“I’m A Big Fan Of Big Wide Receivers”

August 29th, 2016

File this away, NFL Draft freaks.

Something was largely lost in the monstrous and perfect night by Mike Evans on Friday.

It was the big-time presence of Vincent Jackson and the evidence of how he can take the Bucs’ offense to new heights just by staying healthy.

Bucs fans saw what happened last year when V-Jax missed eight games. They also saw what happened when V-Jax returned from his first injury in Philadelphia; the offense had new life and set new single-game records.

Jackson is a game-changer for this team. It’s not because he’s such a star; it’s because the Bucs have little depth at receiver and America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, has many more options when his giant receivers are keeping defenses honest.

This wasn’t lost on Dirk Koetter, who shared love for his Dunkaneers on the Buccaneers Radio Network after Friday’s game.

“The first pass of the game, when [Jameis] threw that crossing route to Vince, and Vince went up and caught that ball in traffic, you know, when we have Mike and Vince firing and Jameis is hot like that, and we have Doug healthy where we can run the ball and play-action off it, we’re tough to stop,” Koetter said.

“I’m a big fan of big wide receivers, and we got two good ones.”

Joe thought that last line was worth filing away, especially with the Bucs likely looking to add a receiver early in the NFL Draft next year, and the presence of little guys like Adam Humphries and Donteea Dye on the roster.


22 Responses to ““I’m A Big Fan Of Big Wide Receivers””

  1. Pickgrin Says:

    Our “depth” at WR may not be great, but we’ve got one of the better starting WR duos in the league with Evans and VJax. Lets hope they both stay healthy.

    Like coach said – if Jameis, Evans, VJax and Doug Martin are all playing well – this offense will be hard to stop

  2. dmatt Says:

    I am not sold on Dontee Dye. He reminds me of 2008 2nd round bust WR Dexter Jackson. He plays timid, struggles with getting open, is inconsistent, and my belief is a fluke. I base my findings on last year’s performance and the past three preseason games. I’d rather have Louis Murphy.

  3. Kingcrablegs Says:

    @Dmatt Bell is worst then Dye but I can’t remember another to make the team since 81 who was like WR Dexter Jackson. The difference to me was the lack of heart not skill. Dex was scared to get hit. Bell looks afraid as well.

  4. Kevin Says:

    I really thought Kenny Bell would have made a name.for himself, and murphy would be playing by now. I wish they would give Jacoby Jobes a call. Hes a big body vet with good return skills and hands. Lots of guy available that can play backup. I could see them running tons of two te sets. Wonder how Vitale is coming along with his blocking and routes

  5. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Big, tall, and physical is a great combination that can easily get Jameis 200 +yards a game.Did you notice that sneaky little push on Grimes by Josh Gordon ? Almost like the Mohammed Ali and his Sonny Liston punch.Also ,once you get one of these locomotives moving they are hard to stop.

  6. Bob in Valrico Says:

    IMO big, tall,and physical recievers are the best way to combat Defensive backs that push the envelope and clutch and grab.Now, if we could fix the Stevie Wonder Refs that would be great.

  7. Wombat Says:

    Wow Dmatt – that’s a pretty low blow comparing Dye to Dexter. Dexter just up and quit, Dye I never thought as timid, he has taken his share of hits and is still playing.

  8. Brad Says:

    Reuben Randle please!!

  9. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    We still talking bout WR dept??? Funny, don’t hear anyone in Dallas lamenting over WR dept. Why its simple Dak when you drop back find 88 and throw it to him.

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Trade for TE Gary Barnidge!!

    Cleveland Browns New GM Sashi Brown – has repeatedly stated that EVERYONE – is available at the right price. I wonder if Jason Licht spoke to him about the availability of TE Gary Barnidge (31 yrs old). With a complete reboot on the menu – Its sad to see such a talented player wasted – on a bottom of the barrel team. An since everyone knows that – Cleveland’s already on clock.

    Why wouldn’t they entertain such a offer.

    TE Gary Barnidge (Age: 30-342days)
    Height: 6’ 6″| 247
    REC: 79 | YDS: 1,043 | AVG: 13.2 | TDs: 9

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I – Formation w/Two Tight end Sets
    • #82 Gary Barnidge TE (30) 6-6 | 250
    • #87 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE (23) 6-5 | 262

    With two Giant Receivers
    • #83 Vincent Jackson WR (33) 6-5 | 230
    • #13 Mike Evans WR (23) 6-5 | 231

    Good Lawd – How in the hell do you stop that??

  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Nole- I hear you man and we’ve got 2 WRs you can say that about. Hump put me at ease after Friday. Any additions will be bodies 4th and 5th WR at best so, you have to ask, do you reach?

    @LUV- Barnidge is a really good TE but I’m not sure that we don’t have that already in our young talent. Keep in mind Brate, ASJ (if he stays), and Vitale are younger players and can be taught to block or catch, hopefully.
    No doubt, it’d be a sick line-up. Lets see what we got first though. IMO

  13. Lebron Jameis Says:

    Assuming 83 is healthy….

    This is the best starting WR duo in the league.

    Better than Antonio Brown and….who? (wheaton)
    Better than Julio and ….who? (sanu)
    Better than Beckham and….who? (rookie)

    Marshall and Decker the only duo I see that compares, and I’ll take ours over theirs. And, we got a QB. They don’t. That matters.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It is a given that Vjax & Evans will be big targets…….but I think we are already starting to see the emergence of Humphries…..and how in the hell do you stop Sims?

  15. Dewey Selmon Says:

    This is why it is so important that ASJ gets in the mix. What is better than 2 strong large targets? 3.

  16. SeattleBuc Says:

    VJax got hit in the legs a few times on Fri which made me nervous. Browns DB #24 was bringing the wood. The bubble screen to VJax, Hump got man handled on his block. Also our tight ends got pushed back in to JW’s lap a few times

  17. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Lol wow dexter Jackson. What a fluke that kid was. We got the wrong D Jax that year. DeSean went right ahead of him if I remember corectly. Never seen a WR slide before he gets hit. Lol what a p*ssy.

  18. LocalJoker Says:

    V-Jax will retire with us next year at a reduced salary of 4.5mil. The 2017 draft is loaded with tall WRs – Jehu Chesson, Corey Davis, Mike Williams, Simmie Cobbs to name a few. We will be in great shape next year. We also have projected 65mil in cap space.

  19. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I just want to see a formation with Evans and Vjax split out, ASJ at TE, and Martin and Sims on eitherside of Winston in the shotgun. Send both Martin and Sims out on routes, maybe Martin to the flat amd Sims across the middle, tell me how does a defense cover that much fire power?

    I need to see more formations with both sims and Martin being utilized.

  20. BringBucsBack Says:

    How about someone to “take the top off” of a defense. We haven’t had that since…ever! Big is nice but, all of our guys struggle at times creating separation.

  21. BringBucsBack Says:

    …AND we have no one that can “take it to the house”. Heck ME inexplicably ran out of bounds after beating his man and catching the ball; like he was afraid of being run down. More speed please!!!

  22. Kevin Says:

    Lebron how the hell can you not have Hurns and Robinson on there? SMDH!!!!