Buc Up!…with Rob Kriete – – SEPTEMBER 26
-Buccaneer fans, there seems to be a lot of noise around the fact that Rob Gronkowski has yet to connect with Brady on a TD this season. Gronk himself says, “I’m a blocking tight end. I came here to block, baby. Four targets is four more than I thought I was going to get.” I’m pretty confident that blocking is not the primary reason Gronk returned to action this season and expect more offensive production as the season unfolds.
-Broncos quarterback, Drew Lock, remains out for this week’s game against the Bucs. Backup, Jeff Driskel threw for two TDs and 256 yards last week against the Steelers, will be starting Sunday.
-Driskel did a fine job of spreading the ball around and will look to do the same against the Bucs. Look to see how Driskel stands up against the many blitz packages that Coach Bowles will offer up in Denver this week.
-The Denver defense does show a lot of promise. Even without defensive star Vonn Miller, this young defense has up and coming stars like Justin Simmons at safety that could threaten the Bucs passing game.
-Yet, if given a formidable lead, it looks like Tampa Bay will use Leonard Fournette to control the clock with a steady running game. As predicted here, Fournette is becoming a force in the Bucs offense.
Leo Haggerty of ItsSportsMagazine.com asked Broncos Head Coach, Vic Fangio, if the Buccaneers’ skill position players’ height presents a problem for the Broncos’ secondary. Fangio replied, “They’re not just the size that you mentioned, they’re good players that just happen to be tall also. They’re a problem. They have a really good group of receivers—[WRs] [Chris] Godwin, [Mike] Evans, [Scotty] Miller. Then, the two tight ends that you’re alluding to—Gronk (TE Rob Gronkowski) and [TE] O.J. Howard. Those are big guys who are accomplished receivers as tight ends and wide outs. They’re a tough unit to defend, and now they’ve added Fournette. They’re going to try and pound you with the running game. The more attention you pay to the running game, it opens the passing game. They’re equally adept at running and throwing. They’re a really good offense.”
-Tampa Bay wide-receiver, Scotty Miller, looks like the fearless player that fans will love. But he must catch the very-catchable passes that he has done in the past as verified by the photo below. #10 dropped a TD in Week 2 and, “you drop the ball and Brady won’t throw it to you any more” is the mantra of HC Bruce Arians. Enough said.
-The Bucs will begin to welcome fans back to their home games at Raymond James starting on October 18th against the Green Bay Packers. Only 25% of the stadium seats will be used, and season-ticket holders will have the first chance to purchase these seats.
-Lavonte David leads the NFL with 15 fumble recoveries since 2012. David has a knack for punching, then grabbing the ball!
-Prediction of the Week: Bucs 28 – Broncos 24