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A favorite of the PewterReport.com staff, Bucs P Bradley Pinion has won his second NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award. The 7-year veteran bombed punt after punt against the Cowboys in Week 1, dropping three of his four punts inside the Dallas’ 10-yard line. The award is the first Pinion has collected since joining the Bucs in 2019.

“Yeah, it was huge,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said when asked about Pinion’s performance. “Our special teams won the ball game, there’s no doubt. Between Bradley pinning them inside the 10 three times and ‘Mick’ (Jaydon Mickens) covering. Mick had a hell of a night [in the] return game; it’s a shame we had a penalty on the punt return. But yeah, I think all those young guys – Grant [Stuard] had a tackle, they protected well. They showed up exactly in the ways we want them to. Our kickers kicked well and our returners were really, really good, but they had good blocking, too.”

The highlight for Pinion came on a 65-yard booming punt, his first of the season, that pinned Dallas at their own 2-yard line. The boot matched the longest of Pinion’s career. and came despite some pressure up the middle by the Cowboys. Pinion also boomed six kickoffs through the end zone. That’s a secret weapon for the Bucs, considering how their kick coverage teams have struggled.

The Bucs host the Falcons in Week 2 on Sunday, September 19, at 4 pm EST.

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11 days ago

The special teams were huge in this game. Without the good returns by Mickens and the punts by Pinion, the bucs would’ve lost this game. A major improvement from last year even though its only one game.

11 days ago

If the Bucs hadn’t coughed up the ball three times (forget the hail mary INT), twice deep in thier territory, the Bucs would have slaughtered the little Cowgirls. Can you imagine Winston trying to overcome those mistakes. He would have compounded them.

11 days ago

Well deserved. It was an outstanding performance from Pinion and a big improvement from our special teams in general. In particular Mickens ran with much more authority than previously seen from him and the improved return yardage was no fluke. In spite of the obvious caveat that ‘it was just one game’ there were nevertheless promising signs that our special teams return game is capable of setting and achieving higher standards this year.

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