The Roosters Pewter Player

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick was “a cut above” as this week’s Roosters Pewter Player in Tampa Bay’s 48-40 upset at New Orleans in Week 1. The 35-year old quarterback, who is filling in as the team’s starter for the first three weeks in place of the suspended Jameis Winston, threw for a career-high 417 yards passing as he completed 21-of-28 passes (75 percent) for four touchdowns and no interceptions. Fitzpatrick, who has been dubbed “Fitzmagic,” also rushed for 36 yards on 12 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the victory, which gets Tampa Bay off to a 1-0 start to the season – and in the NFC South division.

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Other Most Impressive Bucs

WR Mike Evans
After being held largely ineffective the last time the Bucs played in New Orleans, Evans more than made up for a disappointing performance and anger issue that resulted in a one-game suspension. Evans dominated on a day when the Bucs offense put up over 500 total yards. Evans led the Bucs with seven receptions for 147 yards and a score.

WR DeSean Jackson
The demise of Jackson has been greatly exaggerated. The speedster showed what he is still capable of early and often, snaring a touchdown from Ryan Fitzpatrick to answer the Saints first score of the game and added another score in the second half. He also had a clutch third down catch later in the game that he was injured on. There has been no injury update on what appears to be a concussion. Jackson finished the afternoon with five catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Bucs Offensive Line
They weren’t perfect, but the offensive linemen were a huge factor in the Bucs win over the Saints. Particularly in pass protection where they did not allow a sack and helped to generate 417 yards through the air and 112 yards on the ground. That will keep a big smile on Dirk Koetter and Todd Monken’s faces all week.

FS Justin Evans
While it wasn’t the defense’s day, Evans made a huge, decisive play in the game, returning a fumble recovery 34 yards for a touchdown in the second half to help put Tampa Bay up 34-17 right before halftime. Evans was good in coverage and had a key tackle on one third down to force a punt in the second half, in addition to five tackles. Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith Evans had “Pro Bowl capability” earlier in the week and Evans showed everyone that praise was warranted.

OC Todd Monken
He did it at Oklahoma State, and did it at Southern Miss. Todd Monken is a natural play-caller and hats off to Koetter for swallowing his pride and realizing the fact that Monken is more than capable. Make no mistake, Koetter’s fingerprints were all over this offense and the plays called on Sunday – as they should be. It is his team, his offense and ultimately his job on the line. The Bucs were aggressive and motivated to shock the league on Sunday and they did just that.

WR Chris Godwin
On a number of teams Godwin is a No. 1 receiver. And maybe a Pro Bowler in his second year. He is that good. The only thing going against Godwin being a breakout star in the NFL is Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, O.J. Howard and so on. But his time will come soon enough. There will be games down the road where teams will take Evans out of the game and the Bucs will need Godwin to step up even more. After a three-reception, 41-yard and one-touchdown day, you can see why this staff speaks so highly of the former Penn State standout.

Honorable Mentions: WLB Lavonte David (9 tackles), MLB Kwon Alexander (9 tackles, FF), TE O.J. Howard (2 catches, 54 yards), RB Peyton Barber (69 yards rushing), DE Vinny Curry (1 sack).

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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Horse

Good call outs Mark. The whole offensive team played very good. Go Bucs!

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buddah

Evans plays with such heart and soul. Love that guy. Now learning to control his temper, he is a joy to watch. Love the passion. Best receiver in Buccaneers’ history.

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BuccaneerBill

His instinct to spin outside on that scoop-and-score was phenomenal! Without that spin, he doesn’t score.

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BuccaneerBill

Of course, I’m referring to Justin Evans.

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TBChucky

Huge W! Go Bucs! Go Fitz!

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surferdudes

That’s the fastest I’ve seen Evans run as a Buc. He flat out blew by Lattimore. Hat’s off to him for putting the work in during the off season to get lighter, in better shape, resulting in more speed.

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Alldaway 2.0

Evans is such a young man but he is quickly becoming a Buc legend. This guy doesn’t stop working and improving even though outsiders consider him elite already.

Just Wow!

And the offensive line, Fitzmagic, Barber, Rodgrs, Monken. Big hat tip for putting it all out there.

Proud of my Bucs today!

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fredster

Most exciting game I’ve seen in long time! Go Bucs!

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BucWild02

Should have added: Coach Koetter. Leadership starts at the top. Great delegation and game management. He also kept the team very composed when the Saints started cheap-shotting Fitz. He also kept them composed when the refs screwed the Bucs on the first drive that ended in a field goal. There were two offensive pass interference calls that became a non factor because of his teams composure. Also on Hump’s play right before the half. Bullshit phantom call on the hold negating a huge gain. Take a knee, go to halftime, make a few adjustments and keep composed. That’s on Coach… Read more »

Dman

Nice call BucWild02. Koetter giving up play calling is a big deal. No doubt there were some tough phantom calls, but other than that I thought we played a disciplined game in a tough environment. The team was ready and pulled out the upset. Give Dirk the nod on this one!

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BucWild02

Dman-Great point about the teams discipline!

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Wright

Surprised VHIII isn’t on here….his forced fumble is a huge factor for the win. Played solid as well all day. Not even an honorable mention. Between this, and the most disappointing list, little disappointed with PR today.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Today was fun to watch Fitz looked like he did 2nd half of AZ game last year, Maybe it not fluke maybe this offence with Evans is perfect fit for him, Fitz played the most impressive game I have seen in years from any team. I know the Jamies fans do not like it, But if Fitz does this again he will be starter after Jameis Suspension is over, Coaches job on the line they going to play the best QB and overall Fritz counting the the second half of AZ game looks 4-1 Jaimes looks 2-12. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

plopes808

as much as I love Jameis, there is NO WAY they can put him back in with FitzMAGIC playing the way he did yesterday.

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kapmorg

To steal a line from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Blood, Sugar, Baby, Fitzmagic!”

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Wadeless

Was very critical of Evans pick two years ago…so glad to be proven wrong. He played lights out yesterday. Best offense I can ever remember seeing yesterday. Truly unbelievable.

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BucWild02

Watched the game again and Im really impressed with the new center Ryan Jensen. He’s a guy that should have been singled out.

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plopes808

that guy plays with an intense fire! It got him a penalty on one play but I like seeing a guy fight for his teammates the way he does. He’s like a younger, bigger, better version of Joe Hawley.

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a-bomb

Not to take anything away from the O-Line-they definitely did their job, but Fitpatrick’s decisiveness definitely helped them. I hope JW was watching Fitzpatrick quickly figure out if there was a play and if not then tuck and run. A 4 yard run is better than giving up a 10 yard sack because of holding the ball too long.

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DT25

Think Hargreaves belongs on this list too. He was playing well before leaving with the injury. Looking far more comfortable this year…made a few pass breakups and forced the fumble that Evans ran back for the TD. Hopefully the injury isn’t anything too serious.

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Dude

A couple of years ago when the Falcons went to the Superbowl I watched one of their preseason games and noticed how sharp they looked, and how their offense looked tight. They were impressive. I saw that same look from the Bucs in preseason this year. I’m not saying the Bucs are going to the Superbowl after one impressive win, but I believe we are seeing a completely different team than what we have for the past decade or so. This season is going to be different, I’m confident of that. Go Bucs! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

plopes808

Most impressive:

Koetter for allowing Monken to control his offense…followed by just about the entire offense.

On defense, Justin Evans looked like a pro bowler and despite a few missed tackles Kwon was all over the field! VH3 looked to be playing with much more confidence and Davis took a few lumps but as a rookie in his first game on late notice, he deserves some kudos.

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