For this weekend’s Pewter Report Roundtable, the crew tackles one other robust query. This week’s immediate: Bucs Mount Rushmore – Present Roster.
The entire Pewter Reporters unanimously agree that Lavonte David, Mike Evans and Tom Brady comprise three of the 4 present gamers on the legendary Bucs Mount Rushmore. So we’ll be debating who’s the fourth and ultimate present Buccaneer to be included.
Scott Reynolds: Wirfs’ Profession Is Off To A Legendary Begin
That is an attention-grabbing subject as a result of every of us are going to choose the identical three gamers – Mike Evans, Lavonte David and Tom Brady – for Bucs Mount Rushmore. However who’s that fourth participant? That’s actually not so apparent. There are fairly a number of different nice Tampa Bay gamers on the present roster. The one I’m going to decide on is likely one of the latest ones – proper deal with Tristan Wirfs.
Wirfs made his first Professional Bowl and was named first-team All-Professional in simply his second season within the league. That’s an unbelievable feat. And there may be extra coming his means so long as he stays wholesome. Not even the legendary Paul Gruber, who’s within the Bucs Ring of Honor, obtained any of these league honors. Former Bucs linemen Davin Joseph and Donald Penn every made a pair of Professional Bowls. Lengthy-time heart Tony Mayberry is essentially the most embellished Bucs linemen with three consecutive Professional Bowls from 1997-99.
Sadly, Wirfs confirmed how necessary he’s to the workforce when he wasn’t out there within the NFC Divisional Playoffs towards the Rams. Wirfs suffered a extreme ankle sprain and that negatively affected the Bucs offense, which solely produced three factors within the first half of the 30-27 loss. If Wirfs performs maybe Brady is pressured much less and the Bucs win. I’ve already gone on report as saying Wirfs is already essentially the most gifted offensive lineman in Tampa Bay historical past. He’ll be a Corridor of Famer at this fee. Put him up there on Bucs Mount Rushmore with Brady, Evans and David from this present roster.
Matt Matera: Barrett Smashes Data And Comes Up In Enormous Moments
Shaq Barrett is getting into his fourth 12 months with the Bucs. In his three seasons prior, he has emphatically made his presence felt in additional methods than one. There are different gamers on this workforce which might be extra tenured than Barrett. However for his manufacturing and place in workforce historical past, Barrett claims the fourth spot on this record behind Tom Brady, Mike Evans and Lavonte David.
Barrett coming to Tampa Bay earlier than the 2019 season will go down as one of many best free agent signings in Bucs historical past. He made a direct affect with a league-leading 19.5 sacks, breaking the franchise report. It will be extraordinarily tough to prime that, and although Barrett recorded eight sacks in 2020, he saved his finest for the playoffs on the finish of the Bucs’ Tremendous Bowl run.
He had a hat trick of sacks within the NFC Championship, after which tallied one other one within the Tremendous Bowl together with a sensational 10 pressures. Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul modified that Tremendous Bowl with their means to create stress with a four-man cross rush. You would argue that Barrett was one of the best participant in that sport. He adopted that up with a 10-sack Professional Bowl season, plus an interception within the playoffs towards the Eagles. With JPP gone this 12 months, Barrett can additional carve out his Bucs legacy with each on-field manufacturing. And being a mentor to Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and the opposite younger cross rushers that Tampa Bay has.
JC Allen: Gronkowski’s Greatness Deserves A Place On Bucs Mount Rushmore
Whereas Rob Gronkowski shouldn’t be technically on the Bucs roster proper now, that’s only a formality. In his two seasons in Tampa Bay there isn’t any doubting the affect Gronk has had on the group, particularly on the sphere. Whether or not it’s as a receiver or a “blocking tight finish,” he has been a serious a part of the Bucs success. His two “tuddie” efficiency within the Tremendous Bowl helped propel the Bucs to their second championship. He’s the best tight finish of all time, and when you could have participant that distinguished on you workforce he belongs on a Mount Rushmore record.
Gronk at the moment sits eighth all-time in yards on the place with 1,425, however with a season like he had final 12 months he may simply vault close to the highest of that record. The long run Corridor of Famer racked up 802 yards in 2021 enjoying in simply 11 video games. A repeat of these numbers would transfer him as much as fifth all time. If wholesome, it’s seemingly Gronk is ready to stack up extra yards in a full season. In truth, a 1,000-yard season would go away him with the third most yards in Bucs historical past behind solely Jimmie Giles and Cam Brate.
The 12-year veteran additionally has the fifth-most touchdowns for a decent finish in franchise historical past at 13. He’ll simply surpass O.J. Howard at 15, however catching as much as Brate (33) and Giles (34) is probably going out of attain. Nonetheless, he may transfer into third all-time, passing Dave Moore (24) with a robust season discovering the top zone. Ending 2021 with an 86.7 receiving grade from Professional Soccer Focus, Gronkowski continues to be a authentic weapon within the passing sport. Gronk’s additionally an instrumental a part of the Bucs offense as the most effective blocking tight ends within the sport. He’s a harmful part to the offense and Tom Brady’s go-to man in robust spots and rounds out my Bucs Mount Rushmore.
Josh Queipo: Shaq Barrett Brings The Strain
Whenever you construct a workforce, standard knowledge says you prioritize the quarterback, playmaker, offensive deal with and cross rusher positions. Tom Brady and Mike Evans examine off the primary two legs of that principle. And as Scott Reynolds argues, Wirfs is in for the deal with slot. However let’s not overlook what cross rusher Shaq Barrett has achieved to assist rework this Todd Bowles Bucs protection.
When the previous Bronco arrived in 2019, Jason Pierre-Paul was recovering from a serious offseason harm. Barrett took that chance to determine himself as not solely the highest cross rusher in Tampa Bay, however the most effective within the NFL. He led the workforce – and the league – with 19.5 sacks and 6 pressured fumbles. That earned him his first of two Professional Bowl berths in Tampa Bay. The final got here in 2021 when he had 10 sacks and an interception in serving to the Bucs win a franchise-best 13 video games.
Barrett creates constant stress that throws forces opposing offenses change their sport plans. He has averaged 12.5 sacks per season since arriving in Tampa Bay. His means to create a constant cross rush has helped elevate your entire protection behind him. A cross rush is constant to success in at present’s NFL and Barrett is the lone established cross rusher on the Bucs protection. Because of this, he must be the fourth bust on the workforce’s present Mount Rushmore.
Bailey Adams: Doubling Up On The Receiver Place With Chris Godwin
I really like this query as a result of it has so many potential solutions. There are a few guys within the combine from the offensive line, maybe a pair from the entrance seven and possibly even one or two from the secondary. All issues thought-about, my reply may’ve been Ali Marpet had he not retired. The previous Hobart star was a vital piece of the puzzle from day one in 2015. Then, he served as a central determine in Tampa Bay’s success during the last two seasons and eventually bought the popularity (and the Tremendous Bowl ring) he lengthy deserved simply earlier than driving off into the sundown. So, now that I’ve spent a lot time telling you who I thought-about and why, let’s get all the way down to my precise reply. Chris Godwin deserves his place on the Mount Rushmore of the Bucs’ present roster.
I do know, I do know. Doubling up on receivers on this train may really feel wasteful. However Godwin is that necessary. He’s so key to what Tampa Bay does on offense. The 2017 third-round choose broke onto the scene in 2018, posting 59 catches for 842 yards and 7 touchdowns. He then put collectively his first Professional Bowl season in 2019, catching 86 passes for 1,333 yards and 9 scores. One other 840 yards and 7 touchdowns adopted in 2020 earlier than a 98-catch, 1,103-yard and five-touchdown season final 12 months earlier than struggling a season-ending knee harm in December. Godwin is the Bucs’ fourth-leading receiver in franchise historical past with 4,643 yards. His 29 touchdowns rank fifth in workforce historical past, and his 342 receptions rank third. He’s already a Buccaneer nice. And he simply signed for 3 extra years this offseason.
The entire of Godwin’s physique of labor has been spectacular. However it was these 2018 and 2019 seasons that set the stage for the final couple of years. Establishing himself as a stud 1B to Mike Evans’ 1A was key within the greatest free agent acquisition in franchise historical past. Fellow Mount Rushmore member Tom Brady doesn’t come to Tampa Bay with out the attraction of getting Evans and Godwin as his prime two receivers. And the workhorse angle we’ve seen from Godwin, in addition to his spectacular manufacturing, has solely continued with the best of all time below heart. It’s solely proper, then, that Godwin makes it two receivers within the Mount Rushmore of present Bucs.