Early Return From Giovani Bernard

August 14th, 2021

New toy works well

Bucs fans got a look at just one series tonight from the first-team Tampa Bay offense.

What stood out (aside from the ghastly sack of Tom Brady) was what Brady did on his first third-down of the 2021 season.

It was 3rd-and-9 following two ugly-looking run plays fed to Leonard Fournette. Brady dropped back and found the new guy: running back Giovani Bernard.

Bernard’s hands were sure and he got the necessary first-down YAC (yards after catch) on the play. The chains were moved, and Bucs fans got a glimpse of how life might be better this season.

On the next play, Brady threw deep to Antonio Brown, and the bomb went right through his hands.

That was the end of the night for Mr. Seven Rings.

12 Responses to “Early Return From Giovani Bernard”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    When AB didn’t make the catch, I immediately thought about the tweet Chad Johnson sent yesterday.

  2. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Shoulda had that

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    He ran like Rojo on the play, I almost got excited before I saw his number since I thought Rojo learned out to catch over the summer.

  4. Brian Says:

    What was Chad Johnson’s tweet?

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This is exactly why we needed Gio…..

  6. lambchop Says:

    Rojo ain’t that bad at catching the ball. He had some good catches in the playoffs. He just needs to be consistent. But, he’s improving. This narrative that he can’t catch is lazy.

  7. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Ab gotta catch that. It was a dime by the goat. Also cappa is to blame on that sack. If wirfs was left 1 on 1 he blocks that dude no problem. Double team with cappa and he pushed dude into wirfs. Made him look bad.

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    lambchop – I think Rojo is a very good RB, but he stinks at catching the football. You know who else stinks at catching the football? Adrian Peterson. Another one who sucks at catching the ball? Derrick Henry.

    It’s not something that means you can’t play, but it just means you shouldn’t be throwing them the ball unless you have too. That’s why Geno was such a good signing. He’s playing the role of Charles Sims in this offense, your third down back who catches everything and can run from time to time. But Sims being around didn’t keep Doug Martin from getting 1500 yards and being one of the top RBs in the NFL… every once in a while anyways.

  9. Bbro Says:

    A very mediocre night with AB missing a catch on the first set of downs from Brady. Gabbert looked good with a good opening drive when he came in for the Bucs only offensive score besides the a two point play Trask threw after a pic six by the defense JoeJones. Griffin had a soso night and trying to force the ball in to some tight situations cost him with pics. Trask had a rocky night but no pics and six or so miss catches and a lot a pressure including a couple of sacks. There were a couple terrible calls on our D by the striped wanderers but Hagan looked real good and Joe T is definitely going to be a huge asset.

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    Glad AB got that out of the way early in preseason.

  11. Erick Says:

    But why do they need a good receiving RB when they have all the receivers?

  12. sgrd0q Says:

    @Erick – if they don’t have a RB on the field then it is obviously a passing play so the defense know what to expect. So much easier for the defense. So then you put in a RB, but if you want to pass anyway, now that RB us not a wasted player but can serve as a receiver. Particularly is the other receivers are covered.