Defending The Tight End

September 25th, 2020

Bucs DC Todd Bowles.

We all know Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians doesn’t like using tight ends outside of blocking. Now the question is, if the Bucs can’t use tight ends, can they defend tight ends?

That question just may be tested on Sunday.

The Broncos have an up-and-coming tight end by the name of Noah Fant. He has been on a tear in the first two weeks of the season.

Jenna Laine of ESPN brings the goods.

Denver tight end Noah Fant is averaging 14.3 yards per reception since entering NFL in 2019, a rate that ranks second among tight ends in that time (Jared Cook, 16.0). He could become the first Broncos player with a receiving TD in three straight games since Demaryius Thomas did it in 2017.

Of course, a smart-aleck like Joe would ask, if Arians uses tight ends so little, have they remembered how to catch the ball? If not, how can the Bucs practice against a good tight end when Arians doesn’t use them or they are too rusty to practice against?

For those who listened to the Ira Kaufman Podcast published this morning, you will know Joe is not down on the Broncos anywhere near the way Ira is. Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and Fant aren’t exactly Cyril Grayson, Donteea Dye and Kenny Bell.

There is a reason why Jeff Driskel came off the bench cold for an injured Drew Lock and had success last week.

12 Responses to “Defending The Tight End”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    i agree…

    we cant sleep on them….whitehead has BIG trouble with good TEs…DEN will try to use driskels legs….

    TB needs to attack driskel and force him to make quick decisions….we do that, he’ll turn it over…

    trust a gator fan, i know…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  2. BuucccNASTY Says:

    Fants out

  3. WhoCares Says:

    Yeah but our QB knows how to manage a game like this and lead us to a win. In the past our QB would come into a game like this and think he could win by sucking……. Um nevermind.

    Brady is already the best QB in Bucs History. He will remind everyone why Sunday.

    Only thing I am concerned about is him not cussing out someone for not doing they’re job. Then again, if he doesn’t its probably because we blew out the Broncos.

    Oh how sweet it is to have faith and hope in your QB to not lose a game that you should win going away.

    Cant wait. Win or Lose its a great feeling knowing we have the best QB EVER!!!!!!!!!!

  4. JimmyJack Says:

    Oh dang gum Joe, that is a good question. I forgot all about how horrible we have been stopping TEs.

    But I think in the second half of last year we finally started slowing them down(I could be mistaken). Not sure if we played any good TEs but its still good sign.

    Didnt look like we gave up much to TEs in games 1-2 either. This will be a good matchup to watch on Sunday. Their backup QB might need a saftey net out there.

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  6. Darin Says:

    Its an NFL game. Anyone can win. We Bucs fans know. The Bucs used to pull 2 or 3 out every season!

  7. Cainishere Says:

    The Bucs in the past have been victims of sleeping off a strong lead.
    Many times it was defensive adjustments that killed us or demotivated players
    who feel that the game is won. Many of today’s players are aiming at not only a Super Bowl but some HOF action making everything this season vital.
    GO BUCS!!!!

  8. Stanglassman Says:

    TE Fant isn’t on their injury report. Where are you seeing that he is out?

  9. Cainishere Says:

    Fant isn’t on the injury report yet because the Buccaneers haven’t lined up against him yet. Tee Hee

  10. Ryan Cannon Says:

    I like how our linebackers stack up against most team’s tight ends.

  11. SOEbuc Says:

    No one is sleeping. Especially the defense.

  12. #1bucfan Says:

    813 I agree bro. Don’t sleep on these guys and hopefully Whitehead has learned from last season and has gotten better