FAB 5. SR’s Buc Shots

• October is almost here, and usually over the past decade Bucs fans have been dealing with a struggling Tampa Bay team this time of year. More times than not, the Bucs have had a losing record by now and fans have already had one eye on some very early mock drafts, anticipating Tampa Bay having a top 10 pick, as it did last year.

Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat - Photo by: Getty Images
Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat – Photo by: Getty Images

The good news for the Bucs is that they are off to a 2-1 start and the mock drafts have the team picking near the bottom of the first round. Let’s take a look at some of the recent early mocks.

Pro Football Focus came out with their first mock draft, and have the Bucs drafting Florida State defensive end Brian Burns with the 24th overall pick. I happen to prefer Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat, who PFF had going to the Los Angeles Rams at No. 28, instead.

PFF said “Despite the strong additions up front to the defensive line last offseason, you can never have too many pass-rushers off the edge and Burns’ continued growth makes him an intriguing option. He’s an athletic rusher who has broken out this year to grade at 77.0 as a pass-rusher.”

The Draft Network, which is a new website featuring a ton of draft gurus, including PewterReport.com’s own Trevor Sikkema, has two mock drafts up. Sikkema has the Bucs drafting Washington offensive tackle Trey Adams with the 31st pick.

“This is an odd spot for the Buccaneers. They could stand to get a safety next to Justin Evans, but Jordan Whitehead has played well enough for them not to reach for anyone not named Deionte Thompson. They could certainly use another cornerback, but with Greedy Williams and Amani Oruwariye off the board, they’re not about to draft another undersized corner in Levonta Taylor. If you assume Jameis Winston is still their guy at quarterback, I could see them taking a chance on Washington offensive tackle Trey Adams, who would have been a Top 15 pick had he not undergone back surgery this season. Back surgeries for big boys are tricky, so this all could change, but if Adams checks out, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get Demar Dotson’s replacement on the roster.”

I have to disagree with Sikkema here. I don’t think there is any way Bucs general manager Jason Licht would spend a first-round pick on a tackle with back issues after going through the J.R. Sweezy debacle over the past two seasons in Tampa Bay. Take a chance on Adams if he slides into the late second or third round? Sure, but not in the first round.

Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye - Photo by: Getty Images
Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye – Photo by: Getty Images

Sikkema’s cohort at The Draft Network, Jon Ledyard, has a different pick for the Bucs. He has Tampa Bay taking Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye with the 29th overall pick.

“The Bucs have made big strides early this season, but the secondary play is still a major concern. With Carlton Davis set to be the long-term starter on one side and M.J. Stewart in the slot, adding Oruwariye will give them a trio of big, physical young corners with some room to grow. Oruwariye is in his first season as a full-time starter and has shown tremendous ball skills, but his long speed will be the big question until the Combine.”

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• According to Pro Football Focus, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was nearly flawless against Tampa Bay’s blitz Monday night, completing 10-of-12 passes for 162 yards, with three touchdowns and a 158.3 rating. Tampa Bay had three sacks on Monday night – but none by blitzing linebackers.

It will be interesting to see if defensive coordinator Mike Smith blitzes second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday in Chicago, trying to force the young QB into some mistakes or getting a sack-fumble. Or perhaps Smith will only rush four and drop seven into coverage with the hope of getting an interception. The Bucs went the first two games without an interception before free safety Justin Evans picked off Roethlisberger in the first quarter.

“The saying is when they come, they come in bunches, so hopefully that can stand true,” Evans said. “We’re always looking to get picks, but as long as we’re doing our job and winning and being key on the details the picks will come when they come.”

• Bucs fans are lamenting over the fact that the team hasn’t gotten any production from its first-round pick, defensive tackle Vita Vea, or its second-round pick, running back Ronald Jones, this year. But thank goodness general manager Jason Licht invested two second-round picks in cornerbacks M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis and a fourth-round pick in safety Jordan Whitehead given the injuries in the secondary.

Bucs CB M.J. Stewart and S Jordan Whitehead - Photo by Mary Holt
Bucs CB M.J. Stewart and S Jordan Whitehead – Photo by Mary Holt

Davis, Stewart and Whitehead will take their lumps as rookies this year, but the hope is that they develop quickly as free safety Justin Evans did a year ago as a rookie while leading the team with three interceptions, and become fixtures in the secondary for years to come. Having more experienced and accomplished pass rushers up front like Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry will only help take some of the pressure off.

If Davis, Stewart and Whitehead become long-term, very good starters in Tampa Bay, the Bucs’ 2018 draft class will already be successful – regardless of what Vea or Jones end up doing in red and pewter. The expectation in any draft class for NFL teams is to find two starters. The Bucs already have three rookies starting in the secondary and are anxious to see how they develop.

• This week’s Pewter Nation Podcast is one of most bizarre – and funniest – podcasts we’ve done thus far, and we’re almost at 100 episodes. Things get heated between Trevor Sikkema, Mark Cook and I as we previewed the Bucs vs. Bears game, and argued about which quarterback should start – Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston. Friend. Click here to listen to Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 98: The Many Layers Of Fitzpatrick vs. Winston

Pewter-Nation-Podcast-Pewter-ReportOur post-game Pewter Nation Podcast from Monday talked about why the Bucs lost to the Steelers. Make sure you listen to it if you haven’t already. Click here to listen to Episode 98: A Bad Case Of The Mondays (Night Football) today on your drive home from work or tomorrow while doing some chores around the house or running errands this weekend. The next Pewter Nation Podcast will be taped Monday after the Bucs vs. Bears game, so stay tuned for the post-game thoughts from Sikkema, Cook and yours truly as the Bucs try to improve to 3-1 as they head into the bye week.

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• Bucs tight end O.J. Howard is off to a blazing start to his second year in the league. Howard has 11 catches for 222 yards and one touchdown this season, which was a 75-yarder against Philadelphia in Week 2. Howard is third on the team in yardage behind Mike Evans (367) and DeSean Jackson (312), and his 20.2 yards per catch is second behind Jackson’s 26 yards per catch this season.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs TE O.J. Howard – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I always knew that I could be a very special after-the-catch guy at my position,” Howard said. “I try to do a good job, using my ability and speed. It’s kind of hard for them when I’m matched up with linebackers and safeties so I just try to take advantage of it. I’m just trying to take my game to the next level.”

Howard, the team’s first-round draft pick a year ago, played in 14 games last year and caught 26 passes for 432 yards (16.6 avg.) with six touchdowns as a rookie. Howard is on pace to catch 58 passes for 1,184 yards and five touchdowns. If he were to continue his hot start Howard would be destined for the Pro Bowl by season’s end.

“I’m very pleased with [my start],” Howard said. “Just working hard in training camp and all offseason, trying to get the ideal looks that we hope for in the game and then take advantage of it. So far, so good.”

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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DonkeyHunter
1 year ago

“It’s ironic that the Tampa Bay Times – almost universally – wants Winston to start immediately when its columnists were calling for the Bucs to cut him during the summer when his three-game suspension was announced.”

Almost as ironic as a certain PR reporter praising Koetter, yet was leading the “Fire Dirk For Gruden” campaign all off-season.

How’s that working out?

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BucWild02
1 year ago
Reply to  DonkeyHunter

Man, it’s cold in the shade!

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76Buc
1 year ago
Reply to  BucWild02

Then let’s fight there.

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BucWild02
1 year ago
Reply to  76Buc

Huh?

So, my comment isn’t so obvious. Let me fix that…

Man(Donkeyhunter), it’s cold(blooded) in the shade(that you’re throwing at PR)!

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76Buc
1 year ago
Reply to  BucWild02

I agree BucWild. I was referring to the 300 Spartans:)

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tog
tog
1 year ago
Reply to  DonkeyHunter

My favorite is all the reporting PR did about how Winston would never do anything bad. To quote Scott Reynolds:

“September 20, 2014 is the day Winston changed. That was the day that football was taken away from him…”

And then when the Uber driver came out it was “nothing’s happened in the 2 years since!”

It’s hard to keep things straight when you got so many darts!

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tog
tog
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott Reynolds

Scott, to be blunt I was hugely disappointed in how PR and yourself covered what happened with Winston. Because I’d had such respect for your and PR’s work, I listened to everything you put out about Winston and the Uber driver. And what I heard was a lot of poorly informed and regressive defending of Winston (both explicitly and implicitly). Yourself and the rest of PR went out of their way to minimize both the timeline (“It was 2 years ago”) and the nature of his actions. Both yourself and Mark defended him by, literally, stating that “Did he even… Read more »

Naplesfan
1 year ago
Reply to  DonkeyHunter

Gee, I also remember Scott flogging his “defense doesn’t matter anymore in the NFL, now it’s all about the passing game” all last off-season and pre-season. Yet, here we are, about to face the Bears, and suddenly Scott is worried that our defense can’t even stop a mediocre defense, while he frets that the very good Chicago defenders are about to throttle the league’s best offense. Could it really have been that Scott was just making up excuses for Licht’s rotten record in drafting and signing free agent defenders for his entire tenure at Tampa Bay? Naw, really? Look, yes,… Read more »

Naplesfan
1 year ago
Reply to  Naplesfan

Correction to my my second para. above … should read:

Yet, here we are, about to face the Bears, and suddenly Scott is worried that our defense can’t even stop a mediocre offense, while he frets that the very good Chicago defenders are about to throttle the league’s best offense.

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BucWild02
1 year ago
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LA Rams have the best defense in the NFL, arguably. They have a defense filled with Pro Bowl players, All PRos and future HOF candidates: Donald, Suh, Brockers, Talib, Peters, amongst others. They just gave up 31 points at home to a Minnesota team that previoiusly lost to the (laughingstock)Buffalo Bills.

DEFENSE IS DEAD.

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BucWild02
1 year ago

Compelling case to keep Fitz in at starter. Respectfully I disagree. The healthy #1 overall draft pick QB whose future with the franchise is tied to the future of the front office and coaching staff need to put their guy out there. Every game he’s on the roster, healthy and not starting is one more game that argues against keeping him or them. It’s a shot to his confidence, his team mates confidence, and the fan’s confidence. Make no mistake, at their level, confidence is everything. There isn’t a better opportunity to put Winston back in there. He’s the starter,… Read more »

Buc-n-Philly Fan
1 year ago
Reply to  BucWild02

We have seen you state this probably 20 different times. We know your take. It is not going to happen. Fitz WILL start this game. He should. His Teamates want it and have publicly said so (D-Jax). It is the correct play for where we are right now. Don’t worry BucWild, Winston is not going anywhere and he will start this year. Just not until after the bye. And no, Koetter will not be shown the door for making that call. I believe the GM and Ownership think this is the right move too. Go Bucs! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

BucWild02
1 year ago

I see. So it isn’t a mystery after all? We all KNOW it’s going to be Fitz starting. I wonder why the Bucs haven’t come out and just stated it then. Are they gaining a competitive advantage by keeping it a secret? Some secret. Lol. And DJax said after Philly but before Pittsburgh that he would ride the hot hand at QB just like NBA2K when a player is on fire. Fitz isn’t on fire any more. He lost. He threw 3 picks and could have thrown 3 more if the passes weren’t dropped by Pittsburgh players. DJax – 3… Read more »

DonkeyHunter
1 year ago
Reply to  BucWild02

“DJax – 3 catches for 37 yards vs the 29th ranked defense in the NFL.”

Oh boy, we’re cherry picking stats? I want to play!

Last season when we faced the 31st ranked defense in the NFL, DJax had 2 catches for 20 yards.

Crazy, right? He’s already matched his TD total, halfway to his yardage total, doubled his YPR total from last season.

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BucWild02
1 year ago
Reply to  DonkeyHunter

I didn’t think I was cherry picking stats. I was just pointing out that Fitz and DJax had a connection in week 1 and 2 which was when he made his comment about the hot QB. Week 3 was a totally different story. That’s why I put D.Jax’s numbers up.

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Dman
1 year ago

I’m trusting Koetter on this. He wants to win – period. This isn’t about the future, it’s about Chicago. That said, I expect Jamies to be starting coming out of the bye week. Jamies is our #1 guy. He was our best QB in preseason. He finished last year strong. And he is the long term guy. He needs to get back on the field.

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BucWild02
1 year ago

After this week, Tampa’s offense will be in the top ten still, but definitely not #1. The Rams will own that spot after destroying Minnesota in a shootout on TNF. Does that really matter most? The Raiders are averaging 400 yards per game(0-3), Texan 396 per game(0-3), Lions 393 yards per game(1-2), and the Vikings 391 per game(1-2-1). Thats 4 teams with top ten offenses that are a combined 2-10-1.

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Buc-n-Philly Fan
1 year ago
Reply to  BucWild02

We happen to be 2-1. I wonder who was at the helm???

I am not in favor of Fitz being the long term option but I am for the hot hand that damn near got us back in that game last week. We lost as a Team not because of Fitz. We were in that game but not in spite of Fitz.

You are stuck on one idea. We will agree to disagree. Enjoy the game Sunday!!

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BucWild02
1 year ago

You good Philly man. I’ve brought up multiple points. I’ve brought up multiple comparisons to other players who have been suspended or injured and came back. I’m not stuck on anything other than the Bucs winning this week and in future weeks while keeping the front office and coaches from getting fired. Fitz is great. The team is lucky to have him as Winston’s backup. He lead a very talented offense to a couple of good wins against three really good playoff teams that were missing some of their most talented players. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

wnb0395
1 year ago
Reply to  BucWild02

Your comparing apple to Oranges when comparing Foles to Fitz. If Foles would have played at Fitz level he would still be starting or if Fitz would have played at Foles level then Winston would be starting this week. Foles never played at a pro bowl level or even top 10 QB level. Fitz is playing at a top 2 Qb level right now. Find me a comparison where the back up is playing as a top 3 Qb and filling in for a QB who is out because of behavior not injury or is even out because of injury.… Read more »

Jordan Chavez
1 year ago

If Monken has had a great influence on the Bucs Offensive success, which I think we can all agree with, then why wouldn’t Winston get the benefit of the doubt to put the offense in the same situations that Fitz is doing? Can we all not agree that the weapons on this offense are loaded and that this year we are seeing all of them utilized properly? Winston is the better and more talented quarterback. The numbers show it. Look at the preseason when all 3 qbs were playing lights out. Winston was still #1. Look at his stats last… Read more »

Jordan Chavez
1 year ago
Reply to  Jordan Chavez

And I’ve got to respectfully disagree with you again Scott. Bringing up Fitz record as a starter these past 6 games vs Winston’s last 12 is kinda out of context too. I looked up the combine win % of the teams fitz played and its .465. The teams Winston has faced is .604 and 8 out of the 12 were playoff teams that Winston faced last year….

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Horse
1 year ago

Stats can be very misleading and you can analyze some of it anyway you want to.
The only stat that I know was we missed alot of tackles; two of them resulted in long touchdowns. Also I don’t understand Mike Smith scheme that DB’s can press, but Grimes never has to.
The other stat that I know is that Fitzpatrick threw 3 interceptions and one was for a touchdown, and his total passing yards were not good at halftime and we were down by 23 points.

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revfish
1 year ago

Excellent Fab five Scott! One disagreement and then 2 comments. Chicago is not a better team than Philadelphia, New Orleans, or Pittsburgh. They had to come from behind to beat Arizona. If we can beat Philly and New Orleans, It makes no sense that we are bested by the Bears. No one has stopped our offense, and we were dropped passes from winning Monday night. The bears are not a pushover but we should still win It makes no sense that we are best at by the Bears. No one has stopped our offense, and we were dropped passes from… Read more »

dharbert
1 year ago

Scott, the Fab 5 articles are still not showing up on the ‘articles’ page. What’s the deal?

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surferdudes
1 year ago

I think the Bucs are starting Fitz to protect Winston from the Bears pass rush. Winston won’t start the game, but he could finish it after Fitz is knocked silly by Mack. When blitzing Kwon, or David they have to get a clean shot at the Q.B. to be successful. If they get picked up by a blocker they are to small to get past them, or push them back into the Q.B.. The Steelers on the other hand have massive L.B.’s that run right through backs, and tight ends. I also notice when our L.B.’s do blitz they come… Read more »

Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  surferdudes

I was at the game, and that play between AB and Grimes was right in front of me. When I saw that Grimes was lined up in zone coverage, I knew right away that Ben was putting the ball there. The fact that Grimes completely whiffed on the tackle made it all the more bad.

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sunshineben
1 year ago

WHY so much love for Winston ????? Has he proved to be worthy of the 1st pick in the draft or has he been passed by by qb’s taken after him on teams with lesser weapons. He is accurate throwing the football or just average with so many weapons? Didn’t he cost his school Big $$ following female issues with charges of rape .. Did you see Winston (video) in the cafe screaming the nastiest things he wanted done to some female in front of other students . Didn’t Winston “borrow” crap legs from Publix and tried to lie his… Read more »

BucWild02
1 year ago
Reply to  sunshineben

Crab legs controversy, cafeteria table top meme, bee-bee gun shoot out in the apartment complex breaking windows, Erica Kinsman rape allegation and the subsequent title IX lawsuit vs FSU from poor follow up on the university’s part are all things Winston did BEFORE the Bucs drafted him #1 overall. The took him anyway. He was their guy. Uber driver groping allegations occured after his first year with the team. She simply reported innappropriate behavior. She didn’t file a sexual assault or any kind of assault charges. She still hasn’t. NFL investigated and handed Winston a 3 game suspension. He didn’t… Read more »

Buc-n-Philly Fan
1 year ago
Reply to  BucWild02

Well stated BucWild! Ben is just a HATER and is actually hoping Winston fails so he can be right. I am a Gator fan, not FSU. I sure hope lame ass Ben is not a Gator fan. I am sure he would be a fly by night one anyway…

Take your hatred elsewhere Ben. Winston is the QB of the Bucs for a long time to come.

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sunshineben
1 year ago

Thanks for expressing you opinion even if you don’t agree with mine . .. nope ,not a hater as i have season tkts but don’t like the face of the team being suspended while not being honest with the team or fans. You may overlook poor character which is your choice . GO bucs , see you at the game buc fans!!

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cgmaster27
1 year ago
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Ben ,you keep regurgitating the same opinion every post. We get it ,you wanted the constantly Injured Mariota ,but hes never going to be a bucs qb. Move on

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Madman
1 year ago

Glad Fitz is starting. Bucs will get their points.

Bucs D needs to step up this week against an anemic offense. If they can’t stop Mitch & Co. then they can’t stop anybody.

OL better get their act together or Mack will feast.

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EastEndBoy
1 year ago

Woho Scott, them’s some fighting words with your journalist colleagues in Tampa….no? Anyway, the Steelers gave the whole league the blueprint for defense – and they don’t have a particularly good one. BLITZ, BLITZ, BLITZ….that makes FITZ very uncomfortable….so I surely hope our boys (Monken, Koetter and co.) are ready for some all out assaults from the Bears D. I wish RoJo was dressing so that we had somebody to take a screen pass to the house….we’ll see. On the flip side- I would just repeat that…the Steelers showed us that the way to play D when you don’t have… Read more »

BucWild02
1 year ago
Reply to  EastEndBoy

Bucs blitzed on the play Vance McDonald trucked Conte onto IR(or into retirement?) Blitzes leave one on one coverage and can lead to big plays against the defense. Bucs were better on defense when they rushed four down linemen and didn’t blitz actually.

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Ron Potter
1 year ago

Meh. I wouldn’t call it wisdom to start Fitz on game 4. I think the wisdom is in whatever Koetter’s seeing at practice right now because I’d start Winston this Sunday if he looked good in practice along with several other factors that would influence that decision for me that can only be seen and heard in that locker room this week. I’m ok with starting Fitz though; however, if we lose this Sunday, I’ll be thinking of the what ifs had Winston been starting. If we win, great! And here’s to hoping Winston is a lock for starting game… Read more »

WinstonMVP
1 year ago

I just don’t see us not getting at least (1) more point then the Bears. BUCS WIN!!! 3-1 No matter who the QB is this week. I think we would have to have an absolute terrible game against the Bears to lose. Winston should start week 6 no matter what happens or who starts this week IMO. GO BUCS!!!

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Crack3rK
1 year ago

Well said, Scott. I am perplex by this manufactured QB controversy. Bucs winning? That’s always a good thing in my book.

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StPeteB
1 year ago

I think we will see more of a ball control offense this week and I think Monken will emphasize red-zone scoring as opposed to big plays in the passing game. I think the protection has been solid for the most part this season and Quizz has done better than I expected in blitz pickup. I think that will continue this week. I think Hump and Jackson get touches off of quick screens that will get the Bears out of blitzing so often. Evans and Brate will create matchup nightmares for the Bears secondary and will snag a TD each. Bears… Read more »

stlbucsfan
1 year ago

If the Bucs get the doors blown off their defense again this week I hope they replace Mike Smith during the bye week. He has talent on the DL and in the secondary he just chooses to misuse it. Ryan Smith played the best week of football we’ve ever seen the week prior then gets benched for Grimes who was slow and small and as usual off in coverage. It was clear to everyone watching that Grimes did not have it at least Monday night, when every game matters we need a DC capable of making that observation and getting… Read more »

Buc stops here
1 year ago

Who believes Martin Fennelly anymore? He was writing back in the 1980s when I lived in Tampa (he was not there in the 1970s), I am a little surprised he is still there. Trade Fitzpatrick? Good luck with that. Fitzpatrick resigned for one year – he did not plan to play again this year, he planned to retire. He agreed to play one more year as the Bucs wanted him for this three game stretch when it came to be. So the Bucs got a good QB for three games (perhaps more the way he is playing) and one more… Read more »

flarick
1 year ago

If Ryan Fitzpatrick stays hot even if FitzMagic lasts all season long, there’s is a lot of good that will come out of it for Jameis Winston as Tampa’s long term starter at quarterback. Standing around with a clipboard and possibly headphones for a year or even watching a proven starter, charting the when and why certain plays are called or audibles called, and generally getting a snapshot of the big picture has been the starting point for many great quarterbacks many of whom are enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Winston never had that opportunity in Tampa because there… Read more »

Bucsfan1983
1 year ago

LOL. Good job taking Vea over James.

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bucsmaniac
1 year ago
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I guess we will see this weekend.

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BucWild02
1 year ago
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Yep, settled science. Derwin James is going to Canton and Vita Vea is out of the league. Who knew it would only take three weeks? You did Bucsfan1983!

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bucsmaniac
1 year ago

Play calling, O Line and those receivers getting open all over the place…Like Winston said how could you not do well with the way they are playing! Don’t think Fitzpatrick could even make it to the end of the season having to throw 50 times a game…Our QB will be back after the bye and if your a hater…sorry about that! As always I am more worried about keeping the other team from scoring.

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drdneast
1 year ago

OMG Sunshineben please stop with the rewiinds. Go get a cafe latte double seat at Starbucks with Tom Jones and Marin Fentanyl. We all know about the heinous felonies of stealing crab legs, fountain drinks, shooting BB guns at each other and shouting obscenities in a lunch room. We don’t need to be reminded about them ad nauseum. But since Winston isn’t doing 5 to 7 in the Atlanta Federal Correctional facility, I am happy to see him behind center for us. Just call me a bleeding heart liberal. Was glad to see you call out the St. Pete Times.… Read more »

thewbacca
1 year ago

Although Tampa has a challenging schedule this year in terms of opponents win % in 2017, they are fortunate with not so many cold weather games and no west coast trips. Expect the passing game to survive the fall and hopefully the winter!

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Pete Wood
1 year ago

One statement and one prediction
1. Bucs blew their first round pick last year. They overthought it and did not pick the best player available. Plain and simple, they should have drafted James.
2. They will lose to the Bears. It might be close, but they will lose.

I hope I’m proven wrong on both counts.

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76Buc
1 year ago

Smith said. “I would think this week that would be something they would probably want to do, especially with the way our offense has been playing offensive football.
The problem is our defense has also been playing offensive football.

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