“I Almost Threw Up”

September 7th, 2023

The Bucs might need to roll out a few garbage barrels onto the sidelines in Minnesota on Sunday.

There’s a good chance Tampa Bay will have 10 rookies active for duty, including a bunch of first-timers that were undrafted free agents.

It was a veteran Bucs team last season, but then-rookie tight end Cade Otton remembered yesterday how he was overwhelmed on his first opening day.

“I almost threw up after the National Anthem in Dallas,” Otton said.

He added that he was locked in after the first play, and Otton said he would tell all the newbie Bucs that while they’re now on the big stage (but not Sunday Night Football like last season), it’s still just the game of football they’ve been playing since they were young kids.

Joe wonders what kind of factors nerves could be for the Bucs. Not only do they have all those rookies, but it’s a new offense and non-rookies are at new positions. And it’s possible their quarterback, Baker Mayfield, might press a bit knowing he’s got a lot to prove.

At least it won’t be hot in the dome. That’s one way to cut the nausea.

12 Responses to ““I Almost Threw Up””

  1. KingLDavid54 Says:

    I live in a place where over 50% of the population is a Vikings fan, with about another 20% a Chiefs fan, 15% a Packers fan, and 9% a Broncos or Bears fan. That leaves the rest of the league, including the Buccaneers, with less than 1%. Believe me when I say that Buccaneers are a rare breed in this part of the country. But this will make it all the sweeter when the Buccaneers light up the Twin Cities with what may turn out to be a surprisingly good football team. This is perhaps the most mysterious Buccaneers team of all time. Whatever happens, it’ll be entertaining!

  2. SirClicksAlot Says:

    It’s a lot of rookies but luckily only a few will be starters. Probably only 4 or 5 guys that get significant snaps, Mauch, Izien, Palmer, and Kancey… maybe Diaby. I’m expecting some growing pains. On the other hand, it’ll be nice to have some speed and athleticism on all sides of the field again.

  3. Bucsboi239 Says:

    Trey Palmer, Rakim Jarrett, Sean Tucker, and Zyon McCollum will show up big for us this year! Sean tucker will be rb1 midway thru the season… The best way to shore up all of the Bucs problems especially defensive is to trade Mike Evans for Aaron Donald and Devin White for anything, but to convert back to a 4/3 defense If getting Donald from the rams for Evans can happen! The Rams need a wr1 and are looking to move on from Donald, so it makes sense! Vita, Donald, Barrett, gholston or Chancey on the other end would be an incredible front 4 and our remaining LB would make an awesome front 7 and take pressure off the secondary and prevent the secondary from having to cover receivers for a long time down field!

  4. SB Says:

    Trade Mike Evans for Aaron Donald????????????
    WHAT are you smoking?

  5. Cobraboy Says:

    I’d be surprised if the rooks show up bigly in their first game, but what a pleasant surprise if they did.

    “Expect nothing, and you won’t be disappointed…”

    There is always a learning curve. We are going through that in our HS varsity team: you gotta learn *how* to compete before you compete, and you have to compete before you learn *how* to win.”

    Lots of lessons to be learned in getting whacked early in the season.

    Prove me wrong, Bucs…

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    @KingLDavid: where do you live? South Dakota?

  7. StormyInFl Says:

    Evans for Donald? Put the pipe down…. the Rams already overpaid Cooper Kupp. They ain’t doubling down.

  8. Crickett Baker Says:

    I was one who nearly threw up several times watching the Bucs play, last season. At least the rooks give an excuse if it happens again, but I do have a lot of faith in our team in this game. I feel we can only get better! 😀

  9. Bucsboi239 Says:

    @StormInFl- Kupp will likely end up on IR, and the rams want to move Donald! All of the trade proposals for Donald so far are way less than what Mike Evans is, and the Rams had kupp and obj when they paid Robert woods!

  10. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Fantasy land

  11. BillyBucco Says:

    Yeah let’s trade for a guy that wants to retire and probably will after this year.
    Mike aint going anywhere.
    We have a younger Donald on the team already anyway.
    Go ahead and count Kancey out.
    Big fella gonna prove you wrong easily.

  12. garro Says:

    It matters to young Otten. Hope everyone feels that passion this year.

    Go Bucs!