The Bucs played their most complete game of the season as they beat up on the Dolphins at home with a 45-17 win. Tom Brady threw for five touchdowns – two each to Antonio Brown and Mike Evans – while the defense stepped it up with the pass rush, taking down Jacoby Brissett three times.

It was a blowout win for the Bucs, but there were still a couple of miscues out there. Here’s a list of the most disappointing Buccaneers.

OLB Jason Pierre-Paul

It was great to see Pierre-Paul back on the field after missing the last three games with a shoulder injury. His presence is important to the Bucs defense, but he made some mistakes early on that hurt them. What was thought to be a nice pass break up on Miami’s first drive turned into an offsides penalty on him. The Dolphins got five yards and eventually kicked a field goal. On the next drive, Pierre-Paul was in coverage on Myles Gaskin when Miami scored their first touchdown of the game. Maybe there was miscommunication, but he didn’t get enough depth in his pass drop while covering Gaskin, who was running a wheel route. With his hand in a cast, Pierre-Paul also had a difficult time taking down Jacoby Brissett for a sack that would’ve prevented the Dolphins from scoring their second touchdown of the game in the third quarter. There were just little moments that built up to a less than an ideal game for Pierre-Paul’s return. He made three tackles on the afternoon.

OLB Anthony Nelson

Nelson doesn’t get too many snaps in the game compared to the other outside linebackers, so he has to capitalize on his opportunities. He had a shot at taking down Brissett during Miami’s opening drive in the second half and for whatever reason was not able to sack him. The Dolphins ultimately scored on that possession, but would have had to settle for a field goal if Nelson finished the job. It’s inexcusable that he didn’t record a sack on the play when the moment was there for him. He finished with zero tackles in the game.

CB Richard Sherman 

It’s still a work in progress for Sherman, as he balances learning the playbook with getting in game shape. He allowed some important catches this afternoon, including one on the first drive where he missed tackling receiver Preston Williams, who then took the ball all the way inside the 10 on a 34-yard gain. Sherman’s biggest error, though, was getting called for a pass interference penalty in the end zone that set Miami up on the 1-yard line. The Dolphins scored two plays later. Sherman recorded three tackles and struggled in the Florida heat and humidity.

TE O.J. Howard

While Howard improved in the passing game with two receptions, he had a failed to block rookie edge rusher Jaelan Phillips that led to Brady getting sacked. Howard was provided with no help on the play and was just beaten on his one-on-one match-up. Not knowing how long Rob Gronkowski will be out, the Bucs are going to rely on Howard to pick up some of the slack when it comes to run blocking and in pass protection. Howard did not pass the test on this one. He finished with two catches for 19 yards.

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drdneast
11 days ago

My god you guys are picky.
JPP is for all intents and purposes playing with one arm and you want to put him on this list. And why would you leave JPP in one on one coverage with a RB anyway.
I would say the same thing about leaving Howard one on one with an edge rusher. I don’t fault the players I fault whoever drew the schemes up..
As for Nelson, you want to diss him because he barely missed a sack?
Give me a break.

Captain Sly
Reply to  drdneast
11 days ago

Agreed, maybe it’s just me but I thought D Smith should have been the 1st person mentioned on this list.

scubog
Reply to  Captain Sly
10 days ago

Ridiculous comment Captain. 500 + yards of offense doesn’t happen when your LT is “disappointing”. I think some of you folks just echo the common narrative without watching the player’s actual performance.

Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
10 days ago

Exactly. Though I also agree with drdneast too about the pickiness of Matera. In fact, I really dislike the entire “most disappointing player” schtick here at PR. Especially when the team carried out a beat down that was actually worse than the final score (the Bucs gave a mercy knee to the Fins when they could easily have scored another TD after the 2-minute warning). Every player in the NFL, even the super duper stars like TB-12, have up games and down games. It’s inevitable. Calling someone out for having a slightly down game is frankly ridiculous on a successful… Read more »

toofamiliar17
Reply to  drdneast
11 days ago

I don’t mind Nelson being on the list, whatever. But I’m with you on JPP and Howard. Any play that requires Jason Pierre Paul to run vertically in coverage on a receiving weapon like Gaskin (if that is in fact what he should’ve done, we really don’t know) is a bad play and should be torn out of the playbook. Same for isolating Howard in pass protection head up on ANY pure edge rusher. Just dumb. Not saying Howard belongs on the most impressive list or anything, although I thought he did very well with the opportunities he got, but… Read more »

Ron Potter
Reply to  toofamiliar17
11 days ago

Torn from playbook? I believe JPP had at least one INT off that play last year. Maybe two? If anything, it probably shouldn’t have been in the playbook for this game for JPP as he was wearing a club on his hand. So I think this is more on coaching/play-calling. Same issue for OJ blocking Phillips. So I agree with you that the players shouldn’t be on this list as much as what these plays were asking them to do. With that said, they’re not asked to do it that often. So them making the list or any mention of… Read more »

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jiggyjoe
11 days ago

It seems to me that your article is weak. I guess you had to write something.

Spitfire
11 days ago

I get mad sometimes at the pickiness sometimes of this list but in the end it is titled “Most Disappointing” and not “Pieces of garbage that stunk up the field” On a day that we won handily and a lot of good things were done, it is the few guys that had a few mistakes that make the list. That’s all and I get it.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Spitfire
10 days ago

“Disappointing” means played at a level that disappoints. None of these guys are disappointing – they each did their job for the most part, and the writers and some of the so-called fans in these comment threads go after them because they apparently have nothing better to do. All players have up and down games. TB-12 had a down game last week, but he didn’t make it to this list – which just goes to show how much bullshit this process and list are. If the expectation is that every player will have a career game all 17 games through… Read more »

Horse
11 days ago

Sherman looked adequate to me; he had one penalty that hurt us. Atleast the man can tackle. Why don’t we just plat another OL in place of Howard or Brate? Our running game made a difference too as it kept their Defense on the field more instead of their Offense?

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Horse
11 days ago

Did you miss the play where his receiver caught the ball, evaded him by like 5 yards, and ran 30 yards down the field and almost scored? Between that and the awful, totally unnecessary pass interference alone, he absolutely belongs on this list.

Eddie
Reply to  toofamiliar17
11 days ago

He looked so slow on that play. Hope he wasn’t hurt or anything

Ron Potter
Reply to  Eddie
11 days ago

If he did, my guess would be it’s more because he’s out of shape. My thinking is that Sherman will get better once he gets more Florida practices under his belt.

Ron Potter
11 days ago

This list is getting harder to make up when you win a game 45-17 lol

scubog
10 days ago

After a 45-17 blowout victory, it’s “disappointing” that anyone feels the need to point out a few ultimately meaningless plays.

One thing that’s always been a mystery to me is the people who remained Dolphins fans even after we got our own team. I get that the Bucs were tough to cheer for in those early years while the Dolphins were in their heyday. But, c’mon man, Don Shula has left the building. Plus, that is the worst uniform color and logo.

surferdudes
10 days ago

Club hand, or no JPP’s play is declining. Father time has caught up to him. Playing with his hand in a huge cast makes him more useless. Tom Brady at his age is still at the top of his game. He’s in the MVP talk. JPP’s skills have eroded to the point where he’s become average. Bringing him back next year would be foolish.

Naplesfan
Reply to  surferdudes
10 days ago

SMH

76 Fan
10 days ago

Career day for Howard :^[