FMIA Players Of The Week

November 17th, 2020

Raise a glass!

A long-time veteran of the NFL’s keyboard wars has come down from the mountain to knight a pair of Bucs for having exceptional games.

And this figure is no less an authority than hot-dog-eating-contest-protestingmock-draft-scowlingL.L. Bean-wearingSecond Amendment abolitionistMike-Florio-arguingparrot-insensitivechewing-with-his-mouth-opensoup-gulpingCalifornia-train-romancinganti-football proliferationouthouse-admiringairline-nappingsteerage-flyingYogi Berra-worshipingurinal-picture-takingvideo-game-playingTaylor-Swift-listeningpickpocket-thwartingBucs-uniform-frowningAllie-LaForce-smittenBig-Ten-Network-hatingpedestrian-bumpingolive oil-lappingpopcorn-munchingcoffee-slurpingfried-chicken-eatingoatmeal-lovingcircle-jerking, craft-beer-chugging, cricket-watchingscone-loathingcollege football-naïvebaseball-box-score-readingNPR-honkfilthy-hotel-stayingfight-instigatingbarista-trainingBudweiser-tolerantbaseball scorecard-keeping, pasta-feasting, vomit-dodging scrooge, Kay-Adams-following, social activist and NFL insider Peter King of NBC Sports.

In watching Bucs running back Ronald Jones break three tackles and bolt for the second-longest run in NFL history and longest offensive play in Bucs history, King said there was no way he couldn’t name RoJo as one of his Players of the Week.

Ronald Jones, running back, Tampa Bay. Hey, you break a tackle at your own 11-yard line and outrun a faster guy (Jeremy Chinn) around the 50, and finish off a 98-yard touchdown sprint unchallenged for the last 25 yards, and you’re going to be player of the week. The explosive third-quarter TD broke open a three-point game and started the Bucs on the way to a surprising rout, 46-23, in Charlotte.

King was not done quite yet in honoring Bucs. He often selects several special teams players. And based on how Bucs receiver Justin Watson caught the scent of a fake punt by the Stinking Panthers, King also honored Watson as one of his “Special Teams Players of the Week.”

Justin Watson, wide receiver, Tampa Bay. For the second straight week, the Panthers tried a pass off a fake punt. Last week it worked; Joseph Charlton threw complete and it contributed to keeping the game in Kansas City close. This time—what? Tampa doesn’t scout special-teams plays?—the Bucs killed it. Charlton looked to throw, his gunner was covered on the right, Charlton tried to run up the middle, and Watson, the third-year receiver from Penn, made the kind of play a player from Penn should make—a smart one. He smothered Charlton for a loss, leading to a Bucs field goal and a 32-17 lead.

Joe can never remember more than one Tampa Bay player being bestowed these treasures by King in the same game.

That alone should tell you what direction this franchise is headed in.

23 Responses to “FMIA Players Of The Week”

  1. Brandon Says:

    I would think that Brady and Jones are finalists and perhaps the favorites for the FedEx air and ground players of the week.

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    BL said….1st and 10….right up the gut on you chumps!!!!…lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  3. Augsut 1976 Buc Says:

    lol while watching this run by ROJO, I can hear Dandy Don Merideth saying 99 yards and a half yards lol when Tony Dorsett went the distance against the Vikings on a Monday night game.
    It was good to see that Bruce did not yank him. Seems like Fournette has been going to dancing class to much. GO BUCS!!!!

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Justin Watson was the first offensive player in Buc history to record a sack.

  5. Miller5252 Says:

    I just think it goes to show you how the NFL has turned into high school popularity contest. The Bucs have had some pretty good players over the years that have never been noticed and once Tom made it in they’re a Super Bowl contender and headlined every week.

  6. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    With Watson being overshadowed by all the other Receiving talent we have I am glad to see him getting some props on ST. Good for him.

  7. Joe Says:

    I can hear Dandy Don Merideth saying 99 yards and a half yards lol when Tony Dorsett went the distance against the Vikings on a Monday night game.

    Wasn’t that against Minnesota in the old Metrodome?

    Do remember that Dorsett cut right and ran down the sideline.

  8. Gofortheface30 Says:

    I’m sure Rojo isn’t the 10.6 100 meter track guy he used to be at 225-230 pounds now, but it was really impressive to see him hit second gear on Jeremy Chinn who is a 4.4 guy and a great athlete. All I wanted was to see was Rojo take one to the house and did he ever. Proud of the kid, he’s turned in to one hell of a tough, good running back that can outrun a defense. Now if we can just work on his hands 🙂

  9. Robert Says:

    never expected Rojo to be that fast….he was movin! and I was ready for Fournette after the fumble. glad they had faith in Rojo.

  10. bojim Says:

    Keep watching it. Been a while since we’ve seen that.

  11. tickrdr Says:

    Honorable mention to Jensen whose block set him loose, and then he ran the rest of the way to be the first to congratulate him!


  12. Scotty In Fat Antonio Says:

    Hmmm..surprising Donovan Smith hasn’t been credited with at least one sCk…

  13. Augsut 1976 Buc Says:

    Yes that was in the Old Metrodome lol and he did cut to the sideline. I went and watched it and it looked like the Minnesotas defense was sloppy and not very good, T Dorsett should have been knocked out of bounds, ROJO’s run was straight fire, GO BUCS!!!

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

    Yo ! SB
    come up with your own header

  15. Al121976 Says:

    King has always hated the Bucs, can’t hide he’s a pats fan but, he def has never shown any live for the Bucs.

  16. PSL Bob Says:

    What surprised me was that Chinn was gaining on him until they crossed the 50 yard line, and then he started to run out of gas and leaped to try for the tackle. He missed. Shows ROJO has some stamina. He kept on trucking and didn’t appear to fall off his pace until he crossed the goal line.

  17. Gofortheface30 Says:

    PSL, has nothing to do with stamina, what’re you talking about – they aren’t getting tired after 40-50 yards, chinn was at full speed before Rojo, gained on him slightly, and once Rojo was in full gear Chinn had no chance of catching him so he dove

  18. Cobraboy Says:

    tickrdr Says:</b?

    Honorable mention to Jensen whose block set him loose, and then he ran the rest of the way to be the first to congratulate him!


    That was the first thing I saw when Jones got to the second level.

    Guaranteed, the OL room had some mega-props and cheers over that block on Monday film review.

    That is what OLmen live for: springing a RB for a game-changing play.

    Good catch, tickrdr.

  19. Beeej Says:

    Glad to see Watson doing something besides contributing to pick sixes

  20. cgmaster27 Says:

    @gofortheface wrong. There speed was tagged and chinn was doing around 22 mph and rojo was doing 20.5 pr 21. Chinn was gaining ground but just ran out of juice. That’s called stamina.

  21. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    PSL Bob, cgmaster27,

    Go search into the past on the WEB and find a report or two about RoJo’s off season program at home. He reminded me of “Sweetness” (Walter Payton) back in the day who would sprint UP hill as part of his personal regimen. The work ethic of our Ronald Jones II is paying off for him finally!

  22. LJS4th Says:

    Jensen’s block was the beginning of a great run!!! Jensen was the star of this play!!!

  23. buxszntkt Says:

    LOL, when I saw the caption for this article I though “THANK G-D, JOE FINALLY DROPPED THE INCREDIBLY ANNOYING RED INTRO” to Peter King. I was so greatful ! Perhaps enough people griped about how annoying that is ! Then I clicked and opened the link and there it was as usual.
    I guess when Joe has little to say in a blog post this does help make it seem like there is more content.
    Oh well , so be it.