“We Underestimated His Speed”

September 24th, 2019

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones ran for two touchdowns in their comeback win against the Bucs on Sunday at the Den of Depression.

The rookie surprised the Bucs in one specific way, Arians said via Buccaneers Total Access tonight.

“We underestimated his speed,” Arians said, while referencing a couple of Jones runs. One was Jones’ first touchdown scamper, when he outran cornerback M.J. Stewart, who had a clear angle to drill Jones but couldn’t catch him.

Arians’ “underestimated” line was a bit disturbing, but it also illustrates why it’s so dangerous to play a rookie QB making his first start. You just don’t know a guy’s NFL speed until you really see it — and preseason isn’t the same as the real stuff.

Speaking of NFL speed, Stewart a 2018 second-round pick, has looked faster this season than last year. But he appeared slower on Sunday.

Stewart is a sure tackler, but man, it just doesn’t seem like he has that quickness you want in a nickel cornerback. And Joe’s not seeing him as the effective blitzer the Bucs want in the nickel position, primarily because of his speed.

31 Responses to ““We Underestimated His Speed””

  1. Clw JB Says:

    MJ Stewart is Mark Barron, the sooner they realize it the better – just lacks the wheels to play deep or man to man, but a good tackler, good near the line…

    let him back up LVD, have Buchanan train him up -and where is he anyways?

    Ummm coaches, I watched an ESPN take on Jones, the AAU basketball star that started on an AAU team with two NBA players…they weren’t prepared

    Maybe less cocktails and more film study???

  2. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    The underestimated more than his speed…that said on both his TD runs someone disregarded their area of responsibility on each of those plays…water over the dam !
    Bucs will upset the Rams on Sunday !

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    No…we overestimated MJ Stewart’s speed.

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Please tell me that BA didn’t really say ‘We underestimated his (Jones) speed’. Do the Bucs design defenses based on how fast they THINK a QB can scramble? Sorry BA, that’s an EXCUSE, not a REASON. The REASON he scored 2 TDs was because certain defenders got caught with their pants down.

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Blaine Gabbert put on IR

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Seriously? Has Arians lost it? How could a casual fan make such an observation about the quick speed of Jones, and this alleged super QB kingmaker not know? His play is all over the internet. I guess his golf cart doesn’t have Wi-Fi.

    That is two walkbacks in two days.

  7. Ndog Says:

    Who are we kidding it’s Jameis’s fault.

  8. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Gabbert on IR … ? For the season? .,. Tells me another QB coming to town and it’ll be a veteran not VT2

  9. Anonymous Says:

    That’s a line Arians stole from Jameis when talking about (not) hitting his wideouts in stride. But hey, Jameis and Arians have bonded. Total confidence in his QB team captain.

    Actually, that is Arian’s good point where he’s at least rational there.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    That explains it though. Arians also clearly waaaaayyyyyy overestimated Winston’s ability as an NFL QB when he took the HC coach job.

  11. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Quinton Flowers… the Bucs poor mans Mahomes/ Murray…. very interesting

  12. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    What else and who have you underestimated Bucco Bruce?

  13. ben Says:

    Don’t blame Winston because It’s NOT his fault the bucs thought he was a better qb then he has shown. . It’s Licht’s fault for drafting him number 1 overall when his accuracy and character has been in question.

  14. Hodad Says:

    After his first couple of runs including his first TD how the hell could you say you underestimated his speed. A smart coach would’ve put David on him to keep him from running. Fool BA once shame on you, fool BA twice, BA’s a fool! That last TD run where Jones runs up a wide open middle doesn’t happen if David was told to spy on him. More BS, from BA. Someone show him the film of what Brooks did to Vick.

  15. EA Says:

    The Tampa bay Buccaneers have followed the same pattern the last 4-5 seasons, Defense blows a game…. Winston blows a game… kicker blows a game… coaching blows a game…. they win a game.

  16. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Underestimated his speed? Did they not do a draft board and rate everyone? So wouldn’t Daniel Jones be on that draft board for trade purposes and thus evaluate him. This organization is a joke and BA is so full of it, jason licht is THE worst GM in the NFL and this is a joke

  17. Pittsshore Says:

    I saw exactly two Duke games in which he played. One was against Miami and he was outrunning the liberty city felons that were playing on the hurricanes D. Those boys are not slow. How in the world can a NFL organization not look at his film???? Arians should keep his mouth shut and assum ignorance rather than keep opening it and remove all doubt.

  18. Darin Says:

    Lol. Good one. Always the true ones that are the funniest. Its a Bucs life.

  19. FortMyersDave Says:

    Something tells me if on that 4th and 7 that let the Bucs lose that if the Bucs did get a stop somehow a flag would appear on them ala Lavonte David vs the Jets and the Giants would get another chance. That is how undisciplined and jinxed this team is. The D got soft and fell apart in the 3rd. Made a couple of plays in the 4th but folded when it really counted in crunch time like the whole ****ing team.

  20. Touchdown, Tampa Bay Says:

    Hey, I know. Let’s blame Jamies! It’s easy, it’s fun, and it doesn’t cost you a penny! Jamies Winston is the Lebron James of the NFL. For all of his heroics fans still expect him to carry the baby. Deliver the baby, and see to it that the baby goes to college.

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    I gotta think that they drafted Devin White to be the difference between winning and losing that game.

  22. AwShbucs Says:

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I actually think MJ Stewart may be Lichts worst draft pick.

    Yes, I know the Aguayo pick was heinously bad, we could have had Yannick Ngakoue. But in retrospect, Aguayo showcased ability at Fsu to be an incredibly accurate place kicker, and then for seemingly the worst reason imaginable attempted to alter his kicking motion in an attempt to emulate his Idol, legendary golfer Tiger Woods.

    If he had never attempted that idiotic change he probably would have still been a very accurate place kicker on any kick 50 yards or less and wouldnt have had a mental breakdown from lack of confidence.

    That would have been an extremely valuable commodity. Just look at what Justin Tucker being automatic points does for the Ravens. He is a huge part of what keeps that team competitive year in and year out. And if Aguayo could have been close to that good, the pick wouldnt have stunk.

    MJ Stewart on other hand, is just flat out terrible at his position. And the number one reason for that? He is sloooooooooooooooow. It’s been pointed out by many, myself included, he had the angle on Danny Dimes and STILL got out ran. He is not cut out to be any type of defensive back, and hes too damn small to be a good linebacker.

    So essentially Licht drafted a guy who had no chance to begin with because he doesnt have the natural ability required play his own position. And we could have had a damn good Corner in Donte Jackson who is a dynamite athlete with 4.3 speed. And instead we got a slowpoke.

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    MJ Stewart hasn’t played well this year, but he’s played dramatically better than last year when he was like a slow version of Ryan Smith – which is as big of an insult as I can give someone. This year he’s still slow, but isn’t getting burned on every play. Every other play, yes, but not every play.

  24. Lamarcus Says:

    To be fair I didn’t think Jones was that fast either. That first run I was like damn Daniel Jones is fast I mean probably faster than any db we have right now outside Justin Evans

  25. Lamarcus Says:

    I don’t like MJ Stewart talents He seems to be the biggest liability so far and getting other players out of their position

  26. Says:

    You knew how fast he was by mid of 2Q. Did not adjust. Coaching gets an F in this one.

  27. ElioT Says:

    They underestimated Jones period.

    When Barkley went out and they had a big lead, the secondary and some LBs totally got caught sleeping at the wheel.

    You have to admit…

    Jones showed a lot on Sunday, stood in the fire, taking a beating from Sack Barrett and Nassib and played a hell of a game for a rookie QB, or really any QB.

    Kid kept his poise and made plays to win that game.

    The Giants fans have reason to be excited.

  28. Buc'n Enough Says:

    AwShbucs Says:
    September 24th, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    “Maybe I’m crazy, but I actually think MJ Stewart may be Lichts worst draft pick.”

    That’s an argument for the ages! Other than Aguayo…
    Name every other second round pick and you would have a great argument of which one is worse than MJ Stewart.

    This team is STARVED of talent because of blown high round draft choices that either just sucked or are always hurt (Justin Evans). So we have fourth round talent that is drafted in higher rounds that produces like forth and fifth round talent…

    Even this years second round pick SMB & Jemmel Deand can’t get on the field…and when they do…they do not contribute.

    FIRE LICHT..he is a MORON!

  29. TOM Says:

    Like BA said. Gay isn’t going anywhere. He should have added & neither is JW. Get use to it fans. Oh, and Licht said neither is he. Now isn’t that encouraging?

  30. Bucamania Says:

    I dunno. SMB will likely surpass MJ as Licht’s worst non-kicker pick. Wait, Spence was pretty bad too. Then there’s Devin White…

  31. Bojim Says:

    Why did it take the whole game to figure out he could move swiftly, like a gazelle? Or even the lowly kwatemunde? I have a love/hate thing going on with the Bucs since 76.