Just Grillin sponsors PewterReport.com’s Pewter Player of the Week, which is given to Tampa Bay’s MVP as selected by the PewterReport.com staff every Tuesday following the most recent game.
After a startling and disappointing 42-14 loss to Tennessee in the 2015 season opener, Tampa Bay had a tremendous bounce-back game at New Orleans in Week 2. The Bucs beat the Saints, 26-19, thanks in part to Jameis Winston’s two touchdowns and Kyle Brindza’s four field goals. But a huge component to Sunday’s victory is the pressure that was applied to Saints quarterback Drew Brees by defensive end Jacquies Smith, who had three sacks and two forced fumbles.
For his efforts, Smith is this week’s Just Grillin Pewter Player of the Week. Brees was held to just 255 yards and one touchdown, and also threw an interception. On one of Smith’s sacks it looked like he slightly injured Brees’ throwing arm. Several of Brees’ deep passes looked wobbly and weren’t thrown with their usual velocity, including his interception to free safety Chris Conte.
On Smith’s first sack, he stripped Brees of the ball and it was kicked backwards from the New Orleans 23 back to the 2-yard line for a 21-yard loss. That sack came on third-and-4 and helped force a Saints punt. Smith had another sack in the second quarter and then finished the game with a third sack in the fourth quarter.
Smith actually had a fourth sack in the fourth quarter, but it was negated as he was ruled to be offside by a step on the play. Smith actually forced his third fumble on the play, but it didn’t count due to the offside penalty.
The second-year defensive end now has 9.5 career sacks, including four sacks this season to lead Tampa Bay – and the NFL. Smith had one sack in Tampa Bay’s loss to Tennessee last week. Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who has led Tampa Bay in each of the past three years in sacks, is second on the team with two quarterback captures.
For his efforts, Smith will receive a certificate $50 gift certificate to Just Grillin in Carrollwood.
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Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This guy was all over the place. It’s good to see some pressure off of the edge as we all haven’t seen that since the great Simeon Rice. The key is doing it week in and week out. However the fact that he is so young is a huge bonus for us.
we also need to see something from the other side.
Keep it up! What a game he had against Saints Titans game was solid too. This is first time I’ve had any excitement about our pass rush in very long time.
Hoping Evans gets 100% healthy soon. Austin-Sefarian Jenkins is now out for 4 to 6 weeks (per ESPN) with an apparent shoulder injury.
Last time I did math, 6.5 + 4.0 = 10.5 not 9.5. Scotty, you’re cheating the man out of a sack!
J Smith is looking like he could turn out to be the edge rusher we’ve been looking for. Too soon to tell for sure but he’s showing great promise so far. We’re looking good in the middle and on one side of the line. Now we just need to address the other DE spot and we should have a decent pass rush going. Go Bucs!
Told the guy sitting next to me during the Titans pasting about the Patriots getting waxed by the Chiefs last year.
In the NFL special, Belicheat talks about the game and how when he watched the tape he saw how none of the players gave up or quit even though they were getting pasted so he knew they could work things out.
“On to Cincinnati,” Belicheat said after the game in his monotone voice.
Smith got his sack in the fourth quarter and although some people scoffed about it, I saw him as a player who wasn’t going to quit if they were down 100 points.
That’s another reason why I have to laugh when all of these meatheads want another more emotional type high school coach to come in and yell, scream and give motivational speeches during halftimes.
“On to Cincinnati,” Belicheat.
If you think Lovie is unemotional and can’t win because of it, then you don’t watch much NFL football or Bill Bellicheat pressers.
“On to Houston.”
I think the guy is making the league minimum of $550,000 so that $50 gift certificate could come in handy.
If he breaks double digit sacks this year I hope the Bucs seriously consider giving him a raise.
It was nice to see a DE coming off the edge and applying pressure while the DT’s push the middle. Now let’s see if it keeps up over the course of the season. At this point # 56 looks like a great find in the proverbial scrap heap.
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