August 1st, 2017

The culprit for the lack of offense, winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has said for about 10 months, was a lack of explosive plays.

Koetter is a big believer in explosive plays and says other than turnovers no other stat is more telling. And with the addition of speedy DeSean Jackson, it seems the lack of explosive plays will be a thing of the past, per Jackson’s own description.

“Explosive, man,” Jackson said. “We’ve been making a lot of plays. It’s definitely a dynamic duo of an offense here. We’ve got a lot of weapons. I’m just excited to be here and be an addition to this offense. We are putting in a lot of work in day-in and day-out – full days – so this is a part of where we want to go and what we want to do as a team.”

Is Jackson making big time plays in practice? He sure is. You know who else is flashing big time? That would be O.J. Howard.

Just in terms of pass plays, only Jackson has made more eye-popping plays than Howard, but not by much. And to think of it, Howard is a rookie. He’s yet to snap on a chin strap in an NFL game.

This guy, at least early on, sure appears to be special.

28 Responses to ““Explosive””

  1. DEFF JEFF Says:

    settle down, we still have Chris Conte playing safety

  2. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Imagine Jackson and Howard in the Cowboys game.

    No Contest

    Bucs Win!

    Expect Different Bucs fans!!!

  3. Bucs Says:


    What he said. These weapons would have made a huge difference last year.

    Looking forward to this year.

    This team has a tough schedule but if the offense clicks then they will be able to score with anyone and be in every game with a chance to win.

  4. Phil Says:

    If we can get the running game going this team will be the most fun team we have ever had. I can’t wait.

  5. Bird Says:

    What’s funny is Evans, Godwin , brate and humphries are being mentioned exclusively too. That’s 6 guys deep for just the passimg game

  6. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Look at what Winston has done with Cameron Brate and Nick O’Leary. Now multiply this effect ten-fold with a much superior talent in Howard then those other two…

  7. Pawel Says:

    Game vs Giants and Patriots will make us better and be ready for divisional games late in the season. Hopefully we dont get too confident after we beat down Bears and Mike Glennon.

  8. The Buc Realist Says:

    I know Head Coach Koetter said it 10 months ago…. But did anyone say it before???????

    OMG Its the Highly Requested “Realist Repost”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Buc Realist Says:
    June 8th, 2016 at 10:32 am
    While I was totally opposed to this, The Bucs are in a bit of a corner for WR. Old and slow and major declined numbers is not the traits that I hoped that the Bucs would have to settle for!!! The draft next year will be look for WR with terms like speed and explosiveness!!!!

    The Buc Realist Says:
    August 9th, 2016 at 11:13 am
    VJ ( who turns 34 at the end of the season) Just has a lot of miles on those tires!!!! We also need some explosive, speed WR and will be top priority!!! Why have JW3 without the weapons??????

  9. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Keep in mind that Howard runs a faster shuttle than Khalil Mack, faster three cone than Tyler Lockett, is as fast as David Johnson in the forty, with the roughly the same weight and same wingspan as Rob Gronkowski. It just is not fair, and he will terrorize the nfc south for many years to come.

  10. KJ Says:

    I definitely believe in OJ Howard and this offense but I have been a long time reader of the blog, I remember the days heaping praise on ASJ during training camp and Arrelious Benn before him. Trying, for my own sanity, not to get too excited about training camp plays. Most important part of training camp by far is keeping everyone healthy.

  11. rayjay1122 Says:

    Our offense should be solid so long as the OL holds up and we do not get ravaged by injuries. So far we are pretty much in perfect shape other than J. Smith.

    I can’t believe that I am actually even looking forward to preseason games. Going to be some fun position battles.

  12. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Hope this isnt like the Gilded Age…. because the real engine of the offense is the OL and it is the biggest impediment to success, and has not been addressed this offseason

  13. Buc50 Says:

    ASJ was a D)&^&@ bag with potential. I wouldn’t put him in the same breath as OJ.

  14. Dreambig Says:

    Realist – Two comments that ended up being on target. Nice job! If you have good things to say, why not just say it, maybe express your thoughts for this coming year instead of making yourself look silly by reposting stuff from last year. Are you correct so infrequently that you need to gloat when you are? I have always though you had good things to say but your losing credibility pretty quickly.

  15. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Dusthty Rhothdes Says: Hope this isnt like the Gilded Age…. because the real engine of the offense is the OL and it is the biggest impediment to success, and has not been addressed this offseason

    Yes, it has. Marpet has the makings to be a dominant Center. While, Sweezy returning has the potential to be upgrade at guard. Add in the growth of Smith, Benonoch, Pamphile, etc. and the line will look to improve upon last year.

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    If the Oline can hold it together – the Bucs 2017 offense should be crazy good.

    Operation WeaponsforWinston = Mission Accomplished

    Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, OJ Howard, Adam Humphries, Cam Brate, Chris Godwin, Charles Sims, Jeremy McNichols

    That’s an impressive list of talented options for Jameis to distribute the ball to.

  17. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Even if Sweezy gets injured again and we go back to last year’s o-line minus Cherilus, the additions on offense will still make this offense better this season.

    DJax & Howard are two big keys for defenses playing us more vanilla this season. DJax should void an eight man in the box defense. Howard in the 2 te set will have the defenses guessing if its a run or passing play.

    But if Sweezy works out = Super Bowl Win!!!

  18. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    OL has not been addressed!? Guy with a broke back is the key to protect the franchise? The 2 tackles are average and then we need to hope marpet is all world esp Game 1 against Suh… I hope this works out but on paper it doesnt look promising and the weapons dont work without the engine, maybe more 2 TE sets is a a fix to the OL as well, because Brate and OJ are gonna be like duos belichek n brady have had

  19. RayJameisStadium Says:

    The gift from the football gods named HOWARD created a full blown panic across the NFC SOUTH!!!!

    We will own the NFC SOUTH!!!

    We have the best defense in the NFC South.

    Let the show begin! I am ready for some FOOTBALL!!!!!!

  20. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Which do you rather have facing Suh? BTW Sacks for Suh in 2016 —- ONE

    Evans, Hawley or Marpet

    I take Marpet all day!!!

    BTW if we start opening holes up the middle against Miami make your hotel reservations for the Super Bowl!!!

  21. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Certainly accept your point…the proof is in the pudding and we haven’t even seen a pre season game yet.

    But I do not compare the enthusiam for OJ to the HOPES for ASJ. ASJ was a head case from day one…a character who literally found a way to get kicked out of practice…how do you do that?

    ASJ came out of college with ONE major asset…his size and athleticism…he never did in college what OJ has done and OJ played in GIANT games for National titles.

    But I’m not disagreeing with your fundamental point KJ…you are not the only one who feels that way.

    I feel as if we Buc fans are suffering from battered wife syndrome…not to demean that syndrome by comparing to football…just as an illustration. We’ve been disappointed so frequently by so many “saviors” of the franchise that we are conditioned to expect the worst. But it truly is a new day in Tampa Bay and OJ will be fine barring injury. In addition to talent that is far superior to ASJ’s he brings a quality character that was never instilled in poor ASJ. That has to do with parenting and not football. OJ was simply raised to be a class act and his personality and ability to be a GREAT teammate will also be a wonderful addition to a very talented team. He’s NOT going to be the guy griping about touches and I’d bet the farm he will NOT be getting kicked out of practice.

  22. Shanghai Buc Says:

    I read this blog every day, but have never posted a comment before. However, I just felt compelled to pay homage to Realist’s amazing clairvoyant powers. How in the world were you able to identify that the Bucs had a need for speed/depth at receiver?

    Pewter power!

  23. Pa Privateer Says:

    It is not just Jackson, Evans, Brate, Howard, Martin and Sims…..

    We have depth in Humphries, Godwin, Auclair, McNichols and the guys from last year.

    We have a ton of personnel to bring into the game and switch things up. There will be no break for the opposing defenses if a player goes down or needs a rest. We have a bench full of players that can contribute.

  24. Steven007 Says:

    @Shanghai Buc –

    Nice work on your first post. I’m not sure narcissists can read sarcasm so perhaps your comment will register as uber sincere (fingers crossed), ha-ha. Dreambig also touched on this earlier. There are two things that get me to scroll past a comment immediately. One is a ‘Realist repost’. What’s the sound of one hand patting yourself on the back? His comments are fine the first time. They are tiresome and sad the second time. The other is when I read the words ‘speaking for Pablo’. Really? Next!

  25. The Buc Realist Says:

    Well you can scroll thru this as well steven007 ….because when last year there was someone that gave the formula and needs to be explosive when obviously it was lacking…because its another “Realist Repost”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It a “Realist Repost”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Buc Realist Says:
    August 2nd, 2016 at 9:28 am
    Fans will say that WR then TE will be the biggest “need” for the 2017 draft!!!

    “The Buc Realist” or “The Buc Prophet” !!!!! you be the judge!!!!!!

  26. The Buc Realist Says:

    And hear is another one for “next” year!! I will repost the truth of what the sheep have just figured out, And the sheep will be posting about “The Realist”!!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Steven007 Says:

    Ah yes, the use of the word sheep! That wasn’t predictable. Stay classy, BR. And re-read Dreambig’s post for further edification. And perhaps keep repeating Stuart Smalley’s daily affirmation: “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” until you convince yourself it’s true. I’m looking for proof. Perhaps a response here with the word sheep some “prediction” (the Bucs need WR depth…genius!) and a bunch of needless punctuation. All right…and…GO!

  28. godzilla13 Says:

    Get off Chris Conte’s back. Yes, he struggled at times last year. It does not take away his ability to create big plays by forced fumbles and INT’s. Conte is a hard hitting, in your face player, who will contribute in a big way this year. With the additions of 2nd round pick out of Texas A&M, Justin Evans, who is as hard hitting a Safety you will find and excels in coverage, along with JJ Wilcox, who also “lights up” the opposition and is great in coverage, 14th highest coverage grade by PFF, while Keith Tandy was the highest graded Safety in coverage allowing a passer rating of just 34.3% during the last 5 weeks last year. All in all the Buccaneers secondary has not looked this good in along, long time.