06 DEC 2015: during the NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)
After one of the most complete team victories in recent memory for the Buccaneers, this week’s Most Disappointing list will be rather short. In fact we should probably rename it the most “could-do-a-little-better-next-time list” as there was no one player that obviously stood out as disappointing. But here is goes, and take it with a little grain of salt.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Bucs fans have been waiting for over a half a season to see Seferian-Jenkins return to action, and finally on Sunday against the Falcons, No. 87 came out of the tunnel in a uniform instead of shorts and a t-shirt. Seferian-Jenkins didn’t have a terrible game, but also didn’t exactly light it up either. His one major error was a second half drop on a Winston TD pass. While some on Twitter argued there should have been pass interference on the play, the fact is the ball hit Seferian-Jenkins in the hands, and you can bet he would be the first to admit he absolutely has to make that catch, regardless if a defender is draped on his lower body.
T Demar Dotson
One of our favorite players, Demar Dotson, like Seferian-Jenkins, has missed significant time with an injury, and got his first start of the season on Sunday against the Falcons. In the first half Dotson was flagged for not lining up on the line of scrimmage, and referee Ed Hochuli pointed out over the loudspeaker system, “after being previously warned.” Being rusty shouldn’t have any bearing on knowing where to line up. And in the second half Dotson’s holding penalty nullified a long Martin run on the Bucs final drive. Of course had Dotson not held, who knows if Martin would have even got past the line of scrimmage, and the setback helped actually set up Jameis Winston’s heroic run that still has Bucs fans abuzz 24 hours later. So maybe Winston should thank Dotson?
P Jacob Schum
At this point we are just looking for someone to pick on and Schum is the lucky one. It wasn’t a bad day in the grand scheme of things, as one of this three punts was down inside the 20, and another probably should have been if the Bucs would have played the bounce better. Schum averaged 37.3 yards on his three punts, but with only a 29.7 net average.
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Luke Stocker should be on list for robbing the Bucs of yet another pay check
Haha I laughed when they showed him blocking on that run play. I was like holy crap a Luke Stocker sighting.
Hey! Players on the list that actually played! Hopefully, ASJ and Demar will shake off the rust and finish strong.
Now what do you have against Luke Stocker, jongruden.
If I’m not mistaken you used to work out quite a bit on William Gholston who had an A+ game yesterday. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Glad to see you put ASJ at the top of the list. There is no reason he should have dropped that pass.
If he catches it the game has a different tone to it.
Sorry but the punter doesn’t belong on the list. Don’t put someone on it just because you need to fill up space.
Why not add whoever was responsible for the Falcons WR on the TD catch in the fourth period.
drdnest- What do I have against Luke Stocker? hmm, well let me see he has been on the roster for 4 seasons and has a total of less than 400 yds and 3 td’s for starters, lol This good blocker stuff is hilarious absolutely hilarious, he’s a TE folks a TE that means you are not an offensive lineman. I can put an extra tackle in there instead of Stocker and have same result, “sigh” why do my fellow Bucs fans love mediocrity? I will never know. Yes, Gholdston had a great game yesterday, hell even Style White had multiple sack games, point is he will never be more tha a 5 sack or less a yr DE and I want more out of the position. please Bucs Fans stop settling for mediocroty in players raise the bar here in Tampa and we will have a quality team
Believe Stocker was on the inactive list yesterday.
I don’t know what game you and john gruden were watching, but Locker played, caught a pass, and made several good blocks during the game, as he has done all year. He also plays H back and backup fullback.
newbucsfan15- Do you know who he is? cause if you do than you saw him play yesterday
Dougie fumbled and as a result Atlanta scored. Now had the Bucs not won I bet he would be on top of the list along with Jenkins who came in later. Amazing what a win does. Not excited as most on here. Atlanta is not a very good team now and we have not beaten a good team yet. We turn the corner when we beat a good team. As for now, we are better than last year by a long shot and are improving almost every week. Things are looking better..go BUCS!
Can’t think of a disappointing player in this game…a few disappointing plays for sure. Martin’s fumble, Winston/Evans’ INT, ASJ’s dropped pass, Dotson’s penalties. Overall though everyone was solid in this game.
I was worried seeing Jenkins back in at CB but even he managed to cover somewhat decently. For me the most disappointing was seeing Jameis almost slip and fall off the bench while pumping the crowd up in the 4th quarter.
I am not going to lie, when me and my brother were watching the game and I saw Jenkins in there i thought we were doomed.
Gee Dbuc63, the Eagles just whipped the Patriots, does that make them a good team.
Listen, you can ask any player in the NFL if their are any easy teams out there and you will get a resounding no. There are no easy teams and no easy wins.
The Bucs have played virtually the same schedule as the Panthers and I don’t hear anyone downgrading their opponents.
The Bucs have lost more than a few games simply because they lacked the confidence that they could win them.
They are beginning to get that confidence.
Shum stinks. We need a punter who once in a while gives us 50 yards. I’m tired of watching other punters do that to us.
Is the kid from FSU or UF declaring? That game had some incredible punts.
Funny thing is as a NOles fan, Beatty, the kicker for FSU was terrible until this year. I don’t know what he did in the offseason , but it worked. That game did have some monster kicks.
Shum did OK- glad we didn’t see a Hester TD like last year- and they shoulda kept that one out of the end zone. The ATL punter had that booming punt from the end zone, and Rainey had a big return- doesn’t help when you out kick the coverage…JonG, Stocker had a decent game as well- he earned his paycheck this week
The announcers should be on here too- he called Sims “Smith” numerous times. Then, during “The Run”, they called a fumble and said that ATL was returning it! All I was thinking was ” there was no whistle- keep running”
Dotson and ASJ for sure. How can a veteran like Dotson not line up correctly after being warned (doesn’t seem bright). ASJ should have to earn snaps because Brate catching and consistency have earned his snaps. Dotson almost costs us the game with a silly penalty that had no value in continuing to block once Doug was by him!
After the game I was trying to think of who PR might put on this list. While there were a few candidates based on a play or two, I didn’t think anyone was bad enough to make the cut. Yes, ASJ certainly should have made the TD catch but the defender was on his back as soon as the ball arrived. Should have been a flag. Dotson said he was tired. But other than a play two mistakes he played well. The rookie punter wasn’t disappointing to me. I thought he was trying to kick high, not far, to allow the defenders to cover and not give Hester room to run. Perhaps PR can get a clarification from the ST coach on the strategy.
Well, no one will likely ever see this response, as this is a delayed post, but as it relates to ASJ, I think Jameis has finally figured out that you throw to his body if you want him to catch the ball. “Its just like the worn out joke……..he hit him in a bad place…the hands” I initially had high hopes for him, but now am not a fan of ASJ, he is just too fragile, missing too many games and he drops too many catchable balls. Can you say alligator arms? We could use the roster spot and the cash on someone else that would help the team more going forward next year. Trade him if you can Bucs.
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