The Special Teams RevivalAugust 17th, 2013
It wasn’t all doom and gloom last night for the Bucs.
After a heinous display of special teams play last week against the Ravens – fumbled punt, blocked punt and more — the Bucs rebounded against the Patriots to actually look strong. Well done, Coach Wannstedt and friends.
Captain of the inactive list Michael Smith used his 4.3 speed and good blocking to rip off a 63-yard kick return to start the Bucs’ first possession. That was damn good, especially against the first-teamers. Will Smith win a roster spot because of it? Doubtful. But he’s surely earned more opportunities.
WR Eric Page did nothing to lose his role as top punt returner (one return for three yards.) With another solid night in Miami on Saturday, there’s no doubt Page will earn a roster spot. After all, the Bucs’ improved pass rush and secondary should generate a lot more punts, so the returner position has increased importance, right? Joe can dream.
Page also returned two kicks for 68 yards.
Derek Dimke hit a couple of field goals, and the coverage teams were sound.