Checking In On Former Bucs

September 15th, 2022

Former Bucs running back Ronald Jones.

Joe’s always interested in what’s going on with former Buccaneers.

Super Bowl running back Ronald Jones was inactive for the Chiefs on Sunday. Jones was beaten out by rookie sensation Isiah Pacheco, the Kansas City’s rookie seventh-round pick. Pacheco was their leading rusher Sunday with 12 carries for 62 yards.

Sunday also featured the return of Justin Evans, the Bucs’ 2017 second-round pick. His long road back from an Achilles injury has ended with the starting nickel cornerback position for the Slimy Saints. Evans last played in 2018. Hell of a story.

Tight end O.J. Howard caught two touchdown passes for the Texans on opening day, while Texans receiver Tyler Johnson was inactive.

Bengals guard Alex Cappa, a Bucs third-round pick in 2018, allowed three QB pressures with his new team, per the PFF Tribe. Bengals QB Joe Burrow was sacked seven times.

Safety Jordan Whitehead suffered what appears to be a significant ankle injury in the Jets’ blowout loss to the Ravens.

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31 Responses to “Checking In On Former Bucs”

  1. gbobucsfan Says:

    Wow! Did not know that about Evans. Good for him, albeit it is with the slimy saints. Wish that guy well.

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    Great news on Evans. He was a very good player when he was well.

  3. Buczilla Says:

    Rojo is an enigma man. So much talent, but something is just missing with this dude. I’m happy for Evans, but I hope he sucks on Sunday.

  4. nate Says:

    awesome news on deshawn jackson

  5. SKBucsFan Says:

    Nice to see OJ catch as many touchdowns in his first game with the Texans then he did his whole time with the Bucs.

    And good comeback story for Justin Evans. I wish him well but hope he has a bad game against us this Sunday.

  6. Jack Sparrow Says:


  7. NCBucfan Says:

    I will root for any ex Buc that went to any team except the Stupid Slimy Saints! I will obviously not wish any injury on any one, but I hope Americas QB and Evans stink it up Sunday!!

  8. Buccobill99 Says:

    Evans 1st pick came against tb12

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’ll always root for our draft picks to do well…..except against us….

  10. SlyPirate Says:

    Cappa allowed 3 QB pressures?

    The Bengles pass blocking was tragically horrendous in 2022. 2023 is off to a worse start. We know Cappa is solid. Their problem is coaching.

  11. Ralphy Says:

    You missed Justin Watson. I don’t know if he played, but he had 0 stats in week 1.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    I usually don’t care about players after they are no longer with the team but seeing Justin Evans still playing is pretty cool because it seemed like he was on his way to becoming a star. His injury was unfortunate but nothing he could control. OJ Howard might be in the same boat but Lovie will make sure he doesn’t score anymore, at least before halftime.

  13. Hodad Says:

    I saw Cappa give up a quick sack in tha game?

  14. unbelievable Says:

    @Bucszilla – 100% on both points

  15. DAVID_54 Says:

    Thanks for the update, Joe!

  16. LONG JOHN Says:

    Joe in offseason when there is nothing to write about how about some info. On old or retired players to fill the gap. WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

  17. Smashsquatch Says:

    Whitehead=injury prone, too bad because I love his attitude & style of play. Smart pass from Licht.

  18. G-Buc Says:

    No Bengals problem is Joe holds the ball too long.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    It is always interesting to see former Bucs. It lets us see if the team did the right thing by letting the player leave. Nice write up!

  20. Rod Munch Says:

    Why wouldn’t the Bucs be first in line to bring back Justin Evans if he was healthy? I never understand why teams will let good players walk just because they were hurt and out for a while.

  21. Alvafan Says:

    Rojo s problems are mental and you can’t fix St___d.

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    Rod Munch. It could be Bowles didnt really want Evans. He defientally a specific skillset hes looking for and wants versitile players, its why I think we let Whiteheaf walk. Not sure that Evans fits what Todd the Godd wants.

    Cant argue with the results. Honey Hair guy in AZ, Jamal Adams in NYJ now Winfield here in Tampa Bay.

  23. Lt. Dan Says:

    Joe – this post is VERY interesting. May I suggest that this be a regular midweek post. Really cool stuff !!

  24. David Says:

    Well… Cappa was the weakest link on our O line, but most of it falls on the Cincy line and coaching.

    Good for Evans.

    Horrible news for Whitehead although it’s not entirely surprising. The way he throws his body around he just seemed like he’s going to be injured a lot.

    Suprising from OJ

    Not surprising about RoJo. He can run but he can’t block, catch, or run a route

  25. CrackWise Says:

    Tyler Johnson is a beast; how can he not make the opening day roster for TWO Teams in one season?

  26. Irishmist Says:

    I remember Justin Evans as having good ball skills and good speed but
    he sometimes took bad angles and his tackling was always a little suspect. We should test him out by running a lot his way, with maybe a screen throwing in now and then as well.

  27. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Rojo just never gets that real chance!! Such a pure runner to never get the ball!!

  28. firethecannons Says:

    Justin Watson is playing hero ball in kansas City–he scored a tuddy

  29. Melvin Junior Says:

    Sorry Jack, he’s had EVERY possible opportunity… He’s ALREADY, in the “dog house.” He was totally “unavailable” last Sunday… “Coaches Decision” -per Draft Kings.

  30. FrontFour Says:

    Great news on Evans. Admire that guy’s determination to come back.

  31. lambchop Says:


    The determination is that money!!! Let’s not sugar coat it.