Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The worst possible scenario unfolded at Raymond James Stadium for the Buccaneers organization on Sunday as Tampa Bay was stunned and embarrassed by the Tennessee Titans in the first game of the season, losing 42-14. Despite the dismantling, there were a few bright spots for the Buccaneers. Read what PewterReport.com thought about the players that stood out on Sunday.
RB Doug Martin
The game plan most certainly included the Buccaneers serving up a heavy dose of running back Doug Martin who appears to be poised to have a rebound year after two subpar seasons. The plan could have possibly succeeded, however once the Buccaneers fell behind by three touchdowns in the first quarter, those plans went out the window. Martin ran hard, created some positive yards without a lot of help, but after rushing for eight carries and 41 yards in the first quarter, the Bucs only went back to him three more times in the game’s final three quarters. Martin finished the game with 11 carries for 52 yards (4.7 avg.) and one reception for two yards.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
The Bucs second round pick from 2014 started the season off with a bang, scoring two touchdowns and also making a nice grab along the sidelines in the first half off of a deflected pass. Jenkins earned his first 100-yard receiving game on Sunday, nabbing five Winston passes for 110 yards and the mentioned two scores. One semi-negative that drew some raised eyebrows in the press box was his high-stepping celebration on his second touchdown, although head coach Lovie Smith, when asked in his post-game press conference, said he was okay with Seferian-Jenkins catch and score.
DT Gerald McCoy
Tampa Bay’s highest paid player in franchise history notched his first sack of the season in the second quarter when he took down Titans’ QB Marcus Mariota on a play that some thought should have resulted in a Bucs touchdown. McCoy wrapped up Mariota near the goal line and drove him back, and in the process was able to dislodge the ball that then rolled into the end zone. A Titans offensive lineman scooped up the ball, but fumbled it again and it was recovered by a Bucs defender for an apparent touchdown. However, the officials ruled that Mariota’s forward progress had been stopped prior to the sack. McCoy finished his 2015 debut with three tackles, including one for a loss and one sack.
P Jacob Shum
Most of the time, when your punter is on the Most Impressive list, it normally isn’t a good thing. Unfortunately that was the case on Sunday. New punter Jacob Schum had an very good day, making many forget about former punter Michael Koenen. Schum ended Sunday with a 47.0 yard average on four punts, including a 56-yarder.
Honorable Mention: RB/KR Bobby Rainey, LB Kwon Alexander
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Don’t really think this list applies to this game. There were none…..
ASJ looked really good.
Behaved a bit like a punk but some of the best players in the NFL behave like punks.
You got the list correct. Go Bucs! Get Better!
RE McCoy description above. Lovie should have challenged that ruling-we were robbed of that touchdown as well as the ASJ catch late in the game.
lovie sucks he should have also challenge the long run in the second half when the back was clearly down by contact the whole game deer in the headlights look
Question for those that saw the game… Sims took over the load after the half. Was doug hurt? Did they just go to Sims because the game was lost and they didnt want to risk injury?
I don’t know what game you were watching, but Kwon Alexander and David both looked like there feet were mired in mud. He sucked!
It’s your right to so, but I wouldn’t be too hard on Alexander and David in this game. Mariota tends to have that effect on defenders. He makes them have to think about so many things at once based on what he can do well on any given play. That’s one of main reasons I wanted him; he makes his players look better and makes defenders look a step slower but it’s just because the defenders are thinking instead of reacting.
I’ll ponder that Pink. You usually make sense. I have lived in Hawaii for many years and I am familiar with him for HS.
Mark you kidding with McCoy? They ran the ball right down his throat all day. Made one play, whoopie!! He’s the team captain, and leader of a punching bag defense that was clobbered today. His presser, don’t worry be happy, it’s just one game. No fire or fight in this guys belly. Always smiling, wearing his dumb floppy hat, money’s in the bank Gerry. Mean Joe Green he ain’t, not even Merlin Olsen, more like Kate Olsen. Until this sweetheart decides to get madder then hell, and not smile while losing, we re doomed.
Suferdudes, the whole team is that way. A reflection of the coaches. We may also have an ownership problem. The’re fickle as hell. We need a Conrad Dobler on the OL and A Bill Romanowski on D. Sorry, I’m ranting!
McCoy made 1 play and then disappeared.I’m glad we may have a punter, but his leg may fall off after this year. Let’s say Martin and ASJ and leave it at that.
Hey I was looking for any bright spot haha. And I haven’t rewatched the game. The press box might be the worst place to view a game honestly.
I wish Lovie would have stayed in his basement. He was so convinced that the Bucs were “Tennessee” ready. Clueless. And whoever evaluated the two QB’s and voted on Jameis as the best QB (especially from day 1) should move to another country. Owners included.
I suspected when I turned to the Most Impressive List I would see a blank page. But here’s one you missed. Scubog, for staying the entire game having to endure the Mariota fan a few seats down my row who never let up with the “Super Mariota” and “Titan-Up” chant. It’s one stinking game! There is no way Kwon Alexander should be noted as honorable mention. Wasn’t he the one getting sucked in by the run fake time after time?
Hey…the BUCS came ready to play…hopscotch. Let’s try for football next week.
ASJ is the ONLY player that deserved to be on the last. Martin may have had a good game, but was taken away when the scoring deficit wiped out any chance he had to get a hundred yards.
I can get on board with most of this list. ASJ for sure looked good, as did Martin. Unfortunately once the game got out of hand we had to bail on the run game. Not sure how GMC made this list, maybe I missed it. That fumble was definitely a BS call though.
McCoy is better than average, but he’s soft. He’s no hall of famer and he is not Warran Sapp. He is also over paid IMO.
I’m pretty sure most of us had forgotten Michael Koenen long before Sunday.
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