Week 1 Buccaneers at Saints Most Disappointing Players
The Buccaneers fell to the Saints 34-23 and it was truly due to beating themselves like they normally do. Drew Brees threw for 160 yards and Alvin Kamara rushed 12 times for 16 yards. Below are the players that I think were the most disappointing in this loss at New Orleans.
T Donovan Smith:
LT Donovan Smith is being paid $14.5M base salary this season to protect Tom Brady’s blindside. That’s top tier tackle money but Smith didn’t play like a top tackle yesterday. Smith was getting blown by on almost every play and barely getting his hands on defenders. He allowed two sacks and committed a false start penalty. These mistakes are looking like rookie mistakes and Smith is in his sixth season in the league.
DT Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea:
I grouped Suh and Vea together because together they had a combined two tackles and a neutral zone infraction penalty each on the same drive. These penalties were bad as they line up over the ball and still got caught with a hard count. The Buccaneers had the Saints at 4th and 2 near midfield when Vea jumped off and continued their drive and Suh did it later in the drive which resulted in a field goal.
S Mike Edwards and WR Jaydon Mickens:
The Saints decided to do a pop up kick early in the fourth quarter after an Emmanuel Sanders touchdown and the Buccaneers weren’t ready for it. S Mike Edwards and WR/KR Jaydon Mickens ran into each other trying to field the ball resulting in the Saints recovering the kick at the Buccaneers 18 yard line. That was unnecessary as neither should’ve tried to field the kick and just let it bounce out of bounds for a penalty.
QB Tom Brady:
Nobody is perfect. Not even the G.O.A.T. The Buccaneers signed QB Tom Brady this offseason to change their losing culture and bring his winning ways to Tampa. It didn’t look that good in week one. Brady threw two interceptions one of which was a pick six. Brady is one of only three players in NFL history with a pick six in three consecutive games. Bruce Arians was very critical of Brady after the game because this is the reason that they let Jameis Winston walk this offseason. It’s only week one but you expect more from arguably the best player to ever play the game of football.
CB Jamel Dean:
Jamel Dean was solid for most of the game but gave up a big play when the Buccaneers had momentum in their favor. Early in the fourth quarter, the team was down seven and had the Saints 2nd and 10 at their own 39 when Dean fell asleep and got lazy allowing TE Jared Cook to catch a 46 yard pass down the sideline from Drew Brees. This drive ended up resulting in a TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders.
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