Embracing Role Of Underdog

May 11th, 2014

underdogNew Bucs guard Kadeem Edwards has heard it all before. He’s not good enough to play big boy football, even though he is big. He can’t play in the SEC, the ACC, hell, even the Big Ten.

So Edwards goes to Division I-AA (Joe has never gotten used to this FBC FCS FBS nonsense) Tennessee State. Even there, while dominating, he was all but told he may want to think of a life outside of football.

But that’s not the way Edwards is wired, as he told the Tampa Bay pen and mic club yesterday after being drafted by the Bucs.

“I always was an ‘underdog,’ so it’s nothing for me to come in and work,” Edwards said. “I like to earn stuff because respect is not given, it’s earned. I just want to come in and I just want to show everybody that I am from a Division 1-AA school, but I am here to compete with the best.”

Not just compete with, but to learn from. Edwards was not shy about saying how he may need a restraining order from Carl Nicks he wants to learn so much from the former Pro Bowler.

“It’s going to be great. I’m just going to piggyback off him and be like a sponge and see what he has to offer me and see what his learning curve is so I can adapt to the NFL just like he did,” Edwards said.

Guard is a weakness on this team, especially if Nicks can’t go. And if that is the case, and Edwards shows any degree of potential, Joe doesn’t see how Edwards won’t stick when the 53-man roster is set this summer.

70 Responses to “Embracing Role Of Underdog”

  1. Drew Says:

    I hope this kid lights it up and through his actions sends a powerful message to the naysayers to STFU.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We must have really liked this guy because a couple of picks later we gave up a 7th & a 5th next year for Pamphile…
    So, I’m guessing they must have had Edwards rated higher…

  3. Drew Says:

    Character is measured by ones ability to deal with adversity.

  4. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    True-But Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

  5. RastaMon Says:

    Yawn…I hope he can be one …that breaks through to the othe rside….but NONE of the players selected…have any idea of the Roman Collesium they are stepping into….plenty of 1st round heros have taken the money and said…I’ll schelp around here collecting the money as long as I can…..

  6. tonybuc Says:

    I know this is off topic but tampa signed Chaz Sutton DE from south Carolina, he played opposite Jadeveon Clowney and from what I watched they used him inside on passing downs, and did an admiral job at it, it’s an under the radar signing that could be a steal, like these two kids we drafted a lot of people are high on Edwards, I can’t wait to see these new look bucs hit the field!

  7. Eric Says:

    Underdog was a great actor.

  8. Macabee Says:


    (maybe one of these guys will stick, see OGs)


    QB Brett Smith 6-5 205 4.59 Wyoming
    WR Solomon Patton 5-8 180 4.38 Florida
    WR Aaron Burks 6-3 207 4.48 Boise St
    RB Jeremy Smith 5-10 212 4.70 OK State
    OG Andrew Miller 6-4 310 5.35 VA Tech
    OG Matt Patchan 6-6 302 4.94 BC
    OG Chris Burnette 6-3 303 5.47 UGA
    OT Kenarious Gates 6-4 318 5.24 UGA
    C Josh Allen 6-3 312 5.16 LA Mro
    CB Tony Hurd 5-9 178 4.64 TX A&M
    CB Keith Lewis 5-11 194 4.45 VA Lyn
    SS Mycal Swaim 6-3 214 4.49 E Mich
    DE Ryne Giddins 6-3 245 4.90 USF
    DE Chaz Sutton 6-3 245 4.67 S Car
    DT Euclid Cummings 6-3 291 4.79 UGA
    OLB Nate Askew 6-3 241 4.46 TX A&M
    OLB Steven Jenkins 5-11 216 4.84 TX A&M
    K/P Dylan Lynch 6-3 211 n/a JaxUniv

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Thank you for the list-Do you have any thoughts on the organization signing WR Earl Bennett? Remember he was a receiver in Chicago

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    QB Brett Smith 6-5 205 4.59 Wyoming
    WR Aaron Burks 6-3 207 4.48 Boise St
    DE Chaz Sutton 6-3 245 4.67 S Car

    -Should be strong competition for the practice squad

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    OG Matt Patchan 6-6 302 4.94 BC

    can stay health for once in his life-Could be a nice addition

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I also would like to thank you for being a balanced approach on the blog lately. You’ve been a great addition to the comment section-And I for one, appreciate your thoughtful wisdom.

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *I also would like to thank you- for your balanced approach to the blog lately.

    smh..excuse me

  14. Macabee Says:


    When Bennett was released in Chicago, I thought the first place he would stop would be Tampa Bay. Early on price may have been too high, after the draft may be a long shot now!

  15. Jim Walker Says:

    He’ll make the roster because behind him is the equipment manager.

  16. RastaMon Says:

    Brett Smith is not 6’5″ 205…he is 6’+ 205….

  17. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I just want as much competition as possible. I know they’ve signed a few guys after them visited-at a later time. Was just wondering

  18. stanglassman Says:

    Brett Smith is listed as 6′ 3″ most of the time, I have seen one or two places list him as 6′ 2″ and 6’1″ .

    Nice Lincoln paraphrased quotes guys, how Randesk to not give credit.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Was not intended-Damn Grill got-messing up kinds of ways today

  20. williethewonder Says:

    To be more exact, Brett Smith is a quarter inch shy of 6′ 2″

  21. Ernest T. Bass Says:

    I’ve joined the Smithereens, he’s athletic as heck fast for a QB!! Smith, Askew, Sutton and one of the Guards should be in July camp. Maybe the kicker. The Johnny’s left for Cleveland, Freemanites are disbanding, some will join Smithereens, some left with the Johnny’s.

  22. ManzielMadness Says:

    Also like LB Nate Askew. Has talent but needs to be developed

  23. Mumbles Says:

    There will be some surprises. Always is!

  24. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    What’s the effectuation w/ dividing the fan base into quarters. We’re BUCS fans, not Glennon Fans or Freeman fans, etc, etc . When these young men are long gone– we’ll still be BUCS fans.smh

  25. Dreambig Says:

    Watching highlights and Kadeem seems the perfect kind of nasty. His opponents often find themselves on the ground. Looks real good. Pamphile, not so much. Seems easily beat by inside moves. Time will tell but my guss is he doesn’t make it. Don’t know why the moved up to grab this guy.

  26. Macabee Says:

    You guys are correct. Sunday afternoon and Jack Daniels will do it every time! lol. I got the measuerments from DraftScout. Couldn’t get things to line up either. Oh well, gave it my best shot.

    I won’t give up the Jack, but I will correct the typo. DraftScout lists Brett Smith at 6 foot one and 3 eighths (6013). The last number represents an eighth.

    Keep me honest guys and…..err sober! lol

  27. Dreambig Says:

    Well said LUVMYBUCS!

  28. Dreambig Says:

    If a player is starting then I am a mob member

  29. Bucgold Says:

    My cousin played with him in high school. He was always a hard worker, earned whatever he got. I really hope he makes it.

  30. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Thank you


    Bunnahabhain’s, will slur speech/writing -No Bueno..lol

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Like Funkadelic back in (1978)-Its One Nation Under A Groove!!!

  32. tmaxcon Says:


    True-But Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

    Love the quote you posted. You are on a role.

    I for one need to heed your advice about embracing the team and not being a divider over my dislike and lack of trust in Glennon’s play. I have become slightly bitter based on all the losing and drama over the last 5 or 6 years. Every now and then one must take a personal inventory and adjust accordingly. I still think we need a qb and I am pulling for Smith to develop. Love his skills just unsure if they will translate to big boy football after playing at Wyoming.

  33. tmaxcon Says:

    thanks macabee good info. Jack is always a loyal friend to have on hand.

  34. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    For the most part I really enjoy your post (alongl w/ many others)-Hows the knee holding up buddy?

  35. BucsFan007 Says:

    Watching the vids … I like the way he refuses to let the DT pursue the ballcarrier ….. when that DT (or LB) turns to pursue he relentlessly pursues the DT & rides him into the ground. I’m thinking they won’t be turning & pursuing after a couple of those pancakes, that maybe they’ll be more concerned for themselves ?

  36. tmaxcon Says:


    better now. I had to have a second procedure after an infection set in. believe it or not the hardest part was withdrawals from the meds they gave me. it made me a mean SOB for a few days. it was weird. anyhow, thanks for asking.

  37. Bogiedr Says:

    Local product Ryne Giddins could stick! Under coached at USF. Has talent but needs to coached, just like Bowers!! Go Bulls, Go Bucs!

  38. LUVMYBUCS Says:



  39. passthebuc Says:

    “if you want to see the true character of a man give him power”
    Abraham Lincoln

  40. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Yes Sirrrrr

  41. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Ah…yes…..and ‘if you want to see the truest character of a man, take his power away”….Either Josh Freeman or Mike Glennon!!!

  42. tmaxcon Says:

    i could not resist given the photo joe posted. great cartoon series. hollyweird studios need to make an underdog movie with Snoop Dog playing the hero.


  43. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Ah…We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
    -Ernest Hemingway

  44. tmaxcon Says:

    not sure who to give credit for this but I have used it as my personal motto and business motto for my employees for years now. some think it’s harsh but reality is harsh sometimes. anyone know who said this first:

    Efforts without results are meaningless.

  45. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  46. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Very True

  47. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ tmaxcon

    I think that quote is from a Linus cartoon….and it went

    “Efforts without results is meaningless”

  48. Eric Says:

    Anybody got the number for sweet Polly purebred?

  49. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”

    We all fall short of glory don’t we..smh

  50. tmaxcon Says:


  51. Scoobs Says:

    Support everyone! No one complain about anything! Whoever is at guard, don’t complain! No more factions! This should be more exciting from now on.

  52. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    I’ll admit to the small mind….but its much more fun to discuss people…

  53. Mitch Says:

    Hey Joe, any inside info on what the Jets offered the Bucs for the 38th pick? That report means that the bucs highly valued seferian-jenkins, and was worth more than at the least two picks!

  54. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I try not to set Limits, because….

    ….Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.
    -Michael Jordan

  55. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Lol bored

  56. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Yea…man….we need Joe to put up another article….

    Draft is over…..great draft…but still sort of a letdown…needs some football action soon!!!

  57. Scoobs Says:

    Great draft! Everyone will start! All undrafted free agents will make the team! Everyone sing Kum Ba Ya!

  58. Orca Says:

    When did this post become a place for girls to text off-topic crap back and forth?

  59. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    So true brotha

  60. tmaxcon Says:

    scoobs after kum bay ya! there will be a virtual group hippy hug.

  61. lurker Says:

    “When did this post become a place for girls to text off-topic crap back and forth?”

    as soon as you showed up!

  62. Tampabaybucsfan Says:

    @ Orca

    Don’t you hate it when you show up late to a party & everyone is high but you ?

  63. Tampabaybucsfan Says:

    Just watched the Sims highlight for the third time…I am stoked!!!

  64. Brandon Says:

    RastaMon Says:
    May 11th, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    Brett Smith is not 6’5″ 205…he is 6′+ 205…


    Brett Smith was measured in at his Pro Day and reported by several people that he was 6’1 3/4, but some sites are listing him as 6’1 3/8… either way, heights are usually fabricated anyways. Mike Glennon is really 6’7 1/8, ASF is 6’5 1/2, heck, Jaquez Green was measured in at a hair under 5’8 at the Combine and then miraculously showed up on the Bucs roster at 5’9.

  65. Brandon Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    May 11th, 2014 at 7:08 pm
    Yea…man….we need Joe to put up another article….

    Draft is over…..great draft…but still sort of a letdown…needs some football action soon!!!


    Rookie mini-camps start Friday.

  66. tmaxcon Says:


    have you seen the highlights of Aaron Burks… i like the separation he gets. That damn blue field still kills me though. Like i said I like his separation and his size. competition he faced is subject I guess. Not as exciting as Sims or Evans but the team needs backups too


  67. Tampabaybucsfan Says:

    @ Brandon

    Friday is too far away…need it to be tomorrow!!!

  68. Tampabaybucsfan Says:

    @ Tmaxcon

    Need to be sober to watch blue field

  69. tmaxcon Says:

    Brandon, no way green was 5’8″ even in Sam’s heels. (too soon for bad jokes???) I stood next to Green in Carrollwood way back and I am only 6 foot and I looked like Ralph Sampson standing next to him.

    Smith’s height is fine. That dude is fast. To bad no one watched him play in wyoming. I am pulling for him. Fun highlights to watch. He basically was a one man show in Wyoming. I am not sold on Herron but have an open mind. his speed is crazy fast too.

  70. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    The two line we picked are ideal for Zone Blocking. Quick and balanced, more than power and base