Panic mode is close to setting in for fans and members of organization after Tampa Bay dropped their fifth straight game against the Eagles on Sunday. Issues continue to abound for the Buccaneers who have yet to put together a full 60 minutes of football. And the news that MRSA was back in the building didn't help preparation by any means.The coaching staff along with a number of the players have struggled to figure out how to have success in 2013.
PewterReport.com takes a look the most impressive and most disappointing players from Sunday's loss in this weekly postgame feature.MOST IMPRESSIVE
Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson
Bucs fans may not realize how lucky they are to have a guy like Jackson as a member of their team. Besides the on-the-field play, Jackson is a professional through and through. Sure he isn’t one to talk everyday to the media, and that rubs some the wrong way, but for the most part he is a standup guy, echoed by his comments after Sunday’s loss where he said he loves this team, his teammates and the fan base.
With all that said, Jackson is a pretty good football also. Quarterback Mike Glennon and Jackson have spent some additional time together recently working on developing chemistry and it was obvious on Sunday. Jackson has his first two touchdown catches of the season against the Eagles and finished the day as the leading receiver for Tampa Bay with nine receptions for 114 yards and two TDs.Tight End Tim Wright
Lots of fans, and many in the media wondered how Wright made the 53-man roster coming out of training camp, myself included. Many thought of Wright as just a camp body that did little to justify his roster spot early on in the season. Coming into camp Wright was a receiver who made the not-so-easy transition to tight end and while he didn’t impress many from the outside, those inside the building saw his potential, and on Sunday against Philadelphia, the Wright that the staff and organization believed was a legitimate tight end, was validated.
Wright showed terrific hands minus one drop in the end zone. Watching from the press box some of Wright’s routes couldn’t have been run by a conventional tight end, as many were more wide receiver routes than that of a standard tight end. Finally, the Buccaneers coaching staff, and Glennon, realized the importance of having another option in the passing game.
Wright ended up as the Bucs second leading receiver with 91 yards on seven receptions.Linebacker Lavonte David
All of the off-the-field distractions
have overshadowed much of what is taking place between the white lines
each Sunday. After having one of the most impressive defensive rookie
campaigns in Buccaneers history, linebacker Lavonte David has shown no
signs of suffering a sophomore slump. In fact David is playing even
better than he did last season.
While there weren’t a ton of splash plays to speak of, David was his solid
dependable self, calling the defense and getting everyone lined up. And
while quarterbacking the defense against the second leading offense in
the NFL, the former Cornhusker was still able to manage nine tackles, once sack and a tackle
for loss.Quarterback Mike Glennon
Glennon took a step forward in his second-career start against the Eagles in Sunday, and while it wasn’t enough to win the game, Glennon showed improvement and did what hasn’t happened all season – lead a Buccaneers offense to more than 18 points.
Glennon has plenty to still work on before anyone can say he is the future of the Buccaneers, but did show some good things as well. Glennon does a good job of looking through his progressions and finding the second third and sometimes fourth options, as evidenced by his seven completions to seldom-used tight end Tim Wright.
Glennon’s deep balls are still dreadful however. The four or five deep ball shots that I can remember him attempting in his first two starts, all were either out of bounds or well over the receives head.
All in all, Glennon probably did enough for the Bucs to win, but as in the previous four losses, Tampa Bay still managed to find a way to lose.Tackle Demar Dotson
Compared to the salaries of the other four offensive linemen, Donald Penn, Carl Nicks, Jeremy Zuttah and Davin Joseph, Dotson is an absolute steal, making just under $2 million. And through five games Dotson has been the most dependable and consistent of all the linemen, making him even more of a value. Dotson didn’t dominate in Sunday’s game, but was rarely beaten and once again did not give up a sack.
PewterReport.com pointed out in our training camp report of the strides Dotson had made, and so far he hasn’t disappointed.
KR Eric Page, P Michael Koenen, K Rian LindellMOST DISAPPOINTING
Guard Davin Joseph
Joseph had one of his worst games of his career on Sunday against Philadelphia giving up numerous pressures, one sack and as largely in effective in the run game.
Something just isn’t right about Joseph, as the push battle that he always seemed to win in previous seasons, just isn’t there. Perhaps he is still feeling the effects of season-ending knee surgery in 2012. Maybe he isn’t in good enough football shape. Whatever the reason is, Joseph and the Bucs staff need to find a way to get it corrected as soon as possible.Guard Ted Larsen
No one will ever confuse Larsen with Carl Nicks, Ian Beckles or even Ray Snell. But when called upon to start, as Larsen was on Sunday, there has to be better production. Sunday, against the Eagles, Larsen’s second quarter hold negated a nice Martin run and backed the Bucs up, eventually stalling a drive. Besides the penalties, Larsen also gave up way too much ground in the run game, and while for the most part his man didn’t make the tackle, getting pushed back, as he was on a regular basis, created problems in the backfield and at times redirected the running backs throwing things out of whack.
Look for Jamon Meredith to get some looks in practice this week, along with Larsen getting more center reps and Jeremy Zuttah moved to guard as he did last year after Nicks toe injury.Center Jeremy Zuttah
Zuttah, like most of the offensive line struggled against the Eagles on Sunday. Zuttah was flagged for holding and also, like Larsen, was bullied backwards a few times, causing the timing of some of the runs to be altered.
While Zuttah isn’t making Nicks, Penn or Joseph money, he is still one of the top paid centers in the NFC and the Bucs need a better investment on their return.CB Johnthan Banks
Banks, as he told PewterReport.com in the locker room on Monday, has his “cherry popped” on Sunday, meaning giving up a deep ball touchdown that sailed over his head. Replays show a clear push off by the Eagles Riley Cooper, but no flag was thrown. Take that play away and Tampa Bay’s second-round pick from Mississippi State still has some struggles and missed tackles. Of course being diagnosed with MRSA (although Banks still doesn’t acknowledge he has it) could be reason for his mind to perhaps not be in the game or even in the preparation leading up to the Eagles game.
Banks will be fine in time, and even the Cooper push off for a score will be a learning and teaching moment that should make Banks a better cornerback in the future.Wide Receiver Tiquan Underwood
The move to dump wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and the re-signing of Underwood was applauded by many two weeks ago, including PewterReport.com, but on Sunday it certainly didn’t pay off for anyone involved. Underwood was targeted four times and failed to show up on the stat sheet. To make matters even worse, Underwood was called for offensive pass interference and also has some miscommunication with Glennon on a second half pass that was intercepted. DISHONORABLE MENTION:
The coaching staff on both sides of the ball, S Mark Barron, FB Erik Lorig, CB Leonard Johnson
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