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    • TampaBucks05

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      WinstonAs much as I Bashed Winston's play after Saturdays game, he did not look that bad. As another poster put it, Winston and Mariota are pretty much neck-and-neck right now. He struggled at first and had a few bad throws, but eventually put together a couple of good drives. This inspired my enthusiasm. I expect him to improve next week.GilkeyWow. All I heard all TC long was how the guy showed up at TC and OTAs looking like a different player. I'm sure he put in work in the gym to earn that accolade, but he is not a capable C or OG at this level. Period. He whiffed on so many blocking assignments and was the cause of two to three fumbles. He therefore made Winston look much, much worse than he really was. I expect to see him to take mostly second half reps next week. EdwardsMore wow. On one play, which was a 3rd-and-7 scenario deep in the opponents red zone, Edwards flat out quit trying to block his man. He let his arms fall to his side as he turned around only to gaze at our 1st overall draft pick. To no surprise, his assignment caused the pocket to collapse and forced #3 to use his feet. And it's a good thing Winston knows how to use them, because he turned the would-be sack into the offense's first touchdown of the night. This play was representative of Edwards' effort throughout the contest. I expect him to join Gilkey in taking less first half reps and an increased number of second half reps next Monday. D.SmithHe got whipped on his first snap and Winston payed the price for it. But he looked pretty good after that. He is a rookie, so I'm sure we'll see him whiff badly on his assignment at least a handful of times during the regular season, but the kid is real big and has the power to just maul his opponent. I saw him engulf his assignment more than a handful of times in Saturday's game, which was reassuring after my initial live viewing. I expect Smith to start on Monday night and I think he will show us more of the same. But I am keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn't have another major whiff and get our QB killed in the process. MarpetI just can't say enough good things about this kid. I don't want to hear about how he is only a DIII prospect and that the jump will be too big for him in his rookie year. He has shown us in practice and in the game that he can mix it up with the best of them. He has the size and power to stonewall any opponent's bull rush. His only flaw is that he is less technically sound than he needs to be, but that is an easy problem to solve. The only thing this kid needs are more reps. Reps. Reps. Reps. This is exactly why I don't want us to go out and overpay for a guy like Evan Mathis. The more reps Marpet gets, the quicker he will get the technique side of his game down. When that happens, we could have one of the NFL's top OGs on our hands. I expect him to join D.Smith on the starting line for Monday night's game and think he will do a fine job. SimsIt seems to me that this guy's draft status is the only thing keeping him listed ahead of Rainey and James on the team depth chart. I thought Lovie knew RBs, but I think he missed on this pick. The guy has shown me no positive signs in the year and a half he's been a part of this team, which is concerning when you consider that the RB position is not a role that takes a long time to learn and develop in. Usually a high draft pick, who is going to have success at this level, is able to step in and show promise early on. I expect to see him continue to be used behind Doug Martin and hope he starts to show us some good things next week. G. JohnsonLooking like a good pick up so far. Made a few nice plays. Was able to beat generate some pass rush on a limited number of snaps, but was instrumental in stifling Minnesota's run game. Highlight of the night was when he beat his man then turned back up into the pocket to prevent a would-be TD run by Teddy Bridgewater. I expect more of the same next week, but am hoping for an improvement the number of his QB pressures. J.SmithHe looked so good for us at the end of last season, but last Saturday it seemed as though he was getting stonewalled play after play. But I noticed that he exited the game a little earlier than the other members of our starting front. Apparently he is being held out of practice with a banged up shoulder, and I hope that is what was preventing him from making any positive plays. I expect him to be sidelined with his shoulder for next week's game and hope he recovers well. Sidbury Jr. Like D.Smith and Winston, Sidbury Jr. started off on the wrong foot. But as the game progressed, he seemed to generate more and more of a pass rush. I like some of the things this kid showed and expect him to get more snaps next week. If J.Smith is out vs. Cincinnati I expect Sidbury Jr. to start.

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    • Anonymous

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      tampabucks – what was it that you didnt like about sims the other night?  he had 2 carries, one was an 11 yard run where he went up the gut, took it outside and even got a stiffarm in.  i dont remember the run for no gain, did he miss a hole?  did he stumble when he had a big gainer?

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    • Anonymous

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      tampabucks - what was it that you didnt like about sims the other night?  he had 2 carries, one was an 11 yard run where he went up the gut, took it outside and even got a stiffarm in.  i dont remember the run for no gain, did he miss a hole?  did he stumble when he had a big gainer?

      GT- Just watched the segment of the game Sims played in (again). You know its funny, because I haven't been looking at the sheet this entire time. I've Just been going off what I've seen happen in the game, so I didn't even see that he ran for that many yards.For last Saturday's broadcast, the cameras barely catch the tail end of Sims' 11-yard run due to the Bucs running a no huddle that play. A couple of plays later, SIMS gets stuffed for no gain. But after taking a close look at these few plays I realize that it wasn't totally Sims fault. The interior O-line (Edwards, E.Smith, and Gilkey) collapsed on Sims and gave him absolutely no room to run. 'Sims actually looked good on Saturday night. He created separation from defenders giving Winston a receiving option when needed and was surprisingly good at handling his blocking assignments, despite his smaller size. I take back he negative comments on Sims. I hope he has a great year and am feeling more optimistic about it.

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      Sims is what he is.  A nice change of pace back that can potentially grow into the role of third down back.  If he becomes an every down back I would be impressed but it seems highly unlikely.Edwards has to show more effort because he is battling it out with Gilkey for a roster spot.Sidbury Jr is probably going to start Monday and I hope he runs with the opportunity.  Bucs need a third guy in the DE rotation really, really bad.  Johnson and Smith are going to need breathers if they are going to be "full time" DE's.

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      Sims is what he is.  A nice change of pace back that can potentially grow into the role of third down back.  If he becomes an every down back I would be impressed but it seems highly unlikely.Edwards has to show more effort because he is battling it out with Gilkey for a roster spot.Sidbury Jr is probably going to start Monday and I hope he runs with the opportunity.  Bucs need a third guy in the DE rotation really, really bad.  Johnson and Smith are going to need breathers if they are going to be "full time" DE's.

      agree mainly on sims, he will never be a workhorse.  but i do believe he can be in the sproles mold – and thats a pretty good option for a team to have.i dont see sidbury starting unless gjohnson or jsmith is hurt.  but i do see him getting a lot of PT.

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    • Anonymous

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      SOunds to me like the Oline may slightly improve from just some addition by subtraction. Winston was playing behind Gilkey which will no longer happen, and he was playing with Edwards at gaurd for some time which should not be the case. Ill say the the run blocking, while not good, still looked better than it did 90% of the time last season. Some glass half full optimism could be had from that first game.D.SMith, Mankins, EDS, Marpet, Dotson could be good enough to function. We need to solidify who backs each of them up. So far we moved Warren to backup center which was a good move, great move when you compare it to Gilkey. And we brought in that vet who will compete with some guy named Fragel(?) at RT behind Dotson. Ok... lets keep calm and see what continues to happen.

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    • Anonymous

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      Great points on Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet. I’ve focused on their play as well. They both had ups and downs Saturday night but you can see they both have BIG upside.Like you said, Donovan just engulfs people and Marpet has a unique combination of strength and quickness.

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    • tbfan4047

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      I’m no Gilkey fan. However he did play alright at GUARD last week. It appears that the abomination that was Gilkey at Center is causing most to discredit his overall play. My biggest issue with Gilkey at Guard was on the first drive when Martin had really good runs. On the second or third play Gilkey and ASJ lose their men at the second level which leads to ONLY a 10 yard or so gain. Had both blocked correctly Martin may still be running today. Otherwise he was ok at Guard iirc. I'd prefer Marpet to take his spot based on talent, but as long as Gilkey never snaps a ball again I'm pleased.

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    • Anonymous

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      Gilkey suffered playing center more than guard, there is no question. But he is still lacking at guard. A good example of this was mentioned in my previous post. During that play, E.Smith, Edwards, and Gilkey got driven back into Sims who had no where to run and got brought down for no gain.It was only one preseason game, but he showed some alarming tendencies at both positions.

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