Which Bucs Newcomer Will Make The Biggest Impact?


For this weekend’s Pewter Report Roundtable, the crew tackles one other powerful query. This week’s immediate: Which Bucs newcomer will make the most important impression?

Scott Reynolds: Hicks Can Make A Big Influence – If He Can Keep Wholesome

If you already know me, you already know I really like defensive position play. I’m excited to see what rookie defensive deal with Logan Corridor can do in his rookie yr. Can he dwell as much as the hype he’s been getting this offseason from Will Gholston, Warren Sapp and others? However the child was going to be below some actual stress this yr. He actually solely had one nice yr dashing the passer at Houston. That was final season when he had 6.5 sacks.

Bucs DT Akiem Hicks – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Corridor’s personal acknowledged objective for 2022 is to get six sacks. However that’s quite lofty contemplating that the final 4 defensive tackles drafted within the first spherical – Sapp (1995), Anthony McFarland (1999), Gerald McCoy (2010) and Vita Vea (2018) – didn’t come near that quantity. Sapp, McCoy and Vea posted three sacks of their rookie seasons, whereas McFarland had only one.

Enter veteran Akiem Hicks, who has over 40 profession sacks and an extremely fast first step for a 350-pound man. The signing of Hicks ought to take some stress off Corridor. No matter whether or not Corridor begins or if it’s Hicks beginning in the beginning of the common season, each large males will play. The 32-year outdated Hicks is not going to solely make an impression as a seasoned pass-rusher in Tampa Bay, changing Ndamukong Suh and Steve McLendon. He’ll additionally support in Corridor’s growth as a mentor. If wholesome for a lot of the season, I may see Hicks get six sacks and Corridor come away with 4. That may be higher mixed sack manufacturing than Suh (six) and McLendon (zero) had final yr.

Matt Matera: Gage Will Assist Immediately

The Bucs signed Russell Gage in March and it could go down as crucial signing they’ve made this offseason. Gage solidifies the third vast receiver position within the Bucs offense and can be much more precious early within the season. With the uncertainty of when Chris Godwin will return, it’ll be Gage that strikes up in his spot. There’s no changing Godwin, however Gage can be certain that there gained’t be an enormous drop off till Godwin will get again.

Gage has been on this state of affairs earlier than. When enjoying for Falcons, Julio Jones was traded to the Titans and Calvin Ridley took a depart of absence after 5 video games for psychological well being causes. That made Gage the highest man in Atlanta’s offense and he performed properly doing so. Gage can line up on the surface and within the slot as properly, making him very versatile within the Bucs offense.

Whether or not Godwin is prepared for the start of the season or not, I believe Gage’s versatility will shine by means of for the Bucs. Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich can get inventive in deciding the place to line him up. He’ll be a reliable receiver for Tom Brady. There’s a motive that Brady facetimed Gage to try to get him to Tampa. Brady has been referred to as the final word recruiter, however he doesn’t do it for everybody. He does it for the fellows that he desires. Evidently, Gage made the reduce and we’ll see the worth he brings this season.

JC Allen: Mason Offers Offensive Line Massive Enhance

You may make a powerful case for the talent place gamers introduced on this yr. Rookie Rachaad White and Russell Gage may definitely wind up making the most important impression this season. Although, you may as well make a case for the defensive additions like Akiem Hicks or rookie Logan Corridor. However the participant I’m going with gained’t present up on the stat sheet.

The addition of Shaq Mason will make this workforce even higher on the offensive line than it has been. Mason is without doubt one of the high guards within the league. His capability to open up holes within the run sport with be essential to a workforce that wishes to ascertain the run extra this season. Final season, he completed with a 85.3 run blocking grade, per Professional Soccer Focus. Final season with the Patriots, rushers had 467 yards working inside proper of their 2,030 whole dashing yards, per Sports activities Information Options. Almost 25% of their dashing yards got here from holes opened by Mason.

Not solely a dominant run blocker, Mason is a greater than succesful go protector. What really helps him is his time spent with Tom Brady in New England. Mason is aware of Brady’s tendencies within the pocket, which ought to permit him to purchase the long run Corridor of Fame quarterback extra time. He completed final season with a 73.1 go blocking grade, which tied for twenty sixth within the league. At first look, which will look low, however contemplate that Alex Cappa completed forty sixth with a 69.6 go blocking grade. Changing Cappa, who allowed 5 sacks and 7 hits final yr, Mason will show to be a right away improve. Final yr, he solely gave up one sack and three hits whereas blocking for a rookie quarterback. Think about what he’ll do blocking for the GOAT as soon as once more.

Josh Quiepo: Rachaad White Can Attain His Acknowledged Aim

Everyone knows attrition is a beast for the working again place. With the play-by-play beating the place calls for, there’s an understanding — nay, I say an expectation — that working backs have to be in some type of committee.

And that reality is the beginning of how Rachaad White could make the most important impression in 2022. His path to enjoying time is a fairly straight line. Based mostly on his early camp work, White appears to be like to have an inside observe on the RB2 spot, which implies he’ll get one to 2 drives per sport spelling Leonard Fournette. Moreover, given his talents as a receiver, I totally anticipate him to siphon off increasingly third-down work from veteran Gio Bernard because the yr strikes on. This could give White the chance to get the ball in his arms.

Lastly, given what we all know in regards to the attrition fee for working backs, it is sensible to anticipate Fournette to overlook a while in 2022. Fournette has missed three video games in every of his final two seasons. If he had been to overlook time in 2022, I totally anticipate White to slip into the “lead-back” position and get the lion’s share of the backfield work. That may give White the possibility he’s searching for.

Bailey Adams: Consider The Hype For Corridor

I’m shopping for into the hype and rolling with Logan Corridor. Every little thing that everybody has stated about him thus far has constructed up excessive expectations. Head coach Todd Bowles appears happy along with his progress. Corridor of Famer and Bucs Ring of Honor member Warren Sapp got here away impressed when he labored with him throughout OTAs. In an look on the Pewter Report Podcast, Will Gholston picked him out because the participant who will escape in 2022. Then, he made the headline-grabbing declare that Corridor is “extra athletic than J.J. Watt in his prime.” How are you going to not anticipate large issues from the second-round choose in any case of that?

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Bucs DT Logan Corridor – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

In fact, Corridor continues to be a rookie. Rookie linemen don’t usually are available and make a serious splash from day one. Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds has identified not too long ago that even Sapp didn’t are available and rack up sacks frequently as a rookie. He had three in 1995. Prime-five choose Gerald McCoy had three himself in his 2010 rookie season. And the Bucs rookie file for sacks in a single season belongs to Santana Dotson, who posted 10 in 1992. I don’t suppose Corridor essentially breaks that file, however I do suppose he has the potential to fulfill the objective he set for himself, which is six sacks. Gholston stated on the Pewter Report Podcast final month that he sees six-plus sacks out of his new teammate. what? Rely me in as being on board.

The alternatives must be there for Corridor. For some time, it regarded like he could be an unchallenged starter from day one in Bowles’ 3-4 protection. Nevertheless, the addition of Akiem Hicks has made that much less sure. Nonetheless, even when he doesn’t begin, he’ll nonetheless play a big share of the snaps. And in these snaps, I anticipate him to take advantage of his dimension, pace and athleticism. With a lot deal with Vita Vea within the center and the respect that should be paid to Gholston and high go rusher Shaquil Barrett, I like Corridor’s probabilities to have a path to the quarterback. He could not emerge as a rookie of the yr candidate or something, however I believe he performs an enormous half in Tampa Bay’s protection from the leap.

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