Computers Track Four Fastest Bucs

October 9th, 2017

Buried running back Peyton Barber shows up on NFL computers

Remember Thursday’s fourth-quarter explosive play against the Patriots, when your eyes popped out of your head because you couldn’t remember ever seeing that kind of speed on a football field?

Of course, Joe’s talking about the slant pass to DeSean Jackson. He caught the short throw and hit a gear rarely seen in Tampa. Jackson rocketed past defenders for a 41-yard gain.

Well, the NFL’s computer chips in jerseys and balls clocked Jackson topping out at 20.5 miles per hour on that play. It was this week’s fourth-fastest run — offense or defense — across the NFL. Jags running back Leonard Fournette led the way with 22.05 mph on his 90-yard TD run against the Steelers.

What makes Jackson’s speed flash most stunning is that the pass took him off stride and he had to reset and explode after the catch.

Jackson, at 30 years old, is a true freak of nature. Last year with the Redskins, his 22.6 mph recorded against the Cardinals in Week 13 was the fastest time clocked by any NFL player all season long who was not running back a kickoff.

So have any other Buccaneers ever showed up in this NFL “NextGen” speed data?

Yes, Joe combed through it.

In 2016, Peyton Barber clocked 20.76 mph during his long TD run at San Francisco in Week 7. Next was Adam Humphries (Rudy!), who hit 20.31 mph during a 25-yard punt return in Week 2 last year. And lastly was Kwon Alexander the following week. It’s rare for a defensive player to show up, but Kwon clocked 20.23 mph during his pick-6 against then-Rams QB Case Keenum.

23 Responses to “Computers Track Four Fastest Bucs”

  1. SB Says:

    Jameis needs to take some lessons from Deshaun Watson

  2. JameisDungy Says:

    Hate to say it, but Watson is making it tough to keep making excuses for Jameis. Him and Wentz are flat out balling.

    Then again I do think they both have much better HCs. Coaches that can actually call plays at a high level.

    Jameis has gotta be better. The 93 passer rating looks nice, but the advanced stats look bad.

  3. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Dude is blazing fast, watched him live @ camp, crazy. Let’s get it rollin again BUCS. Tough week… Living in New England, I’m still in pain over this loss. Smh. We need a “W” BAD this week vs those Cards! Revenge for last year too!!! I’m trying to be positive, let’s go!!!

  4. LakeLand Says:

    Dirk Koetter has buried RB Peyton Barber the same way he did RB Devonta Freeman during his last season in Atlanta. Devonta Freeman had only 65 carries for the Falcons as a rookie in his only season with Koetter. Instead Koetter went with Stephen Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith. He brought 2 of these retreads to the Bucs.

  5. AlteredEgo Says:

    look….look over there….

  6. mike10 Says:

    Watching the Chiefs game last night and all the creative ways Reid was able to get Tyrek Hill the ball, keeping a strong Texans defense on their heels, was impressive. Why can’t Dirk get creative in mixing doing whatever you can to get Jackson the ball; in the backfield, running back punts, in the flatt, down the field.

    I’m not jumping on Dirks play calls, but I expect more from him.

  7. Pit Says:

    Because this is only DK second year as a HC and it seems like he is not confident enough to try all kind of things. I think after a couple of years of winking seasons he will have enough confidence.

  8. G-Money Says:

    Really??? after a couple years??? We do that in Tampa? we give coaches time to right the ship?? “Straight Sarcasm” Yes!!! I said this in my last post, that the Glazer’s have once again made a knee jerk reaction choice to fire a HC without allowing him a chance to even get a second draft under his belt! to a never been a HC with 2 drafts and things still look the same on this high powered offence the Glazer’s want so bad. Bottom line as a Bucs fan I hope I’m so wrong, but Dirk was not a HC candidate before now! unless I’m wrong, when did he become such a hot commodity? I need for my team to get it right this year, and through the leadership that’s been put in place to do it!! Give Dirk his chance, but don’t give him a pass.

  9. Capt. Blighe Says:

    I’m not going to defend Dirks play calling or scheme because it seems very basic to me. But Dirk is not Jameis’s problem, accuracy is. He never hit’s anyone in stride or the perfect position. Receivers always have to adjust to catch his balls.

  10. Clodhopper Says:

    Fastest run last year. 4th fastest this year. Still gets overthrown!!

  11. nate_tweetz Says:

    Jameis is struggling with throwing the deep vertical ball… what’s new? That’s why I have not been able to understand why we haven’t seen more slant routes to DJ to let him break those YAC plays with a higher percentage. Dirk has to get more creative with his play calling and start the game with shorter pass plays. Get Jameis in a rhythm before trying to chuck balls downfield.

  12. AlteredEgo Says:

    Jameis struggles with every throw….he hits and misses every throw in the book…I said HIT and miss…inconsistent accuracy…sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t…not a characteristic of elite…at any level of football…I sincerely hope he can get his sierra together…but I hope for a lot of things

  13. Gnawesome Says:

    Nate, let’s be real, the deep balls are fine, it’s the over throws on sideline routes and and throwing behind WRs on crossing routes, Jameis needs to fix that before worrying about any plays being called

  14. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Where does Joe get this stuff? Great trivia at the very least…if ONLY the team put it better use now! Albeit on Red Zone, but time after time yesterday I see these long bombs by guys like Flacco, Newton, Rodgers, A. Smith, even Josh Freakin’ McClown hit guys in stride. The only bone I got yesterday thrown to me was at least Jameis didn’t throw FIVE picks like Big Ben (knock on wood.)

    I figure of the four games so far, the Bucs have really only turned in a complete performance in all three phases, with one game, and that’s the season opener vs the Bears. They are due for another one. Can we get started on a roll like we did the second half of last year?

  15. David Says:

    I have to say I’m disappointed in the creativity of the play calling. Dirk was much better as a OC when it came to calling plays. Outside of that misdirection throw back that got OJ Howard his first TD, the play calling has been meh.

  16. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I saw Folk running 30 mph towards the locker room after the Pats game.

  17. darin Says:

    He did hit that gear whew. The fact fournette did that in the 4th quarter after all those carries, at his weight, is amazing. Lets see if djax can top that speed on the next slant pass, in 4 weeks. Go bucs

  18. orlbucfan Says:

    Dewey Selmon Says:
    October 9th, 2017 at 11:47 am
    I saw Folk running 30 mph towards the locker room after the Pats game.
    More like 130 mph. He’s lucky he wasn’t caught, tarred and feathered. BAH!

  19. Ed Says:

    I’m not an X’ sand o’s guy, just a fan. I have been saying that Jameis needs to get out on the edge more. Watching Aaron Rogers yesterday vs Cowboys, he has that spin move when he turns around and gets on the edge. It buys more time for receivers to get open and doesn’t have bodies in the throwing lanes.

    Winston appears very uncomfortable in the pocket this season and when he did roll out he ran and slid for a good gain and ran in for a TD that was penalized.

    Hate to bring back the ghost of Josh Freeman but his good year he was running and throwing on the run then after that he was ineffective as a pure pocket passer.

    There is something wrong with the offense, is it too much vertical stuff and not enough quick horizontal stuff. Also where is the back shoulder throw to Evans?

    Again, the ghost of Josh Freeman was very successful throwing that route to Vincent Jackson, Evans should be eating up corners with back shoulder catches.

    Instead he’s just running to spots, turning around, catching it and getting tackled right away.

    Isn’t this what’s happening?

  20. unbelievable Says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if threw slant passes more often? Or rolled Jameis out on bootlegs? Ya know, plays he excels at….

  21. unbelievable Says:

    Joe is there some reason I’m being blocked from commenting?

  22. NFLNut Says:

    Deshaun Watson was 7-15 for like 107 yards in the 4th quarter and the Chiefs put it into cruise control and played prevent the rest of the game … Watson put on a Bortles-esque performance and compiled a bunch of garbage stats … calm down nutjobs

  23. NFLNut Says:

    BTW, the above is not a dig at Deshaun as I like the kid and felt he should have been the #1 QB off the board this year instead of Trubisky … but … he was pretty bad against the Chiefs last night until the game was out of reach and KC put it into cruise control … that’s just a fact.