The Buccaneers are 2-0!
Before the season started, 2-0 seemed impossible. As the team went through free agency and the draft, addressing key positions such as the defensive line and making a trade for Jason -Pierre-Paul and signing Brent Grimes back for another year is big. Selecting Via Vea in the first round and drafting two corner-backs and a speedy running back from USC. All through training camp, you could sense a different feel from this team and the urgency that this would be the year to FINALLY get things turned around. They have the pieces, they just needed to find a way to put it all together. The optimism surrounding this team remained. Although the national media gave the Buccaneers no hope.. Especially with starting quarterback Jameis Winston suspended for the first three games of the season. Many predicted us to go 0-3.
Fast forward to week-one in New Orleans. No one expected the Buccaneers to come in and light up the scoreboard the way that they did. With the offense clicking on touchdown throws to DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans. They rallied up a total of 48 points to go on to defeat the Saints. The defense wasn’t far behind either. Eventually, we ended up losing a Key member of their secondary as Vernon Hargreaves III suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Now fast forward: Bring on Week Two against the Defending Super Bowl Championships Philadelphia Eagles. There was no way that the Buccaneers would win right? Think again.
On the first play of the game, Ryan Fitzpatrick
connected with DeSean Jackson on a 75-yard touchdown. Talk about coming out of the gate swinging! The offense doesn’t stop there as Fitzpatrick struck gold again this time by connecting with TE OJ Howard on a yet another 75-yard touchdown. The running game was held in check today. Hopefully, the rookie, Ronald Jones can find his way on the field at a rather sooner than later. This offense could use his explosiveness he was known for at USC and be the lighting to Peyton Barber. Maybe we should throw him into the fire?
The defense did a great job. Gerald McCoy and Jason-Pierre-Paul each
got sacks. Jordan Whitehead came in for Chris Conte and really did a nice job. Although of a couple missed tackles and a botched coverage play. Though, he isn’t afraid to come up and make the hit and it was evident Sunday. Ryan Smith even played his best game as a Buccaneer so far by making pass breakups and a big play on special teams. Their young rookie corner-backs MJ Stewart and Carlton Davis had a decent day. Stewart did some nice things in pass coverage. Davis also recorded his first Fumble Recovery. Look for them to continue to develop and get better as the season progresses. The Buccaneers hope to have a healthy Brent Grimes return back in the lineup to give them a major boost to an injured secondary. Especially with Antionio Brown coming to town. Next up! The National stage on Monday night football.
Let’s see if our Tampa Bay Buccaneers can keep this momentum going! This is the best start for this team in seven years. Todd Monken is now taking over the play calling for head coach Dirk Koetter. He has by far been one of our biggest game changers this year. Don’t expect Todd Monken to take his foot off the gas. Look for him to stay aggressive no matter the opponent. So far it is paying off the Bucs… They may look like the real deal.
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