Rough Year To Be A Rookie

August 5th, 2020

Rookies need to catch up.

While Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians was pretty upbeat about his team today in a Zoom conference call with the local fourth estate, Arians wasn’t quite that kind about his rookies.

This simply is not a good year to be a rookie. With no offseason, no OTAs, no rookie or regular minicamp and no preseason games, the rookies (for every team) have a very limited time to adjust to life in the NFL, learn their surroundings, coaches and playbook, and oh yeah, demonstrate why they deserve a spot on the final roster.

And it seems not all rookies have made a favorable impression on Arians early in this abbreviated, soft training camp.

Asked about how well his players were in shape when they arrived last week, Arians was pretty happy about that, except for the rookies.

“I think the rookies look like how they would have showed up for minicamp right after the draft,” Arians said. “Some of them just don’t know how to train. Not all of them, [but] some of them are in great shape.”

Arians once again mentioned how the rookies lost 400 snaps of practice thanks to The Sickness and unlike in any other year, Arians said the Bucs are locked in on preparing for the Saints in the season-opener rather than roster-building.

Arians also expressed a slight bit of frustration that “younger” players can’t shake the “awe-factor” of the reality that they are currently sharing a football field and locker room with Tom Brady.

“It is going to take a little more time for some of them,” Arians said of his players to shake the stargazing at Brady. “Some of the younger ones especially.

“Now the guys that were with [Brady] out at Berkeley, [the awe-factor is] all over for them. But the young players, I think they come in each day and are like, ‘Wow.’

“Once we start really practicing, it will be more of a factor. But we will get over it pretty soon. It’s just mostly young guys right now.”

Maybe it might take Brady to cuss out some of these guys so they can get their heads out of the clouds? Anything to demonstrate to them he sweats, bleeds and puts his pants on one leg at a time just like they do.

Maybe Brady needs to tell these guys that they have to get their heads in the game now in order to win later?

Joe can sympathize a little. It’s still hard to believe Brady is with the Bucs, even though we’ve all seen video and photos of Brady throwing to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin wearing Buccaneers’ T-shirts.

15 Responses to “Rough Year To Be A Rookie”

  1. Sarasota Garey Says:

    Im curious as to Why Whirfs fell so much, lots of mock drafts had him as #1 tackle taken

  2. JimmyJack Says:

    Sarasota…..I dont know much about the other Tackles but Wirfs is gonna be a RT for us. If the others play LT that pretty much explains it since LT is more valuable of a position.

  3. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Tough to be a rookie and tough to be a Buc’s fan. We finally get a great team with a GOAT at QB and “the sickness” intervenes.

    I no longer care. I’m going to enjoy what we have for as long as it lasts. If nothing else this additional challenge of “the sickness” will bring guys together and this season is at least a test run for a SB win in 2022….however many games it goes…whatever luck of the draw in quarantines may be…I think this year will be beneficial going forward even if we have to wait for delayed gratification.

    Isn’t that called “edging”…OOPS….wrong place lmao

  4. Sarasota Garey Says:

    Jimmyjack, I think the guy from Alabama was a right tackle also

  5. 813bucboi Says:


    correct but tua is left handed….

    GO BUCS!!!

  6. 813bucboi Says:

    imo, the other tackles are pure tackles…wilfs can play tackle and guard…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  7. Craig Says:

    Most NFL teams are going to look like XFL teams at the start of the season. The extended practice group will keep more bubble players with the team.

    We will need them next season, when cap space gets shaky. Too many stars coming into contract years.

    I think Wirfs fell because Tua went to Miami and shook the draft up some. some weird calls in the draft, worse than normal.

  8. ClodHopper Says:

    I don’t blame the youngins for being star struck. I get a tingle of excitement every time I see Brady in Buc gear. Every. Time.

    Reminds me of the first time I bagged a super hot chick. I woke up about 10 times that night and pinched myself every time I looked over at her laying there.

    On another note: I can’t get over how form fitting that mask is on Arians. It looks like it was made for his face. I have a hard time believing that glorified panty hose is doing anything to slow down the virus.

  9. Clean House Says:

    Great analogy Clodhopper- LOVE IT

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    Sarasota, thanks…..Like I said I didnt know these guys too well. Was just spitballing a thought.

  11. stpetebucsfan Says:


    “I have a hard time believing that glorified panty hose is doing anything to slow down the virus.”

    Which part of your Doctoral Dissertation in your Epidemiology education makes you doubt masks? Do you remember the course?

  12. ClodHopper Says:

    St Pete

    I didn’t say anything about masks in general. I spoke of that one specific mask. You know studies have shown that not all masks are equally effective? And in some cases (not necessary this case) masks in front of the camera are nothing more than optics. Thank you for your pompous inquiry, but ill continue to think critically. I’m sorry you find that quality to be beneath you.

  13. CPN Says:

    It is what it is. Hopefully the rookies can show up and put in the work.

  14. Says:

    One positive for the rookies is they likely won’t hit the rookie wall week 10 like they usually do. Less off-season work means they will be fresher.

  15. TOM Says:

    There are going to be a lot of good rookie players getting released before they can show how good they are.