Bucs P Bryan Anger – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
From a spectator’s perspective, it didn’t look like any Bucs players on the bubble did anything to earn a job Wednesday night, in the 20-13 loss against Washington. Tampa Bay had just 22 yards in the first half, compared to the Redskins’ 187, and its only TD drive came in the final minutes of the game. As general manager Jason Licht said during a visit to the announcer booth, “When your kicker or punter stands out, it tells you what kind of game it’s been.” With that, PewterReport.com takes a look at the Most Impressive Bucs Wednesday night.
CB JUDE ADJEI-BARIMAH
Adjei-Barimah made the defenses’ first big stop, tacking WR Rashad Ross on a third-and-4 pass over the middle and forcing a FG. Later in the first quarter, Adjei-Barimah was able to break off a block and stop what could’ve been another long run by Mack Brown. The second-year pro also came in on a blitz in the red zone that forced an errant throw.
S ISAIAH JOHNSON
Though he didn’t particularly stand out on defense in limited action, Johnson made two impressive plays on punt coverage Wednesday night. On a wet field, he was able to race down on a 50-yard punt and tackle the returner for a loss of one. In the second quarter, Johnson covered a 53-yard punt by tackling KR Rashad Ross after a gain of just seven. Johnson played the role of Russell Shepard well Wednesday, and possibly made a case to stick around as a contributor on special teams.
P BRYAN ANGER
Punters rarely get recognized, but after three punts of over 50 yards and a net average of 45 yards, Anger, as Licht pointed out, deserves credit for his effort in Week 4. The fifth-year pro officially won the starting job last week and did nothing to make the Bucs regret their decision in choosing him over Jacob Schum, a serviceable punter in his own right. At the end of the day, though, Tampa Bay would much prefer to keep Anger on the sideline.
K ROBERTO AGUAYO
In unfavorable conditions, Aguayo was able to connect on his longest FG attempt yet, from 50 yards out. He also hit from 22 in the fourth quarter, giving him a streak of six in a row heading into the regular season. The former FSU standout added two touchbacks.
LB ADARIUS GLANTON
Second for the team-lead in tackles with six, Glanton assisted Will Gholston on a tackle for loss in the first quarter and added another on a solo tackle off a screen in the second. The third-year pro, who spent his first two years on and off the Panthers active roster, put together a nice camp and seems to add solid depth at outside linebacker.
WRs FREDDIE MARTINO and EVAN SPENCER
It wasn’t a great night passing the ball, and although many probably tuned out by the fourth quarter, there were a few nice plays late in the game. Bernard Reedy had the final TD, but it was Martino with four receptions for 46 yards on the drive that set it up. He finished with six catches, all from Ryan Griffin, for a game-leading 65 yards. Spencer, for his part, caught all three of his targets for 27 yards.
Honorable Mention: Johnthan Banks (good coverage in the second half), Luke Rhodes (7 tackles) and Will Gholston.
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Only the kickers should be on this list.
I agree. I have become a big fan of the Buc’s ‘ANGER MANAGEMENT’
In the immortal words of John McKay, we set Wednesday night pre-season football back 2000 years.
lol, totally agree
I was most impressed with the fans who showed up………….especially Mrs Scubog, who has accompanied me and stayed until the end for four decades. As noted, both kickers looked good, but let’s not forget long snapper Andrew DePaola.
You and the Mrs. deserve a lot of credit scubog!
Good Man! [… and woman!]
I’m impressed Scubog. I gave up on preseason football two years ago and stay home now and watch the games and give my ticket to anyone who wants it. To attend the fourth most meaningless game in that monsoon deserves a tip of the hat. I bow to your fan greatness.
Bucs76, there is no way you can set back preseason football in any manner. It was mostly designed by greedy owners for additional revenue.
Ask any coach if they had a good preseason and they will answer you dependent on the amount of injuries they suffered to their starters.
With a 2-2 record and with so far no signifigant injuries to our starters, I consider the preseason to be whopping success.
I wonder if Mike Zimmer or Jason Garrett feel the same way.
I agree about preseason somewhat, but I was only making an attempt at humor.
Thanks for the props my friend. I’ve never missed a Bucs game since 1976 so I just let the run continue. I’m pretty sure I’ll drop dead at a game. My family has instructions not to move me until the game is over or until I start to stink.
Tough task this week Zach. Kickers…Okay. J.A.B…Okay. I would add J Banks too as I thought he did…Okay. No one responsible for run defense (ala LB Glanton) should appear on this list as the Skins benchwarmers made our run defense look nonexistent.
@76buc: John MacKay was funny stuff!
@drdneast: yes preseason is ridiculous and all about more money for a gaggle of old men (mostly) that are way too rich to begin with…but I still seem to watch darn it! Mike Zimmer is probably more upset that his team has to practice (particularly doing non contact drills) than has to play preseason games, but I’m not sure what they would look like if they never practiced (even the non-contact stuff). I guess sometimes injuries just happen – whether it’s your kicker playing pick-up basketball, your runningback trying to catch his falling cell phone by the pool, or your QB doing non-contact drills.
@scubog: kudos to you and the Mrs! I was drenched just watching the game on the TV.
Seemed like every time Rhonde started to praise a player he immediately f****d up. But of course the team effed up all night.
I’m also impressed with Scubog, I can’t even get my ol’ lady to bring me CocoCola during the game. And I quote” I’d rather gargle bleach than watch football” . Still love her though. But your bride deserves big kudos to sit through that game.
back to football, the only solice I got last night was knowing that the kicking game seems secure. Also thought ASJ looked good. GO BUCS
Thanks Chet. Our first date was the first game (Univ. of Tampa vs Tennessee) played at the old Tampa Stadium. I knew she was a keeper.
I thought Wester looked good at RT. He impressed me for an undrafted rookie. I hope we can keep him around and develop him.
I meant LT. Don’t know how to edit my post
Scubog, going to that putrid,lackluster, rainy game was impressive! You are a dedicated fan my friend. It looked like there were few hundred people there it was so empty was embarrassing. Lol.
I have 6 club tickets and never even thought about going. Lol.
The kickers looked ok I’m the rain. Other than that there was nothing impressive player wise. Gholston,Spence, and some of our other vets that people have talked about making a splash or even being starters got ran over like little girls out there. Just pathetic really.
fredster, I noticed Spence was getting held on almost every play. On one play they almost ripped his Jersey off.
How about Gottschalk; he played the whole game and held his ground. Are we seriously going to keep J. Allen, E. smith, or Cherllus over a starting Center for next year. Somebody will pick him up and he won’t go to the PS. All these 3 plus year backups don’t need to be here and should be cut in order to keep some rookies.
Good point Horse, but I like J. Allen too.
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