Did Something Go Awry With Bucs, Brady?

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FAB 1. Did One thing Go Awry Between The Bucs And Brady?

Was there extra to Tom Brady’s retirement from the Bucs and the NFL that meets the attention? I’ve been fascinated by that for the previous week or so since Brady introduced his retirement on February 1. Particularly since he left the door open for a attainable comeback a couple of days in the past on February 7 together with his “By no means say by no means” feedback.

There was little doubt that his household performed a job in Brady calling it quits at age 44 after 22 years within the NFL. And the truth that Brady went out on prime after profitable his seventh Tremendous Bowl in 2020 and main the league in passing yards (5,313) and passing touchdowns (43) this previous yr in his fifteenth Professional Bowl season is sensible.

However was there one thing else driving Brady into retirement? The Bucs have been 4 factors away from beating the Rams and internet hosting the 49ers within the NFC Championship Sport. However that divisional spherical playoff loss was a irritating recreation for Brady and the Bucs offense.

Was Brady rising sad with the coaches and the way the sport plans have been being put collectively in Tampa Bay? I don’t know, but when that was the case I believe that info will come out finally.

A few NFL insiders have speculated that not all the pieces was rosy in Tampa Bay in 2021 – and never simply on account of Antonio Brown’s hi-jinx behind the scenes or his abrupt departure through the third quarter of the Jets recreation. Former NFL security Solomon Wilcots, who works for Professional Soccer Community and hosts The Opening Drive on SiriusXM NFL Radio, was a visitor on Thursday’s JP Peterson Present and had some eye-opening remarks about Brady’s last season in Tampa Bay. Wilcots’ feedback concerning the Bucs start on the 5:00 mark of the interview.

Wilcots: “I believe when it’s all mentioned and achieved, do you assume Tom Brady’s retirement – and I do know he’s going via his personal course of – however on the size needed to be how this season was extra tiring. It needed to be extra worrisome as a result of by the tip … keep in mind final yr they let Tom do Tom. They gave him all the pieces he wanted to run what he wished to run. Now it’s as if on the finish of the yr they’re taking all of it again. They’re doing issues otherwise offensively. Not permitting Tom to have full management. ‘Hey, let’s do that. Let’s do that.’ It needed to be tiresome for him.”

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, OC Byron Leftwich and QB Tom Brady

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, OC Byron Leftwich and QB Tom Brady – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Peterson: “Properly, we’ve heard these tales, and we’re not going to enter all the small print. You and I’ve talked about this. However there’s something there. Lavonte David mentioned there was turmoil. Seth Wickersham, a confidant of Brady, mentioned it was tougher within the constructing.”

Wilcots: “It was tougher!”

Peterson: “You’ve heard the identical issues. In order that’s why I say possibly Brady isn’t achieved. Possibly that is Brady’s message to the Bucs saying, ‘Look, we’re both going to do it my method or we’re not going to do it.”

Wilcots: “They let him do it his method and he received them a championship. You’d assume that will be like cash within the financial institution. That buys you fairness –“

Peterson: (Interrupts) “You’d assume!”

Wilcots: “– to get extra of your method than somebody stepping in and saying, ‘No, let’s not do this.’ ‘What do you imply let’s not do this? We’ve already confirmed it really works. Pay attention, I at all times take pleasure in watching Tampa. I really like the Bucs. I really like the best way all of it got here collectively. In yr two it ought to have been simpler – not tougher.”

Peterson: “Not tougher, I completely agree.”

Other than the safety points that plagued the Bucs towards the Rams, Tampa Bay hardly ever used tempo and went to a hurry-up offense, as Brady preferred to do. The Bucs additionally didn’t use a lot play-action in 2021, which is one in every of Brady’s strongest attributes as a quarterback.

Peterson talked about ESPN’s Wickersham, who wrote the guide “It’s Higher To Be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty and the Pursuit of Greatness.” Wickersham has been dialed in to Brady for years and had this say on ESPN’s Outdoors The Strains present on January 31, speaking about Brady’s retirement.

“I believe there are lots of components at play,” Wickersham mentioned on ESPN’s Outdoors The Strains. “I believe primary, soccer is de facto exhausting to play. And it’s actually exhausting to play for those who’re 44 years previous and also you’re at the usual – and also you’re accustomed to the usual that Tom Brady is used to taking part in at. I imply he performed for 20 years below Invoice Belichick, the best coach in trendy historical past. They usually have a sure method and a sure consideration to element that’s maniacal, obsessive and haunting and ruthless, and I don’t assume the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fairly have the identical consideration to element. Not that he didn’t like these coaches personally, however issues are slightly bit completely different there. And I believe that stuff weighs on Tom.

“Then you definately even have the household state of affairs, and the truth that his spouse has wished him to retire for years. Bear in mind when he left New England he signed a two-year contract, which he simply completed. And she or he has mentioned publicly that she doesn’t like seeing him get hit. She has mentioned privately at instances that he’s so maniacal about his preparation within the offseason that she’ll say, ‘Is that this a Tommy day or is that this a household day?’ Sort of joking, however not joking. And I believe lastly, this yr greater than another yr, he ventured and actually went full on into another outdoors enterprise endeavors and ventures, together with his personal Brady model. I believe that he’s extra enthusiastic about these sorts of issues and the potential of the worldwide cache than folks notice.”

Bucs QB Tom Brady and OC Byron Leftwich

Bucs QB Tom Brady and OC Byron Leftwich – Picture by: USA At the moment

As he alluded to in his Man In The Area soccer documentary sequence for ESPN, soccer wasn’t enjoyable for Brady anymore on the finish of his keep in New England. A change of surroundings to Tampa Bay introduced new thrilling challenges for Brady and taking part in for a extra laid again Bruce Arians was like a breath of contemporary air in 2020.

However final yr did Brady miss the eye to element from the Patriots that Wickersham talked about? As Wilcots mentioned, the 2021 season ought to have been simpler for Brady in some ways, but it surely wasn’t. Regardless of having each offensive starter again, all of the coaches again and one other yr in Arians’ system, 2021 was a problem on account of accidents. Particularly down the stretch.

There was the irritating 9-0 house loss to New Orleans, with a number of starters misplaced to harm. Two weeks later it took a landing cross within the last seconds to come-from-behind to beat the Jets in New York, 28-24, after Brown’s wild departure. Then a crushing three-point loss to the Rams within the playoffs in a recreation the place the offense scored simply three factors within the first half.

Wickersham appeared on The Wealthy Eisen Present on February 1 and mentioned that he noticed Brady’s retirement coming.

“It was bizarre,” Wickersham mentioned. “I believe that these near him and other people contained in the Bucs began to see this coming possibly a few month and a half in the past. We did like a playoff predictions column on ESPN.com earlier than the playoffs and I predicted that Brady would retire after this yr. It wasn’t a report. It was a prediction, however I had simply heard sufficient that, , I believe that all the pressure from the sport, all of the alternatives past – it was simply beginning to crystalize for him.”

“And keep in mind when he left New England he signed a two-year contract. I do know that he renegotiated it within the offseason and was speaking about taking part in till he was 55. However lots of that was type of for wage cap functions. He signed a two-year deal … and I believe the folks which might be type of near him have been at all times type of taking a look at that as an finish date. Clearly he may change his thoughts at any time. However when Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington every week in the past reported that he was non-committal in direction of returning to the Bucs, I believe that was an enormous inform. After which clearly the report over the weekend got here out and it obtained some fierce blowback. However I believe he was at all times going to retire. They at all times knew how this was going to finish.”

Bucs QBs Blaine Gabbert and Tom Brady and QBs coach Clyde Christensen

Bucs QBs Blaine Gabbert and Tom Brady and QBs coach Clyde Christensen – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

I interviewed Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen proper earlier than the Bucs hosted the Eagles within the first spherical of the playoffs. The primary focus of the interview was Kyle Trask, however I additionally requested Christensen for his ideas on Blaine Gabbert. These feedback have been featured in final week’s SR’s Fab 5.

However my last query to Christensen is one which I didn’t publish. Wanting again on it now, it ought to have resonated with me greater than it did on the time. I requested Christensen in early January if the Bucs’ quarterback state of affairs was nearly as good because it will get with the G.O.A.T because the starter, a veteran backup quarterback like Gabbert who had been in Arians’ offense for 4 years, and a younger, developmental quarterback like Trask within the hopper.

“At this second I believe it’s nearly as good a spot because it’s ever been in,” Christensen mentioned. “You’ve obtained loads occurring. You could have attainable alternatives for Byron [Leftwich]. You could have Tom, who’s actually within the fourth quarter of his profession. And you’ve got B.A. who’s within the fourth quarter, too. Quite a lot of issues can change actually, actually quick. Is it subsequent month? Subsequent yr? A number of years down the street? I don’t know. It could possibly change quick although. Actually, actually quick.”

And it did change actually, actually quick. Brady’s sudden retirement caught some inside the partitions of the AdventHealth Coaching Middle off guard. However Christensen’s feedback sound like he nearly knew it was coming.

I’m positive we’ll discover out extra concerning the causes for Brady’s retirement within the weeks forward. Gisele’s prodding and Brady’s manufacturers outdoors of soccer have been undoubtedly driving components. However maybe one of many explanation why he didn’t wish to return for yet another season with the Bucs was that one thing was awry in Tampa Bay behind the scenes.

Maybe Brady will dispel that notion – or allude to it – within the tenth installment of Man In The Area – the Bucs model.

FAB 2. The Worth Of Brady’s Retirement For Tampa Bay

The value of Tom Brady not taking part in in Tampa Bay in 2022 isn’t simply lacking one other shot at a attainable Tremendous Bowl. It’s $32 million in lifeless wage cap cash.

Because it stands proper now, Brady, who introduced his retirement after 22 seasons within the NFL, together with the final two in Tampa Bay, will occupy $20,270,588 on the workforce’s 2022 wage cap. That’s an enormous chunk to occupy for a participant who doesn’t plan on taking part in for the Bucs – or anybody else – anymore.

Bucs QB Tom Brady and GM Jason Licht

Bucs QB Tom Brady and GM Jason Licht

The associated fee to launch Brady shall be $32 million on account of bonus cash that was unfold out over voidable years from 2023-25. Brady is due $15 million of his $20 million signing bonus on February 4, 2022. Nonetheless, since Brady is retiring, the Bucs have a proper to recoup $16 million of that signing bonus.

Anticipate some type of contract restructuring to happen to assist the Bucs’ wage cap state of affairs.

“That’s actually a moot level,” Bucs common supervisor Jason Licht mentioned. We’ve been speaking with Tom’s brokers. We now have a terrific relationship with Don Yee and Steve Dubin and we’ve been speaking about that. That’s actually a moot level and we knew that if we have been on this state of affairs that we’d have the ability to work that out. In addition to, I don’t like to speak about contracts publicly, however we’ll have the ability to work that out.”

However Brady’s bonus cash doesn’t have any have an effect on on the Bucs’ lifeless cap state of affairs.

One factor is for positive. The Bucs will probably preserve Brady on their roster till June 2. That’s after they can put him on the retired/reserve record and scale back the lifeless wage cap affect in 2022 from $32 million to only $8 million. Then Tampa Bay would push the remaining $24 million of Brady’s lifeless cap cash into 2023. The wage cap is anticipated make an enormous leap subsequent yr. That may higher assist Tampa Bay soak up Brady’s lifeless wage cap hit.

However Jason Fitzgerald from OverTheCap believes {that a} restructure is coming for Brady, which can additional good thing about the Bucs’ wage cap state of affairs in 2022.

“The extra probably possibility could be a contract renegotiation for wage cap functions. Beneath this state of affairs the Buccaneers would decrease Brady’s base wage and roster bonus from $10.4 million to $1.12 million and take away any incentives from the contract. This could decrease his wage cap cost from $20.27 million to $9.12 million. They’d nonetheless have to hold him till June and at that time the $8 million/$24 million wage cap cut up would happen.”

“The advantage of this technique is that it instantly opens up round $11.2 million in cap area that can be utilized to assist purchase a quarterback in a commerce instantly in the beginning of the brand new league yr. There needs to be names accessible this yr comparable to Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins, and Derek Carr and the cap area could be very helpful in buying a kind of gamers. In the event that they decide to show to second-round choose Kyle Trask to run the present then the added cash can be utilized to maintain as a lot expertise as attainable round him.”

Bucs QB Tom Brady and OC Byron Leftwich

Bucs QB Tom Brady and OC Byron Leftwich – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

When Brady signed his one-year contract extension in 2021 it wasn’t essentially to play yet another season in Tampa Bay, though Brady actually had the appropriate to take action if he wished. It was extra for wage cap administration causes to assist the Bucs’ cap.

One factor appears sure. Brady isn’t going to play wherever else as a result of the Bucs can’t afford to chop or commerce him earlier than June 2. Brady is meticulous about his preparation. He isn’t going to wish to study a brand new offense, employees and teammates in such a brief time period. Not earlier than starting his twenty third season.

Brady is both going to be a Buccaneer in 2022 or he’ll be retired.

FAB 3. Draft Sleepers For The Bucs – Offense

Bucs common supervisor Jason Licht has drafted a couple of small faculty sleepers on the offensive aspect of the ball. Professional Bowl guard Ali Marpet performed at Hobart Faculty and guard Alex Cappa performed at Humboldt State. Listed below are a few sleepers  – some from small faculties – to concentrate on through the pre-draft course of. These gamers could be thought of Bucs suits.

Quarterback – SE Louisiana’s Cole Kelley

At 6-foot-7, 260 kilos, Kelley is an enormous pocket passer with an enormous, sturdy arm. After spending the primary two years at Arkansas, Kelley, a Louisiana native, transferred to Southeast Louisiana. Whereas at Arkansas, he began three video games as a freshman, together with a 38-37 come-from-behind win towards Ole Miss. Kelley rallied the Lions from a 24-0 deficit, which was the biggest comeback win in Razorbacks historical past.

At SE Louisiana, he handed for 10 touchdowns and ran for 10 extra as a backup QB in 2019. Kelley accomplished 68.9 % of his passes for two,662 yards with 18 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 2020. He additionally ran for seven TDs that season and caught two landing passes as properly.

As a fifth-year senior, Kelley actually opened up the offense. He accomplished 73.6 % of his passes for five,124 yards with 44 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. After working for simply 46 yards in 2020, Kelley confirmed off his mobility, working for 491 yards and a single-season, school-record 16 touchdowns. Kelley had seven 400-yard passing video games for the Lions, along with a 647-yard, three-TD recreation towards Incarnate Phrase. SE Louisiana completed 9-4 final season and was second within the division behind Incarnate Phrase (10-3).

Kelley was named a first-team All-American on the FCS degree. He received the Walter Payton Award for one of the best FCS participant. He led the Nationwide Workforce to a come-from-behind victory within the NFLPA Bowl, the place he was named the MVP. Kelley accomplished 12-of-17 passes for 150 yards and the game-winning TD and 2-point conversion cross. Kelley appears to be like like an ideal match for Bruce Arians’ offense. He’s a pocket passer that throws the ball downfield and assaults the seam. The Bucs simply drafted Kyle Trask within the second spherical. However utilizing a Day 3 choose on Kelley to supply competitors is likely to be a good suggestion.

Working Again – South Carolina’s ZaQuandre White

I nearly featured South Dakota’s Pierre Sturdy, Jr. However he was invited to the East-West Shrine Bowl and scored a landing. South Carolina is an enormous Energy 5 faculty to supply a sleeper. However White suits that invoice as a result of he actually solely starred for the Gamecocks for one yr. And he cut up carries with Kevin Harris, so he wasn’t even a function again.

White started his profession at Florida State taking part in linebacker earlier than transferring to Iowa Western Group Faculty the place he moved again to working again. After transferring to South Carolina he struggled with fumbles as a junior. Then he performed security when accidents hit that place exhausting. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder lastly moved again to working again as a senior the place he cleaned up his ball safety points. His play compelled the Gamecocks coaches to separate carries between White and Harris.

White carried the ball 88 instances for 583 yards (6.6 avg.) and a pair of scores. He additionally caught 19 passes for 202 yards (10.6 avg.) and three touchdowns. White had 128 yards on the bottom and 39 yards via the air with a pair of TDs towards Japanese Illinois within the opener. He additionally rushed for 111 yards in a win over Florida. White additionally had 99 yards speeding towards Auburn and three catches for 69 yards and a landing.

Regardless of little manufacturing he did earn an invitation to the NFL Scouting Mix on account of his velocity and athleticism. His working and receiving model is paying homage to Kansas Metropolis halfback Jerrick McKinnon. White most likely goes undrafted, however could also be a late-round choose if he checks properly on the Mix.

Extensive Receiver: Nicholls State’s Dai’Jean Dixon

Tampa Bay may undoubtedly use one other vast receiver with Antonio Brown’s departure and Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller underwhelming. The Bucs like receivers with velocity, but additionally ones with dimension. Assume 6-foot-5 Mike Evans, and despite the fact that Chris Godwin is 6-foot-1, he’s a strong 208 kilos.

Listed at 6-foot-4, 200 kilos at Nicholls State, Dixon weighed in on the NFLPA Bowl all-star recreation at simply over 6-foot-2, 203 kilos, which nonetheless retains him within the “huge receiver” class. Particularly with 32.5-inch arms and almost an 80-foot wingspan.

Dixon caught 236 passes for 3,802 yards (16.1 avg.) and 35 touchdowns for the Colonels, which ranked second, third and fourth in Southland Convention historical past, respectively. He had a faculty report 13 profession 100-yard video games, and caught a cross in 50 straight video games, which was two shy of the FCS all-time report. Dixon was a gentle landing producer with no fewer than seven TDs in any of his 4 seasons at Nicholls State.

Dixon is a downfield vertical menace that may play above the rim and make contested catches. He lined up within the slot one third of the time final yr and did lots of his injury down the seam, which ought to attraction to Bruce Arians. Dixon earned a 91 general grade from Professional Soccer Focus final yr and was the sixth-best receiver in accordance with PFF. He could be an absolute gem on Day 3, particularly after starring on the NFLPA Bowl with a game-high six catches for 131 yards (21.8 avg.) and one landing.

Tight Finish: Iowa State’s Chase Allen

How can a Energy 5 tight finish like Allen from Iowa State be thought of a sleeper? Teammate Charlie Kolar acquired all the recognition on the Cyclones as a first-team All Large XII choice. But Allen, who was Kolar’s backup, was so properly regarded within the convention that he was chosen because the second-team All-Large XII tight finish.

NFL scouts agree, and Allen was given an invite to the NFL Scouting Mix. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound tight finish is the son of former school head coach Terry Allen and has grown up across the recreation. Identified for his power and selfless play at Iowa State, Allen was often known as a blocking tight finish for the Cyclones. He paved the best way for NFL prospect Breece Corridor, who had three 1,000-yard seasons at Iowa State.

Allen performed 5 years at Iowa State the place he recorded 74 catches for 810 yards (10.9 avg.) and scored six touchdowns. He had a personal-best 26 catches for 284 yards and two TDs as a fifth-year senior in 2021. Allen’s greatest video games got here towards Baylor (7-98) and TCU (3-55-1).

The Bucs may use one other developmental tight finish that may block, catch and play on particular groups. Allen could be an intriguing late Day 3 choice if he performs properly athletically on the Mix.

Offensive Line: Tulsa’s Tyler Smith

With restricted wage cap area and each Professional Bowl heart Ryan Jensen and proper guard Alex Cappa slated to hit free company, the Bucs will probably solely convey one again. Jensen could be the precedence as a result of he performs a extra vital place. If Cappa leaves that will create a void at proper guard. Tampa Bay may re-sign Aaron Stinnie as a less expensive possibility. The Bucs even have a pair of developmental gamers in Nick Leverett and Sadarius Hutcherson that would compete. Drafting an offensive lineman to throw within the combine is also a clever possibility on Day 3.

Jason Licht likes to draft offensive tackles and transfer them inside to the inside offensive line. He’s achieved that 3 times with Ali Marpet, Cappa and Hainsey. Smith performed left deal with at Tulsa, however doesn’t have the knee bend and the athleticism to play that place within the NFL. At 6-foot-6, 332 kilos he would make an excellent guard and an choice to be a backup proper deal with in Tampa Bay.

Smith had a formidable 92.1 general grade from Professional Soccer Focus final yr, together with a 93.9 run block grade with an 88.6 hole grade. He has the scale, energy and mobility to be efficient inside in Tampa Bay’s duo run blocking ideas.

After a sluggish begin towards Oklahoma State and Ohio State, Smith improved because the season went on. He excelled towards Memphis (88.8), USF (90.2), Navy (88.7), Cincinnati (78.2), Temple (81.4), SMU (84.6) and Outdated Dominion (92). Smith allowed 5 hurries, together with two sacks and two QB hits final yr. These are the one two sacks he’s surrendered as a three-year starter.

FAB 4. Draft Sleepers For The Bucs – Protection

After taking a look at some sleepers on the offensive aspect of the ball, let’s flip our consideration to the protection for some small faculty and lesser recognized merchandise that might be a slot in Tampa Bay.

Defensive Deal with: UCONN’s Travis Jones

UCONN is among the worst school soccer packages within the nation with a report of 4-32 since 2018 (the varsity didn’t play soccer in 2020 on account of COVID-19). However the Huskies have one of many higher gamers within the draft in Jones. The huge, 6-foot-4, 324-pound defensive deal with starred in three seasons at UCONN and is taken into account to be a second-round choose within the 2022 NFL Draft.

Jones totaled 134 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and eight.5 sacks with a fumble restoration. That profession allowed him to go to the Senior Bowl the place he used his brute pressure to shine in 1-on-1 drills earlier than NFL scouts and coaches. Jones recorded a sack within the recreation.

Whereas Jones is probably not a family title for many school soccer and NFL followers, he’s well-known within the scouting group. He earned a High 5 general grade amongst inside defensive linemen (87.6), in accordance with Professional Soccer Focus. Throughout Senior Bowl practices, Jones earned a 92.2 pass-rush grade whereas main all defensive tackles in pass-rush win charge (42.5 %).

Jones has the scale and physicality the Bucs like at defensive deal with. He performed within the B-gap more often than not at UCONN, however has the stature to additionally play nostril deal with if mandatory. Jones’ taking part in model is paying homage to that of Ndamukong Suh’s. He’ll undergo an offensive lineman relatively than round him.

Outdoors Linebacker: Jackson State’s James Houston IV

Likelihood is that Houston received’t play on the sting at 6-foot-1, 225 kilos. Even when he have been to achieve 10 kilos of muscle on the NFL degree that’s nonetheless extremely mild. Tampa Bay Professional Bowler Shaquil Barrett is 6-foot-1, 250 kilos. Bucs reserve Cam Gill is 6-foot-3, 240 kilos.

However after taking part in linebacker for 3 seasons at Florida the place he recorded 101 tackles and 4.5 sacks in three seasons, Houston transferred to Jackson State. Head coach Deion Sanders requested him to make the change to edge rusher. That transfer paid off for Houston in an enormous method with a monster yr.

Houston recorded 70 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, seven compelled fumbles, two fumble recoveries, together with one for a landing, and a pick-six. That’s a terrific profession for some school defenders. It was a heck of a season for Houston, who performs with coronary heart, a excessive motor and big-time hustle.

However at his dimension he’ll have to maneuver again to linebacker to earn a roster spot within the NFL. Houston cut up time between linebacker and edge rusher within the NFLPA Bowl the place he broke up a cross ultimately zone and had a number of QB hurries. In a scheme like Tampa Bay’s the place linebackers are requested to blitz, Houston might be a match. And his expertise and manufacturing off the sting may make him a situational cross rusher as a Day 3 discover.

Inside Linebacker: Montana State’s Troy Andersen

The Bucs have a Montana State product on their roster already with Travis Jonsen, so they’re lots acquainted with the FCS faculty. Whereas Jonsen was an undrafted free agent, Andersen, who performed quarterback and linebacker for the Bobcats, will get drafted – probably early on Day 3.

At Montana State, Andersen was a working quarterback earlier than shifting to linebacker. He rushed for 1,412 yards with 21 TDs and a 6.9 common. Moreover, he threw three TDs and 7 INTs earlier than switching to linebacker full-time.

An ideal athlete with preferrred dimension at 6-3, 242 and good velocity, Andersen logged 147 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, seven passes damaged up and two interceptions as a senior. He even punted the ball 4 instances with three contained in the 20 and a 36.5 avg. Andersen’s NFL future is at linebacker, however his all-around talent set may make him a helpful addition on a recreation day roster.

Andersen confirmed he belonged on the Senior Bowl the place he displayed the flexibility to assault the road of scrimmage and drop into protection. He completed the sport with 4 tackles and improved his draft inventory. Andersen’s soccer I.Q. and expertise at quarterback helps him see what’s coming from offenses on the defensive aspect of the ball. He has the traits and instruments to be a slot in Tampa Bay and probably compete for the appropriate to someday exchange Lavonte David.

Defensive Again: Sam Houston State’s Zyon McCollum

McCollum was a Senior Bowl invite after a stellar profession for the Bearkats. Listed at 6-foot-4, 200, McCollum weighed in on the Senior Bowl at 6-foot-2, 202 kilos, which remains to be nice dimension for a cornerback. He didn’t actually stand out in practices nor did he shine within the recreation itself. Nevertheless it’s an enormous leap from Sam Houston State to the NFL degree.

McCollum used his size and athleticism to put up some severe numbers for the Bearkats. In 5 seasons at Sam Houston State, McCollum recorded 205 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, an incredible 54 cross breakups, 13 interceptions, six compelled fumbles, 1.5 sacks and a blocked kick. He additionally had two pick-sixes in school.

McCollum was a mannequin of consistency with three interceptions in 4 of his 5 seasons at Sam Houston State. He earned a 79.3 general grade from Professional Soccer Focus in 2021, which was up from his 65.8 grade in 2020. He had a career-best 80 grade from PFF in 2019.

The Bucs like tall corners that may play press-man protection. McCollum actually has the scale to play outdoors in Tampa Bay’s scheme. He’s removed from being a completed product as he went towards small faculty competitors, however he has intriguing instruments that might be developed as a Day 3 choice.

FAB 5. SR’s Buc Pictures

• NEW PEWTER REPORT 2022 BUCS 7-ROUND MOCK DRAFT COMING SUNDAY: Pewter Report’s preliminary 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft was revealed proper earlier than the Senior Bowl a couple of weeks in the past. You possibly can click on right here to see who Pewter Report had the Bucs drafting. The second version of Pewter Report’s 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft shall be revealed on Tremendous Bowl Sunday. Be sure that to go to PewterReport.com to see who we now have the Bucs choosing.

• BUCS WILL HAVE ANOTHER HALL OF FAMER OR TWO IN A FEW YEARS: Whereas the Corridor of Fame snubbed legendary Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber as soon as once more, Tampa Bay ought to have a couple of extra former gamers enshrined in Canton, Ohio in a couple of years. The retirement of Tom Brady means he’s eligible for the Corridor of Fame in 2027. If tight finish Rob Gronkowski additionally retires, he would be part of Brady as a first-ballot Corridor of Famer that yr, too.

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