Bucs punter Bryan Anger – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
The Bucs dropped to 1-2 on the preseason with a 13-9 loss to the Browns. Even though the team lost, there were some players that turned in impressive performances. Here is PewterReport.com’s list. Take a look and see if you agree.
P Bryan Anger
Of all the Jason Licht free agent signings, punter Bryan Anger is one of the best. Having a punter who can flip the field with boomers is nice, but pinning your opponents inside the 20 consistently is maybe even more important. Anger did it seven times on Saturday night and was essentially a defensive weapon.
DT Clinton McDonald
With no Gerald McCoy, and no William Gholston, Clinton McDonald got extended preseason playing time and was one of the few bright spots on the defensive line on the night. McDonald was doing his best McCoy impression, creating disruption on a number of plays in the first half.
WR Chris Godwin
With Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson sitting the game out, rookie receiver Chris Godwin got the start and an opportunity to showcase himself. The former Penn State standout didn’t disappoint. Godwin led the Bucs with four receptions for 56 yards including a 19 yarder from Jameis Winston.
K Nick Folk
After a missed field goal and blocked extra point last week against the Jaguars, Nick Folk needed a bounce back game. Not only for himself, but also to show Dirk Koetter he was dependable as the Bucs placekicker heading into the season. Folk was 3-of-3 on night, and everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief.
CB Vernon Hargreaves
The Browns initially began the game picking on first-year starter Ryan Smith but as the game wore on, decided to test the former Gator. Big mistake. Hargreaves wasn’t perfect, but was easily the best secondary player on the field for much of the night with three pass breakups and an interception.
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There isn’t much to say good about this game. Godwin was impressive. But as good as our Punter is when he is at the top of the Most Impressive list, You know you had a bad game. No pass Rush, and we gave up way too many yards. And I the only one who is concerned that Winston has yet to score a TD? I am getting the sneaky feeling that we will get a couple of very good offensive players out of this Draft, but defensively it is going to be a bust.
And in a Defensive heavy draft with fantastic DE’s and Cornerbacks and Safeties, that would be a real shame.
I thought Ryan Smith came around after a slow start and had a good game as did Bernard Reedy.
Grimes being out is giving Smith some needed experience. He has the speed and the tackling attitude you want.
Chris Godwin looked like he belonged tonight. He took some NFL hits and was sure handed all the way. Still don’t understand how he was there in the 3rd round. But that’s to our advantage and I’m glad he’s a Buc.
I’m back to square one on the 5th WR. Reedy, Dye, Martino, Huff, all got a case. Huff needs to get healthy quick. Reedy and Dye helped themselves tonight. Looks like this is going down to the wire and will probably be the toughest call on Sept. 3rd. #headscratcher
5th WR is a tough call because none of them are particularly good. Its not a positive outlook. The top 4 are very solid so its not too worrying. Lack of depth at DE and OT are far more disconcerting. The starting groups are questionable and the guys behind them are worrisome. We are a snap away form disaster at both spots.
I’d put L. David in there at the 5th spot ahead of Hargreaves. David made the incredibly instinctive and athletic play to tip that ball (given the ground he had to cover) into the hands of Hargreaves. Also, I thought David did pretty well maintaining his gap.
No pass rush at all. Strange. Anyways i thought Reedy looked so much faster than everyone around him. Was flying around. Seemed like penalties really hurt him every time he had good return though. Godwin and really several WR’s stepped up. O line was not consistent and could not seem to pick up a damn blitz. Just what we need Winston getting hit and hurt in preseason. They did not protect well at all. Run blocking wasn’t great either.
Agree with Seat26 starting get nervous Winston hasn’t had a TD. Although Evans dropped a TD last week. Also Winston Decision making been less than stellar at times too. Hopefully the red zone offense will get better from him and the whole team this year. Frustrating to move ball so easily and come away with 3. Or none last year with Agyuayo half the time.
I like Reedy as the fifth, because guys like that in 2 minute drills are extremely valuable as well as a backup return specialist.
It’s Preseason. No worries! Now, if we look like this Sept. 10th in Miami…….THEN you all should start worrying.
Dirk has this under control, we were minus 8 starters last night. Jameis is the one we need to worry about, but I have a feeling he’s gonna be firing on all 12 cylinders come Sept 10th. At least I hope so, since he’s the one single player that decides how far we go this season.
I’m beginning to get a bit worried about the season. Outside of the Howard pick I was somewhat critical of the draft’s lack of OL consideration and that is really an obvious need right now. Winston doesn’t have a lot of time.
Remember Licht bragged about his 5th round pick–he had him highly rated above the 5th round. He told us McNichols was a great blocker too. Baloney! His blocking was so bad he caused Jameis to be sacked and Koetter pulled him out and sent him to the bench and he is so dumb and unmotivated he hasn’t even learned the playbook. Licht also said before the draft he knew the fans wanted Cook but he was hired to take us to the playoffs and that is what he was going to do through his draft. Egotistical loser!!! He wasted a second round pick once again when we needed a Star RB and gave us bust after bust instead. Compare his draft to a rookie GM for the 49ers who has already turned around that team in one year. Too bad we can’t trade Licht for our former All Pro Safety/brilliant GM. We were told also there were no good OL in the draft or free agency. More baloney! The Browns found and got two free agent experienced OL who added to their All Pro LT were able to kill all our attempts at sacks. We also keep being told our LT is good but Smith has been a turnstile pass defender from day one and cost sacks on Jameis too in the Brown’s game. As I have said from the beginning when Smith was given the job; he is a good blocker in the run game and his best position is Guard not LT. Next draft we have to draft a LT and move Smith to LG where he can star. If we don’t make the playoffs it is Licht’s fault; not Jameis’s fault. Licht should be fired then!
Don’t get why Bucs fans hate Licht so much I mean do you remember what the roster looked like before him. His drafting hasn’t been perfect but his has filled this roster with talent that we haven’t seen in a while. And don’t be so quick to write off Justin Evans give the kid some time.
“But we’re fine on the line the bucs think we are”. Koetter is same coach who had the paper thin line when ATL started declining, he has too much faith in the guys he likes on Oline. Thing is you want a stable consistent Oline, not good enough when you have a guy that can win you games if you give him time. The Oline mistake is most likely on both Licht and Koetter. The Patriots consistently draft lineman every year to try to find the right guy and look how clean Brady is every game.
Was clamoring for a Cam Robinson(im ok with OJ) and Pat Elflein 1 and 2 would have shored up the Oline with D smith to prove his value this year. We can’t get loss in the sauce and win in the trenches consistency on the O line and D line our are weak spots
Well said Mic. It does start and end up front for sure. Yes other positions have to have as well but if those lines are mediocre or worse doesn’t matter much the other talent on team IMO.
Finally got to see the rebroadcast…I found it amusing that they put up Folk’s stats from the Jets last year as 31/51, 87%…
Wish we saw some better red zone finishes.
Agree with most of you about the concern on both lines…. Good to see they are mostly healthy heading into week 1.
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