Bucs Player Grades - Byron Leftwich

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When the Bucs signed Byron Leftwich this past offseason, I thought it was a solid move.  I thought (and obviously thought incorrectly) that the Bucs would go into the season with Luke McCown as the QB, Leftwich as the backup and Josh Johnson as the third string QB.  I’m dumb.  The Bucs drafted “5” traded Luke, and then named Leftwich the starter.

The reign of horror didn’t last long.

After 3 games and 3 losses, the Bucs went to Josh Johnson.

Byron was actually less awful statistically than he appeared to be while watching him on TV and @ Ray Jay.  His first game was fairly decent, going 25 of 41 with 1 TD and no INT’s.  His second game wasn’t awful statistically either, as he went 26 of 50 for 296 and 3 TD’s and 2 INT’s.  Not exactly MVP numbers, but not as bad as he looked.  His third game was a disaster going 7 for 16 and then getting yanked and never seeing the field again in 2009.

His accuracy is shoddy at best, and it showed with his 54.2 completion percentage.

He ended his 3 games 58 of 107 for 594 yards, 4 TD’s and 3 INT’s for a QB rating of 71.2.  He only averaged 5.55 yards per attempted throw.

Final Grade F+

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