Players to Watch: Tampa Bay at New Orleans
“Hey! Hey! Tampa Bay”. Welcome you loyal Tampa Bay Bucs fans to our 2018-2019 game preview, I wanted to first start off by saying thank you to all fans and friends aboard this journey. Without you all, there isn’t a team to cheer for. Now onto game action!
With our team in Pewter and Red heading down to the Big Easy aka New Orleans, LA to face one of most hated division rivals in the New Orleans Saints.
This match up is really a back to back of last season’s thrilling Bucs victory with QB Jameis Winston throwing a dart to a young superstar WR in Chris, aka ROD GOD, Godwin in the going seconds. The Buccaneers went on to win their last game of the season 31-24. Now in a new season, this game will be very different on both sides of the ball with Winston missing the team’s first three games and will be able to return in week four against Chicago.
For this weeks impact players, I selected Tampa Bay’s Peyton Barber and New Orleans’s Alvin Kamara to focus on. They are both considered bell cows of the team’s respected offense.
Barber is looking to become the featured primary back in Tampa Bay’s dynamic offense under Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s system. Barber, who has had a quiet year last season with 108 attempts, 423 yards, and three touchdowns. Barber is looking to take over after the departure of RB Doug Martin and the recently cut/waved Charles Sims. Barber, who made the Bucs’ roster as an undrafted rookie two years ago from Auburn, is looking to capitalize the opportunity of being the next featured back.
With the Bucs drafting Ronald Jones in the second round of this year’s draft, the Bucs are trying to have a one-two punch combo like their opponent for this week’s opening game.
Kamara, the young explosive RB for the Saint,s was a weapon for Head Coach Sean Payton and Quarterback Drew Brees. Kamara, who broke into the NFL, won the offensive rookie of the year honor over Kansas City’s young star RB, Kareem Hunt. They became two of the most impact full rookies on the offensive side of the ball last season. Even more this season, the Saints will rely a lot on Kamara’s for the team’s first four games of season while RB Mark Ingram is serving his four-game suspension. Behind one of the more up and coming offensive lines in the NFL, Kamara is going to be locked into more touches and try to do more things then running the ball. Saints coach Sean Payton spoke to SiriusXM NFL Radio back in mid-August on Kamara’s impact, stating, “I like the vision that we have for Alvin. He’s an exceptionally smart player and he’s versatile.”.
This game for week one will be a highly competitive game with both teams looking to start their 2018-19 campaign with a victory.
Bucs fans, who you got?!?!