Tampa Bay CB Robert McClain - Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers
Just Grillin sponsors PewterReport.com’s Pewter Player of the Week, which is given to Tampa Bay’s MVP as selected by the PewterReport.com staff every week following the most recent game.
The Buccaneers didn’t reveal which player – Javien Elliott or newcomer Robert McClain – was going to be starting at nickel cornerback in Sunday’s 2017 season opener against Chicago. An hour and a half before kickoff, Elliott was declared inactive, which meant the start would go to McClain, a six-year NFL veteran, who previously played in Mike Smith’s defense in Atlanta.
The Bucs coaches chose wisely as McClain made quite a splash in his Tampa Bay debut.
In the second quarter with the Bucs up 17-0 over the Bears, McClain stepped in front of the receiver he was defending and intercepted quarterback Mike Glennon and returned the pick 47 yards for a touchdown. That score put the game out of reach at 23-0. The Bucs added a field goal right before halftime as Tampa Bay enjoyed a 26-0 that would ultimately turn into a 29-7 blowout in the team’s first win of the 2017 season.
McClain finished the game with three tackles and his pick-six, which was the first of his NFL career. He now has five interceptions in his NFL career.
For his efforts as this week’s Just Grillin Pewter Player, McClain will receive a $50 gift card to Just Grillin, which has the largest selection of grills, smokers, outdoor kitchens and grilling accessories found anywhere.
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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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