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.
“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.”