FAB 5. SR’s Buc Shots
• A LOOK BACK AT LYNCH’S KICKING CAREER IN TAMPA BAY: Tampa Bay legend and Bucs Ring of Honor inductee John Lynch helped the team win Super Bowl XXXVII as a ferocious Pro Bowl strong safety. But Lynch also contributed on special teams early on his NFL career as he was working his way into the starting line-up – and again in 2001 in a game as the team’s emergency kicker.
Martin Gramatica pulled a hamstring in Tampa Bay’s home game against New Orleans and Lynch had to replace him on kickoffs. Lynch, who just received a contract extension as the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers this week, also recovered an onside kick during the game. Check out the highlights below.
— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) July 29, 2020
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• THE BONUS BRADY EFFECT: There has been plenty of talk about the “The Brady Effect” that new Bucs quarterback Tom Brady will have in Tampa Bay. “The Brady Effect” is known as elevating the play of those around him, as he did for the better part of his 20-year career in New England while making nine Super Bowl appearances and winning six Super Bowl championships due to his ultra-competitive nature and high standards.
But there could be another “Brady effect” of having the greatest quarterback of all time on Tampa Bay’s roster – no opt-outs due to COVID-19. Although NFL players have until August 4 to opt out of playing the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns, the Bucs believe that they won’t have any players that elect to miss the season. The reason? The chance to play with Brady, who turns 42 later this year.
The Bucs players will only have two years to huddle up with Brady and learn from the best QB in NFL history and won’t want to miss that opportunity. Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians talked about Brady’s presence and how it will help the team in 2020.
“I think it’s amazing,” Arians said. “You guys know – when he walks in the huddle it’s different. This guy’s got six rings and he knows what he’s doing. There’s going to be a ton of confidence in him, not only on offense, but on defense. Our defensive players are going to feel the same way and look forward to going against each other. There’s a ton of confidence that they (Brady and new tight end Rob Gronkowski) automatically bring in. They’ve got a pretty good resume.”
• BRUCE IS LOOSE! ANALYZING B.A.’S PRESSER ON THE NEW PEWTER NATION PODCAST: I was joined by Pewter Reporters Mark Cook and Matt Matera on the latest Pewter Nation Podcast, which was taped on Wednesday after Bruce Arians’ Zoom conference call with the local media. We discussed some of the comments Arians made about Tom Brady, the running back position and the protocols the team has to deal with regarding COVID-19 as Tampa Bay’s training camp gets under way. Don’t miss this one!
Although I wasn’t on the previous Pewter Nation Podcast, it’s still worth a listen as the Pewter Reporters discussed Brady and the team’s rookies reporting for training camp. New Pewter Nation advertising partner Brian Joseph of Paradise Landscape Lighting And Design is a Bucs season ticket holder and joins the podcast to discuss the team’s limited seating for fans this year and offer his perspective.
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• BLASTING BRADY AS A RUNNER? Pro Football Talk doesn’t seem to be big fans of six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. That’s been the site’s narrative over the last couple of years, and more recently, suggesting Brady was doing something nefarious by organizing voluntary offseason workouts with Bucs players against NFLPA recommendations due to COVID-19 yet not mentioning or critiquing other NFL players working out together.
Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk tweeted out an interesting statistic that seems to take a shot at Brady.
Randomly came across this weird NFL stat. Lowest yards per carry average in NFL history for players with at least 600 carries:
1.71 Tom Brady
3.06 Brett Favre
3.30 Clark Hinkle
3.31 Trent Richardson@pfref pic.twitter.com/r0Z08fmh5V
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) July 19, 2020
Yet the reason for so many of Brady’s “carries” is that the Patriots won so many games with him at the helm that a lot of those “carries” were actually kneel downs to run out the clock after a victory. Brady, who has 19 rushing touchdowns, topped 1,000 career rushing yards late in the 2018 season but also had 249 career kneel downs at that point in time, resulting in minus-259 yards. Brady’s career rushing average is actually just under three yards per carry when factoring out the kneel downs.
Tom Brady now has 1,000 career rush yards.
• Took 265 career games to do so, the most by a player since 1970
• Is the oldest player to reach 1,000 career rush yds since 1970
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 2, 2018
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