Good Game Jinxed Tiquan UnderwoodDecember 22nd, 2013
One of the nicest guys in the Bucs locker room is Tiquan Underwood. Really sharp, really smart, and simply an all around good dude. So it pains Joe to see good guys struggle like Underwood is.
Underwood had a fantastic game against the Lions with two touchdowns, including an 85-yard bomb from Mike Glennon that was simply beautiful. Since that game, Underwood has pretty much been invisible.
One reason is Underwood flashed against the Lions and now every team is game-planning against him, said Bucs commander Greg Schiano.
“I think there are a lot of factors,” Schiano said. “One is the thing you mentioned that people are aware that he is a deep threat and a speed threat. Two, some of it has been just not there. Three, we’ve had opportunities and he’s had a couple drops since then. I think it all mixes together, but that was a career day for him. That day isn’t the norm. We’d like to make it his norm, but that wasn’t the norm or hasn’t been the norm I should say.”
It has never been more apparent how badly the Bucs need a third down receiver or perhaps even an upgrade from solid No. 2 receiver Mike Williams. Perhaps a guy like Allen Robinson in the second round makes sense for Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik?
The fact that Glennon has slipped in recent games very well could be the lack of receivers getting open. Schiano seemed to cast a lot of blame in that direction last week.Vincent Jackson is virtually mauled on every play. Covered like Saran Wrap.
Joe knows that throwing to Chris Owusu five yards short of the first down marker is as big of a waste as watching Lifetime.