FAB 3. Early Bucs’ 53-Man Roster Prediction

It’s hard to believe that the start of Tampa Bay’s 2018 training camp is less than two weeks away, but the veterans report to One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday, July 25. With that said, I thought it would be fun to look at Tampa Bay’s potential 53-man roster, predicting a few training camp surprises that shine in the preseason. Take a look and let me know what you think in the article comments section below.

QUARTERBACKS – 2
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB Ryan Griffin
QB Jameis Winston*
Analysis: Conventional wisdom says that the Bucs keep three quarterbacks – the third being Ryan Griffin – because Winston is slated to begin the season with a three-game suspension as result of an NFL investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual conduct that occurred two years ago. Yet Winston won’t count against the roster for those first three games, so the Bucs will start the year with two QBs on the active roster. I don’t think Griffin has done enough in three years to gain the trust of the Bucs’ brass and if Winston weren’t suspended, he would need a heck of a training camp to change some minds at One Buccaneer Place. But Winston’s suspension assures that Griffin will remain on the roster this year.

RUNNING BACKS – 4
RB Peyton Barber
RB Ronald Jones
RB Charles Sims
RB Shaun Wilson

Bucs RB Peyton Barber - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs RB Peyton Barber – Photo by: Getty Images

Analysis: Barber is the Bucs’ “bash” and Jones is Tampa Bay’s “dash.” These two backs will set the tone on first and second downs with power, wiggle and speed. Sims will likely remain as the third-down back because Dirk Koetter and the coaching staff trust him in pass protection and in the passing game. I expect that Wilson will pick up from where he left off in OTAs and be the surprise of training camp and the preseason on offense. Wilson will supplant Jacquizz Rodgers as the fourth running back on the roster because of his youth, upside, receiving ability and kick return ability.

WIDE RECEIVERS – 5
WR Mike Evans
WR DeSean Jackson
WR Chris Godwin
WR Adam Humphries
WR Justin Watson

Analysis: The first four receivers – Evans, Jackson, Godwin and Humphries – are locks to make the roster. Expect Evans to have an even better year than he did in 2017, while Jackson is used better than he was a year ago, seeing some time in the slot and catching more short passes that can showcase his yards-after-catch ability. An improved Godwin will see more playing time and more targets in 2018, and Humphries will remain a steady presence on third down. If Watson doesn’t end up on injured reserve as this year’s “hurt, redshirt rookie” (see Kenny Bell in 2015, Davante Bond in 2016 and Stevie Tu’ikolovatu last year), I think Tampa Bay’s fifth-round pick will make the 53-man roster as a special teams player and a developmental receiver, beating out Bobo Wilson and Freddie Martino.

TIGHT ENDS – 4
TE Cameron Brate
TE O.J. Howard
TE Antony Auclair
TE Alan Cross
Analysis: The Bucs feel really good about the three undrafted rookie free agents – Donnie Ernsberger, Tanner Hudson, and Jason Reese – but don’t be surprised if the same four tight ends that were on the roster last year make the team again this year. Brate and Howard are two of the league’s most talented tight ends. Expect Brate to earn every penny of his new deal this year and for Howard to make big strides towards being a dominant tight end in his second year in the league. Auclair is an athletic blocking tight end on the rise, and Cross is a reliable utility player on offense as an H-back and a fullback, and a special teams demon.

OFFENSIVE LINE – 9
LT Donovan Smith
LG Ali Marpet
C Ryan Jensen
RG Caleb Benenoch
RT Demar Dotson
C Evan Smith
OT Leonard Wester
G Alex Cappa
OT Cole Gardner

Bucs OL Caleb Benenoch - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs OL Caleb Benenoch – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Analysis: With Smith, Marpet, Jensen and Dotson, Tampa Bay’s starting offensive line is set at four of the five spots with the lone exception being right guard. Last year’s starter, J.R. Sweezy, isn’t on this list because of the youth movement the Bucs have with Benenoch and Cappa, who was this year’s third-round pick. Sweezy missed the offseason coming off a broken leg and was released, while Benenoch showed improvement and Cappa made a good first impression. Wester is a solid backup at right tackle that can also play left tackle, but the real surprise is Gardner, who was very impressive in the offseason and showed a great deal of improvement. I expect that offseason performance to translate to camp when the pads come on.

DEFENSIVE LINE – 9
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
DT Gerald McCoy
DT Beau Allen
DE Vinny Curry
DT Vita Vea
DE Will Gholston
DE Noah Spence
DT Mitch Unrein
DE Will Clarke
Analysis: Tampa Bay went from having an empty cupboard along the defensive line to an overflowing pantry in just one offseason. The Bucs keep nine defensive linemen to insure the team will maintain its pass rush even if there is a major injury or two. Pierre-Paul, Allen and Curry are three new starters alongside McCoy, and new defensive line coach Brentson Buckner will rotate the line and play every active player on Sundays. Gholston and Unrein bring run-stuffing ability, Spence brings the speed off the edge, and Vea has the ability to play both the run and the pass. Clarke is an improving player who had a good offseason. He might do enough to stick as the team’s 53rd player on the roster.

LINEBACKERS – 6
WLB Lavonte David
MLB Kwon Alexander
SLB Kendell Beckwith
OLB Adarius Taylor
MLB Riley Bullough
OLB Jack Cichy

Bucs LB Lavonte David– Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs LB Lavonte David– Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Analysis: David and Alexander are two of the best, fastest, hard-hitting linebackers in the NFL. They are the Bucs’ two starting linebackers on all three downs. Beckwith missed all of the offseason while recovering from a broken ankle. He might start training camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, but he’ll eventually make the 53-man roster as the team’s starting strongside linebacker and backup middle linebacker. Taylor is a top special teams player and backup weakside linebacker behind David. The instinctive Bullough has made gains with his quickness this offseason and should stick as a reserve MIKE. Cichy, the team’s sixth-rounder, has a lot of promise and should contribute on special teams as a reserve linebacker.

CORNERBACKS – 6
CB Brent Grimes
CB Carlton Davis
NCB Vernon Hargreaves
NCB M.J. Stewart
CB Ryan Smith
CB David Rivers
Analysis: This position has seen a real upgrade in talent and ability this offseason. Rookies Davis and Stewart, the team’s two second-round picks, have injected talent and swagger to the cornerback position. Davis, who is long and physical, has star power and will likely start opposite the aging, yet still effective Grimes on the outside. Hargreaves appears destined to be nothing more than a slot cornerback in nickel defense and will get a real test in training camp from Stewart, a physical rookie defensive back with better ball skills. Smith appears to be more confident and competent after a year’s worth of playing defense under his belt. He’ll still star on special teams. Rivers was the big surprise this offseason. He has the length and the talent to fend off Javien Elliott and undrafted free agent rookie Marko Myers.

SAFETIES – 5
FS Justin Evans
SS Chris Conte
FS Keith Tandy
SS Jordan Whitehead
FS Josh Robinson

Bucs FS Justin Evans - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs FS Justin Evans – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Analysis: Evans has flashed Pro Bowl ability this offseason and really seems to have a good grasp of the defense as the Bucs’ centerfielder. Whitehead missed most of the offseason with a minor injury, but should be ready to go for training camp. He’ll compete with Conte, who will likely be the starter at strong safety due to his experience. Tandy and Robinson are valuable special teamers with Tandy having a better aptitude to play defense if called upon.

SPECIAL TEAMS – 3
P Bryan Anger
K Chandler Catanzaro
LS Drew Ferris
Analysis: Anger is the only punter on the roster and he’s a lock to make the roster. The same could be said of Ferris, as he’s the only long snapper on the team right now. Catanzaro has had a solid offseason making over 80 percent of his kicks in practice, including a 58-yarder to end the mandatory mini-camp early. He’ll receive a challenge from rookie Trevor Moore, who kicked well in the offseason, in training camp. But with his experience and guaranteed contract, look for Catanzaro to prevail and handle the kicking duties for the Bucs this year.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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jackpc1

Scott,

I agree 100%. For well known reasons at FSU, I had hoped Bucs would pick Mariotta over Jameis. From what I have observed, he is learning to become more mature and dedicate himself to becoming a better man, husband, father and a professional football player. Jameis has two strikes. He is on the edge of throwing away his career. But I hope he continues on the right path. I am willing to give Jameis one more chance to not disappoint – off the field.

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Honey Bear

What exactly are the 2 strikes? The way I see it, he has at least 3, and that’s just with the Bucs alone. Even if you don’t count each incident as a “strike”, it’s an embarrassing pattern that the Bucs keep enabling. 1. Telling girls to be “silent”, after already having a history of sexual abusing women. 2. Poking Marshon Lattimore 3. Eating “W’s” 4. Groping the Uber driver. 5. Lying about it. 6. A half-assed apology. Yes, I separated those three actions regarding what happened with the Uber driver because they were all separate decisions he made which show… Read more »

WestChap

I fully agree. Scott says he’s sticking with Winston based on “putting a lot of stock into 5 things”. After reading those “things” its clear the last is what’s driving his decision: the Bucs have invested a ton in Winston (and he’s not easily replaced). While I disagree I would encourage anyone taking that position to just admit that they are overlooking the facts (he lied and attempted to impugn the driver), decisions (he issued a non-apology, now he’s sensitive about t-shirt articles) and noise (lots of rumors and guesses but the truth is only one person really knows what… Read more »

niko521

No WestChap, its clear YOU saw no.5 as the biggest reason. Not SR’s fault you ignored 1, 2, 3 and 4, which were all better arguments.

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niko521

Honey Bear, there is no way anyone can take you seriously with that list. Why didn’t you add 7) made it rain on Thursday 8) didn’t brush his teeth and floss 3x a day , 9) failed to wipe dry behind the ears 10) Allegedly ripped the tag off of his new mattress 11) incorrectly listed a 4.20 lunch as a deduction on his taxes 12) Made me write this silly elementary school list.

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Schwifty9

They absolutely should not trade for Teddy. Save that draft pick. And then for risk insurance draft a QB late next year.

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MNBucFan

I grew up in Tampa and have been in MN for 10 years. I have watched almost every play of Teddy’s career. He is not a fit for the down the field offense the Bucs run at all. He’s a smart, short throw QB and a great person. He’s also boring as _____ and will be the next QB that many Bucs fans will be frustrated with as Vikings fans were.

He’s a backup QB. I agree with you.

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Schwifty9

Respect man. My main criticism for Teddy coming out of LV was his lack of arm strength. Didn’t see the amount of zip necessary to fit it into those much tighter NFL windows. However I gotta say that he outperformed my expectations with the Vikings and Pat Shurmur’s QB friendly, short passing offense. But yeah, he definitely does not fit into Dirks 4 vert based scheme, which puts a tremendous load of responsibility on the QB to read the seams and be able to fit the ball into tight spots down the field. That’s actually one of my main critiques… Read more »

BucWild02

I agree with you. Skip Bridgewater. He’s likely done. Sad but true. He was a helluva college star and he made a few great plays at Minnesota, but mostly he was unimpressive. Case Keenum was better. I rest my case.

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tpeluso

Trading for Bridgewater now is a smart move as long as you aren’t overpaying. I’d be fine with a 5th; a 4th is pushing it (considering that Day 2/early Day 3 is where Licht’s made his money as a drafter), and anything higher would be a no-go. But Griffin’s shown nothing to prove why he should remain on this team (in a world without the Jameis incident + suspension, he would be an easy cut at the end of training camp) and Bridgewater’s our best shot at an affordable long-term backup plan. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

Wausa

Great fab 5 .
Winston will end up being a great QB. The Bucs would be smart to see what Jamies can do over the next two years.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

You must live in world of cute little fairy’s and unicorns that poop butterfly’s I can not count how many people I know that stopped drinking and started again I assume the percentage is 90% All the problems that surfaced in collage have surfaced in NFL Cut him now and begin a new life with QB that understand there role. Even with out off field issues he has been a loser. If he goes off the reservation again the damage to the team and owners will be huge. Why take a risk on a loser? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

GBOBUCSFAN

Did any of those people have 100 million dollars on the line to stay sober?

Why take the risk? Scott just wrote an entire article on why to take the risk.

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Sneedy16

You know who also was about to be banned by the NFL because he a 3 DUI’s? Jared Allen Chiefs didn’t resign him and he Stop drinking and signed a big contract with Minnesota. Averaged over 14 sacks a season with them as well. So yes people can stop drinking when there’s Millions involved.

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Dave

Calling a man who is trying to better his life with a new wife, a child, and potential sobriety, is flat out disgusting. The only loser is you. 10 to 1 you’ve done NOTHING with your life, other than bash everyone else on social media. Real class act

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Lord Jameis Christ

Calling a man out that treats women like garbage. Thousands of men marry their babymama for the sake of the lil [email protected]@rd. Doesn’t change anything.

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Sneedy16

Lord Jameis Christ,
You have no idea what you are talking about. He’s a sloppy drunk that gets extra friendly. When he’s sober he’s completely different. Cutting alcohol out is the best thing he can do the better himself. He didn’t marry is baby mama which was an idiotic comment, because they’ve been dating since high school. They live together, so yeah that’s not a “baby mama”.

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Honey Bear

This comment makes no sense. Winston’s NFL record is 18-27. That qualifies the “loser” comment. If we are going to start looking at his personal life, he isn’t a “loser”, he has made millions of dollars, has a family, and has gotten away with sexually abusing women with virtually no consequences. I would say that just makes him a low life and a creep. When he makes up for what he did, and lives clean for a few years, then we can reevaluate.

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BucWild02

Sorry, but like most people, I don’t think Jameis’s behavior in Arizona with the Uber driver in 2016 is grounds for termination. He acknowledged and apologized for putting the driver in a bad situation and gave up drinking subsequently. He has remained sober by all accounts since. She is satisfied, why aren’t you? He is human and made a mistake. Be thankful he isn’t Shady McCoy. That guy is truly a piece of shit. Jameis is not.

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eac1029

Excellent view of the Jameis situation, Scott. You literally share my exact sentiment of this situation. You hit on every single aspect of how I feel this should be viewed. I would like to add that what Jameis did is ridiculous. Assuming he did grope that driver. It’s something that not many people can forgive and I respect that. He needs to learn from it and this may be the best way to do so. However, we don’t know for certain that he did and will never know. It’s America and people are innocent until proven guilty. He was NOT… Read more »

Honey Bear

What “proves” guilt? A picture of the grope? “Could have been photoshopped!” Audio??? “Oh that’s not his voice!” A video?? “It’s blurry, that could be anyone!” Innocent people don’t lie. He was caught red-handed in multiple lies with GPS evidence and the testimony of his “friend”. The Uber driver is not seeking money or fame, so she had absolutely no reason to say anything but the absolute truth. Jameis has no defense, he was extremely drunk and accepted his punishment, followed by a half assed apology. I hope Jameis is motivated. But not in football, that doesn’t matter in this… Read more »

eac1029

That’s true but for you to suggest guilt is a fact with the evidence supported is just silly. Nobody knows but them two. It’s likely he did it but not guaranteed so stop acting like your opinion is the end all be all.

Also GPS evidence pointed out he was alone for the second car ride. There were 2! He may have been referencing the first and forgot about the second.

He needs to grow up still though, yes.

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DonkeyHunter

“The second factor I’m looking at is that Winston’s alleged incident with the Uber driver happened in March of 2016. That’s almost two and a half years ago.”

Scott, why do you (and others) continually and intentionally overlook the fact that he flat-out lied bout the incident (and in some ways, shame the alleged victim) to the press, fans, and owners of the Bucs?

It’s intellectual dishonesty.

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eac1029

Just like there is not a definitive answer to if he did grope the driver, there may never be a definitive answer to if he lied. There is still a possibility he isn’t lying or didn’t remember.

It was some time ago and he was drunk. Do you remember what happened February 27th, 2016 at 2 a.m. after drinking all night? It seems he may have been just as surprised as we are.

Not saying what he did was right, just playing devil’s advocate.

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Honey Bear

This is asinine. GPS evidence and the testimony of his friend prove he lied. And innocent people don’t lie. It’s time to stop pretending like he might be innocent in all this. He is guilty, he “apologized”, and he should be released from the Bucs.

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BucWild02

He was drunk and his memory isn’t reliable. Hers is though. She didn’t file a police report but did notify Uber. He apologized for putting her in that situation. He wasn’t just “friendly” with her. He was also loud and obnoxious when he and the other players were getting in the vehicle. She wasn’t a fan. She didn’t even know who he was. It isn’t as deep as you’re making it. GPS evidence??? That’s what is asinine. It doesnt matter. He was drunk and made a bad pass. Quit watching if you want, but it doesn’t matter. He isn’t going… Read more »

eac1029

Exactly BucWild.

GPS evidence proves guilt is by far the most asinine comment on here. What a hypocritical comment.

The testimony of Darby, his friend, stated they were in the back seat. He was referencing the first car ride which is not a lie. LOL Fact check before you condescend others Honey Boo Boo.

It’s getting pathetic seeing Bucs fans beg for him to be let go. I hope you’re extremely angry when he balls out.

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tog

Because people like Scott don’t really care about these allegations. All that’s happened since is that both Scott and Mark have defended Winston and highlighted all his positives since. Even though most of these arguments are puerile and ignore the real issues – like Winston fabricating a whole story. Or how about the fact that shamed the victim?

to some people these things don’t matter and Scott is one of those people.

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Honey Bear

Exactly right Donkey Hunter! This article says he did this 2 years ago. All the lying and covering up has been ongoing ever since! Cut Winston.

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eac1029

NOBODY is cutting Winston, Honey Bear. You’re getting yourself all worked up for nothing and you just look silly.

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scot pederson

It’s been 3 years now of ‘not giving up on Winston’ and all we see is regression. Sure his QB rating went up, but his Red Zone completion % fell below 50%. That’s where the games are won. Also, his fumbles increased and his deep ball is still mostly incompletions.

A 3 win year in what 11 games is hardly hope for improvement.

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cgmaster27

And yet you completely ig ore the fact that 4 of those losses were 4th quarter defensive collapses and missed field goals. But heck Jameis needs to start playing linebacker and kicker according to you right? Did you miss the game GB won without their QB even throwing a pass in their last two drives? Did you miss the 3 misses fg that wouldve beaten new England? Did you miss tyrod damn Taylor taking 45 seconds to tie a game only to watch Humphries fumble the game away? Did you kiss another chip shot missed fg and swaggy jumping offsides… Read more »

DonkeyHunter

I didn’t miss the GB game. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that the one where Winston literally handed them a potential 14-point swing in a 6-point loss.

That GB game?

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Dave

Or the Vikings game where Case Keenum did his best Joe Montana impression by putting up 4 TD’s on the Vikes first 6 drives. But according to half these JW hating clowns, it was all on him because he threw 3 picks. Well no sh*t, what’s he supposed to do, be “smart” and throw checkdowns, when the Vikings are scoring on every single possession? The lack of football knowledge in these article forums is downright laughable at times

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eac1029

HAHA Dave you are so right!

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Casey Morgan

I think Fitz wins 2 of the first 3 games. Winston won’t be ready until after the bye, so Fitz will start in Chicago too. Once he is 3-1 and looking good who will want interception and fumble master Winston to come back?

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Dave

Casey Morgan. I say this with all due respect. You’re a complete moron. Let me be VERY clear…Ryan Fitzpatrick is an absolute joke. Facing the Eagles, Steelers and Saints, the Bucs will be 0-3, Fitz will have 10+ TO’s, and everyone will be reminded of the ridiculous gap in talent between Fitz and Winston. And then(and apparently ONLY then) i can finally stop hearing moronic Bucs fans stop talking about “Fitz went 2-1 as a starter” god almighty, get over that. There’s a reason he’s a backup. And you’ll be reminded of that reason after the first 3 games Rate… Read more »

nybuccguy

“Winston wont be ready until after the bye.” What a stupid thing to say. Stop embarrassing yourself.

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Tony Dickson

Well said brother, well said.

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martinii

Fully enjoyed the article Scott. In the sea of “Gloom and Doom,” for the Buc’s by so many others it was refreshing to read a fair assessment of Jameis and a logical argument for Bridgewater. I even agree with most of your 53 man roster projection. While Winston is a wait and see proposition, for all the reasons you addressed I am optimistic his off field behavior will continue to improve however I am only cautiously optimistic that his on-field performance will improve. Surely Licht has provided players with the potential to win and weapons that hopefully Jameis can use… Read more »

Jonathan Goodfellow

Id offer a 6th for bridgewater at the most.

Jets are going to end up cutting him anyway if McCown beats him out

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BucWild02

I agree about them cutting Teddy. He’s done.

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sunshineben

What has Winston done on the field ??? nothing special as he is rated average with all the receivers. After being the 1st pick in the draft Winston has shown NOT to be a leader and should NOT be the face of the bucs.

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cgmaster27

Shocker a Mariota fan boy thinks that. Read my comments below to show what hes done on the field. But I’m sure you’ll just ignore the facts as usual.

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cgmaster27

Great fab 5 Scott. Jameis will absolutely handle this the right way. He is one qb who can deal with that adversity and eliminate the noise. Yoyll have your clowns like a few above who would rather dump him like morons, but those of us with common sense , know his fate will be decided on the field this year. Heres a fun fact for the people who completely disregard his play. In his first 45 games compared to hall of Famer Drew Brees, ben rothlesburger, tomBrady, and Brett farve, Jameis has a better quarterback rating, more yards, and that’s… Read more »

Dave

Perfectly said Cg !

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sunshineben

Do you believe Winston is a leader after not being truthful with the coaches or fans? He also has NOT shown as much accuracy with the long ball. (Not necessarly M.M. fan but M.M. has been rated higher then Winston by the nfl every year , so make your excuses.).

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Jlog

Jameis has better stats and is ranked higher than Marcus.

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Naplesfan

nope MM has significantly better total qbr than winston, was rated vastly higher by pff based on game tape analysis, mm started more games amd won way more games, took his team to the playoffs, won a playoff game … while winston took his team to 3-10, and a 3 game suspension this year for drunkenly groping a female and then lying about it for the last year. In what alternate universe do you exist in. Facts. Unassailable fact, no matter how much the winston fanboys furiously spin, make dumb excuses and attack winston’s victims. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

Brandonges

If our 12 overall draft pick can’t start as a rookie, it does not bode well for his future. Early first round picks should be immediate contributors. Hoping I’m wrong, but I still think passing on Derwin James will come back to haunt the Bucs.

If Teddy can be acquired for a fourth rounder or later, I’d pull the trigger. He’s on a good contract and the Bucs have no future certainty in the QB room.

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scubog

A little trip down Memory Lane. Warren Sapp (12th pick in the Draft) couldn’t beat out Santana Dotson his rookie year. Just sayin.

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Brandonges

Fair point

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buccaneerNW

Excuse making for Winston continues. I never liked him, but I hung in and hoped for the best. After 3 years of uneven performances, lots of losing, and a new p-grabbing drama to deal with, plus his phony choir-boy and hard work BS, I’m done. I’m ready for any QB besides Winston. Fuck that guy.

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BucWild02

buccaneersNW – What will you do if the Bucs sign him to a long term deal? Quit watching? Worse yet, what if you get your wish and the Bucs release him and shady ass New Orleans picks him up to replace a retiring Drew Brees and he dominates. I bet you’ll blame the Bucs owners for releasing him if that happens.

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Dman

Keep Jamies for the long haul. This is just such an over reaction. The guy was drunk, made a pass and backed off. The stuff with Kinsman was garbage from the get go – not one of numerous investigations ever found Jamies culpable. The guy didn’t murder anyone for Pete’s sake. And Tom Jones is an idiot. Why we should care what he thinks is beyond me. Regarding Bridgewater, I’ve posted I loved this guy a few years ago. But he’s not that guy anymore. All this Do Something Now discussion is a waste of time and a distraction. The… Read more »

BucWild02

Well put.

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Jlog

Bringing Bridgwater in makes no sense at all. He’s not as good as Winston, but more importantly like Winston at this point he’s not a franchise QB. So if you bring him over we are still working with a place holder it’s same boat we’ve always been in and it should be clear at this point that doesn’t lead to consistency. We just hold what we have see how the season plays out. Regardless what happens we draft a QB #1, a accurate one and groom him. If we don’t need him fine if we do he’s there. Rate this… Read more »

nybuccguy

The article clearly states that Bridgewater would be the backup QB. How he compares to Winston isnt relevant.

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Horse

I wouldn’t waste a 2019 draft pick on trading for anybody at this point in time. What I would do is trade one of our players in a swap; we do have some positions of quality depth.. Just my opinion but we do have an issue at QB for the first 3 games and we do need to have a better backup quarterback at the number 3 spot; Griffin is untested and not the answer. I think we still have a need at running back; hard for me to understand the logic of keeping Sims. Good article Scott. Rate this… Read more »

Dman

Have been waiting for us to cut Sims for two years….

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Horse

+1

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jrwilson85

There are always the blue nosed prigs who can point the finger at others and most of them have done worse things than groping an Uber driver. The Bucs have a magical way of parting with talent that makes a splash for their new team. Aqib Talib and LeGarrette Blount are two that come to mind. After this season we can probably add Doug Martin to the list. I’m tired of the flip flopping and standing on high moral ground, it’s time to think about winning football games. Winston groped the uber gal 2 years ago. Hopefully he has learned… Read more »

Naplesfan

So according to you everybody that does not rape and assault females is a blue nosed prig?

Anybody who would write or say such an obnoxious abusive slander as you just did is by definition an abusive asshole. You are.

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surferdudes

On your 53 Scott, not sure the Bucs won’t part ways with Humphries, keeping Wilson. Bobo had one catch, touchdown, how many touchdowns Hump have? As for our O line being set, I’ll believe it when I see Dotson play again. Pass on Bridgewater.

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SiegeTheBay

Hey Scott, I have a question for ya,

Do you have any locker room media insight as to why Josh Robinson is strictly a special teamer and never really given the opportunity to play on defense? A 27 yr old CB now converted into a safety with a 4.31 forty seems a bit odd as to his lack of chances in the secondary. He flashed potential in Minnesota before us as a talented CB. Have any of the coaches ever really divulged the reason for this?

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Mike Wright

Like you said here Scott. IF….Winston improves. I’m certainly not seeing that yr to yr improvement I’d thought we’d see. In a way, I’m glad all of this backdoor Jameis crap is brightly shining in the forefront. This kid has gotten more than his fair share of Mulligans on and off the field. He’s under the microscope now..Hell, Telescope!! Winning makes fans sorta forgive. Lose and they continue to say, See, I told you So!!! The only way out for Mr. Winston is to lead and start Winning. Lose and get the walmart reel & rod off season special with… Read more »

drdneast

I guess I’m part of the 10 percent of the people who the writer “assumed” were able to stop drinking when they said they would. From attending AA meetings and other outreach events, I can assure you the number is much higher but the writer is correct in his assumption that there is no guarantee to sobriety. Tom Jones also wanted to get rid of Aqib Talib and he got his wish and of course Talib went on to become an All-Pro. Talib is no sterling character that is for sure, but for some strange reason, I still wish he… Read more »

Buc-n-Philly Fan

drdneast, I really like your thought processes on the football portions of your posts. I disagree with ALL of your political thought processes but that just shows, in America you can have differing opinions but still communicate with respect and like our fellow Brothers and Sisters.

Go Bucs and go USA!

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Horse

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zachary blaine

Why would we trade a franchise quarterback for a backup? Nothing personal towards Bridgewater and Jameis is my quarterback in all honesty.

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Lord Jameis Christ

Winston is a POS that treats women like property. You don’t just grow out of that.

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Buc-n-Philly Fan

You are welcomed to bandwagon for another Team. Just simply….go away….

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BucWild02

Our president treats women like property too. This thing starts at the top.

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drdneast

I concur with your last two statements Buc-n-Philly Fan.
Now Lord Jameis Christ, are you ready to state that Donnie Trump is the same way, if not worse, and he should resign from his office for engaging in the same behavior on many more occasions than Winston has.
Please be consistent.

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fredster

Good article. Agree with a lot. It definitely Would be smart to have Teddy if it’s just a fourth rd pick., and has more to do with our QB line up than me worrying Winston will get in trouble again or stink it up when he comes back. I have no faith in Griffin. Fitzpatrick is gone after this year, If He gets hurt Bucs are screwed royal IMO. Griffin has done nothing except suck in preseason And get hurt. Not sure what they see in Him really.

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JJ

Well getting butt hurt about what Auman said and responding to it shows a nice big fat step backwards. He has time to respond to media about a bunch of BS but still hasn’t addressed the fans who actually matter. Who’s in charge of his PR? Probably a bunch of his buddies from Alabama flippin a coin on how to handle these situations.

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owlykat

I totally agree, Scott. Bridgewater would be a great backup QB to replace Fritz when he retires and we need to get him now before his value skyrockets. He is a very accurate passer and stays cool in the pocket. As far as the criticism that he does not have the arm strength that Jameis has, I have not been happy with the seven second drop backs that Koetter keeps trying to run because we don’t have the quality LT we need to hold off sackers that long and that results in a lot of sacks and fumbles. Look at… Read more »

scubog

As usual, we are subjected to the continued regurgitation of folks’ predetermined opinions of a story that, does little more than serve to the needs of the “fans” who are still waving the Marcus Mariota banner. The of course, DrD can’t give his otherwise logical viewpoint without getting political on what is supposedly a football site. I really don’t care what the Titans QB does on or off the field. It’s just comical to me how some are so utterly pompous that they actually believe only they bask in a flawless, ultra moral high ground world (Tom Jones is Mayor)… Read more »

Buc-n-Philly Fan

Thumbs up on this comment all the way around!

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Devasher

Scubog, I never waved the Marcus Mariota banner in 2015, I fully supported the pick of Jameis at the time with what I knew of the original rape accusation. But like some others I am willing to admit when I’m wrong on someone, so your premise that only Mariota fans are taking Winston to task for this is complete and total BS. Some of us are capable of learning based on new information while others refuse to give in and justify their feelings no matter the change in circumstances Scott Reynolds And to your point that we must all be… Read more »

scubog

This may come as a shock to you Devasher……..Not everything is about you. I didn’t say it was ONLY Mariota fans, but you can bet that those folks are thumping their “I told you so” chests with glee. There are plenty herein who have bemoaned the Winston choice and have been hoping to see him fail from the start. Apparently you missed all of the continued statistical comparisons fans like Naples dig up. No one is condoning Winston’s alleged “cooter touching” in which, like the Tallahassee incident, was no criminal charge. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

Devasher

“subjected to the continued regurgitation of folks’ predetermined opinions ” My point is your premise is off. You are generalizing that the opinions presented are predetermined. My example is to show that my opinion was not, there are others who stated they previously supported Winston and stopped and it flushes your “predetermined” piece down the drain. But sure, some people are saying they “told ya so” and Winston is one more allegation from guaranteeing they are right. “No one is condoning Winston’s alleged “cooter touching” No one is condoning it? Several people here have stated it was a minor deal,… Read more »

drdneast

Scubog, I agree with you totally. The only reason I bring Donnie up is I believe a good deal of the diatribes directed against Winston have an underlying tone of racism. I didn’t see half the hysterical furor created in the media when Ben Rothlesberger was charged with mauling a woman despite her protests although it did come out that Big Ben had a history of such behavior. And I can bet the number of Steeler fans calling for the team to get rid of him was far less. The same could be said about Kobe Bryant. Here is what… Read more »

Devasher

Ben Roethlisberger was not charged with rape but was accused of it, much like Winston was accused of rape in college. If you want to fully believe Roethlisberger raped a woman because of the accusations against him but simultaneously deny Winston did anything wrong with Kinsman or the Uber driver, that’s on you. It is possible they both did bad things on the nights they were alleged. Regarding the race angle, I haven’t heard anyone really defend Roethlisberger here, the white guy, but I have heard lots of defenses for Winston here, the black guy. OJ Simpson had the cops… Read more »

scubog

I don’t see any “racism” here, but who knows what’s in some folks minds…….on both sides. The racism card gets played too often when all other legitimate arguments fail.

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fl0nase

I think for me it’s hard not to think about Roethlisberger in the context of what’s happened with Winston recently. I’m not trying to engage in whataboutism with these two, but considering how much this has been raised already in this thread, I’ll share my thoughts. I want to say first, I haven’t watched the documentary or know the specifics about his alleged rape at FSU. So that’s perhaps some willful ignorance on my part. At the end of the day, neither Roethlisberger or Winston were charged. But Roethlisberger was charged with sexual assault twice and in both cases the… Read more »

plopes808

I agree with you on all your points here Scott. Despite the opinions of many on here, the fact he got a 3 game suspension is proof enough that there was nothing to go on or the NFL would’ve hit him with much more. Even if he did grope the driver (which wouldn’t be acceptable), in her own words he stopped when she addressed it. Let’s not compare getting touchy with rape like I see many of you on here doing. Fact is though, the NFL would never offer a 3 game suspension for inappropriate touching, so obviously there was… Read more »

Bern

He lied about who was in the car. This is the second time he has been accused of sexual misconduct. Why does this keep happening to him. I don’t think he should be involved with football period. Until he gives us full disclosure. Not a lie or booze excuse. He has not been held accountable about these allegations. The NFL should be an honor to be involved with, not a right What we do know by his own admission he can’t handle his booze. How can you be a leader of men & you can’t handle your oil. (booze). That… Read more »