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The Buccaneers did get some positive news today
« : Marzec 14, 2019, 06:59:47 am »
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned to practice on Thursday afternoon Youth Justin Evans Jersey , in preparation for their week three matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith spoke to the media following the teams practice.  on the injury front regarding both Vita Vea and Brent Grimes. In regards to Vita Vea, it is unclear whether or not he will play this weekend, but Smith is confident in his ability to make an immediate impact. “Oh absolutely. Vita’s a big man. He’s going to demand four hands on him,” Smith said. “If they try to put two hands on him he’s going to be a guy that’s going to be able to get penetration into the offensive backfield. We’re just waiting for the word where he can get out and help us.”On the other side of the spectrum, Grimes declared himself 100% today and is excited to return to the field on Monday. Mike Smith is also looking forward to getting his top cornerback against the games best receiver. “It’s going to be great to have him back today first – out there on the practice field – and getting him reacclimated to playing football. He’s a very good defensive back that is going to make us a better defense, so we love having Brent out there,” Smith said. “He knows and understands the game and he’s going to help the other guys as well because he’s a guy that really studies and understands splits, and how people are trying to attack us.”Tampa Bay is off to a great start and the Steelers are coming in to Raymond James Stadium desperate for a win. With the drama surrounding the Steelers right now, you can make the argument that this is a must win game for them. Mike Smith knows the Steelers will be ready to go come Monday. “I think when you don’t get the outcome you want in the previous week , it ramps up your desire. I don’t think it matters if you were a playoff team or you were a team that was in the middle of the pack. Guys in this league are super competitive – we don’t like to lose,” Smith said. “I can assure you that Coach [Mike] Tomlin is going to have those guys ready to go when we play them on Monday night. I hate to say underwhelmed, overwhelmed – when we go play the team that didn’t get the outcome they wanted the previous [week] they got a little something in their neck.”There was no question that the overall defensiveperformance improved from week one to week two for the Buccaneers, but the pass rush is what was noticeably improved. “I think the biggest progress that we made as a defensive football team was that we were a lot better in our pass rush and putting the pressure on the quarterback. We got to him three times and we hit him about a dozen times,” Smith said. “That was probably the biggest thing. It was a lot of individual effort, but it was also a group of guys that were working together in terms of knowing what each other was doing and being assist-men for each other.”If the Buccaneers want to get to 3-0, the pass rush will need to step up again or Big Ben will shred this defense apart.No love for the Bucs from Bleacher Report At this time last year, the national media was enamored with the Buccaneers. One 5-11 season and one three-game suspension for Jameis Winston later, that is no longer the case. After Sporting News predicted a 1-15 record for Tampa Bay on Thursday O. J. Howard Jersey , Bleacher Report’s Kyle Newport came out with his current NFL Power Rankings on Friday. Based on the rankings, it’s clear that Newport isn’t expecting too much out of the Bucs either. Out of the league’s 32 teams, he ranked the Bucs at No. 29 to start the month of August. Here’s what was said in the short blurb about the team: What? Those two sentences barely scratch the surface of where Tampa Bay is right now. Yes, the Bucs will miss Winston for the first three games of the season. They’ll see three very tough opponents in three weeks. But to rank them at No. 29 based on a three-game suspension? That seems awfully short-sighted. The offseason appeared to be a successful one for general manager Jason Licht. On the offensive side, Ryan Jensen joined the team at center, which allowed Ali Marpet to slide back over to guard. Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson still occupy the tackle positions, while Caleb Benenoch, Leonard Wester and Alex Cappa look for big roles in 2018. Rookie Ronald Jones joins Peyton Barber in the backfield as Tampa Bay looks to revamp the run game. For whoever takes snaps under center, the weapons are still plentiful. Mike Evans Authentic Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard are all back.Along the defensive line, the Bucs cut Robert Ayers Jr. and Chris Baker in addition to letting Clinton McDonald walk away after his contract expired. Enter Beau Allen, Mitch Unrein, Vita Vea, Vinny Curry and Jason Pierre-Paul. The newcomers join Gerald McCoy, William Gholston Youth Jason Pierre-Paul Jersey , Noah Spence and Will Clarke. The linebackers are as solid as ever, while rookies M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and Jordan Whitehead join the secondary. Brent Grimes is back on a one-year deal and Vernon Hargreaves III is looking to rebound after a rough 2017. The defense should be much improved, as long as Mike Smith uses the talent in a proper manner.From top to bottom, the Buccaneers’ roster looks much better than it did a year ago. To ignore the changes in favor of focusing solely on a suspension seems like an odd way to determine a team’s spot in a power rankings list. If Newport isn’t impressed by the changes, he could say so. However, the reasoning behind his ranking implies that the Bucs are a bad team based on a suspension of their quarterback. Based on talent alone, it’s hard to see Tampa Bay deserving such a low position. Newport ranked the Jets, Bills and Browns immediately ahead of the Bucs. Even with a formidable defense , the Jets are far from a finished product. The Bills made the playoffs a year ago, but ditched quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of A.J. McCarron or first round pick Josh Allen. They are bound to take a step back, especially if anything comes out of the allegations against running back LeSean McCoy. Then, there’s the Browns. They had an impressive offseason, but are still less than a year removed from going 0-16. All three of those teams are currently better than the Bucs?Arguments can be made for the Bucs to be a low-20s type of team at the moment, sure. But to have them ranked above only the Bears, Dolphins and Colts seems like hot take for the sake of having a hot take. Tampa Bay has a lot of doubters right now, but the team seems united and focused on proving everyone wrong. Will they? We’ll find out soon enough.