Antoine Winfield No. 3

November 5th, 2020

Bucs S Antoine Winfield.

If you look at the trades and free-agent signings Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht made this offseason, that would be a career for some general managers.

In short, Licht has had a haul. And that’s not even factoring in the draft.

Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian believes if you can draft at least two strong starters (to go along with two productive starters) each year, you build a Super Bowl contender.

Well, consider Licht’s first two picks: disco-dancing right tackle Tristan Wirfs and safety Antoine Winfield. Those guys may just make a Pro Bowl their rookie seasons.

Josh Edwards of CBS Sports believes Winfield is the third-best rookie in the NFL.

This is not an overreaction to his game-saving pass deflection against the Giants on Monday Night Football. Winfield had been making plays all season long. I had to watch All-22 film just to make sure there weren’t three players wearing No. 31 on the field at all times.

The only two rookies Edwards ranked ahead of Winfield are Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert.

Weeks ago Joe read an NFL analyst’s claim that Wirfs is the best right tackle in the game. No, not rookie. Best right tackle starting in the NFL. Edwards isn’t far behind that analysis.

Edwards has Wirfs ranked as the sixth-best rookie in 2020.

Tristan Wirfs has been healthy and productive since entering the NFL, which is why he has the advantage over the likes of Mekhi Becton and Jedrick Wills. Although selected fourth of the elite offensive tackle grouping, Wirfs is playing like the best.

The only time Joe heard Wirfs’ name against the Giants was when the BSPN broadcast crew took a break from talking Antonio Brown to mention Wirfs was drafted along with Winfield.

When you don’t hear a tackle’s name mentioned, you know he’s doing a good job.

There are many layers to why this Bucs team is so good. The play of a pair of rookies at key positions is just one.

30 Responses to “Antoine Winfield No. 3”

  1. Buczilla Says:

    Licht has been damn good at his job lately and I can’t even remember the last time that I made fun of him.

  2. Rico 210 Says:

    Yes, thank you Licht.
    Go Bucs

  3. webster Says:

    But i thought winfield was too short when he was drafted according to the armchair gms on this site.

  4. ClwJB Says:

    Unbelievable how lucky he was there – how in the world did so many teams pass on him? His tape was phenomenal, bloodlines are obvious- we hit the jackpot with him

    Wirfs reminds me of Paul Gruber – MW guy, just does his job everyday and is in the top tier of his group

    Please keep drafting this profile on the OL!!!!

  5. Casual Observer Says:

    They both are amazing rookies. Without the usual pre-season and OTAs. Learning on the job was the only way – and they continue to lean every game. Stars in the making.

  6. German Buc Says:

    Webster, he showed some growth since 😉

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think Todd Bowles deserves some credit on the Winfield pick & others….

  8. pewter941 Says:

    Ive seen Chinn from Carolina ranked higher than Winfield Jr

  9. SOEbuc Says:

    Shoe in for DROY.

  10. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    I think it is more of Arians, Bowles and the new staff than it is Licht. Licht is a bad GM; it just happens that he automatically gets better once Arians arrives? I mean look at the losing franchise he built before Bowles and Arians showed up. How is VH3 playing this year?

  11. David Says:

    Tampa Bay Bucs fan

    Yes, many of us were concerned about his height. Seems like a pretty logical thing to worry about for safety when receivers are averaging 6’3”.
    No big deal.
    He has been fantastic, although, the entire secondary needs to stop letting receivers get over top of them!
    All that said, Winfield and Wirfs are definitely top-five rookies. Being behind Burrow and Herbert isn’t too shabby, they are both playing fantastic.

  12. David Says:

    2019 haul is looking pretty damn good too!
    DBs- Bunting, Dean, Edwards
    WR- Miller
    Soon to be all-pro LB Devin White

  13. David Says:

    Studs: Wirfs, Winfield

    Jury is out still but both show a lot of promise:
    WR Tyler Johnson
    RB Vaughn

  14. David Says:

    DBs Davis Whitehead
    OL Cappa
    DT Vita Vea
    RB Rojo

    Jury out
    WR Watson

  15. David Says:

    Basically added depth at wide receiver, revamped the running back position, added offensive line, completely remade the secondary.
    And got the best nose tackle in football.
    In 3 drafts.

    I imagine next draft needs to focus more on D lineman

  16. ModHairKen Says:

    Can everyone stop worrying about accolades and stats, height and weight and perceptions? Nothing matters except winning.

  17. Nick2 Says:

    Are you saying Jason our GM struck gold this year in the offseason??? I am plain and simple this guy performed a miracle.

  18. Nick2 Says:

    Thankfully we stuck with him even though Jameis was a bust. He was the Brady connection and his search for receivers for Winston paid off being the best suited landing spot for Brady when it was time.

  19. Buc50 Says:

    Tyler Johnson is doing great. His problem is having 3 pro bowl WRs ahead of him.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Wirfs for the next 10 YEARS!!!

  21. Ralphie Says:

    I think Jason Licht dug up the body of Bill Wash and ate it during the off-season, he has been killing it lately.

  22. Allbuccedup Says:

    Best first two picks in Lichts career 2018 was close though.

  23. Bucsgotachance..todonothing Says:

    Gm of the year

  24. TampaTown Says:

    Defensive Rookie of the Year

  25. HeyItsAdam Says:

    I never realized how much Denmar Dotson was — heh heh heh — “holding” us back……


  26. Bucsfan77 Says:

    I don’t hear anyone complaining about the size of our coaching staff now. Heh

  27. FirstTimePoster Says:

    Please not “disco-dancing Tristan Wirfs” Joe(s), I love your site. Been coming here for years. I get that ya’ll have created a brand that is successful. Good for you guys. I may be alone on this, but I don’t come here for your silly descriptions of players ON EVERY POST. I come here in spite of it.

    BTW, what happened to “nutcase/cancer Antonio Brown?” You get a cease and desist from the big boys? Not mocking. I just noted that it ceased all of a sudden. Keep up the good work.

  28. Joe Says:

    BTW, what happened to “nutcase/cancer Antonio Brown?” You get a cease and desist from the big boys?

    Probably would have if Joe didn’t take the initiative.

    He’s still a “furniture-tossing” receiver. 🙂

  29. Joe Says:

    Please not “disco-dancing Tristan Wirfs”

    Hey, it was Wirfs who made the TikTok video of himself dancing to disco music. Joe’s not the culprit here.

  30. FirstTimePoster Says:

    Hey Joe(s), once again, I love your site. It’s got a personality all its own. You also don’t beat your own chest when your blind squirrel finds a nut. If you know who I mean, and I think you do. It’s just exhausting with the same old descriptions every day. Maybe its because I DO come here to read updates all the time. It just gets tiring.