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The summer of Bucs lists continues.

Sorry folks, but between the PewterReport.com crew already breaking down nearly every aspect of the team and the lack of any news, you get another list. And actually two, as this is a two-part series where I will give you my all-time Bucs roster for offense in this week’s edition of The Hook, and next week I will tackle the defense.

And a special shoutout to Rusty Ryan on Twitter for this suggested list!

I didn’t use any set criteria when compiling my all-time lineup list, just the players who I thought were the best over the team’s history. I am sure this will generate plenty of controversy and discussion, so make sure to leave your all-time list in the comments section below.

So without further adieu, here’s my list of the all-time best Bucs fantasy roster.

QB – Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

What can you say? Is there a better candidate or easier decision? What Brady did at age 43 will be looked back on one day as almost too unbelievable to have really happened. A new city, new teammates, new coaches and no offseason, and all he did was set franchise records for most TD passes and total scores and lead the Bucs to their second Super Bowl title. Did I mention he was 43?

Honorable Mentions: Brad Johnson, Doug Williams

RB – James Wilder

Wilder is one of my Top 5 favorite Bucs players. For much of his career he was the only bright spot wearing the creamsicles on Sunday afternoons. He was the Bucs offense for a number of years, as evidenced by the fact he is still the franchise’s leading rusher 30-plus years after he last suited up for the team. Imagine Wilder playing behind this offensive line and the production he would have. Dominant as a runner and one of the best pass-catching backs during his career with the Bucs, Wilder stands atop this position.

Honorable Mentions: Doug Martin, Warrick Dunn

FB – Mike Alstott

While Alstott wasn’t necessarily a true fullback, or the best lead blocker the team has ever had, he did serve in that role at times during his career. In fact, Alstott made the Pro Bowl as a fullback six times for the Buccaneers. Besides his runs that made everyone in the stadium stand up, Alstott was a gifted receiver out of the backfield as well. The A-Train will always hold a special place in the hearts of most Bucs fans, even if former Tampa Bay Times writer Tom Bassinger thought he was overrated (insert rolling eyes emoji here).

Honorable Mentions: Lorenzo Neal, Jameel Cook

Former Bucs FB Mike Alstott

Former Bucs FB Mike Alstott – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

WR – Mike Evans

Anyone who doesn’t put Evans as the best Bucs receiver of all time should have their fan card revoked. The future Hall of Famer set an NFL record in 2020 for the most consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons to start a career. Blessed with size, athleticism and underrated speed, Evans holds the franchise record for receptions, yards and touchdowns and still has a number of years left to increase that margin.

Honorable Mentions: Vincent Jackson, Kevin House

WR – Mark Carrier

Former Bucs WR Mark Carrier

Former Bucs WR Mark Carrier – Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers

Carrier was a special receiver and one of the few bright spots in the late 80’s and early 90’s for a team that was mired in ineptitude. His 5,018 yards is second best in franchise history and he also hauled in 27 touchdowns over his Tampa Bay career while averaging 15.6 yards per catch. That’s actually a greater average than Evans (15.5). A third-round pick out of Nicholls State, Carrier made the Pro Bowl in 1989 after a monster 86-catch, 1,422-yard season.

Honorable Mentions: Joey Galloway, Keyshawn Johnson

TE – Jimmie Giles

There is a reason Giles’ name adorns the walls of Raymond James Stadium as a Ring of Honor member. He was good. Really good. Only four Buccaneers have more receiving yards than Giles’ 4,300 and he did it in an era when tight ends weren’t particularly heavily featured in NFL offenses. A favorite target of former QB Doug Williams, Giles still holds the record for most touchdown receptions (four) in a single game.

Honorable Mentions: Cameron Brate, Rob Gronkowski

LT – Paul Gruber

Gruber was the quintessential professional. A guy who showed up every day, worked hard at his craft and anchored a Bucs offensive line for 12 seasons. He even made All-Pro twice, in 1991 and 1992. You rarely heard the first-round pick’s name called in a game, and as an offensive lineman, that is alway a good thing.

Had Gruber played for a bigger market team like the Bears or Giants, his name would likely come up in Hall of Fame conversations. That’s how dominant Gruber was for most of his Tampa Bay career. Like a handful of other Bucs players of his era, his notoriety was hidden behind a mostly terrible football team.

Honorable Mentions: Donald Penn, Roman Oben

LG – Ali Marpet

LG Ali Marpet

Bucs LG Ali Marpet – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Buccaneers had never had an offensive line as good as the one we saw in 2020. An argument could be made that all five starters from last season could be the five on this list. You don’t win Super Bowls with substandard lines or really even average ones.

Marpet’s importance was felt last season when he missed three games and the team struggled without him. Marpet should have already garnered a Pro Bowl or two, but could finally get that nod this season if he continues to play at the same level he has since being moved from right guard and center, to his current spot next to Donovan Smith on the left side.

Honorable Mentions: Randall McDaniel, Logan Mankins

C – Tony Mayberry

Mayberry might be the second best lineman the team has ever had behind Paul Gruber. 10 seasons in Tampa Bay, nine as a starter and three Pro Bowls tells you all you need to know about the smart and underrated center who was a fourth round draft pick in 1990. His 145 starts rank fourth in Tampa Bay history.

Honorable Mentions: Ryan Jensen, Steve Wilson

RG – Davin Joseph

Some, like Scott Reynolds, believes Joseph was even better than Marpet as the best guard in team history. Joseph became an instant starter during his rookie season and was a constant in the Bucs lineup until injuries took their toll late in his career. Joseph was immediately considered one of the NFL’s most dominant run blockers when he was healthy. Also like Marpet, Joseph earned the distinction of being a team captain over multiple years and made the Pro Bowl in 2011.

Honorable Mentions: Ian Beckles, Sean Farrell

RT – Tristan Wirfs

RT Tristan Wirfs

Bucs RT Tristan Wirfs – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Call me crazy – and plenty of you do anyway – but in one season Wirfs put his name at the top of this list. One sack in the regular season as a rookie with no offseason reps or a preseason? Remarkable and probably not talked about nationally enough to be honest.

An easy-going person by nature, but a violent tactician on the field, Wirfs exceeded everyone’s expectations in 2020. He faced and stopped some of the best pass rushers in the NFL right out of the gate. A case could be made for Demar Dotson based on longevity, but Wirfs’ 2020 season was the best by a Bucs rookie lineman at any position in team history.

Honorable Mentions: Demar Dotson, Charley Hannah

So what do you think, Bucs fan? I will have the second part of this series next week where I give you my all-time defensive lineup.

Cannon Blast

• Backup Ryan Griffin joined myself and Jon Ledyard on Wednesday’s Pewter Report podcast and shared some great stories of the 2020 Super Bowl season including the difference Tom Brady made for the team, when things started to click for Tampa Bay’s offense and what it took to finally be on a playoff team. Check out Griffin’s appearance below.

• Griffin was also one my first guests on my mediocre web show, called What’s Cooking. Griffin and I chatted about it briefly on the podcast, and for those who didn’t see it, and by the looks of the view count that’s most of you, below is the episode.

Last Laugh

Ouch that was harsh. And I can’t stop laughing.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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SufferingSince76
2 months ago

Solid list, in my humble opinion. Seeing Charly Hannah’s name was a real blast from the past.

bucballer
Reply to  SufferingSince76
2 months ago

The entire Hannah family were beasts!

76Buc
Reply to  bucballer
2 months ago

Yep. His brother was the best guard ever.

calibucsfan16
2 months ago

Great list, my only change would be removing Doug Martin and adding Ricky Bell. Our first great running back that was out of the game too soon due to a rare and deadly autoimmune disease.

Captain Sly
Reply to  calibucsfan16
2 months ago

Sorry but Ricky Bell Sucked!

Captain Sly
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 months ago

Prime Muscle Hampster was waaay better.

bucballer
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 months ago

Doug had better stats and thus u can say he was a better RB than Ricky Bell. But Ricky Bell probably had the disease a few years before it was detected so this could have affected his play. He said he was always tired. I remember that. RIP Ricky Bell!

calibucsfan16
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 months ago

I stand corrected. I looked at the numbers, Bell had 1 great year in 79 (I am too young to have seen him play). Problem with those teams was the offense was from the Stone Age. Martin had some good years, but is he better than the good years of Pittman, Cadillac or Earnest Graham?

drdneast
Reply to  calibucsfan16
2 months ago

Actually the ’79 offense was very typical of what the offenses were in that year. Bell was a standout back and ran over the Eagles in their playoff win. His unfortunate illness was what kept him from becoming a great back unlike Doug Martin who had one good rookie year, two years where he shied away from contact, a contract year, where he showed he could still run and then, after he got his money, he disappeared again.

bucballer
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 months ago

Ricky Bell did not suck! His last year with Bucs was 1981. He died in 1984 from a rare muscle disease at the age of 29! I think he began suffering from this disease a couple of years before actually left the Bucs. He complained of being tired and not being able to really fully recharge his battery completely. This was symptoms of his disease. Have a little respect for the man!

Captain Sly
Reply to  bucballer
2 months ago

Agreed but we’re talking about greatest Bucs of all time! Are you picking Ricky Bell over Warwick Dunn, Doug Martin, Eric Rhett?

drdneast
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 months ago

I would pick Ernest Graham over Doug Martin. I used to be a big Martin fan but after he signed his second contract and he went into the tank again I could see a pattern to his behavior.I wouldn’t even put Martin on the list.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

I appreciate the nod to Bell, as it’s well-deserved. Had he stayed healthy, I think there’s a decent chance that Bucs fans wouldn’t even know the name of James Wilder, as we likely don’t even draft Wilder in the 2nd round in ’81 had Bell not started having problems by that time. And had that been the case, Bell would perhaps be the standout best RB in franchise history, as Wilder currently is. Unfortunately, I don’t grade players on lists like these due to things out of their control affecting their on-field production. If I did, Howard would be the… Read more »

fredster
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Your high on drugs Mr. August Graham wasn’t as talented as Martin. Was Martin consistent? No but lot RB’s aren’t. Graham never sniffed leading the nfl in rushing yards or around 1500 like Martin did. Hell graham never even broke 1000 yards let alone almost 1500. Martin had over 1400 both times he played 16 full games. Much more talented.

Last edited 2 months ago by fredster
calibucsfan16
Reply to  bucballer
2 months ago

RIP Ricky. That was a tough disease.

drdneast
Reply to  bucballer
2 months ago

I concur bucballer.

Captain Sly
2 months ago

Good Job Mark, I think I would have to go with Vjax over Mark Carrier though. Mark Carrier gets lots of love for being a nice guy on some bad Bucs teams but he couldn’t carry Vjax’s jock strap. Mark Carrier wouldn’t even make this current roster with Evans-Godwin-AB. Hard Pass!

bucballer
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 months ago

I was thinking the same thing! Teams feared Jackson more than they did Carrier. He was bigger and seemed to be more dominant for us.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 months ago

VJax and Mike Evans are cut from the same cloth. Those 2 with a Brady leading the offense would’ve terrified defenses.

bucballer
2 months ago

Would throw TE Dave Moore in the Honorable Mention category.

toofamiliar17
2 months ago

Solid list, plenty of slam dunk picks. I only have qualms with two, one minor and one major – on the minor side, I’d take VJax over Carrier. Remarkably, the two players both accumulated exactly 4,326 yards for their Bucs teams. I think it’s close, and Carrier is defensible, but Jackson was better when he was good than Carrier was, and certainly much more productive. Carrier has the best season between them, but VJax’s best year wasn’t far behind, and he has the two next best seasons between them by a mile. Jackson racked up his numbers in one fewer… Read more »

Captain Sly
2 months ago

Mark who are you picking for your kicker? Gramatica, Succop, or Bryant?

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 months ago

Based only on what they did for the Bucs, Succop is the easy winner, even with only one year under his belt, IMO. Maybe more than ANY other in the sport, kicker is a position at which we can clearly judge quality from stats. Gramatica has somewhat inexplicably become a mythical figure for the Bucs (I think mostly due to his attitude and obviously fun celebrations) and definitely for our own Scott Reynolds, but the undeniable fact is that in his clear best season (his rookie year), he was only the 10th most accurate kicker in FG%. And that was… Read more »

ledphones
2 months ago

I’d expect to see Godwin as an honorable mention

drdneast
2 months ago

Self deprecating humor is great and actually shows how secure a person is when he makes fun of himself. You should have stayed with that instead of trying to poke poor Mitch Trubinsky in the eye. He has enough problems and it’s not his fault a brain dead Bears organization chose him ahead of Mahomes.

76bucsfan46
2 months ago

Mark your offense would win multiple Superbowls combined with Monte Kiffens legendary Defense.

76Buc
2 months ago

Bassinger must have been an idiot.

danielob
2 months ago

If you look at Mitch tribisky’s wife, I’d say he is a big winner! Many happy years of mariage to the Trabisky’s.

twspin
1 month ago

Well Mark, you got the goat right at Qb as well as the honorable mentions. Ricky Bell had all the tools but it was not to be. But how Ian Beckles gets an honorable mention here……OK, I’ll leave it alone. I agree though with about 95% of your list.

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