When the Bucs get another big win and improve to 5-2 on the season, trying to find a list of disappointing players isn’t easy, or might not seem to make sense. Some readers – and even some within the Bucs organization – have expressed that we at Pewter Report should be on the disappointing list for even having one. But for over 10 years – win or lose – we have had this post-game feature, in addition to Most Impressive even after the Bucs have been crushed in past defeats where hardly any players played well.

Despite a dominating 45-20 win over the Raiders, not every Bucs player played his best game. Here is this week’s short list of the Most Disappointing.

CB Sean Murphy Bunting

Something just isn’t right so far this season with Murphy-Bunting, who has struggled the last three weeks in particular. He just doesn’t appear to be playing with confidence like we saw down the stretch as he led the Bucs with three interceptions as a rookie. On Sunday, Murphy-Bunting had two defensive holding penalties, and wasn’t stellar in coverage. With just two tackles and no pass breakups, Murphy-Bunting will be looking to rebound next week against the Giants, as he has been the weakest link in an overall solid secondary.

RB Ronald Jones II

After three straight 100-yard rushing efforts, it was clear the Raiders were intent on shutting down the third-year running back from USC. Jones found little success running the ball, but a first half drop on an easy screen pass from quarterback Tom Brady caused head coach Bruce Arians to shut Jones down even more than the Raiders did. Jones was benched briefly for the rest of the first half as Arians held him accountable for his flub. Jones ended the afternoon with 34 yards on 13 carries (2.6 avg.) but did score one touchdown.

OLB Shaq Barrett

Barrett’s 2020 campaign is a far cry from last year in which he had a 19.5-sack monster season. Despite backups all along the offensive line for the Raiders, Barrett wasn’t able to win his pass rush match-ups and get to QB Derek Carr on Sunday. Barrett was good against the run, notching six stops including one tackle for loss, but the Buccaneers are expecting more from Barrett, the team’s franchise player, in terms of pressures and sacks. Barrett has just three sacks on the year, and hasn’t recorded one since Week 4 against Los Angeles.

DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Despite the loss of nose tackle Vita Vea, there hasn’t been any significant drop off with the Bucs run defense as Tampa Bay is still the best in the NFL. But the one glaring thing missing since Vea went on I.R. is the lack or push from the interior in pass rushing situations. While it isn’t really fair to compare Nunez-Roches to Vea, a first-rounder pick in 2018, the Buccaneers need to find a way to get more pressure on the quarterback from the nose tackle spot. Nunez-Roches needs to show the team he is capable of some disruption from that position or will continue to lose snaps to newly signed Steve McLendon, who had five tackles in his Bucs debut against the Raiders. Nunez-Roches finished with just assist in Las Vegas.

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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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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eaustinyoung

I’ve been low on SMB for a long time. He isn’t that good and tends to get manhandled by TEs

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Chimp

Yeah I feel like dean should be the corner opposite of Davis

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eaustinyoung

Davis, Dean, Winfield, and Edwards could be the Legion of Boom 2.0

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ScottC543

I’m pretty sure Todd Bowles plays the guys he thinks will perform the best for us. Let’s go with his decision on this one for now.

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eaustinyoung

Name one play where SMB made a difference. I can think of plays that Vita, Suh, Lavonte, White, Winfield, Edwards, Dean, Davis, Gholston, Whitehead all did something big to make a play in the game. I can’t think of one single time SMB did something that popped off the field.

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76bucsfan46

I’ve also been noticing SMB seems to be regressing. In my opinion he hasn’t played well since the Saints game. I’m sure Bowles is very aware of this.

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liquidmuse3

Bruce was saying get Edwards on the field…put Winfield at nickel and Edwards at FS.

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toofamiliar17

Arians benching Jones for the drop is a joke. The absurd standards he hikds him to ate laughable. Which isn’t to say that he shouldn’t have caught that pass, as he obviously should have. Or that he hasn’t had an issue with drops this year, which he obviously has. But Jones has been one of the best RBs in the league this season, breaking tackles and generating extra yards at rates that put him among the best RBs in the game today. And he’s been doing that for TWO years now. Nobody is perfect, and mistakes are going to happen.… Read more »

eaustinyoung

But it worked soooooooooooooooooo…?

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drdneast

Toofamilar17, we’ve had coaches here who thought the same way as you and they would last two or three years and then get fired. When BA first entered the doors here he said everyone would be accountable. Since then he has gotten rid of a hand full of players who were just playing for the money, including Vernon Hargreaves. I like Jones and his effort and am glad he is being given a chance to produce but that was an easy pass he dropped with plenty of open real estate in front of him. He drops to many passes and… Read more »

toofamiliar17

Again, I don’t see this as accountability. Nobody else gets benched every time they make a mistake. Otherwise, Donovan would’ve been sitting permanently a long time ago. Brady would’ve been benched in the Saints game after his second pick, if not his first. Lavonte would’ve been benched yesterday when he allowed Agholor to beat him in coverage for an easy TD. And listen, I’m not saying all of those SHOULD happen. Because football is hard, and you can’t reasonably bench a guy every time he makes a single mistake. But that seems to be the standard Jones is constantly held… Read more »

76bucsfan46

The difference here is all the others you have mentioned don’t have a viable backup than can come in and give us the best chance to win. Unfortunately for Rojo we have a capable backup so if he’s not doing the job he’s gonna sit for a spell. Tough love, isnt it grand.

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BucRy

It’s a joke even though we are at 5-2? Take a seat and relax.

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toofamiliar17

So that means everything is exactly perfect? Since we’re 5-2, anything Arians does wrong, or any player does wrong, just isn’t an issue? What a ridiculous mindset.

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compewterpirate

Totally disagree. It’s lack of accountability from previous coaches (as well as the front office) that has made this franchise the under-achieving mediocrity it’s been for the last decade. Finally under BA and especially this season with the acquisition of TB there has been a change in culture. You are now seeing evidence of real accountability and the high standards, demanded by coaches and players who are winners, who know what is takes to win. Ro Jo is playing to a very high standard as a RB and I love the player, but his pass catching is poor. It doesn’t… Read more »

toofamiliar17

See my reply to drdneast. To reply to you, I’d basically copy and paste that one, lol.

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gcolerick

Bad take toofamiliar. Rojo drops the damn ball way too much. Arians has been motivating and coaching up players for decades and you are going to sit back and call his coaching technique a joke. The joke on you brother and you just don’t get it. I’m with BucRy…..take a seat.

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DT25

Gonna defend toof here, while I do agree RoJo’s pass catching hasn’t improved nearly enough…this idea that he’s a huge liability there is overblown by our fans and media. His catch rate is right around league average for RBs, which just goes to show most people just expect elite production from the likes of Kamara or James White…when players like that are the exception, not the rule. I rarely hear any praise for Jones when he does catch every ball thrown his way (like in the Packers game)…yet everyone loves to pile on when he drops one pass in a… Read more »

toofamiliar17

I’m saying that his “coaching technique” isn’t consistent. He doesn’t require anyone else on the roster (except for Howard last year, he’s the only other one who comes to kind) to make 0 mistakes to get snaps. Just RoJo, which is my entire point.

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The Wall

Hey Mark- You forgot to mention Barrett’s untimely off offside penalty.

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BucRy

I feel like he has committed way more penalties than sacks this year..

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bucballer

Now, aren’t u glad Bucs didn’t give him the 15-18 mil per that a sack master can get? Do it two years in a row and show me it’s not a fluke one season thing. Barrett is good… don’t get me wrong… he just isn’t 15-18 mil per good. That’s been a problem with previous Buc regimes, give elite money to average players.

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BucRy

I still believe he will at least get to 10 sacks this year but I do wonder what will happen in the offseason.

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martinii

BA wanted to see if Fournette was fully recovered and possibly give Jones a rest, also testing the tires on McClendon. Finally Barrett will not duplicate 2019 sacks especially with White, David. JPP, et.al playing at such a high level. I think “Most Disappointing” should only be used when we lose.

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gcolerick

Disagree…..there is good and bad play in every game regardless of score. The purpose of this website is to provide information and the Pewter Report staff does it really well.

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Madman

Shaq also nullified an INT with an offsides. He looks slow this year. SMB looks lost.

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RW

Shaq was a one year wonder. Maybe 10 sacks this year at best. Good but not league leader.

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buddah

I’m not keen on this “most impressive”/”most disappointing. Football is a team game. Wins and losses is what counts. teams gameplan for certain “advantages.” Teams are making things tough for Evans and Barrett. Now we have coaches who can see that and take advantage; hence other players get the sacks and the catches. I love the accountability that this coach imposes. Wish we had a President who accepted responsibility and accountability.

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Spitfire

That’s true but Evans isn’t on the list because he’s getting double teamed. Barrett May have been too but with the Raiders Oline depressed he should have been eating their freakin lunch and he just has not been doin it. Very disappointing.

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AlbJack65

Damn, Buddah. You had a good take rolling. Logical, reasonable points. Then you had to go and inject politics into it. Should have quit while you were ahead.

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DT25

FWIW Arians was asked about “benching” RoJo during his press conference today and shot it down, saying the game flow and situational football led to Fournette getting those touches after the drop. He specifically said Fournette is our new “nickel back” (his words, not mine) effectively replacing McCoy in that role moving forward. At the end of the half, we went pass heavy to try to get in position to score, so Fournette was in to provide a receiving threat. RoJo began the 2nd half as the primary ball carrier again, and will continue to maintain that role in the… Read more »

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RW

Fournette is a far better receiver than RoJo and yesterday with running being shut down and passing working it made much more sense to have LF in there.

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fredster

Agree with list. Bunting was terrible he needs pick up his game. Barrett had bad game too. Lavonte didn’t have bad game but for him it wasnt good either. He took some bad angles etc that don’t see much with him.

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BucRy

SMB seems to be a bit confused out there at times. He seemed like he was starting to get it towards the end of last year but so far this season he has been very disappointing. I’m glad we also decided to pick up Dean cause he’s way better than SMB.

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fredster

Agree SMB has stunk this year. He’s also had share of penalties. He’s not played well at all.

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Spitfire

That’s a fair list. The only time the disappointing list was bogus was after the win against the Packers. There were one or two people that could have a case to have been on it but most of it was not picking. This game did have some fairly disappointing performances from people you expect more from. SMB 100% needs to be Nickel slot only and a Dean permanently CB2. I did think Jon’s idea on the podcast was an interesting thought to put Dean at CB2, Edwards at Free Safety, Whitehead at Strong Safety and Winfield at Nickel. Then let… Read more »

JohnGaltsGhost

I’m just glad for the first time in many years that are Kicker isn’t a regular member of this list

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PatrioticChief

I would have put Whitehead on this before Shaq.

SMB has gone from a strong start to a flat out liability. I am going to cut him slack for being injured though. I’m not convinced that SMB can’t be a strength for the team. He just isn’t one right now.

I don’t think either EDGE is a problem but they haven’t been a major strength. Neither Shaq or JPP are superstar pass rushers.

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DT25

Yeah SMB looked much better last season, so I’m wondering if there’s some lingering issues with his injury. Hard to go from damn near elite nickel CB to…whatever he was yesterday. I think he’ll come back around in time. Not to mention recency bias is striking hot today…he started this season playing better than this…seems his form is just off in recent weeks for whatever reason.

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scubog

Finally someone remembers that SMB is injured. Not saying that’s an excuse, but it is a consideration when some want to anoint him the defensive whipping boy.

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hamilton

The oc not on the list with his bad play calling lol.

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HOF63

Hate to even say it. But it wasn’t A good game from Lavonte David

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seat26

Bunting is a mystery to me. He played so strong last year. Shaq is an even greater mystery. I hope this is not a case of getting a whole lot of money and just cruising through the season? At this pace Bucs will cut him at the end of season. Which in my mind would be a terrible loss. The one that has me bothered is Evans. He is a shell of himself.

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scubog

When we have a road win like that against a team on the rise like the Raiders, I have a hard time seeking out someone who perhaps didn’t shine enough in the contest. I think some folks expect absolute perfection across the board before they’d be content with the W. Always a “yeah but”. Most disappointing to me was not being able to go to this game like we planned to do when the schedule was released. Guess I’ll have to hope I live long enough to see the Grand Canyon the next time the Raiders are on the schedule… Read more »