A Tight-End-Free Night?

August 26th, 2016

Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs offense exploded against Cleveland tonight, but the tight end position was eerily quiet and unused.

Tampa Bay repeatedly had early red-zone opportunities that Austin Seferian-Jenkins sat out.

No 1 tight end Luke Stocker sat out the entire game, and Cameron Brate was barely used. Joe can’t even recall seeing him play.

One would think that would have made this a night tailor-made for Seferian-Jenkins, but that wasn’t the case. Brandon Myers seemed to be getting as much or more red zone work.

America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, targeted Myers once for an incompletion. ASJ had one five-yard pass thrown his way and he snagged it. He also had a hold on a key play that wasn’t called (see above), and he seemed a little lost in the end zone during Jameis’ touchdown scramble and pass to Charles Sims.

It sure was an odd night for the tight end position, one Koetter has said is an open competition.

As Bucs fans saw tonight, if Vincent Jackson stays healthy and Adam Humphries keeps finding seems, the Bucs might not have much use for a receiving-threat tight end.

18 Responses to “A Tight-End-Free Night?”

  1. Tampamac Says:

    Sorry to be off topic Joe, but any word on Grimes’ injury? Couldn’t tell if he just got his wind knocked out or if it was his ribs.
    Koetter said after the game that he didn’t believe Grimes was hurt. –Joe

  2. RumRunner Says:


  3. Tampamac Says:

    Thanks for the info Joe!

  4. RumRunner Says:

    Lots of talk about Grimes in practice…but has been average in preseason games so far. Is the CB depth a illusion?

  5. DB55 Says:


    “I think he just didn’t want to play anymore” – Dirk Koetter

    Ha! Boom!

  6. DB55 Says:

    the Bucs might not have much use for a receiving-threat tight end.
    Exactly how many beers have you had?
    Convenient how you didn’t quote the part of the sentence that came before that.–Joe

  7. Tampamac Says:

    Ha!! But in all fairness, he had two no called offensive interferences on him so I think he was a little P.O’d.. Lol

  8. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I was actually impressed with ASJs blocking today. He was pass and run blocking. That must have been the lesson of the week, because it looked like he was pass blocking more than going out for routes.

  9. Rrsrq Says:

    Given the offensive line holes with back-ups playing at both guards, Coach K likely kept them in to help block and keep Jameis upright

  10. Bob in Valrico Says:

    16 regular seasons games.Every game plan will be the not be the same.This one was devised because of makeshift line and what Koetter and Montgen thought the defense would give us.

  11. Bob in Valrico Says:

    ASJ was a team player last night ,he did what the coaches asked him to do.
    Can’t ask anything more of a player.

  12. BucMania Says:

    Koetter is not going to show everything.. Come on Joe, you know better than that plus Dirk loves using tight ends … You know this…

  13. Dooshlarue Says:

    I guess he’s blocking in that pic, not holding huh?

  14. orlbucfan Says:

    No reason why Koetter couldn’t put the TEs out there to get in plenty of how-to-block reps. Stocker already knows how to do it. 🙂 Right, Joe?

    Adam Humphries will only get better as long as the Buc Luck bug (bad injury) doesn’t bite him. Go Tampa Bay!!

  15. Flmike Says:

    That’s not a hold, that’s elite LT blocking technique….

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    “Ha!! But in all fairness, he had two no called offensive interferences on him so I think he was a little P.O’d.. Lol”

    Really. Getting pushed in the back on a deep thrown TD might make a guy look average.

  17. eric Says:

    wasn’t Brate in on goal line also another Joe rant I mean slant


    Cameron Brate is not your starting TE I will work and confirm later!!!!


  18. Buc-a-Noles Says:

    Tampamac Grimes

    The play before we got off the field, it looks like he was trying to avoid hitting the guy going out of bounds, that fell. It looks like Grimes tried to jump over him, as he was coming down the guy on the ground had is leg up in the air and it looks like his cleat went under Grimes pads and into his ribs. You can see Grimes hurting then, he tried to stay in but after the next play he took himself out.