Barber is the number one back, Ogunbowale sneaks into the conversation
Peyton Barber was the only effective runner against the Titans. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and ran for half the team’s total yardage. Ronald Jones and the rest of the backups combined for just 32 yards.
While Jones’ tough start won’t define his rookie season, Barber has continued to gain head coach Dirk Koetter’s trust and with it, more touches.
While he won’t push for the starting job, late camp addition Dare Ogunbowale caught a pair of passes for 40 yards. As Shaun Wilson garnered the training camp buzz, Ogunbowale has made noise in game action. He was all over the field on special teams as well.
Out of nowhere, he has become a name to keep an eye on.
This was not Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s night. After leading the Buccaneers down the field on successful drives in the preseason opener, the journeyman was inaccurate against Tennessee.
He completed just 38 percent of his passes and missed two receivers in the red zone, forcing the Bucs to settle for three points.
It has been this type of inconsistent play that has limited Fitzpatrick for his entire career. While it shouldn’t cause Tampa Bay fans to panic, it’s just another step in the up-and-down career of “Fitz.”
Catanzaro brings hope to kicking game
Rejoice! The Buccaneers have found a kicker! (Maybe)
Chandler Catanzaro went 3-for-3 on field goals, including a long of 48 yards and he hit both of his extra point attempts.
It sounds silly, but one of the highlights of the game was Catanzaro’s kicks. It’s a relief to see a competent kicker wear the Buccaneers uniform.