Rave Rookie Reviews

September 16th, 2021

The Bucs’ young linebackers drew rave reviews.

Special teams saved opening day, and Joe’s not talking about the miserable Cowboys kicker.

The Bucs won fourth down, looking decent in the return game with Jaydon Mickens and doing a great job covering kicks and punts, with a helluva night by the punter thrown in.

Bucco Bruce Arians is extra proud. First, he set out this offseason to repair his special teams. Second, a bunch of rookies got the job done.

“Special teams won that game for us,” Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio yesterday. “And our young linebackers, all our young guys, did a heck of a job winning their 1-on-1s and, you know, pinning them deep all the time. It was an awesome job by our special teams.”

Look at the special teams snap counts and you’ll see rookie linebacker K.J. Britt (fifth-round pick) and rookie LB Grant Stuard (seventh-rounder and pictured above) getting a ton of work, as well as first-round pick Joe Tryon, and third-year LB Anthony Nelson.

This bodes very well for the Bucs’ special teams. Those young core players should only improve.

14 Responses to “Rave Rookie Reviews”

  1. Mike Says:

    Britt definitely shows up on tape on ST! Keep it up young fella!

  2. webster Says:

    Tryon should not be on special teams

  3. gbobucsfan Says:

    That’s Mr. NFC Special Teams Player of the Week – Bradley Pinion

  4. JGhotier Says:

    So our Special Teams wins the game for us where we commit 4 TO’s, 11 penalties for over a 100 yards, give up huge yardage totals and Mickens’s contributions in this article only get the superlative “decent”?!

    On a night where Mick contributed heavily to the unit that won us the game and one of the better ST’s performances as a whole across the entire league Wk 1, he only gets a “decent”….tough crowd

    p.s. not to mention Mick is ranked 3rd in the League in KO returns and 7th in punt returns (w/ a big one being called back)

    p.s.s. Not to mention Mick also played pretty well as a Gunner too (which he didn’t even know he was gonna play until like Game Day, or had been practicing much there in his own words)

    I think Mick deserves a little more than a decent for his Wk 1 performance

    Agree w/ “helluva” night for Pinion and kick coverage was indeed pretty good

  5. An Erection for Sacks Says:

    @JGhotier: No doubt about it, JM85 is trending up!

  6. Bojim Says:

    JG. tl;dr

  7. David Says:

    Are we supposed to know what that means? LOL

  8. BucsfanATX Says:

    The Bucs have 2 “Mr Irrelevant “ players on the team ..is that a record?

  9. JimBuc2 Says:

    Last I checked “Mick’ was a racist perjorative for an Irishman. Now I’m certain there are some black people from the Emerald Isles, but I’ve not met one. Point is, we live in toxic ‘woke’ times, and ‘Mick’ is a poor choice of words. If you want to heap praise, or affection on a player show some uncommon sense and call him by his given name.
    LFG Bucs!

  10. teacherman777 Says:

    As a Mick myself. A Maguire and a McDermott.

    I have no issue reclaiming the word “Mick” with pride.

    Tom Brady is a Mick. So am I.

    For me?

    Jaydon Mickens nickname should be “Feisty Mickens.”

    He is Feisty. By definition, “a person who is relatively small, determined, and courageous.”

    Fiesty Mickens has become my favorite player on the team.

    Go Bucs!

  11. JGhotier Says:


    Almost all NFL players have nicknames from fans and Mick (Mickens) is what BA and the team call him

  12. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Im a full “Mick” and I did not even pick up on that. I guess that is what the PC crowd does, they go looking for something thats not really there – except to them. I am pretty sure that is Micken’s nickname; I believe I heard BA call him that.

    Maybe we should fire BA… yea, that seems about right… And about that mascot leprechaun…

  13. Dan Williamson Says:

    Shut up with the “woke” crap. This is football dammit. Take yo soft , offended over everything to the house. We rough up in heah.We tough up in heah and we cuss and fuss up in heah. We got no truck wid “woke”. Betta wake yo butt up and talk football. You wanna be politically correct run fo office.

  14. Rob Says:

    There is no keeping politics out of football now. It’s wrote All Over the field and the back of players helmets. Unfortunately politics is a part of football now like it or not