Encouraging Bucs Factoid For The Future

December 20th, 2023

Rookie contribution.

Joe isn’t fully sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it does signal hope for the near future of the Bucs franchise.

After the win over the Packers, per the Bucs media relations staff, no team in the NFL has more snaps logged this season by rookies than the Bucs.

Bucs rookies have taken a total of 4,720 snaps. That beats Green Bay, which has the second-most snaps by rookies (4,587).

Of the top-five teams for rookie snaps, none has a winning record but three are in the playoff hunt at 7-7 (Bucs, Rams and Seahawks).

For a team like the Bucs, which was strangled by the salary cap, to have so many rookies playing and succeeding is a great sign for the future.

When the salary cap noose loosens after all the dead cap money clears in the next few years, sprinkle in a few free agents along with re-signed vets and the Bucs ought to be cooking with gas if have a quarterback.

30 Responses to “Encouraging Bucs Factoid For The Future”

  1. Usfbuc Says:

    I for one have been impressed with the young players we added to include Britt. Even though he has been with us for now three seasons he is only 24 years old so he could wind up being a mainstay for us for the next few years.

  2. Gipper Says:

    Another good reason to retain Coach Bowles. He has been masterful working the young players into the lineup.

  3. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    Dead Money

    Name Cap Number

    Tom Brady $35,104,000
    Donovan Smith $7,950,000
    Lavonte David $6,855,000
    Leonard Fournette $5,000,000
    Akiem Hicks $4,903,295
    Shaquille Mason $4,304,000
    Cameron Brate $3,955,000
    Julio Jones $3,456,236
    William Gholston $2,400,000
    Ke’Shawn Vaughn $1,263,882
    Ryan Succop $750,000
    Deadrin Senat $652,500
    David Wells $531,667
    Pat O’Connor $450,000
    David Moore $383,266
    Jaelon Darden $348,950
    Deadrin Senat $342,066
    Derrick Pitts $333,666
    Pat O’Connor $313,334
    J.J. Russell $240,999
    Keenan Isaac $191,334
    John Wolford $164,800
    Pat O’Connor $145,644
    Keenan Isaac $125,000
    C.J. Brewer $120,000
    Luke Haggard $113,333
    Silas Dzansi $111,666
    Don Gardner $100,000
    Kedrick Whitehead $100,000

    TOTAL $81,472,712

  4. Usfbuc Says:

    Also forgot to mention the other young but improving players who are contributing significant snaps – Goedeke, McCollum, and White.

  5. Usfbuc Says:

    That dead cap number per OTC.com drops to just $200k in 24

  6. BakerFan Says:

    Who has done more damage to the Bucs this year than any player on the field. Tom Brady, who really isn’t a Tampa Bay Bucs fan.

  7. Joe Says:

    Who has done more damage to the Bucs this year than any player on the field. Tom Brady, who really isn’t a Tampa Bay Bucs fan.

    Yeah, what did that f’er every do for Tampa Bay? What an a-hole. Baker was better! smh

  8. Bucfan Says:


    Look at the 7 losses this year. POOR coaching lead to at least 4 of the close losses. Then there is last year when your guy lead the Bucs to a losing record with the GOAT. And don’t forget the wonderful job he did in coaching the team in the Dallas playoff game. Bowles needs to move on!

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … ‘For a team like the Bucs, which was strangled by the salary cap, to have so many rookies playing and succeeding is a great sign for the future.’

    It’s a credit to Jason Licht & his staff for signing these guys, but it’s an even bigger credit to Todd Bowles & his coaching staff IMO for developing these guys. Some of them won’t be here next year, but the vast majority will. Hopefully that bodes well for our future like you said Joe.

  10. Obvious Says:

    Umm, masterful working young players in? You mean for instance Ya Ya and Watts?

    I guess it only took til the very end of the season to realize that he might want to stop the massive bleeding on the D line….

    How about that secondary? Again, same scenario will the defense as a whole have UNANIMOUSLY declined.

    Masterful? I beg to differ. However it might FINALLY mean that after 5 YEARS as a head coach, he has finally to figured out that the “round peg goes into the round hole”. Turns out the same goes for All other shapes as well. But we will still have to see whether that lesson has truly sunk in or not. Let’s hope so…..

    I’d SURE like it if my Bucs made a REAL run for it and I think they can. Again, we will see. Definitely rooting to go All The Way! Nothing left to lose and us going in with one arm tied behind our back “financially” is Sure impressive considering the rookie count as well as a totally new offensive style, 80 MILLION in the hole to boot….. Impressive to have made it this far FOR SURE!

    I will say Todd and Dave have of late made BETTER decisions…

    GO BUCS!

  11. Hunter Says:

    Love when people complain about dead money and things like that when we won a damn Super Bowl because of it…

    also even if Devin White sucks forever and never plays another snap here, he was HUGE and helped us win a Super Bowl! That’s all that matters at the end of the day, so he was not a bust no matter what really

  12. THOMAS PFALZ Says:

    To meBowles is still on the hot seat.Canales is a rookie OC needs more time no matter how the season ends. Need to extend Baker. Resign David for another year. Need to unload C. Davis among others. (D White goes without saying)

  13. BakerFan Says:

    Joe Says….Yeah, what did that f’er every do for Tampa Bay? What an a-hole. Baker was better! smh

    Obvious you don’t know what year we are in. Brady has done nothing for the Bucs this year but hurt them on the salary cap and bad mouth them. First thing he did was run back up to New England for his adorning fans. What a slap in the face to Tampa Bay. Has he even attended a game in Tampa this year, just asking.

  14. gotbbucs Says:


  15. Joseph C Simmons Says:

    BakerFan Says:
    December 20th, 2023 at 11:59 am
    Who has done more damage to the Bucs this year than any player on the field. Tom Brady, who really isn’t a Tampa Bay Bucs fan.


    Football players are rarely “fans” of teams. Teams are employers, no more, no less. They may be fans of other players–Brady himself said he pays attention to how Mike Evans is doing–but they ain’t going to Foot Locker to buy team gear.

    I imagine Brady just enjoys football now. Silently, he probably roots for his childhood team, the 49ers. Heck. Joe Montana said during the 49ers-Chiefs Super Bowl that he still roots for his childhood team the Steelers as much as he does the Niners and Chiefs.

  16. godlovesbucs Says:


    The reason why he is hurting the cap this year is because he deferred money. Something that helped them sign Suh, gronk, Godwin, Jensen and others to contracts. Without that dead money this year Tampa doesn’t have the horses to win the SB in the first place.

  17. RO Says:

    Cap $$ for players on the Roster isnt Dead Cap $$’s…

  18. Obvious Says:


    I’m not in on the back and forth on Brady. I wasn’t me.

  19. TheMIGHTYVH Says:

    God Bless Tom Brady. I still cant fathom that the GOAT picked the Bucs. He helped bring Tampa 2nd ring and a lot of exposure we never ever get along the way. Im good with that! Now Tampa is paying the bill. The price to pay for the Lombardi. We probably hung on to TB one year too long. Anyway, what is done is done. I have posted a multitude of times that I wished JL blew things up after last season. He did not. While I still have ZERO confidence in Todd Bowles I am surprised the Bucs are where they are. People love Baker. People hate Baker (and like Trask – why?). All I know is that Baker is the least of their problems. And they dont beat ATL or GB if Baker is benched or not on this roster. I, for one, hope they re-sign him. The dude has had no stability. While hes not the biggest, strongest or has the best arm, the dude just has “it”.

  20. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Good God, Brady picked the Bucs because they hung around .500 with 30/30. The team was loaded, all they needed was decent QB play to contend. Whatever negatives people bring against him you cant say he wasnt a cunning SOB. Kept his cap hit low so the Patriots could sign one or 2 more studs, when he saw them sinking he jumped ship and picked a loaded one to jump to. Glad the Bucs win a ring with him, glad he’s gone. Did he stick around through this soft rebuild? Absolutely not, that would tarnish his legacy

  21. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    And seriously this Ooh Brady is the GOAT crap just irritates me. He was damn good, but there was this guy named Otto Graham who played 10 years, played in a Championship game 10 times. Let that sink in. 4 years were in the AAFC, so they dont count, right? Next 6 were NFL games, won 3 and lost 3. Still owns the NFL record for yards per attempt….70 years and several rule changes to bump up the passing (scoring) later. Brady was good…but he’s no Otto Graham

  22. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Sorry Joe, had to vent, but you sre absolutely correct. Licht has done an awesome job with the roster. Hitting those mid round picks is the money ball

  23. David G Says:

    Its not my money! so I dont give a flying crap

  24. Eric Says:

    Before Brady got here we hadn’t even made the playoffs for 15 years.

  25. westernbuc Says:

    Bucs and Rams are both better than what was expected of them. I’d say it’s a good thing

  26. BAKERSBucs says Says:

    Trask who ? U people have to agree with baker at the helm this friggin year has been nail biting & much fun what more can u ask for on our Sunday football season.its almost over but what a good time I haven’t been this glued to the stats & figures as this year the suspended is just kiling me what awesome hype that’s why I really like baker mayfield even his name is CATCHY

  27. BAKERSBucs says Says:

    Isn’t it also true Brady was a convicted cheat I remember when Lance Armstrong was a cheat he had to forfeit his trophy when didn’t brady as a matter of fact he got a life time ban but bs brady gets a 8 game suspension now that’s rigged what’s good for q is good for all

  28. orlbucfan Says:

    I didn’t like Brady then, and still don’t. Glad he’s history. Bucs were loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, ‘cept Winston was a turnover bust. Even if Brady hadn’t shown up, that SB was theirs once they got a competent QB.

  29. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    BAKERSBucs…..nice job of twisted revisionist history lesson.

    Brady was suspended 4 games for that sham “Deflategate” not 8. Rigged? Roger Goodell was out to get Brady big time, not trying to soften his suspension. There’s no love lost between those two.

    As for “convicted cheater”, jeez dude. That’s been disproven ad nauseum. Let it go ffs.

  30. garro Says:

    Good stuff Joe!

    My thinking exactly! QB situatuion is a big if though.

    Go Bucs!