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Maybe hold off on the playoff reservations for now. A week after a promising start to the season, Tampa Bay was dealt a sobering loss in Arizona, showing that the Bucs are still a team trying to turn the corner and not quite ready to take on a Super Bowl contender. There weren’t many positives to take away from Sunday’s game, a 40-7 beat down, but nevertheless, here is the obligatory list of PewterReport.com’s Most Impressive in Week 2.
WR ADAM HUMPHRIES
Save for a dangerous attempt at a punt return that resulted in a big hit, Humphries had a solid outing. With six receptions, he tied his career high and, with 67 yards, set a new record for himself. Humphries converted two first downs in the first half, and was a key part of the Bucs best – and only – scoring drive. On that series to open the third quarter the 5-foot-10 receiver caught passes of nine, five and 24 yards.
WR MIKE EVANS
It was far from a perfect day for Evans – called for PI and could’ve contested the first INT – but it’s slim pickings and he led the Bucs in receiving yards (70) and caught the only touchdown. On a day where Jameis Winston couldn’t seem to find any rhythm and sailed multiple passes, Evans managed to finish with six catches.
CB ALTERRAUN VERNER
Yes, there’s a member of the secondary on the list after Carson Palmer threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns. It was a forgettable day for the defense as a whole, but Verner, for his part, made a few nice plays in the early parts of the game, when it was still within reach. He broke up consecutive passes on the opening series, helping to force a three-and-out, and defended a pass in the red zone to hold the Cardinals to an early field goal. Arizona seemed to have an open receiver at any point in the game, but Verner collected a few wins for the Bucs secondary.
P BRYAN ANGER
During the fourth preseason contest, GM Jason Licht said that it tells a lot about a game when the punter is one of your best players. At that point, it didn’t matter. On Sunday it did and it told a lot about the game. Anger punted six times, averaging 42 in net yardage, and flipped the field for the Bucs a couple times. The Cardinals offense, firing on all cylinders, still made their way down the field, but Anger at least did his part.
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Yep, you got them. Go Bucs!
You know it’s a pathetic game when only come up with 3 impressive and 1 is the punter! Evans wasn’t that great IMO. He didn’t fight for the first int. Which wasn’t really horrible throw at all just good position by Leterson and he didn’t fight.
I think it’s kind of impressive that LvD managed to get zero…that’s 0….goose egg…nadda….tackles.
When the punter is one of the best, you know things did not go well.
I missed the game. Glad I did. I usually watch replays of the games after church, but not this time. As Horse always says, go bucs!
Next time you’re in church 76, as Dione Warwick would sing, “Say a little prayer for me.”
I am glad the Pewter Report gang finally recognized the efforts of our punter. In spite of Horse thinking we need a shake up at center and guard; I thought the O-line protected Jameis very well until it was obvious that he was just going to pass the ball.
Scu, he was chased out of the pocket alot and not much running plays worked on the left side. Marpet and Dotson played good. Hawley was so so, Pamphile so so, Smith so so to not good. We need OL help and it starts with the Center.
Horse nailed it, We need to build a O line. By the way, we need to build a D line also.
Verner looked awfully good actually, the rest of the secondary, not so much.
I like Humps gumption on his returns, only part of the game that was interesting.
Hard to pick out any Impressive players from that ass kicking.
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