McNichols Says Hard Knocks Kept It Real

August 9th, 2017

Talks reality TV and preseason debut

Television editing — and reporting — can be a cruel, cruel, thing.

Reveal two bad things about a player and two good ones, and a lot of people might think that’s the actual ratio of their performance.

That’s sort of what Bucs fans saw of rookie running back Jeremy McNichols last night on the 2017 debut of Hard Knocks, which features the Buccaneers.

Viewers saw McNichols get beaten badly twice in pass blocking drills, and his struggles on special teams assignments were magnified, as was negative commentary from coaches. However, we also saw McNichols discussed positively by Dirk Koetter and praised for his receiving skills. And there was highlight video to match that love.

Of course, McNichols and Snoop Dogg touched on those ups and downs during a chat in the Bucs team hotel captured by Hard Knocks.

Joe cornered McNichols after practice today to ask whether he liked the way he was portrayed. Was it fair? Did McNichols feel it was unfairly negative?

“No. It’s reality,” McNichols said. “Coming into the league, first year, you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to have highs; you’re going to have lows. I’m not frustrated as a player at all. The situations I messed up on, I just got to learn from it.

“They kept it real. With that in there, some struggles, it made it realistic. Everything isn’t as good as you see on TV in a game. You have moments like that sometimes.”

McNichols added that he can’t wait for Friday’s preseason debut.

“I’m just excited to show my whole skill set, as a full player on special teams and as a running back running between the tackles and catching the football. I’ll be excited more than emotional, but it’s why we’re here and I expect to be ready in all areas.”

It appeared as if McNichols’ progress will be followed weekly by Hard Knocks. Joe cares little about that. Joe wants to see if McNichols can rumble between the tackles and look like the next Doug Martin, which he was at Boise State.

18 Responses to “McNichols Says Hard Knocks Kept It Real”

  1. DB55 Says:

    No doubt he’s Dougie fresh 2.0 with a little joe Mixon sprinkled in. I wonder if he a coolie bai. Him look like a coolie bai but that’s neither here nor there. .

  2. Wausa Says:

    I was there on stick carrier day so I have only been to one practice but I didn’t notice him standing out that day.

  3. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Remember when you were speculating about DK’s less than enthusiastic review of the HK episode.

    I think the points you are making may be a major factor. While I really loved the Snoop Dog part I suspect DK was not happy when he heard Snoop say that Doug doesn’t want to be here. I winced myself. But overall I think Snoop gave excellent advice.

    In fact as someone who “occasionally” enjoys a bowl or two I was pleased to see Snoop so focused and spot on. He who knows the most is the one who plays. That’s just excellent advice for a rook and mirrors when McWeapons coach advised…get in the playbook.

  4. Lamarcus Says:

    He will be OK. My concern was blocking =Winston getting killed. Then the coach told him on his off time to study???? Wtf

  5. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hey DB55, can ye clue an old school guy in, “coolie bai”?? Thanks.

    Going to be exciting to see Jeremy McNichols play Friday night. Show them all on the field what you can do. Run, Block, Catch. I do like all of our RB! On the Lookout for Mr. Quayvon Hicks involved in a nice long running play! Lets go Mr. Sterling Bailey show us you can bring it, play after play! I live in your home town.
    GO BUCS!

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Glad to see HK highlighting McNichols journey as a rookie.

    The kid’s productivity in College was undeniable. 53 TDs in 25 games. Do the math. That chit’s impressive.

    My take away for him the 1st week was the point Snoop hammered on. The mental aspect. JMac needs to spend every waking moment possible with his mind in the play book – trying to grasp it all – and understand where he’s supposed to be when and what his responsibility is in each situation.

    Its a lot to absorb and I hope he’s giving 100% in that aspect.

    Friday is when the kid gets to just go out there, let it all hang loose and show what he’s got for the 1st time in a live game.

    I’m looking forward to watching JMac’s development over the next few weeks via the insider look that HK is providing in this instance. Cool stuff!!

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    McNichols looked a lot like Snoop that segment where he was talking to Snoop – I hope for his sake he was just tired from practice.

    You guys that appointed him to be the day 1 starter and to chase Martin out of town, I guess it was a bad segment for you all.

    Anywho I hope McNichols was just having some normal rookie mishaps there with mixing up the schemes and isn’t a “slow” learner – very hard to tell from the way it’s edited together. I haven’t really heard much of anything about McNichols in camp so far so that’s not normally a good sign. BUT in fairness I haven’t really heard anything about any runningback except for Doug. Personally I’m really hoping Charles Sims is healthy because he’s such a good and unique player – and maybe McNichols can be snuck onto the practice squad if he is indeed a slow learner, because even if you don’t pick up everything day one doesn’t mean you can’t be very valuable down the road.

  8. DB55 Says:

    Someone with an Indian and carribean heritage. Guys from Trinidad, Guyana, queens ny etc. you can google it.

  9. teacherman777 Says:

    Uncle Snoop saving lives with his football league in the hood!!

    Did you hear Snoop’s advice?

    Dead on!

    Jah bless the one and only Snoop Lion!

    A gangster turned peacemaker!

    Jah Love!

  10. teacherman777 Says:

    and oh yea…

    Legalize it!!!


  11. Buc15 Says:

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  12. teacherman777 Says:

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  14. JimmyJack Says:

    I didn’t see him just get beaten. He looked absolutely lost when he was playing right behind a linemans butt while going the wrong way. I see no way possible he gets to see any field with the 1st team offense Friday. Maybe not even with the 2’s.

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    JimmyJack – It looked like he was getting beat on those blocking drills but it was filmed in a way that I’m not totally sure, but that was the vibe I got. Then again it’s TV and they edit it to match the story they’re telling.

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    All I can say is that I have no idea what is the norm for a RB only a few days into TC. He looked real bad in the tiny bit they showed, but heck, maybe he’s actually ahead of the curve(highly doubt).

    I do know one thing. There is no chance he does more the sit on the bench if he doesn’t learn what he’s doing. I’ll defientally be focused on him when he plays of Fridays night. Most important is him picking up things in protection. Dirk can’t use him for much of anything if he doesn’t know who he needs to block.

  17. Lord Cornelius Says:

    lol @ people taking 2-3 practice reps they’ve seen out of 100s and thinking that’s enough to make a definitive opinion. Thank god real football is about here

  18. JimmyJack Says:

    You’re right about that Lord. But you have to assume that when they edit the show they pick out highlights that basically sum up how camp is going for the showcased player……..I would highly doubt that McNicols is having a great camp and they would choose to show just the few bad plays he had.

    Same with that Joe Dirt dude. All his highlights look good. Safe to assume he’s having a good camp. The show would basically be lying to it’s audience if the guy was having a horrible camp and they just made him look good by showing only the few good plays he had.

    Back to McNicols. A good reason why I said that was about his body language. To me I could sense a bit of disinterest in him. But it could just be rookie jitters and it was just his first week. Plenty of time for the guy to turn the corner.