Practice Leads To A Win

December 6th, 2022

It’s awesome when something you practice works on the field. Especially when it wins a game.

That’s what happened with rookie running back Rachaad White last night. White, of course, had the game-winning touchdown from Tom Brady.

White said he practiced that play all week last week. And darn if the play didn’t develop exactly how the Bucs practiced it, he said after the game.

“We’ve been working it all week in practice,” White said of the game-winner. “I was just grateful he called my name. I ran the route, I was in the spot I was supposed to be in, I see Tom [Brady] throw the ball, I was just going to catch it and do whatever I could to get in the end zone and that’s what happened.”

What Joe thinks is cool about this is that the Bucs coaches and especially Brady, are trusting rookies to make plays in critical times.

It wasn’t just White as the only rookie to contribute. Rookie tight end Cade Otton pulled the Bucs within six points with a touchdown catch. Three weeks ago he had a big catch followed by the game-winning touchdown himself against the Rams.

Fellow rookie tight end Ko Kieft had one nice catch last night and a touchdown last week in Cleveland.

So Joe thinks it is cool that the rookies have played well enough to earn Brady’s crunch-time trust.

As Otton told Joe last night, the coaches have told him he’s no longer a rookie after 12 games.

27 Responses to “Practice Leads To A Win”

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Come on Joe, let’s get an in-depth article on our OL anchor, Durable Dependable Donnie.
    Heck, even Fox had to mention his greatness:

    The Bucs had 19 seconds left in the game and that was more than enough time for Brady. On first-and-goal, he fired a strike to Chris Godwin, who hauled it in and the crowd went wild as the cannons shot at Raymond James Stadium.

    However, left tackle Donovan Smith, the most penalized offensive lineman in the NFL this season, was called for a holding penalty that pushed the Bucs back 10 yards.

  2. SB~LV Says:

    Yes! The rookies are shining!

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Rachaad White doesn’t play like a rookie……sure….he had a fumble but he’s been pretty solid in the run game and spectacular with the passing game…..the kid has hands… does Lenny… does Otton…….
    Kieft is still a work in progress…….100,,000 reps on the jugs machine for Ko.

  4. PSL Bob Says:

    Last night the Bucs unleashed the Kraekan, and it devoured the slimy Saints. This is what the team is capable of. White’s TD catch was spectacular. He was not going to be denied. Loved it. Loved the whole team effort. Hopefully, Leftwich will use the hurry-up offense more frequently and not wait until we’re behind two scores to unleash the Kraekan!

  5. #8's Ghost Says:

    TB12 up to 95 different TD pass recipients. Craziest record he owns-

  6. Jerseybuc Says:

    Otton needs to start sorry brate but move over. It’s time

  7. SB~LV Says:

    Logan Hall ?
    White and Otton will benefit from the offseason of diet and weight training and put on some man weight

  8. Matt_PcAfee Says:

    I forgot Logan Hall was on the team 😒

  9. ModHairKen Says:

    Joe, who called the plays on the last 2 drives?

  10. Casual Observer Says:

    Agree with Larue. D Smith is overrated; or at least overpaid.

  11. Jack Sparrow Says:

    In the last 5 minutes, Leftwich folded his play calling cardboard and told Brady do what you have to do to save my A $ $ and Bowles.

  12. David Says:

    Regarding the end of the game, I’m more convinced than ever, let Brady run the offense and call all the plays.

  13. NEfan Says:

    White is still a little green but Otton is the real deal, that guy needs to be utilized more, he has great hands. Even Gronk dropped balls from time to time.

    Obviously I could be wrong but I have a good feeling about the 49ers. Shanahan is a big offensive guy, I can see his team working more on how to beat the Bucs offensively with a 3rd string QB and overlooking the simplicity of the Bucs offense. On the other hand he doesn’t have to work that hard, just throw the ball up on 3rd down someone will be wide open.

    I believe this is the first time Brady faced Shanahan since he was the OC for Atlanta and embarrassed him in the comeback SB win. So he may have an ax to grind.

    Oneiltobradyyall, where you at boy?

  14. Manny Says:

    It def wasnt all the practice. It was tom brady taking over the game and pushing leftwich and bowles aside. I saw arians up in the coaches box standing there with that grin thinking I should be coaching this team. All the talent in the wod and tom has his lowest td % of all time at 3.1%. Before this his lowest was in 2019 at 3.9 which is still a whole lot better than this. I also saw leftwich trying to give some speech to the players in the locker room after the game and licht was next to him. If you saw how livht was looking at him. Its almost as if he was thinking, “ yea buddy you and leftwurst got lucky tonight. Tom saved your behinds. I cant wait to make the next hc hire!! Cant believe Bruce stuck me with dumb and dumber!

  15. NEfan Says:

    I will take 31 points and a gassed D over a 16-13 loss ALL DAY! Let the studs do their jobs.

    White, . ” Greatful he called my name,” I wonder who HE was? I’m pretty sure it WASN’T BL.

  16. Panhandle Buc Says:

    Donnie and his excessive penalties damn near crushed our comeback dreams…

  17. SB Says:

    SUPER HAPPY with All of the rookies at this point.
    May be Licht’s best all around draft ever.

  18. My Momma Says:

    My Momma wonders if D. Smith’s elbow is still hurting and having an effect on his ability to to his job.

    Joe, have you heard anything about this?

  19. Pewter Power Says:

    Bucs played horrible football last night and that one play worked because it was drilled into white all week. Besides the scripted opening drive and no huddle Byron Leftwich gets an F for F off you suck. How I wish he was hired by Jacksonville but this idiot was actually holding out for more money

  20. Oneilbuc Says:

    NEfan. Don’t call me no boy I know what you mean about that list.

  21. SB Says:

    Hey Oneil……..Why didn’t JW2 get a shot last night?

  22. D-Rok Says:


    I thought I heard/read somewhere that Brady signaled to the sideline TWO-NINE with his fingers, and Lenny went out and White came in. And caught the game-winner.

    Is this true, Joe? Did Brady ask for White on that last play?

  23. Will Says:

    Pewter you’re 100% correct. The scripted plays like great TOO BAD the script was done when we got in the red zone. Can’t believe in that drive we never threw a ball in the end zone. BL is trying so hard to run screens and we just don’t have the personnel for it. I’ll admit the tackle on Lenny was a great play because the outside was blocked perfectly. Still with Evans and a healthy Julio and you don’t give either a jump ball attempt is hard to understand.
    Glad we came away with the win and that’s what matters. This week my boys are here in Cali but I just can’t spend the money for what I’m doing on the field. A buddy at work has season tickets and was asking $500 per seat. Can’t do it smh well I can but refuse to. Lol

  24. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oneilbuc Says:
    December 6th, 2022 at 11:35 am
    NEfan. Don’t call me no boy I know what you mean about that


    You do know that your use of two negatives in one sentence (don’t, no) actually turns that sentence into a positive……. meaning that you want him to call you that.

  25. Oneilbuc Says:

    Brady played horrible for 55 minutes and the saints offense is worst than ours. They are not winning a super bowl playing like that.

  26. Eric b Says:

    Please let brady run the offense

  27. Mike Says:

    Pretty sure Brady called his own plays at the end.
    Play calling has been horrible all year . Let Brady calls his own plays and they would be a lot better to finish the season .
    Rookies are shining but need to get Mike Evans more involved in games . He’s a beast