True Heroism At Left Tackle

September 18th, 2022

It’s not lost on Joe that the Bucs won today while playing most of this game with a third-string left tackle getting his first meaningful NFL action, a rookie left guard and a center making his second career start.

That’s often the stuff blowout losses are made of.

Instead, the Bucs had little trouble pass blocking for Tom Brady, who endured just three quarterback hits from a stout and talented Saints defense.

Left tackle Brandon Walton entered the game after backup left tackle Josh Wells left early with a calf injury. Walton, an undrafted free agent in 2020, stepped in and thrived. He had help, but he was more than solid against a violent Saints front.

It was Walton’s first offensive snaps in a regular season.

What a credit to the Bucs coaching staff, which continues to have mindblowing success. For those who like perspective, the Bucs are riding a run of 24 wins against 5 losses.

Historic stuff.

59 Responses to “True Heroism At Left Tackle”

  1. Howard Cosell Says:


  2. SteveK Says:

    Walton is going to find a way into our lineup.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Walton should be our #2 OT. Looks solid out there

  4. CrackWise Says:

    Yeah I was saying that during the game.

    Did we just find our future Left Tackle? DUDE LOOK REALLY REALLY good pass blocking.

    So much better than Wells for sure!!!

  5. unbelievable Says:

    Hats off to the kid. That could have gotten real ugly real quick.

    Goedke received some humility today after getting a little too high on himself after just 1 game. I say that’s a good thing in the long run.

  6. Scooter Says:

    Threw salt over my shoulder before kickoff.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Very good performance…….give him the game ball and an extra pork chop.

  8. Trask To The Future Says:


  9. George Says:

    Nice performance by Walton. Let’s go Brandon.

  10. Dew Says:

    Yes. A proud FAU Grad like me.

  11. Daryl Green Says:

    Yea next man up. This game meant a lot too me.
    We can beat the next two opponents without Julio.

    I want to apologize too Jamel Dean.👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
    Devin White learn how to get off blocks and start fitting folks up.
    Bravo to the Bucs👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🤙🏾🤙🏾

  12. Miller5252 Says:

    We really need some depth soon if Donny can’t make er another week. The way Evans was pushing folks, he might be our backup LT. 🤣

  13. JimmyJack Says:

    I was wildy impressed with Walton. Wells even played good in the 1st half. #73 was probably better. Our pass protection across the whole line looks really good. Plenty to work on(Im sure Joe will have all the negatives) but I really like how we look after 2 weeks and cant wait to see us keep getting better.

  14. Infomeplease Says:

    Next man up!!! So far so good!!!

  15. ClwJB Says:

    Walton is better than Wells it appears

    What a slugfest, until JW showed his true self, again

    We knew it was coming

    We have watched him do it to us soooooo many times

    Thanks Saints!!!!

  16. stpetebucfan Says:

    Lots of props to Walton but the guys who are really showing their stuff are the 3 in the middle. Brady hates…hates..hates…pressure right up the middle…aside from blown assignments here and there the 3 newcomers have been great.

  17. adam from ny Says:

    walton didn’t miss a beat

  18. adam from ny Says:

    it was interesting to see jameis transform back to old jameis under pressure…as they suddenly were the team in the worse position

  19. Kgh4life Says:

    Bucs found their back-up left tackle.

  20. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I was absolutely shocked at how much time the line gave Brady today. I’m super impressed with Hainsey, Goedeke and Walton. Job VERY well done.

  21. D Says:

    Watching the Cowboys take it to the Superbowl contending Bengals is making our defense look even better right now.

  22. Goatfarmer Says:

    Walton is better than Wells! Way to go!!!

    Still think we need to sign depth. Cut Rudolph, he is washed.

  23. Wild Bill Says:

    Offense struggled until late in the game. Brady looked off but that deep throw to the enzone was perfect. Nice catch too. PERRIMAN WAS HUGE !!!Saints are hard to run against. And so are the Bucs! Bucs receiver backups looked weak, except for Perrimans huge play. Famous Jaymess played pretty well until later in the 2nd half. Turnovers by the Saints (5) was the deciding factor. NO out gained us both passing and running. Brady looked depressed to me. Tight ends were not much help catching passes. Brady really needs his speedy receivers with good hands back and healthy. Fornette took a beating but fought like he’ll! He da man!

  24. J Ghotier Says:

    Thanks for bringing rightful and deserved attention to this

  25. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Walton did a great job he should definitely be starting next week if Smith is out.

  26. steele Says:

    Walton > Wells. It was not an easy game for the offense. If the D continues to carry it, fine. Keep it going.

    I am a bit more optimistic after this one, which was the first real test.

  27. Anonymous Says:

    I know Scotty Miller missed a couple this game but he had some great chances and almost made 2 amazing catches. Hopefully can use him more if gage isn’t going to make an impact.

  28. orlbucfan Says:

    OLine gets slammed but they kept thebfossil’s jersey clened today.

  29. orlbucfan Says:

    the fossil’s…love this auto dimwit edit.

  30. firethecannons Says:

    evans out but Godwin is needed and Julio and Gage defense won this as it should be

  31. fern Says:

    Jason finds linemen in the weirdest places lol

  32. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Gage is not the worst free agent signing, Kyle Rudolph is!
    Yes, Walton looked great today, maybe better than Wells!

  33. ocala Says:

    Anonymous Says:
    September 18th, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Walton should be our #2 OT. Looks solid out there

    I agree. He played very well and looks better than Wells. Wells deserves to be on the roster, but he should be the #4 OT.

  34. ModHairKen Says:

    73 is amazing. It was a hell of a performance. I hope the Glazers funnel him a little extra beer money.

    I kept saying keep it close to halftime. They will fight through these mistakes. But I didn’t think they’d actually FIGHT. Loved it. This team is some bad mofos even without Angry Red.

  35. BigZ Says:

    I said to myself, 73 is playing well and with some ferocity. Kudos 73.

  36. lambchop Says:

    It makes a world of difference when you don’t want to be the reason to let a hit get put on the goat. Plus, this kid is a baller. He definitely has skills.

  37. SB~LV Says:

    Good for the long run

  38. Jeff Says:

    Walton > Wells. It’s as simple as that.

  39. George Says:

    Was impressed by Walton

  40. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    My goodness.
    Thank you for this post.
    Let’s give some BIG TIME LOVE to Brandon Walton (from Seminole HS.)

    He played HUGE today.
    So so so so so proud of the kid.

  41. Ed Kerber Says:

    It took a few years but it is finally nice to see Jamies play a big part in a Buccaneer victory

  42. LakelandSteve Says:

    Was it my imagination or did Walton play better than Wells. Thought he looked pretty staudt in there.

  43. stpetebucfan Says:


    Thanks for that reminder. I had forgotten Walton was a home grown talent.

  44. MadMax Says:

    Great job Walton….your time to shine Bro, make every second count!

  45. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Great to finally beat the AINTS , but their fans are Soo ignorant and arrogant that they still make excuses. .. Scotty Miller is as bad as Darden ! Way to many drops in important situation’s. Offense will get it together and this defense is 🏆🏆🏆.. go Bucs

  46. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Walton looked pretty damn good.

  47. David Says:

    He definitely look like he’s moving towards the number 2 spot but he was not great run blocking. Either way, I expect Smith back next week

  48. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    Ed Kerber Says:
    “It took a few years but it is finally nice to see Jamies play a big part in a Buccaneer victory”

    OUCH. True though.

  49. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    thank you for the shout-out, brother.
    Yes, I think it is so cool to see a kid step up from RIGHT HERE.

  50. Tom Says:

    Did Cam Jordan even suit up for this game?

  51. My Momma Says:

    My Momma say’s: We’ve know Brandon personally since Seminole HS. He protected my son who played QB at the time. What a great young man and a great family! We are all so thrilled with his play today (we knew he could do it) and are praying for a bright future for him. Keep grinding, Brandon!!

  52. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    Tom Says:
    “Did Cam Jordan even suit up for this game?”

    Good question bro. He sure as hell runs his mouth alot.
    Oddly quiet tonight.

  53. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    My Momma,
    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that. We are ALL huge fans of the BUCS & proud residents of Tampa Bay. You should be VERY VERY proud of Brandon and what he accomplished today. He held his OWN against the hated SAINTS.

    Brandon, from right here at Seminole HS (I live about 5 miles from there) got the job DONE today.


  54. Goatfarmer Says:

    No need for the Gage hate. He’s been and is still banged up and probably shouldn’t be playing but with everyone else injured he’s stepping up for the team. Led the team in catches today. Is obviously still sore.

  55. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    Agreed Goatfarmer. Great points.

  56. Capt.Tim Says:

    Wells played great. Walton played great. Goedeke played great. Hainsey looked like an all-pro!

    It appears my constant concerns about the line are unfounded.
    I am ready for my slice of Humble pie, thank you.
    Apologies to all the new Buc O-line starters.

    Guess Capt.Tim isnt the O-line specialist He thought he was

  57. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    Haha aLLLLL good Captain.
    We were ALL worried.
    Soooo impressed with how those kids stepped up.
    ESPECIALLY Brandon Walton.

  58. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Brady showing them clips of people saying they suck was masterful!

  59. Razor Ramone Says:

    Fellow Seminole Warhawk!!