon rode to the challenge and afforded the team a luxury they didn't know they had. Penn played solidly in his very first season of regular duty, and have some fans and experts wondering if he will challenge Luke for the starting job next year. If Penn proves to be a diamond in the rough, he could fill a nice piece to this on going puzzle we call the Offensive line. Making four of the five positions set in stone for the future. Penn has some work and progress to make, but he's on his way.
Grade: B-

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WR/KR Michael Spurlock

Stats: 1st Kickoff Return TD in Buccaneer History

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Overview: A player that really deserved an F or a D, but gets a C for breaking the curse. He was a sub par returner at best, but on one day he was promoted to being the most important man in Tampa Bay. Of course this was when he returned the first kickoff for a TD in Buccaneer history, earning him a permanent slot in every fan's heart, but definitely not a life time contract from the Buccaneers. Spurlock lacks talent to ever be a truly great returner, which is definitely what the team should be striving for. I thank Spurlock from the bottom of my heart, and now I want to replace him.
Grade: C

JJC
Overview: Michael Spurlock - Spurlock was added to the roster for the Cardinals game after former kick returner Mark Jones was lost for the season due to injury against Detroit and place on IR. Spurlock teased Buccs fans for two weeks against almost breaking a couple long returns with just one guy to beat. He then cemented his legacy in Buccaneer history and in the hearts of Buccs fans everywhere when he returned the first ever franchise kick return for a touchdown 90 yards for the score against the Atlanta Falcons in front of the stunned home crowd. Spurlock finished the season with 10 returns for 291 yards(29.1 Avg) and a long of 90 yards with one history making TD. Spurlock then ended the season on a bad note when he fumbled the opening second half kickoff which set up a Giants touchdown and seemingly put the game out of reach and provided the Giants with a huge momentum advantage for the second half.
Grade: C


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#2 : January 11, 2008, 01:46:50 PM

JJC - for you - those evaluations are absolutely gushing praise - let's hope the buccs do as well in the draft his year, and hit a couple more FAs.

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#3 : January 11, 2008, 01:56:10 PM

As I mistakenly posted on another thread, this draft (keep our fingers crossed) has the makings to be the best in Buc history...understandingly a long way to go, but it had a heck of a first year...JMO

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#4 : January 11, 2008, 02:07:13 PM

Still have some to go before best ever - don't forget Sapp & Brooks in one wonderful day Stu....

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#5 : January 11, 2008, 02:13:23 PM

understood, but THEY were the 1995 draft...pretty great draft, I understand that...I'm realistic, yet hopeful and after one season looks good...we'll see

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#6 : January 11, 2008, 04:59:47 PM

Yeah I'm not ready to call this the best draft ever, but too me it will easily be the best of the Gruden era.
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