2022 Bucs Future Forecast; Mock Draft Round-Up


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FAB 1. 2022 Bucs Future Forecast

Will the Bucs’ 2021 season come to an abrupt finish on Sunday evening with a house loss to the Los Angeles Rams? Or will Tampa Bay’s season finish with one other journey to the NFC Championship Sport and maybe the Tremendous Bowl?

Whether or not it’s in a matter of days or perhaps weeks, the Bucs’ 2021 season will conclude. Simply because it has for all however eight groups left within the NFL playoffs.

I’ve spent the final two editions of SR’s Fab 5 prepping you for the modifications to Tampa Bay’s teaching employees that might be coming with the doable departure of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and/or defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Now it’s time to have a look forward on the Bucs roster heading into 2022.

The Bucs had a discount of practically $6 million to the 2022 wage cap as a result of a number of gamers’ bonuses being achieved on the finish of the 2021 common season, together with tight finish Rob Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady amongst others. Tampa Bay common supervisor Jason Licht and vp of soccer administration Mike Greenberg was in a position to roll over $1,426,667 of unused wage cap cash from this season into 2022 to assist offset the influence of the bonuses.

In response to OverTheCap.com, the Bucs have $19,663,533 in wage cap room heading into the 2022 offseason. That features what might be $11 million in lifeless cap cash if free agent defensive deal with Ndamukong Suh ($6 million) and free agent tight finish Rob Gronkowski ($5 million) don’t return in 2022.

It will seemingly take greater than $6 million to lure the 35-year outdated Suh to return again, however the crew already has to account for that cash anyway – whether or not Suh is on the roster or not. But when Suh comes again for $8 million, the crew would solely have to account for the extra $2 million in cap house.

The identical would apply to Gronkowski. And that might be kicking the can down the highway with extra potential lifeless cash in 2023 if Greenberg chooses.

The Bucs might want to create extra cap house due to the host of starters which can be slated to turn into free brokers in 2022. The checklist begins with extensive receiver Chris Godwin, who had the franchise tag in 2021, and cornerback Carlton Davis III, who may obtain the franchise tag in 2022.

Here’s a have a look at the Bucs’ 2022 free agent class. Starters are labeled with an asterisk (*).

Tampa Bay’s Unrestricted Free Brokers

WR Chris Godwin*
CB Carlton Davis III*
OLB Jason Pierre-Paul*
C Ryan Jensen*
DT Ndamukong Suh*
TE Rob Gronkowski*
SS Jordan Whitehead*
RG Alex Cappa*
DE Will Gholston*
RB Leonard Fournette*
RB Ronald Jones II
TE O.J. Howard

QB Blaine Gabbert
CB Richard Sherman
G Aaron Stinnie
DT Steve McLendon
ILB Kevin Minter
RB Giovani Bernard
RT Josh Wells
S Andrew Adams
RB Le’Veon Bell
DE Pat O’Connor
LS Zach Triner
FS Curtis Riley
CB Rashard Robinson

Tampa Bay’s Restricted Free Brokers

CB Dee Delaney

Rely the asterisks and that’s 10 common starters. Not each starter will return – nor ought to they. This gained’t be like final yr the place the crew will likely be saved collectively. Age and the market worth of some gamers will seemingly dictate that the Bucs transfer on from a couple of starters – maybe Cappa, Pierre-Paul and Fournette.

Pewter Report can have loads of articles and columns about what the Bucs ought to do and sure will do within the coming weeks as free company attracts nearer. Within the meantime, let’s have a look at the Bucs roster that’s beneath contract for the 2022 season and see the place the obvious holes are.

QUARTERBACK

Tom Brady
Kyle Trask
ANALYSIS: Will free agent veteran Blaine Gabbert be re-signed to again up Brady? With Trask’s growth, will Tampa Bay lastly half methods with Ryan Griffin? Heading into 2022 with no good veteran QB within the combine to compete with Trask and doubtlessly again up Brady appears unlikely.

RUNNING BACK

Bucs RB Giovani Bernard

Bucs RB Giovani Bernard – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Ke’Shawn Vaughn
ANALYSIS: Vaughn is regarded as a “lead again” by Arians, however that’s a defective premise. He’s actually a No. 3 again within the NFL, Tampa Bay would remorse heading into 2022 if he was regarded as the starter. Ronald Jones II is nearly as good as gone. He needs a contemporary begin elsewhere and the Bucs wish to transfer on. Will Fournette return or does it make extra sense re-signing veteran Giovani Bernard and drafting one other operating again? Nevertheless you slice it, Tampa Bay has only one operating again beneath contract in 2022 proper now.

WIDE RECEIVER

Mike Evans
Tyler Johnson
Scotty Miller
Jaelon Darden
ANALYSIS: The Bucs will seemingly signal Godwin to a contract extension, however this season has confirmed that Tampa Bay will want extra high quality receivers with the accidents on the place. Johnson can be a No. 4 extensive receiver at greatest, and Miller can be a No. 5. Darden hasn’t confirmed himself but as an NFL receiver. There’s a obtrusive gap at No. 3 and that’s not essentially Breshad Perriman, both. Perriman may return on a one-year deal to compete with Johnson and Miller, however search for the Bucs to spend one other draft decide on a receiver. This draft is stuffed with them and Bruce Arians’ offense is run via the receiver place.

TIGHT END

Cameron Brate
ANALYSIS: Brate is the one tight finish beneath contract, and must take one more pay lower if he’s going to return. He’s set to earn a base wage of $6.55 million. That’s an excessive amount of for a good finish who will likely be 31 this summer time and is on the decline. Will Gronkowski be again? The early guess is sure, for yet one more season. However it appears seemingly that Tampa Bay and O.J. Howard will half methods. Howard wants a contemporary begin elsewhere. This yr’s draft class is stocked with intriguing tight ends, so count on the Bucs to pick out one to develop behind Gronkowski and Brate, along with signing one other veteran.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Donovan Smith
Ali Marpet
Tristan Wirfs
Robert Hainsey
Nick Leverett
Sadarius Hutcherson
Donell Stanley
ANALYSIS: The Bucs will seemingly solely maintain both middle Ryan Jensen or proper guard Alex Cappa in free company. The safer wager will likely be Jensen, as it might be perilous to have Tom Brady in his last season with Tampa Bay play with the unproven Robert Hainsey snapping to him. With Leverett and Hutcherson, the Bucs have some promising in-house candidates to switch Cappa, they usually would possibly re-sign Aaron Stinnie to an affordable, one-year deal. Drafting one other offensive lineman for depth in 2022 additionally appears within the playing cards.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Bucs DTs Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea

Bucs DTs Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea – Picture by: USA In the present day

Vita Vea
Rakeem Nunez-Roches
ANALYSIS: Like operating again and tight finish, the defensive deal with place is almost naked heading into 2022. The Bucs locked Vea up long run and have Nunez-Roches again for an additional season. The massive query will likely be whether or not Suh and/or Gholston return or not. Gholston appears extra inclined to wish to return to Tampa Bay and has performed rather well in 2021. Tampa Bay may even should decide on particular groups ace Pat O’Connor, who was growing properly as a defensive lineman. He’s coming off a torn ACL. With a really weak draft class at defensive deal with looming, it appears seemingly the Bucs must flip to free company to assist fill out the depth chart.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Shaquil Barrett
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka
Anthony Nelson
Cam Gill
ANALYSIS: Will Tampa Bay re-sign Pierre-Paul this offseason? At age 33 and with a myriad of accidents over the previous three seasons it’s simply not value it. Particularly on the wage that Pierre-Paul will need. The good play will likely be to attend till the summer time to see if he’s nonetheless accessible and desires to return. Then signal him to an affordable, one-year, incentive-laden deal. With Nelson within the last yr of his contract, drafting one other good edge rusher to develop alongside Tryon-Shoyinka can be clever. Barrett turns 30 subsequent November.

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Devin White
Lavonte David
Okay.J. Britt
Grant Stuard
ANALYSIS: The Bucs are set at inside linebacker for an additional yr. Is Minter value re-signing or is it time to raise Britt or Stuard to the No. 3 linebacker place behind White and David?

CORNERBACK

Sean Murphy-Bunting
Jamel Dean
Ross Cockrell
ANALYSIS: Davis, the Bucs’ high cowl nook, will likely be again in 2022 – both with a contract extension or on the franchise tag. Tampa Bay was rocked with accidents on the place, which implies that the crew will seemingly spend a premium decide on one other cornerback for depth and growth. The 2022 season will likely be a contract yr for Murphy-Bunting and Dean, and the wage cap seemingly mandates that just one will return. Dean has the early lead and Murphy-Bunting wants to search out consistency – rapidly.

SAFETY

Bucs FS Mike Edwards and SS Jordan Whitehead

Bucs FS Mike Edwards and SS Jordan Whitehead – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Antoine Winfield, Jr.
Mike Edwards
ANALYSIS: Jordan Whitehead has made a really sturdy case for his return by having a extremely good contract yr this season. However Edwards is a beginning caliber participant if Whitehead receives a budget-busting deal elsewhere in free company. Including one other security – seemingly with a premium draft decide – looks as if a should both means. If Whitehead comes again with a wealthy deal, the Bucs might solely be capable of afford to maintain both Winfield or Edwards down the highway. Edwards enters his contract yr in 2022.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Ryan Succop
Bradley Pinion
ANALYSIS: Succop and Pinion are beneath contract. Each have had some ups and downs this season, and let’s see how the yr ends for them. It’s a protected wager that each will likely be again, however seemingly with some actual competitors in camp. Succop will likely be 36 in September and Pinion, who turns 28 in June, has been coping with a hip damage this yr. The guess right here is that the Bucs will re-sign lengthy snapper Zach Triner.

Wanting on the Bucs roster this fashion – with a depth chart of signed gamers – exposes some critical holes at operating again, tight finish and line of defense. That’s the place the point of interest will likely be for Licht and Greenberg within the 2022 offseason. Along with re-signing Godwin, figuring out who will get the franchise tag in 2022 (seemingly Davis) and determining the No. 3 extensive receiver place and the backup QB plan behind Brady.

Count on one other very busy offseason in Tampa Bay.

FAB 2. Newest Bucs’ 2022 Mock Drafts

The NFL offseason has formally arrived for all however eight groups, together with Tampa Bay. That quantity will likely be decreased to 4 after this weekend. With the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl per week away, let’s have a look at the most recent Bucs picks in a number of new 2022 mock drafts.

Tampa Bay has a draft decide in each spherical apart from the sixth spherical as a result of a earlier commerce.

The primary Pewter Report’s 2022 Bucs’ 7-Spherical Mock Draft drops subsequent week, so keep tuned.

CBS Sports activities’ Ryan Wilson

Buccaneers – No. 30 – Michigan DB Daxton Hill
Hill is a part of a Wolverines protection that might find yourself seeing three gamers go in Spherical 1 subsequent spring. He’s underrated nationally however watch him play and it turns into clear fairly rapidly that he’s within the operating for among the finest defensive backs on this class. He’s listed as a security however he can line up anyplace.

SR’s Take: Hill is a completely nice slot in Tampa Bay as a result of he’s so versatile. He’s just like Antoine Winfield, Jr. and Mike Edwards in that he can play security and slot cornerback.

Professional Soccer Focus’ Austin Gayle

Buccaneers – No. 30 – Auburn CB Roger McCreary
With over 2,200 defensive snaps performed in his Auburn profession, McCreary will likely be one of many extra skilled cornerbacks coming into the 2022 NFL Draft. He’s a sticky cowl nook who has improved his PFF grade yearly of his profession with the Tigers. He allowed greater than 90 yards in only one sport all through the 2021 season and completed the yr with a powerful 89.9 PFF grade.

SR’s Take: The Bucs love Auburn cornerbacks (see Carlton Davis III and Jamel Dean), and McCreary is a implausible cowl nook. He’s a bit of smaller at 6-foot, 190, however very expert. This looks as if a stable choice – if McCreary is there late within the first spherical.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler

Buccaneers – No. 30 – Houston DL Logan Corridor
Corridor is among the extra underrated prospects on this draft class, and I wouldn’t be stunned if he’s lengthy passed by this decide. Personally, I like him greatest as an edge rusher the place he has a bit of little bit of a runway and might unlock his quickness and size. However Corridor would give Tampa flexibility on the line of defense as Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen has referred to as him “among the finest” defensive tackles he has ever coached.

Buccaneers – No. 62 – Iowa State RB Breece Corridor

SR’s Take: Tampa Bay takes two Halls? Logan Corridor is a beast of a defender, however he performed three-technique at 6-foot-6, 260 kilos. Is he a scheme match? I’m undecided. Anxious to see how he performs on the Senior Bowl. He’s not twitchy sufficient to play outdoors linebacker in Tampa Bay’s scheme. Breece Corridor can be an important slot in Bruce Arians’ system as a runner-receiver. Nice worth on the finish of the second spherical.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper

Buccaneers – No. 30 – Texas A&M DL DeMarvin Leal
Just like the Cowboys, the Bucs have a number of free brokers hitting the open market this offseason, together with middle Ryan Jensen, extensive receiver Chris Godwin, cornerback Carlton Davis and defensive finish Jason Pierre-Paul. So whereas time will inform which gamers they carry again, this decide is a few like-for-like substitute for Ndamukong Suh, who turned 35 earlier this month and has been taking part in on one-year contracts. The 290-pound Leal may play defensive finish in a 3-4 scheme or 3-technique deal with in a 4-3. He has a robust decrease half and robust fingers. He had 8.5 sacks for the Aggies in 2021, displaying enchancment on his means to take down quarterbacks.

SR’s Take: The Bucs may use some younger blood alongside the inside line of defense, however this can be a horrible draft when it comes to high quality and amount. Leal is athletic, however undersized at 6-foot-4, 290 kilos and doesn’t play the run actual nicely. That doesn’t assist his trigger in Tampa Bay and he may not be an important scheme match.

NBC Sports activities’ Adam Hermann

Buccaneers – No. 30 – Georgia WR George Pickens
To begin the yr, it appeared the Bucs had virtually too many weapons round Tom Brady. Now, with the Antonio Brown period over in Tampa and Chris Godwin more likely to receives a commission (perhaps elsewhere?) it’s time for the Bucs to consider methods to offer Brady extra weapons as he strikes into his previous few years within the league. Pickens is a little bit of a danger, contemplating he hardly performed this yr as a result of an ACL damage, however his uncooked expertise and skill appears him projecting to Professional Bowl-level WR play. You didn’t go get Brady simply to play it protected. Take the swing, Tampa.

SR’s Take: That is an absolute attain. Pickens is gifted and has good dimension at 6-foot-3, 200, however missed a lot of the 2021 season with a torn ACL damage. Pre-draft testing is necessary, however Pickens can be a a lot better worth on the finish of the second spherical.

Walter Soccer’s Walter Cherepinsky

USC DE Drake Jackson

USC DE Drake Jackson – Picture by: USA In the present day

Buccaneers – No. 30 – USC DE-DT Drake Jackson
Ndamukong Suh gained’t be round for much longer, so the Buccaneers may go after a line of defense with this decide. Drake Jackson has been nice as an edge participant, however he may fill out and turn into a five-technique.

Buccaneers – No. 62 – Alabama CB Josh Jobe 

Cornerback is the one weak group on Tampa Bay’s roster. Josh Jobe is an enormous, athletic cornerback with great upside.

Buccaneers – No. 94 – Iowa State RB Breece Corridor
Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones are set to hit free company. Breece Corridor is a bodily runner who has high quality receiving expertise.

SR’s Take: Jackson resembles Jason Pierre-Paul in that he’s lengthy and considerably lanky. There isn’t a means he fills out sufficient to turn into a defensive deal with. However Jackson is an intriguing edge rusher, and will climb into the late first spherical with good pre-draft testing. I’m not as large of a fan of Jobe, and that could be a bit of excessive for the Alabama cornerback. Corridor seemingly gained’t final into the third spherical. He’s a steal if he’s there.

Walter Soccer’s Charlie Campbell

Buccaneers – No. 30 – Alabama WR Jameson Williams
Until Tampa Bay’s younger receivers impress within the postseason, the crew may goal receiver assist in the 2022 NFL Draft. Antonio Brown is gone, and Chris Godwin is coming into free company. The Ohio State switch was an electrical playmaker for the Crimson Tide this season, averaging 19.9 yards per catch for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns on 79 catches. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Williams has high quality top and explosive pace alongside suddenness and a burst that catches defensive backs without warning. Williams has put himself in competition to be a late first-round or early second-round decide within the 2022 NFL Draft.

Buccaneers – No. 62 – Washington CB Kyler Gordon
Tampa Bay may use extra younger expertise at cornerback. Gordon recorded 45 tackles, two interceptions and 7 passes damaged up in 2021. The 6-foot, 195-pounder was a stable nook for the Huskies over the previous few seasons. He flashed in 2019 whereas recording 32 tackles and 4 move breakups. Along with his stable body and power, Gordon appears to be like like an outdoor nook for the NFL.

SR’s Take: It’s uncertain that Williams lasts to No. 30 – though he tore his ACL. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who is anticipated to re-sign, Williams would have time to get well and the Bucs wouldn’t essentially want him at first of the season. Gordon is a flexible cornerback who can play outdoors and within the slot. He may not be there late within the second spherical.

The Draft Community’s Kyle Crabbs

Arkansas WR Treylon Burks

Arkansas WR Treylon Burks – Picture by: USA In the present day

Buccaneers – No. 30 – Arkansas WR Treylon Burks
Ahem… very similar to the choice to spend money on a large receiver for the Payments and Chiefs, this seems like the suitable time and place to double down on offensive weapons for the Buccaneers. Antonio Brown’s departure has been nicely documented and the crew might should transition away from Chris Godwin as nicely relying on how contract negotiations go. Treylon Burks is a big-bodied participant, however he’s proven good pace within the open area and has a fairly various resume of utilization at Arkansas. Preserving Tom comfortable together with his number of weapons is a crucial issue right here because the crew appears to be like to remain firmly within the hunt in 2022.

SR’s Take: Burks is a monster at 6-foot-3, 225 kilos with nice pace and play-making means. He can play in each the slot and out extensive and can be an important scheme match. Tampa Bay would like to see him fall to No. 30, however don’t maintain your breath.

The Draft Community’s Joe Marino

Buccaneers – No. 30 – Cincinnati CB Ahmad Gardner
After “operating it again” with nearly the identical roster in 2021, one thing’s gotta give with the Buccaneers’ personnel subsequent offseason given the checklist of contracts set to run out. The draft is probably going going to be about changing whoever they misplaced. On this situation, let’s function as if Carlton Davis is just not retained. Sauce Gardner has unfastened hips, fast toes, glorious size, and excellent pace. He has good ball expertise and matches the mildew of cornerback that we’ve seen Tampa Bay gravitate towards. He’s glorious in press protection and is a bodily participant.

SR’s Take: Gardner is one in every of my favourite defenders on this yr’s draft class. At 6-foot-2, 188 kilos, he’s a great slot in Todd Bowles’ protection as a press-man nook. Gardner by no means gave up a landing in three years as a starter for Cincinnati. It’s uncertain that Gardner lasts to No. 30.

FAB 3. 4 Matchups To Watch: Bucs Offense vs. Rams Protection

Every week yow will discover 4 Matchups to Watch on offense and protection in my SR’s Fab 5 column. Right here is a sophisticated have a look at Tampa Bay’s NFC Divisional Playoff sport vs. Los Angeles. The Bucs are 8-1 at dwelling the place they’ve scored at the very least 30 factors in all however one sport. The Rams are 7-2 on the highway, and beat the Bucs in L.A. in Week 3, 34-24. Let’s check out the matchups to look at when Tampa Bay is on offense towards Raheem Morris’ protection.

Bucs LG Ali Marpet vs. Rams DT Aaron Donald

Bucs LG Ali Marpet Arians

Bucs LG Ali Marpet – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Donald had one sack and 4 pressures towards the Bucs in Week 3. That sack got here towards tight finish Rob Gronkowski when Donald was lined up outdoors as an edge rusher. Morris will transfer Donald all around the line to search out favorable matchups, however dwelling base for the All-Professional is within the weakside B hole. Meaning he’ll face towards Marpet nearly all of occasions. This pair of Professional Bowlers has squared off in every of the final three seasons – and it’s been a conflict for essentially the most half.

Marpet struggled within the Week 3 matchup, giving up 5 pressures (not all towards Donald) and incomes a low 26.2 move rush grade. That was the bottom of all 5 Tampa Bay offensive linemen out in Los Angeles. Marpet must have the sport of his season to assist comprise Donald and maintain him off of Tom Brady.
ADVANTAGE: Donald

Tampa Bay RBs Leonard Fournette and Gio Bernard vs. Los Angeles Linebackers

Bucs RB Giovani Bernard

Bucs RB Giovani Bernard vs Rams in Week 3 – Picture Credit score: USA TODAY Sports activities

The Bucs ran for a paltry 35 yards on 13 carries (2.7 avg.) within the Week 3 loss at Los Angeles. Linebacker Kenny Younger had an important sport with 10 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and a sack. However Los Angeles traded him to Denver, and the Rams inside linebackers at the moment are the weak hyperlink. Travian Howard and Troy Reeder, who’s questionable with an damage, might be uncovered if the Bucs operating backs are put in place to take action, particularly within the passing sport.

Brady was Tampa Bay’s main rusher in Week 3 with 14 yards and a landing on three carries. Fournette had eight yards on 4 carries, whereas Ronald Jones II had solely 11 yards on 5 carries. Fournette is anticipated to return from a hamstring damage and can want a a lot better efficiency. He had three catches for 26 yards towards the Rams and may have to provide extra as a receiver. Bernard got here alive as a receiver within the fourth quarter with 9 catches for 51 yards and a landing. He’ll have to have an analogous sort outing because the No. 2 again on Sunday.
ADVANTAGE: Fournette and Bernard

Bucs WR Mike Evans vs. Rams CB Jalen Ramsey

Bucs WR Mike Evans

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Picture by: USA In the present day

Ramsey spent a great deal of the final sport towards slot receiver Chris Godwin. Los Angeles performs plenty of zone protection, but it surely masquerades as man protection as a result of the Rams defensive backs play tight in zone. With out Godwin on this sport, there’s a good likelihood that Los Angeles will match protection with Evans to attempt to take him out of the sport with the Professional Bowl cornerback. Ramsey and Evans have squared off lots earlier than, in order that gained’t be something new.

Evans had eight catches for 106 yards out in Los Angeles in Week 3. That was a sport during which the Bucs didn’t have Antonio Brown, however did have Godwin. Now with simply Evans and tight finish Rob Gronkowski as the first offensive weapons within the passing sport, the 6-foot-5 receiver should come via with one other 100-yard sport for Tampa Bay. Even when meaning doing it practically each down towards Ramsey.
ADVANTAGE: Push

Tampa Bay TE Rob Gronkowski vs. L.A.’s Safeties

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski – Picture Credit score: USA TODAY Sports activities

The Rams are anticipated to be with out beginning security Taylor Rapp for an additional playoff sport as he’s recovering from a concussion. Jordan Fuller, Los Angeles’ different beginning security, is on injured reserve. The Rams have been pressured to start out reserves Terrell Burgess and Nick Scott and there have been some communication points in Week 18. Will they be higher this week in Tampa Bay? They’ll should be towards Gronkowski, who will likely be attacking the seam.

Gronkowski was knocked out of the Week 3 sport within the second half with cracked ribs and a punctured lung. He was on his method to having an enormous sport with 4 catches for 55 yards earlier than he left. Gronkowski will likely be in search of revenge within the playoffs, and attempt to make the most of the inexperience on the security place for Los Angeles. We would even see Eric Weddle, who has been retired for 2 years, play on this sport if Gronkowski begins to go off.
ADVANTAGE: Gronkowski

FAB 4. 4 Matchups To Watch: Bucs Protection vs. Rams Offense

Every week yow will discover 4 Matchups to Watch on offense and protection in my SR’s Fab 5 columns. Matthew Stafford threw 4 touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-24 win over Tampa Bay in Week 3. The Bucs solely sacked Stafford as soon as and allowed the Rams to amass over 400 yards of offense. How will Todd Bowles’ protection match-up towards Sean McVay’s high-octane offense? Let’s discover out.

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett vs. Rams RT Rob Havenstein

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

After surrendering a sack and 5 pressures towards Barrett in a 55-40 loss in 2019, Havenstein has shut him out the final two conferences. At 6-foot-8, 330 kilos, Havenstein is a large man with an enormous wingspan. When he will get his fingers on the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Barrett, he normally engulfs him. Havenstein hasn’t had his greatest yr. He surrendered seven sacks and dedicated three penalties in the course of the common season.

Barrett returned to motion final week after lacking the final two-and-a-half video games of the season with a knee sprain. Whereas he didn’t file any tackles or sacks towards Philadelphia within the Wild Card spherical, Barrett did have a key interception. Barrett is aware of he must get stress on Matthew Stafford. Meaning going via Havenstein. If he doesn’t have success towards the Rams proper deal with early, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles would possibly wish to transfer him to the suitable facet towards left deal with Andrew Whitworth. Barrett had six pressures in Week 3 towards Stafford, but it surely didn’t sluggish him down, evidenced by 4 touchdowns.
ADVANTAGE: Havenstein

Tampa Bay DB Mike Edwards vs. Los Angeles WR Cooper Kupp

Rams WR Cooper Kupp and Bucs CB Carlton Davis III

Rams WR Cooper Kupp and Bucs CB Carlton Davis III – Picture by: USA In the present day

Kupp turned an All-Professional receiver this yr with a league-leading 145 catches for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns. Within the final three video games towards Tampa Bay, he’s amassed 29 receptions for 362 yards and three TDs. Kupp had 9 catches for 96 yards and a pair of scores in Week 3. The Bucs used Ross Cockrell within the slot towards Kupp when he lined up there. The issue is, the Rams line up Kupp all over the place – together with within the backfield – to scheme him open. He’ll be a tricky task for any Bucs defender.

Edwards didn’t play a lot in Week 3, however when he did it was at security and barely within the slot towards Kupp. He performed a task in surrendering Jackson’s 75-yard landing within the final sport. Since then Edwards has turn into a a lot better defender and has taken much more snaps within the slot than Cockrell. The Bucs switched Edwards and free security Antoine Winfield, Jr. final week towards Philadelphia. Will probably be fascinating to see if Todd Bowles does that once more or goes with Edwards within the slot if Sean Murphy-Bunting’s hamstring damage prevents him from suiting up once more.
ADVANTAGE: Kupp

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III vs. Rams WR Odell Beckham, Jr.

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III and Rams WR Cooper Kupp

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III and Rams WR Cooper Kupp – Picture by: USA In the present day

Los Angeles signed Beckham proper earlier than Robert Woods suffered a season-ending knee damage in apply. It turned out to be a saving grace for the Rams’ passing sport as he’s been an efficient contributor with six landing catches, together with one in final week’s playoff win. Beckham isn’t the dynamic participant he was years in the past with the Giants, however he’s nonetheless a risk within the passing sport that have to be accounted for on each snap. He’s a TD ready to occur.

Davis noticed motion towards Kupp, Woods and DeSean Jackson in Week 3. Woods is on injured reserve and Jackson was lower and ended the season in Las Vegas. Jackson had three catches for 120 yards and a landing towards Tampa Bay, together with a 40-yard reception towards Davis. Out of all the present Rams receivers, Davis’ taking part in fashion matches up higher towards Beckham, who sees an honest period of time on Davis’ facet of the sector. Holding Beckham beneath 50 yards and out of the tip zone is the plan.
ADVANTAGE: Davis

Tampa Bay NT Vita Vea vs. Los Angeles LG David Edwards

Bucs NT Vita Vea

Bucs NT Vita Vea – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Edwards allowed 4 pressures within the Week 3 assembly, which was the very best of any Rams lineman within the sport. He additionally had a poor 54 move blocking grade from Professional Soccer Focus, permitting three hurries and a QB hit. Edwards has surrendered six sacks on the season and dedicated three penalties. He’s the weak hyperlink of L.A.’s offensive line and the Bucs have to make the most of it to get to Matthew Stafford.

Vea was held to simply two tackles within the first sport towards the Rams. Since then he’s recorded a season-high 4 sacks on the yr and obtained a large contract extension. Whereas he doesn’t should be the move rusher that Barrett is, he must get to the quarterback extra usually. Pressures are okay. Hits are higher. Sacks are the perfect. When Vea is singled up on Edwards he must win and get Stafford on the bottom. Vea had three pressures and three sacks in Week 3, however wants a fair higher displaying on Sunday.
ADVANTAGE: Vea

FAB 5. SR’s Buc Photographs

• TOM TROLLS THE EAGLES: Bucs quarterback Tom Brady trolled Eagles followers on social media this week. Brady posted a clip of him famously dropping a throwback move in New England’s Tremendous Bowl loss to Philadelphia, adopted by him catching an errant Jalen Hurts move on the sidelines final Sunday. Humorous stuff.

Bucs assistant WRs coach Thad Lewis

Bucs assistant WRs coach Thad Lewis – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

• LEWIS IS A NAME TO WATCH ON BUCS COACHING STAFF: I’ve written about some doable modifications coming to the Bucs’ teaching employees over the previous two weeks in SR’s Fab 5. Right here’s one identify I haven’t talked about but – assistant receivers coach Thaddeus Lewis. A former NFL backup quarterback from 2010-17, Lewis interned with the Bucs throughout coaching camp final yr after which was signed as an offensive assistant for the 2020 season. This yr he was promoted to assistant receivers coach the place he has labored alongside Kevin Garver.

Bruce Arians and the teaching employees suppose extremely of the 34-year outdated Lewis. He’s bought a vivid future, and like Garver, might be a future offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay or elsewhere – sooner quite than later. If play-caller Byron Leftwich will get a head teaching job, Garver may ascend to the offensive coordinator function. That implies that Lewis may turn into Tampa Bay’s extensive receivers coach.

• BUCS-EAGLES PLAYOFF PREVIEW ON THE PEWTER REPORT PODCAST: The Pewter Report Podcast is energized by CELSIUS and broadcasts 4 stay episodes every week. The Pewter Pregame present for the Bucs vs. Rams sport begins at 2:00 p.m. ET previous to the three:00 p.m. ET kickoff with Pewter GameDay. The Pewter Postgame podcast follows later Sunday evening. Then we’ll have Pewter Report Podcasts on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4:00 pm EST previewing the Bucs’ subsequent playoff sport in the event that they advance.

It was one other Victory Monday as Jon Ledyard and Scott Reynolds broke down the victory over the Eagles and seemed forward to the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

On Wednesday, Ledyard and Reynolds previewed the Bucs vs. Rams playoff sport and supplied the most recent damage updates.

On Thursday, Ledyard, Matt Matera and Kasey Hudson talked about some doable vacancies on the Bucs teaching employees and answered followers’ questions.

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• OLD MAN BRADY: ESPN posted a tremendous statistic on Twitter this week concerning Tom Brady’s age (he’s 44).

• BRADY IS NO LONGER A 49ers FAN: Tom Brady grew up in California as a fan of the 49ers and Corridor of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. Years later, is he nonetheless a San Francisco fan?



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