“Those Two Guys, They Work Their Asses Off”

October 3rd, 2023

Receiver Deven Thompkins holds on.

It sure feels like there’s a special camaraderie on this Tampa Bay team.

Joe loved the postgame fire in Chris Godwin’s voice talking about two young Bucs receivers on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Rookie Trey Palmer and Deven Thompkins stepped up with touchdown catches against the slimy Saints and neither catch was easy. Palmer skied with a cornerback all over him in the end zone, and Thompkins was freelancing in a scramble drill and laid out for a throw as he ran toward the goal line from the back of the end zone.

“It’s no surprise to anybody on this team. Those two guys, they work thaeir asses off,” Godwin said of the young receivers. ” You know, they come in with a great attitude every day. And they attack the day trying to get better.”

Joe finds that when camaraderie is good, nicknames begin to flow.

Head coach Todd Bowles noted yesterday that Thompkins and Palmer are in “the puppy pound,” which Joe presumes also includes rookie receiver Rakim Jarrett.

“We know once we get down there, there is going to be a premium to cover Mike [Evans] and cover Chris, so the other guys have to step up. We have some guys, we call them the ‘puppy pound,’ or at least I call them that,” Bowles said. “They stepped up …”

Huge performances by Thompkins and Palmer at clutch moments — on the road in New Orleans.

Offensive coordinator Dave Canales said two weeks ago that he wanted Palmer and Jarrett to take the first four games to learn the speed of the NFL, and to realize the bright lights of gameday are just like practice.

For Palmer, it’s mission accomplished.

11 Responses to ““Those Two Guys, They Work Their Asses Off””

  1. miken Says:

    It doesn’t seem like much at first but the devin tompkins over james darden is Huge.

  2. DS Says:

    @miken very true, Darden was useless as a WR and just ok as a return man

  3. KC Buc Says:

    Gross, flashbacks to Darden…good riddance. Now DT is a football player, just wish he had a little more size to him. Harder target to hit and worry about fumbling & injuries. Even Reek Hill is big compared to DT. Love the juice he’s bringing though!

    But puppy pound?! Come on Todd, they can have a better nickname than that…

  4. garro Says:

    Palmer and Thompkins and Jarrett may earn a better nickname soon me thinks.

    Palmer looked like a shorter version of Evans and if he can jump like that, his height won’t matter.

    Go Bucs!

  5. Boss Says:

    puppy pound is pretty damn funny. not if your in that club though i assume.

    they will graduate soon though.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We are blessed to have all these UDFA & rookies……they are contributing every week.
    It will be good when we can get some production from Kancey and SVD (Sir Vocea Dennis)

  7. JimBobBuc Says:

    We need to keep feeding the Young Dawgs. They have some speed and elusiveness so let’s set up some plays for big YAC.

    The whole team, including the Young Dawgs, is getting sloppy with penalties. We need to address penalties in the bye week. The guys need to have a little more confidence in each other to make plays – we don’t need to commit penalties to help each other.

  8. BucDaWorld Says:

    I think when Bowles says “Puppy Pound” he is referring to all the first and second year players not just the receivers.

  9. orlbucfan Says:

    The penalties will lessen as the Bucs learn to outplay the refs. Sad but true. And what’s wrong with puppy pound? They’re rookies. I don’t consider it an insult, but I’m a dawg lover. Heck, ME13 has nicknames. CG14’s latest is Godzilla. I don’t know who came up with that moniker but I like it. Speaking of Godzilla, that’s high praise for those 2 pups from him!

  10. MomBucsFan Says:

    So happy for Devin and trey! Last year I wanted Devin to get his chance to play and I.am really glad that he is showing what he can do.

  11. stpetebucfan Says:

    These two young guys bring much needed depth to the WR position and just as importantly they bring some variety especially Thompkins! Yeah that catch was sick and so was Palmers but Thompson’s runs were also exciting. When I see a smurf running on sweeps I fear for their health but Thompkins is not afraid. He didn’t get down right away or head for the out of bounds. He has ‘nads a lot bigger than his 5-8 155 lbs might indicate.