Here we go with the Buccaneers special teams.
Let’s get this part over with, Bryan Anger is great. Yay!
Josh Huff returned one kick for 27-yards and Bernard Reedy brought another one back for 29. Finally, it appears the Bucs may be on their way to having a legitimate kick return squad.
If one of these two young receivers can bring a kick back to the house, they may just land themselves a seat on the 53-man bus.
Reedy also returned two punts, but only netted nine-yards despite a long of 16.
Improvement seems to be happening, and this is good.
Now, on to the kickers.
Roberto Aguayo was let go following a missed extra point and a missed 47-yard field goal.
Against the Jaguars, Nick Folk had an extra point blocked and missed a…47-yard field goal.
Now, I’m not suggesting the Buccaneers release Folk now, but it’s a little eerie.
I had a conversation with Pewter Plank co-expert James Yarcho and pretty much predicted a 5-for-5 with three makes from 50+ yards this week for the Chicago Bears. So, let’s all wait and see what happens.
It’s frustrating because this team has suffered from bad kicking for so long, it just starts the downward spiral of the “here we go again” mentality.
However, it’s important to remember Folk went 2-for-3 with a 35-ard and 29-yard make in the game as well.
Last time Aguayo went 2-for-3 was in a Week 13 victory over the San Diego Chargers. He later went 1-for-3 against the Carolina Panthers four weeks later.
So, it’s not more of the same, it’s just a really bad and awkwardly timed coincidence.
No touchdowns mean no ‘A’, and a blocked extra point to go with the missed field goal brings it all down a bit as well.
Bryan Anger is great though.
These were this week’s grades as I saw them. My scale isn’t the same as your scale though, so tell me how you think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers position groups or individual players did against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
We’ve got two more weeks of practice games left, and then it’s on to the real thing! Go Bucs, and thanks for reading.