Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Impact Players
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Our Week two matchup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the defending Super Bowl Champions, Philadelphia Eagles. After an impressive offensive explosion from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had a hella of a game to remember, passed for over 400 yards and four touchdowns. This included a rushing touchdown and eventually winning week one NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
For this week, my impact players of the week for each team are wide receiver Chris Godwin for the men in Pewter and Red and running back Jay Ajayi for the Eagles.
Godwin, aka “Rod God”, is becoming one of the young rising stars for the Buccaneers alongside Veterans’ Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Godwin is moving into the number two Wide Receiver slot replacing DeSean Jackson who is battling a concussion and shoulder issues after having a two touchdiwn game last week.
With each day passing, we will see if DeSean is going to suit up against his former team. Godwin I feel is a highlight machine waiting to happen with his big time catches in clutch situations. I would say he is going to be an x-factor in the receiving game for the Buccaneers and Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken, who called an amazing game last week, heading into this matchup against Philly.
Godwin has battled his way up the depth chart and is becoming one of Winston and Fitzpatrick’s favorite targets. With his ability to block in the running game, it’ll be key in hopefully knocking off the champs in the team’s home opener. He is set to overcome his subpar rookie year and set his bar high to become one of the NFL’s young stars along with Evans to become one of the best one two duos’ in the league.
Ajayi came from the Miami Dolphins last season in a mid-season trade, turned out to be a tool in the Eagles Run-Pass Option (RPO) Offense in the Eagles victory in Super Bowl 52. Going into his second season with the Eagles, Ajayi is now carrying the workload from the departed LeGarrette Blount, who went the Detroit Lions in the off-season.
Eagles Coach Doug Pederson stared recently, “I wanted to make sure because Jay was nursing a little bit of a lower body injury for a couple weeks, and just wanted to make sure he was good and get him into the flow of the game”. Ajayi, who was nursing a foot injury, played sparingly during the first half and broke out in the second half of the game. The Eagles’ offense finished with 15 carries with 62 yards and two touchdowns in their opening night win against the Atlanta Falcons, which was a rematch of the NFC title game last season.
For Ajayi, who is set to be a free agent the end of the season, can be a nice piece for any team. Who’s set to sign him? He is out to prove he is a difference maker and is hopeful 2018 will bring him another title to the city of brotherly love.
A rivalry that has bad blood written all over it, the Eagles vs the Buccaneers this Sunday could be another marque game for both teams.