Buccaneer Kicking Game
At some point this season – perhaps more – the Buccaneers will lose in heartbreaking fashion because of their kicker. Again. For whatever reason the Bucs just can’t figure this kicking thing out and insist on keeping kickers who are significantly lacking in either range or consistency. Catanzaro is more than likely both of those, having already missed an extra point and a field goal.
The Buccaneers don’t seem to trust Catanzaro’s accuracy from range, either.
In fairness to Chandler, he’s kicked quite a few extra points so far this season, but misses loom large and he’s been fortunate that points have come in bunches so far. I think that this is mostly who Catanzaro is at this point, so I’m not willing to buy any stock in him going forward. I’d love to be wrong, but I have a bad feeling about this one.
Buccaneer Running Game
The Buccaneer offensive explosion is made even more impressive when you weigh the fact that they’re rushing for a league-worst 2.7 yards per carry. Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers haven’t been able to find any type of consistency on the ground, and it’s tough to say who is at more fault between them and the offensive line.
Barber has proved to be a solid talent, and he looked primed to breakout in the preseason, so perhaps these are just early season struggles against a pair of strong defensive fronts.
As a believer in both Barber and the offensive line, I’m still hanging on to my stock for the Buccaneer running game for now. I think that as the season progresses the passing game will naturally have its dips where the team will need to lean on Peyton Barber (and hopefully Ronald Jones as well).
That’s it for this week’s stock report. In back-to-back weeks the “stock up” section heavily outweighed its competitor, and in my fake-professional opinion I expect that trend to continue upward. See you next week!