Sharing The Rock

July 11th, 2020

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich.

Joe isn’t sure if this was by design or by chance, but either way it’s pretty cool.

If last year the Bucs’ passing game goal was to distribute the rock evenly, they did a good job.

In Warren Sharp’s 2020 Football Preview, there is a graphic called “Share of Offensive Plays,” showing the percentage of catches and runs for all Bucs receivers and running backs.

In the passing game, an outsider might guess that Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were heavily involved in the passing game as they were both Pro Bowl receivers. And that would be a good guess. Both Evans and Godwin each had a 22 percent share. (Godwin had three more targets than Evans and one rush.) Breshad Perriman, the Bucs’ No. 3 receiver, was involved in 14 percent of pass plays.

Just eyeballing games last season, it sure seemed as if the Bucs did not involve their talented tight ends much in the passing game. And Sharp’s stats bear that out.

Running back Dare Ogunbowale was involved in as many pass plays as tight end O.J. Howard (9 percent). Cam Brate was a shade higher at 10 percent.

9 Responses to “Sharing The Rock”

  1. Sport Says:

    This was something I always felt JW did very well. Aside from the forced throws to Evans (which he won,a lot) spreading the ball around is clearly a solid trait of JW.

    This year it will continue. What will be interesting to me is ME’s numbers. I think he might start out slow.
    1) he will be the natural double team
    2) he often doesn’t get crazy separation
    3) his plays take longer to develop
    4) I don’t see Brady forcing passes
    5) Gronk, Godwin, RB (Jones or Vaughn) and Brate will be one on one
    6) Brady hits the open man

    Once the D’s adjust, then he’ll start firing to an open ME.

    Should be fun as heck!!!

    In BA I Trust!

  2. gp Says:

    Distribution by design.
    Further evidence that JW rarely if ever changed the play call at the LOS and focused in on the primary almost every time.

    I think TB12 will handle things a little differently and the target percentages may change a little this year.
    Open man gets the rock!

  3. ModHairKen Says:

    Fairly meaningless. Let’s see eval game by game. Perriman picked up when Evans and Godwin were out the last few games.

    Perriman was so ineffective through most of last year, there was talk he’d be Hargreaved.

    Only stat that matters is final score.

  4. BucEmUp Says:

    I doubt thst Jameis ever had the freedom or permission to change plays at the line.

    I cant wait to see Jameis run an offense under Sean Peyton.As much as I hate the Saints I want to see Jameis run an offense that doesnt scream what they are doing to the opposong defense.

    Glad Brady has taken over playcalling

  5. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    OJ look like Tarzan, play like Jane.

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    @gp: “Open man gets the rock.”

    What a novel concept vs. the forced throws into almost non-existent windows from Jameis Christ…

  7. RGA Says:

    You mean the Winston who threw for the most yards in the NFL, the guy who owns all the passing records in Tampa?

  8. gp Says:

    RGA Says:
    July 11th, 2020 at 11:39 am

    You mean the Winston who threw for the most yards in the NFL, the guy who owns all the passing records in Tampa?

    Just imagine if he had played with more vision? And no, I’m not talking about the lasik thing. If he had not zeroed in on his primary receiver last year, and been able to see other developing routes, what kind of numbers might he have put up? He may have exceeded 6000 yards. Maybe posted less than 15 interceptions? Probably a few more touchdowns and most importantly, wins.

    He didn’t.
    And now, he’s off the team and no longer on my radar.

  9. bojim Says:

    I’d really be shocked if the TE’s were not way more involved this year.