Week 1 Buccaneers at Saints Most Impressive Players
The Buccaneers went down in their first game of the season 34-23 to division rival New Orleans Saints but there were some bright spots in the game. Below are the most impressive players from week 1.
T Tristan Wirfs:
Rookie RT Tristan Wirfs had some rookie mistakes in his first NFL game but truly held his own against pro bowl DL Cameron Jordan. Jordan only had four tackles and zero sacks so Wirfs held up against one of the better defensive lineman in the game right now. If you don’t hear an offensive lineman’s name during the game, that means they’re doing their job and Wirfs name was only called about him having one false start penalty and then spotlight the work that he was doing on Jordan. Nice debut for the rookie.
WR Scotty Miller and WR Chris Godwin:
Reports from training camp stated that Miller was Brady’s favorite target during the practices and it showed. Miller went off for five catches for 73 yards including a long reception of 37 yards setting up a TD pass from Brady to Evans on that drive. Scotty Miller’s speed is going to help Brady tremendously if Miller can stay healthy this season. Chris Godwin started Brady’s first drive as a Buccaneer with a nice 29 yard reception and finished the game with a team high six receptions for 79 yards. With Evans nursing a hamstring injury, Miller and Godwin were the go to targets for Brady. Expect a lot more of this as the season moves along.
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis III:
Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis III are two of the most underrated secondary players in the NFL. Both men really took charge at the back end of last season and it carried over into the game against the Saints. Murphy-Bunting and Davis III were part of a tandem that held Michael Thomas to three reception for 17 yards and Drew Brees to 160 passing yards. This is only the beginning for these two and it will only get better.
LB Lavonte David and Devin White:
David and White were all over the field yesterday. David and White had 11 tackles each and a combined 4.5 tackles for loss. David is arguably the most underrated player in the NFL as he is consistent with over 100 tackles in every season except one. White is in his second year but his explosiveness is on display. This duo will be talked about together for a long, long time.
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