While the Bucs offense is still trying to find its rhythm after two games, another issue that’s come up is the production coming from the the third wide receiver position.

Through two games Breshad Perriman has just two catches for 10 yards, with all of those numbers coming in Week 1. On top of a no-catch performance against Carolina last Thursday, Perriman had a pass go straight through his hands in the end zone that would have given the Bucs a two-score lead at the time.

Though it’s been a slow start for the speedy receiver, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich still doesn’t have any concerns about Perriman. He also hasn’t considered replacing him with someone like Bobo Wilson or Justin Watson despite the lack of success.

OC Byron Leftwich – Photo by: PewterRerport.com

“We’re fine,” Leftwich said. “It’s not like guys are missing the balls or dropping balls or anything like that. I’m perfectly fine where we are with our third option.”

Despite what Leftwich stated, Perriman has had a history of dropped passes, including the aforementioned missed touchdown opportunity. When pressed about whether Perriman should have caught the pass that went through his hands, Leftwich assured that that play should be made.

“I believe that and he believes that.”

Outside of Chris Godwin, it hasn’t been the fastest of starts for the entire Bucs passing game. They’ve experienced some growing pains in a new system, but it takes some time before the scheme fully works to its potential and you find out where each player best fits. 

“I don’t think that ever stops,” Leftwich said. “I don’t think that process ever stops because your whole thought process is always trying to get your guys in position to play well. I just think it’s the process of a new system, guys are doing new things, it usually takes some time but I really like where we’re headed. I think I got a good idea of what we can and can’t do as a team, I think I got a good idea of our personnel and we’re just in a good spot right now.”

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  1. It is hard to gain rhythm in an offense when you are not allowed to practice in pads! I truly hope one day they reverse some of the trends that have been happening in the NFL

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  2. Can we please have last year’s offense, minus the turnovers and redzone inefficencies, and this year’s defense?

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  3. Thankfully for us, the defense has taken to the new scheme right away. Once the offense catches on…hopefully soon…we will be a force.

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  4. Perriman may play better sooner or later, but I have a feeling one of the young WR’s will surpass him by seasons end.

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  5. Yep. Then we can dump his salary.

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  6. I not calling Dooms Day on the young OC but when you walked through the door you were handed the keys to one of the best offenses in the league. All you had to do was just come in here and drive the thing and try not to wreak it! Yet here we are talking about Pro Bowlers needing time to fit into your offensive system. I’m old enough to understand that some things take some time to work themselves out but not this “Thing”. How about instead of wasting time thinking about how you can fix this and just go back and do what was working before you walked through the Door!

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    • You’re reading into last years stats too much. Yes this team was top three on total offense, but most of the reasoning was because the team was always behind by so much that they had to air it out. They still couldn’t score for shit last year as Koetter and the like ran the most obvious plays known to man. The talent is there, no question, but it’s still up in the air whether this team has a true offensive coordinator yet. I’ll give Leftwich till mid season to figure it out. If it hasn’t happened by then, this team will need an upgrade next year

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  7. I like where the offense is headed too. We left a potential 17 additional points off the board but 20 got us the win against Carolina. Happy we won and don’t care much what the score is against the Giants as long as we win that one too. GO BUCS!

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    • I agree.

      Bucs offense needs to play cleaner football and the production will go up.

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  8. You all crack me up like we were some great offense last year. Last years offense was crap really. Bunch of yards and no points except few games. Red zone was crap. Run game was crap. We had lot passing yards that didn’t translate to points or wins in most games. Yes the defense was putrid for years but offense moved ball at will and didn’t score period.

    Perriman has always been inconsistent hopefully he can get better and at least be a decoy with his speed. Evans not worried about I don’t think he’s been 100% yet. He will likely explode on the Giants. Howard need pick his game up. If the O line stops the stupid penalties it would also help this offense. Finally yes Lefty has been not great thus far. Like see more bootlegs and play action.

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  9. Watson or Scotty Miler will surpass him sooner than later. He just looks lost out there,

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  10. “Bucs’ Leftwich Not Concerned With Play Of Perriman”…well, he should be. As the old saying goes, “when people show you who they are, believe them”. Perriman has showed the entire league for years now that he cannot catch the ball consistently….believe him!

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  11. “It’s not like he’s dropping passes”. His first target was a perfectly placed bomb against the niners and he dropped it. His first attempted touchdown was mentioned in the article and dropped. I’m hoping for Leftwich to be the right man for the job and this offense but don’t lie about it the dude has 10 receiving yards

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  12. I have to believe Arians is giving Leftwhich advice etc. I would think too if he thinks it’s bad to point of costing us games he would take over. It could be better but play calling wasn’t issue really first game they just stunk overall and couldn’t execute. Penalties galore, turnovers,etc.

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