July 16th, 2018

Afflicted as well.

One of the knee jerk excuses for the 2017 season’s awful results is America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, didn’t have chemistry with speedy wideout DeSean Jackson.

That has been a constant talking point since the early weeks of the 2017 campaign.

Well, it seems another Bucs quarterback and another star Bucs receiver weren’t on the same page last year either. And that happened to be backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Mike Evans.

Pat Thorman, one of the well-trained orangutans with the PFF tribe, dug up some stats to show that last year when Fitzpatrick replaced an injured America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, Fitz and Evans were not exactly wired on the same frequency.

@Pat_Thorman: In games Ryan Fitzpatrick started or played more than 50% of snaps, Mike Evans had a catchable target rate of 41.7%.

(Lowest full-season rate was 46.3%; Josh Gordon)

Evans’ catchable target rate was 62.5% in all other games.

So Joe guesses it is damned if he plays and damned if he doesn’t. No matter who will quarterback the Bucs next fall, some receiver is going to get the shaft.

For the avowed Jameis haters, the Bucs offense won’t necessarily be humming with Jameis sidelined.

17 Responses to “Chemistry”

  1. BrianBucs Says:

    It’s easy to understand.

    Winston always tried to force the ball to Evans, he even admitted so.

    Fitz looks for the open reciever

  2. BigMacAttack Says:

    Evans usually draws the best CB and double coverage, so figure it out guys. That leaves a whole host of other targets to hit. And remember they had zero run game. This isn’t exactly rocket science you know. 😂

  3. Wright Says:


    Whether Jameis forced it to Evans, or not, isn’t the subject of this post. Joes are referring to percent of passes thrown that are catchable.

  4. DB55 Says:

    These guys don’t even understand the data/stat. Smh lol

    Fitz has a career 59% completion percentage. All we can hope is that the oline gives him time to throw. Btw who exactly is our starting oline? Inquiring minds want to know.

  5. DB55 Says:

    Honestly I think the only thing Fitz can pass is chemistry. HA! Get it? Pass chemistry. Lol, tough crowd. I’m here all week folks!!!

  6. Pete I Says:

    The Bucs offense doesn’t hum with America’s Choir Boy either. It sputters at best. Fitz will do either Fitzmagic or Fitztragic. Evans will either catch the ball if its thrown to him or he won’t. Hopefully Fitz throws to the open man with some degree of accuracy and doesn’t feed the ball to someone simply because his name is Evans.

  7. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    In other news Pete still hates Jaboo. You wouldn’t say?? Go Bucs!

  8. Pete I Says:

    Fake news 87

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    Hitting the sauce late into Sunday DB55? LOL!
    I’m concerned about that RT position. Dot hasn’t played a full season and his “best” year was last year. Are we going to rely on Benenoch to transition? Cappa, the rookie?
    Lets just roll everything left. This way we don’t need to worry! (joke!)

  10. Jim Says:

    For some reason I don’t see a lot of love here for Fitzpatrick. He had a winning record last year, while the other guy went 3 and 10, AND Fitzpatrick keeps his nose clean…

  11. K_Bassuka Says:

    That’s because Fitzpatrick it’s garbage. Any other QB would have won those 3 games las year and would’ve looked 100 times better than Fitzgarbage.

  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    K_Bassuka- I don’t know if agree with your view. However, Fitz is better than any other back-up on this roster. And, short of injury, he will be the starter on opening day.
    I’m a Bucs fan so, I’m rooting for Fitzy to win us a game or three.

  13. NPR SageBoy Says:

    IF they can run the ball and play sound D, they can win with Fitz. Big IFs, though

  14. Easy Says:

    Godwin should have a bigger impact with Fitz playing.

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    its funny how folks act like fitz beat the panthers and falcons last year….lol….you think Winston wouldn’t have beat the dolphins and jets?…..c’mon man……..


  16. Jjones Says:

    We’ll be fine, Fitz is surrounded by more talent than he’s ever seen. If our run game is improved this year as well as the Oline then there shouldn’t be much to worry about for any backup.

  17. BuccoDav Says:

    “DB55 Says:
    July 16th, 2018 at 2:14 am
    These guys don’t even understand the data/stat. Smh lol

    Fitz has a career 59% completion percentage. All we can hope is that the oline gives him time to throw. Btw who exactly is our starting oline? Inquiring minds want to know.”

    versus Winston’s 60.8. What are we really losing here?