32 Yards A Game Is Not Enough

November 14th, 2023

So what will it take for the Bucs to win the NFC South?

Lots of answers to that question, but considering Tampa Bay has the worst NFL rushing attack of the past 10 seasons, Joe is very dialed into production in the passing game.

And that repeatedly lands Joe at the feet of the Buccaneers’ Nos. 3, 4 and 5 receivers.

Combined, Deven Thompkins, Trey Palmer and Rakim Jarrett are averaging just 32 yards receiving per game. That’s the exact total wide receiver Russell Gage averaged last season, during which loads of fans wanted to run the guy out of town for being so disappointing.

If the Bucs are going to host a playoff game, Joe is convinced either Palmer, Thompkins or Jarrett will have to step up and close the season strong. Combined, those guys must deliver at least a few special games out of the final nine.

26 Responses to “32 Yards A Game Is Not Enough”

  1. Nick Says:

    I agree with the premise here. But it is ignoring the fact we were (are) paying Gage 10 million a year, so he would be expected to perform much better than 32 yards a game. We ultimately could gain that same amount with JAGs.

  2. adam from ny Says:

    where the hell is cyril grayson…

    the speedster…aka doink

    i would bring him in…just as he’s getting more polished with tommy b, he gets hurt and we cut him loose…

    i def thought he had a future with the team at that point – as at least a 4th or 5th guy…

    he went from all to nothing overnight…after we invested a good amount of time with him…

    give him another look mista licht

  3. Youngbucs Says:

    Numbers can be deceiving! Imagine the numbers if mayfield could hit Palmer wide open. Imagine Mike Evans numbers if mayfield would stop over and under throwing him.

  4. adam from ny Says:

    it’s almost like we are playing without a 3rd receiver now…it’s like we have a 1 & 2…..then a 4th, 5th and 6th…think about it…

    there’s almost like a gap at the 3rd spot that they’re just leaving there with the cap issues this season…

    palmer is like a 4

    thompkins a 5

    jarrett, i wonder if we need him at times because he looks slower and much less polished than he did in the preseason

  5. adam from ny Says:

    wasn’t dardin cut?

    i’d bring him back maybe as just a receiver….oh wait he sucks 🙂

  6. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    It gotta be Palmer. He’s just a bit rough around the edges, but you can see there’s talent there. Just needs reps. Thompkins is just too dang small. I cringe every time he gets one of those end arounds. He looks like he’s just going to get crushed.
    But even so, there’s room for Godwin to get way more targets, too. Seems the passing game revolves around Evans deep or Otton/White short.

  7. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Between overthrows and drops the Mayfield-Palmer connection has left about 200 yards on the field this season.

  8. pewter941 Says:

    Rashad White is our 3rd receiver

  9. SB~LV Says:

    Been waiting all season especially in the losing side to get the speed guys the ball in the passing game so they can do their thing and take the pressure off ME and CG

  10. Andrew Fish Says:

    I would rather see us cap our rushing attempts to 15 when we are averaging less then 3.0 ypc. white ran 20 times at 2.6 ypc. Edmonds 4 times at 2.3 ypc.

    Need more screens and White needs 10 targets a game. Need to create a rushing attack through short passes and screens.

  11. DS Says:

    Mayfield can’t throw down field

  12. adam from ny Says:

    realistic-optimistic Says:

    November 14th, 2023 at 10:16 am

    Between overthrows and drops the Mayfield-Palmer connection has left about 200 yards on the field this season.


    yeah this is so true

  13. Bobby M. Says:

    I expect more from Palmer, he shows flashes but needs consistency. The others don’t seem to have much to offer.

  14. T. McGee Says:

    Youngbucs said it… having an accurate QB that can receivers in stride makes a lot of second tier WRs look great. What would even Jerry Rice’s career look like with Mayfield throwing it at (near?) him.

  15. Upstate NY BUC Says:

    Make Edmonds lead back, Tucker back up and make White #3 receiver, he already has the uni #1… Why not Palmer #4 and Thompkins#5… Go Bucs!!!

  16. Ricki Says:

    They can barely get yards to our number 2 WR imagine farther down the line. I don’t think the issue is with the wr is with the game plan

  17. Tbbucs3 Says:

    0 depth at WR or TE (and RB) has really limited the offense…..

    Trey Palmer hasn’t done much to impress and looks shaky when he’s in (fumble against the Texans)

    The Bucs need to hold open tryout for the 2d running back spot

    What does Ko Keift even do? 12 career catches in college and Licht really thinks the guys gonna turn the corner? If hes only good for blocking just use a 6th Olinemen like Koetter did with Kevin Pamphile. (There’s a name you haven’t heard in years)

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Two UDFAs and a 6th round pick…..what do you expect?

    We need much more out of our TE group…..and there is not much of an investment there either.

    Pound Rachaad White with passes…..use Otton more…..get Durham some shots.

  19. Bosch Says:

    When I saw the headline, I expected this article to be about the lack of running production. Sike!

  20. Old Sombrero Says:

    How about a productive tight end?

  21. Brandon Says:

    It’s the scheme. Brady targeted WRs in smokescreen passes 5-10 times a game with is double the amount we needed, now we do it maybe once or twice which is half as much as needed. Canales needs to give the offense more easy gimme throws more often.

  22. Kidfloflo Says:

    We tried to get the young speedster, Palmer the ball twice all seasonz against the Lions, and was open both times, but Baker missed him. That should be a staple in our game plans! Either he catches it, maybe gets a P.I call, or it opens things up in the middle for Mike and Chris! All good things

  23. Proudbucsfan Says:

    I’m not bashing Mayfield but if he learned how to throw the ball into windows our young receivers would have a lot more catches. I’ve said this before watch the all 22 Palmer plays with almost 2steps of separation and mayfield looks him over. Godwin is one of the best receivers in the league at catching passes with one to two steps separation. Mayfield is way to cautious and doesn’t pull the trigger that also might be Canales and bowls, drilling it into his head to be safe with the ball. The majority of his throws to receivers are with two or more steps of separation and again that might not be his fault he might just be taking orders.

  24. Ed Says:

    Mayfield holds on to the ball too long. The fact that Godwin isn’t getting the slants is because Mayfield is too short and his balls get tipped.

    The overthrows on some deep balls to Evans and Palmer have been uncatchable.

    The catch Palmer made with the ground knocking the ball out as he laid out was a great catch even though it was reviewed an incomplete. He is very fast and fluid, coaching needs to do a better job getting him the ball because if Evans and Godwin are getting attention he can outrun most corners in the league.

    Mayfield needs to take something off his deep ball and get some loft underneath it. Let the WR make a play on the ball instead of throwing a 50 yard bullet.

  25. garro Says:

    I am convinced that we are not using Palmer enough in this offense. I am not sure whay but he aint getting enough targets.

    He needs to be our deep threat and we need to hit him on a few deep balls. Baker is just not doing it. Not sure why. He’s not even the threat Scotty was last year.

    Go Bucs!

  26. Wild Bill Says:

    White looked very good at receiver. The way he busted a short pass into a td was a glimpse of run ability that gets stifled by weak run blocking. Dump the hopeless run game and use White as the 4th receiver! The Bucs are very decent at pass blocking and lousy at run blocking. Come out throwing on every down and use an occasional run as a change up. And use White as the 4th receiver!