“Speed Never Slumps”

September 16th, 2023

“They can’t touch me, Coach.”

On the Ira Kaufman Podcast this week, Joe talked about how there’s a distinct message being delivered to the Tampa Bay defense from coaches.

To paraphrase, “It’s on your backs for the first four games as the offense settles in with a new quarterback, playcaller, system and a revamped line. We’ll be winning with defense.”

Joe had that in mind listening to offensive coordinator Dave Canales on the Buccaneers Radio Network this week.

Canales talked about how rookie receivers Trey Palmer and Rakim Jarrett are being given the first four games by coaches to adjust to the speed of the game and figure out NFL football.

That doesn’t mean poor production is acceptable, just that they’re not being pressured to figure out the NFL world on Day 1.

“I’m excited for [Jarrett and Palmer] to really take these first four games before the bye week to really cut their teeth, feel the speed of the game, realize it’s no different than practice, and continue to hone in on the details that’ll elevate their game and really allow their athleticism to show,” Calanes said. “Because [Rakim] is a guy that when he gets the ball, he’s special after the catch. So I’m really excited to do something with that.”

Canales specifically mentioned “fans need to know” Palmer is super smart and already has multiple positions down. So he’s worked his butt off to give himself maximum opportunies that come from his versatility.

As for Palmer’s production, Canales is excited to see it evolve as it has with touchdown after touchdown in preseason and in Week 1. He noted “speed never slumps” and Palmer is fast enough to fall into that category.

16 Responses to ““Speed Never Slumps””

  1. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Palmer reminds me of a cross between Santana Moss and AB. If he can master his technique he could be a game wrecker for many years.

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    Lets slow down before putting Palmer in the HOF.

    So far, so good, but he’s played 1 game.

    Also, for comparables, he’s more of a speed guy, not a high agility guy like AB and Moss. Maybe I’ll be proved wrong, but I’ll wait for him to juke out like 7 defenders on a play before I start the AB and Santana Moss comparisons.

  3. A Bucs Fan Says:

    You’re right about that Rod. I’m just excited about his potential and was hype after seeing his mic’d conversation with Mike Evans after his first TD.

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    A Bucs Fan – yeah, he has all the makings of a very good player. If anything, he reminds me more of Godwin than anyone else, but only in the style of play, he’s obviously got a very long ways to go to be anywhere close to that level.

    But all the signs are great so far.

    I will note the reason he fell, from what I read, was that he was considered inconsistent in college and had a lot of drops. From reading Joe’s notes in training camp I don’t remember that being an issue, and in games he’s made some really nice catches, so if he’s figured out that part of the game, he’s a steal.

  5. Jack Clark Says:

    This offense can’t win any games if they have to score more than 30 points, our defense has to keep teams under 20 points to survive

  6. HC Grover Says:

    Like a Road Runner…..

  7. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Palmer is deff showing good signs and what better WR room to learn from with ME13 an CG14. I hope he works just as hard as those guys. Future is bright for him and deff the defense will need to keep the games super close for us to get more wins. Thats not impossible last year they kept a lot of games close some did get out of hand but more so from the offense consistently going 3 n out

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs desperately need someone who can stretch the field to open up more things for Evans, Godwin & Otton in particular. Here’s hoping that Palmer’s that guy.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    All I know is that if we can develop two more all star WRs, we can afford to trim salary in the years to come…maybe even get high draft picks.

    I haven’t really seen enough of Palmer to compare him yet. I like what I’ve seen thus far though.

  10. Richard Says:

    Palmer had 2 receptions for 8 yards in the first game.

  11. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Come on Richard don’t rob Palmer of his glory, one of those catches was a TD!

  12. 02,20,2022 Says:

    @Jack: Offense will put up 35 tomorrow. Make sure you come here after…going be a great time watch 🙂

  13. garro Says:

    I would add Tucker to that statement as well. We nearly had him alone in the open field last week. Mike gave him a decent block and but for a good play by the defender he would still be running. Great play call by Canales there BTW.

    Go Bucs!

  14. Mike S Says:

    This is a dink and dunk offense that struggles to run the ball Bucs will win 17-14

  15. orlbucfan Says:

    So far what I’ve read and liked about Canales is he sounds like he is a common sense kind of guy. We sure could use more of it in any part of life. Go Mighty Bucs!!

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We can definitely stretch the field with Palmer, Jarrett & Thompkins on the field at the same time….I’d love to see it…….