Confidence In Clayborn Still ShakyNovember 18th, 2013
Bucs fans saw former starting linebacker Dekoda Watson with his hand on the ground as a rushing defensive end on the right and left sides yesterday. It was Watson’s left-end rush that altered/affected Matt Ryan when he threw into the arms of Mason Foster, who ended the play with a Pick-6 that gave the Bucs a 16-3 lead.
You can watch the video here. Watson beats Jeremy Trueblood 1-on-1 to the outside. But it’s also noteworthy that Adrian Clayborn is not on the field. That’s happening more and more.
Yesterday, Clayborn also was used as a stand-up left end rusher, in addition to his regular duties at right end. Clayborn did some good things, but he’s just not playing like a first-round pick. The production isn’t there, and it now seems the confidence of the coaching staff is undoubtedly waning.
Joe was keeping any eye on Clayborn entering the Bucs-Falcons game and will continue to do so.
Joe suspects Clayborn will see his snaps limited against the pass-happy Lions on Sunday. Matthew Stafford is averaging 42 pass attempts per game, tops in the NFL.