MOST IMPRESSIVE BUCCANEERS AT FALCONS
It was a massacre in Atlanta as the Falcons absolutely drubbed the Buccaneers, 56-14. In such an embarrassing blowout, there probably shouldn’t be any impressive Tampa Bay players, right? Well, there were just a few Bucs that made a play or two and deserve to be recognized for their efforts.
WLB Lavonte David
For the first time this season, David looked like his former self by contributing takeaways for the Bucs defense. He forced a fumble by punching the ball out of rookie running back Devonta Freeman’s hands and then recovered it after free safety Dashon Goldson made a heady, athletic play by saving the ball from going out of bounds and scooping it back to David. The All-Pro linebacker also had a game-high eight tackles and a tackle for loss.
QB Mike Glennon
Glennon came in for relief of injured starter Josh McCown in the second quarter after he hurt his right thumb. Glennon had two interceptions by Desmond Trufant and Dwight Lowry dropped, but he did complete 17-of-24 passes for 121 yards with one touchdown, which was a 3-yard scoring strike to Vincent Jackson. He also had three carries for 19 yards, including a 19-yarder.
SLB Danny Lansanah
Lansanah didn’t start at strongside linebacker for the Bucs, but played the majority of snaps in the second half and stepped in front of wide receiver Courtney Roby to pick off T.J. Yates, returning the interception 27 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown was his first in the NFL and cut Atlanta’s lead to 56-14. Lansanah finished with four tackles and a tackle for loss, in addition to his pick-six.
MLB Dane Fletcher
Starting in place of the injured Mason Foster at middle linebacker, Fletcher recorded four tackles. He recorded a pass breakup to end Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s completion streak to start the game at six, and then shared a sack with nose tackle Akeem Spence in the first quarter.
NCB Leonard Johnson
Johnson saved a first half touchdown when he knocked the ball out of running back Antone Smith’s hands. Defensive end Scott Solomon recovered the ball for Tampa Bay at the at the Buccaneers’ 1-yard line. It was a nice hustle play by Johnson, who also played decent coverage in Atlanta. Johnson finished the game with five tackles and his forced fumble.
WR Mike Evans
Evans had a 36-yard catch in the second quarter down to the Atlanta 46 for the Bucs’ initial first down. That catch is Tampa Bay’s longest play of the year thus far. Evans had his best game as a pro with four catches for 52 yards.
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Those are the players I noticed. I thought Lansanah played very well and was in on a lot of plays and hustling. He needs to get more playing time. Gholston seemed to be showing effort. Stocker at least tried to hit someone, albeit after the whistle. But, I was most impressed with Scubog for staying up and watching the entire slaughter continuing his run of never missing a play since 1976. I then looked for The Battle at Little Big Horn on movies on demand to keep with the massacre theme of the night going.
Lansanah out played Casilias in the preseason, and should’ve been named starter after his good play while the latter was home for breaking team rules. Glennon stands tall in the pocket, sees the field well, and again looked poised coming in under difficult conditions. It wasn’t a mistake signing McCown, but it was handing him the starters job. The team would’ve been better served if Josh, and Mike had to slug it out in the preseason. Mike showed enough promise last year, and had the respect of team leaders like McCoy to at least be given the chance to compete for the right to start. I’m jumping ship if Lovie insists on sticking with his journeymen over his second year pro.
Glennon had nothing to lose, of course he was poised, he was under no pressure to win.
No, no, no. There should be no players on this list. Just because a guy gets a stat (ie. forced fumbles by LJ, LD), doesn’t mean they should get on this list. Both of these plays happened well downfield and would not otherwise have been considered to be ‘good plays’ for the defence. Glennon was average. And Dane Fletcher – really?? Take a look at his first quarter pass coverage. They routinely burned him as he bit on every run fake, and he looked completely lost on H Douglas’ easy TD reception. From then on, he just guessed run every time – normally overrunning the hole – and happened to be correct a few times to get some stats. LJ certainly didn’t look impressive as Hester(!) beat him on a big 3rd down catch over his head either. Evans looked disinterested if the ball wasn’t coming his way either. So, with respect to PR who “has to” find some bright spots in an embarrassing performance, this is one where no players were truly impressive for an entire game. Sorry to be so negative.
Surferdudes two good points and I agree with both. I can’t say McCown was a mistake. He was probably the best QB option and was highly sought after. Not making him compete in preseason was stupid. Just because he had few good games at end of season last year? Glennon is a back up in my opinion too but he looked better than McCown and I knew he would. I was also stunned after preseason that Lansanah didn’t get the nod to start over Casillas. Especially after Casillas had some trouble and missed a game.
Like Scubog, I watched it all. I never got upset; I have decades of past history and have learned from it.
Scott you are very brave. I expected this to be a blank page.
My only beef is that I think we should have been spotted 30 points as we have no arrested wife beaters on our team.
I’ll stand with Horse and Scubog on this one.I’ve been watching for 38 years. Good stuff Scubog.LMAO
The never ending patience of long time season ticket holders for coming back game after game despite stubborn coaching, false promises and crappy effort. Despite hiring a HC living in the past, despite another season already lost to ineptitude, despite the disappointment, we’ll be back. THAT’S impressive…. or stupid. LOL Scott had to be dreading writing this article.
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