As the dust settles on Monday night’s loss to the Eagles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are assessing what needs to change in order to avoid another disaster like that from happening again.
With a divisional matchup against the New Orleans Saints up next, winning on Sunday would go a long way in soothing any pain from Week 3’s loss and send the Bucs into their bye week with control of NFC South.
In order to do that, the Bucs will need a lot more out of the secondary, which includes getting more bodies on the field. Tampa Bay was without Carlton Davis on Monday and lost Jamel Dean to an injury. It’s looking like Davis might be able to play on Sunday but the Bucs secondary is dangerously thin to begin and it turned into a house of cards situation on national television.
Coaches and fans aren’t the only ones noticing Tampa’s need for some relief on the depth chart, which has one former player stepping up and offering his services.
Buccaneers Rumors: Logan Ryan says he’s open to returning to help Todd Bowles
While appearing on Up and Adams this week, Logan Ryan said that he’s been keeping an eye on the goings on around the league and is staying in shape. One of the teams Ryan says he would be open to returning to is the Bucs.
Ryan specifically praised Todd Bowles as a factor, and also noted the depth concerns in the secondary.
”I really appreciate and like Todd Bowles as a person and a coach,” Ryan said. “He has an opportunity this year to really make that his team in the sense of how he’d want to play the game. I think you’re seeing that out of Tampa right now, and I think they need a few more players.”
Ryan was one of the veteran mercenaries to join up during the Tom Brady era, which is what makes it notable that he’s willing to return even with Brady gone. His praise of Bowles sticks out even more in that context, and it’s yet another clap back at doubters who have either already written the Bucs off or gotten back on that dead horse after Monday night’s loss to the Eagles.
The Bucs brought in William Jackson III this week for a workout, which shows that they know there’s a need to add depth rather immediately. Davis returned to full participation in practice this week but Dean was limited and the Bucs can’t afford to wing it against a Saints team with incentive beyond the rivalry to come out on top in Week 4.