When Bruce Arians spoke to the media on Friday following his first win as Tampa Bay’s head coach, he touched on some of the offensive weapons that entered the season with high hopes but have yet to meet those standards through two weeks.

O.J. Howard’s struggles have been clear, but Breshad Perriman and Mike Evans are two of Jameis Winston’s targets who have seemed to stumble out of the gate as well.

“You’re going to have to ask him,” Arians said when asked about Howard’s struggles. “He’s got so much talent and he can play a heck of a lot better than he’s playing.”

Evans was dealing with an illness in week one, hauling in just two of his five targets for 28 yards, but also caught just four of the eight balls thrown his way against Carolina for 61 yards. Perriman has seen similar issues with two receptions on five targets against the 49ers, totaling just 10 yards, while he couldn’t notch a single catch on any of his four targets in week two.

Arians believes that the tandem could have improved their statlines against the Panthers, with each of them failing to bring in a potential touchdown.

Near the midway point in the first quarter with the Bucs facing a third-and-2 at the Panthers’ 21-yard line, Winston threw a fade to Evans. It was a tough play to make and despite Evans getting a hand on the pass he couldn’t bring it in, leaving Tampa Bay to settle for a field goal, giving them a three-point lead at the time.

Then in the third quarter, backed up on third-and-13 from the Carolina 24-yard line, Winston fired to Perriman on a post route in the end zone but the Bucs’ new pass-catcher couldn’t haul it in as the ball went through his hands. Matt Gay would then fail to convert on the subsequent field goal, leaving three points on the field that nearly came back to bite the team.

“That was a great throw in the end zone, I thought [Perriman] would make that catch,” Arians said. “He slipped on a couple of routes but he was also wide open and we underthrew him. It ‘s some new chemistry but it’s funny because in the spring it just clicked automatically, Jameis never missed him deep, but with real bullets it’s different.”

Arians spoke on the two missed opportunities to Evans and Perriman.

“Those are two great balls,” Arians said. “They’ve got to come up with those. They’re talented enough to come up with those balls.”

 

 

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  1. I think – I HOPE – that Evans is still getting back to 100%. Hopefully the long break helps him.

    I had reservations about Perriman due to injuries and drops, but obviously I’d rather not be right about that.

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  2. So I got mostly thumbs down after calling out Howard the past two weeks. Glad to hear BA do the same, no sacred cows. Brate is just a more effective player, start him.

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    • Let’s be succinct. For a player of his abilities he could not play much worse. It looks like Parriman has reverted back to his pre-Cleveland form.

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  3. Unless he is injured, so right. OJ…where is your grit? The new #10 TE draft pick in Detroit is comparatively making you look lame. You are supposedly so much more talented.

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    • Mark2001, thank you for not posting the same comment twice just under a different name, like you do on another site. Your takes are not that interesting to read the first time. Maybe forget the copy-paste-make slight changes routine. This comment is way to similar as ones you posted elsewhere. Just a thought

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  4. Everyone on the Offense is still getting used to the new Scheme, even Leftwich himself. We know what each player is capable of so hopefully they all eventually get on the same page, then they will be dangerous! Howard has had a very slow start, but it shows how much better we could be doing if everyone finally flips their switch! I definitely hope they don’t get locked into the starters like Koetter’s regime did and give everyone some reps like Hudson and Watson, you never know who will rise to the occasion…

    As long as they play smarter like they showed hints of Thursday night, they will get smoother and better. Perriman has had a couple passes that he could have caught but I haven’t seen too many easy balls dropped.

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  5. Look at Kelce’s game…and look at OJ’s game…wow.. yeah OJ…you have a long long way to go. Arians was being kind.

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  6. Based on past 2 years with us he starts off slowly, gets better, gets good, gets very good, then gets injured and goes on IR. Maybe this year will be different; so far we’re on schedule.
    Evans is still Evans; he’s not always going to get big numbers in every game as he is human. They are dogging him from the get go because he is respected in the league.

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  7. Regardless of new scheme, new coaches, new teammates there is no excuse. Every year new players via free agency or draft come to new teams. To me it’s focus, they are paying Howard and Evans a lot of money to catch passes and make blocks. If they can’t do it then next man up until they find their focus. Penalties keep killing this team’s drives, and if anything find a left tackle and right tackle that can protect the quarterback.

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  8. It’s only 2 games! OJ will come around… I hope! He’s too talented not to. With the WRs there is no excuse not catching a pass that hits ur hands… that’s what u do! I’d like to see Defense and Offense put it together this next game. But, if starters don’t perform, next man up then! Let’s go with the hot hand. The backups, like TE Hudson just need an opportunity. Put the backups in BA… the starters will be motivated to perform or we might some talent. I’m just saying… Go Bucs!

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  9. BA doesn’t use TEs in his offense. Howard and Brate will become afterthoughts. Perriman is suffering from what he has always suffered from. The drops. Evans will bounce back. Thankfully Godwin is playing like a monster. And we are somewhat deep at the position.

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  10. The difference between Humphries/Evans/Godwin, and Perriman/Evans/Godwin is noticeable…and there’s only one difference of course.

    Perriman needs to go….and we need a hands-of-glue guy in his place.

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  11. I’m not ready to write off any of the starters just yet…….certainly not Mike Evans. The coaches have had all off-season to determine the depth chart and aren’t about to change it after two games.

    Having a chance to watch the other games this weekend I see these same issues on those teams too.

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  12. Agree talking about dumping anyone after 2 games is stupid. They set these rosters and if Miller or Watson were better they would be playing now. Perriman needs to catch that TD but he also was over thrown other times. He looked good in camp and in preseason games like Arians said. Just takes time imo. Is he going to have hands of glue? No. He has speed and experience and of Jameis starts hitting him deep like he did in practice teams will respect that speed and open things up underneath. Evans will be fine he started off sick is all imo.

    Howard needs to pull his head out of his ass. Too many dumb mistakes.

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  13. Watching Atlanta last night Koetter just gets the ball to his TE’s more, that’s why we drafted OJ in the first place. I doubt OJ would be a Buc had BA been the coach during that draft. Even Brate hardly got any targets in Thursdays game. OJ has been asked to do more blocking then receiving so far. We have a deep TE group. I believe one will be dealt before the trade deadline, most likely if someone else’s starter goes down. To early to give up on Perriman, but the chemistry doesn’t seem to be there between him, and Jameis. I’d like to see Bobo get some game time, and Watson. Bobo, and Jameis have been together for years, and he produces when given a chance. Those still missing Humphries, I didn’t see him show on the Titan’s stat sheet. Don’t know if he ‘s hurt, or played. We know McCoy hasn’t done much for Carolina. D Jax had his one good game, and was a scratch last night, so I don’t see where we’d be better off with any of those players staying, especially considering their salaries. Oh, and Fitzmagic, he’s been Fitztragic with the Fins.

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  14. I am not on the Howard bandwagon yet, because he lacks the consistency.

    People hyping him up to be a pro bowler, etc, etc miss that he is still not consistent enough as a blocker or pass catcher. But since he is young he will improve as he has the talent. But mentally he is not consistent and this is where the mental mistakes come from.

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  15. Although nobody likes preseason games, this play could be the result of keeping your starters off the field through the so called practice games.
    But it is good to see BA calling players out and not focusing solely on the QB.
    Love the no sacred cows approach.

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