Secondary Receivers Answered The Bell

January 16th, 2024

Bucs receiver David Moore.

Two weeks ago the slimy Saints not just double-teamed Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and took them out of the game, but at times the defensive looks were a mirage and fooled Baker Mayfield into thinking both were double-teamed.

Why Rachaad White or Trey Palmer or David Moore didn’t have a better game that day is still a mystery to Joe.

There was no repeat last night in the Bucs’ blowout of the Eagles. Philadelphia’s defense was determined to take out Evans and Godwin and the Eagles would take their chances on lesser receivers.

This time Moore and Palmer rose up. And the Eagles got their wings clipped.

This was not lost on Mayfield.

“Big time,” Mayfield said of Moore and Palmer raising their games to help the Bucs advance to the divisional round of the playoffs. “You know, they were running a couple coverages where they were double-teaming Mike and Chris at the same time, so those guys [Moore and Palmer] had a lot of one-on-ones and took advantage of their opportunities.

“Yeah, they played amazing.”

Mayfield wouldn’t take any credit for finding Moore and Palmer. He stressed those receivers made the plays.

“Obviously pretty simple plays, they did the rest,” Mayfield said. “That’s always good as a quarterback just to be able to give [the ball] to them. An easy throw and they do the rest, so happy for those guys.”

Again, Palmer and Moore being invisible against the slimy Saints doomed the Bucs. If Moore and Palmer can heat up next Sunday in Detroit, Joe thinks they might pull some coverage off Godwin and Evans.

If those two are single-covered more often, look the eff out.

42 Responses to “Secondary Receivers Answered The Bell”

  1. Austin Says:

    Moore = RAC Machine

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    That’ll be the constant them coming this weekend

    …because essentially Godwin and Evans has been relegated to possession receivers…..they cannot get good separation anymore.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Those guys have some serious speedy wheels……YAC….

    I’ve been calling for more use of the TEs in our offense and we finally got it.

  4. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Palmer has great speed and would get more targets if he was trustworthy-
    He wasn’t invisible to me- I saw him fumble away the ball after a long pass vs Saints and a pass go through his hands near goal line vs Panthers.
    And he won’t face shabby tackling vs Lions- hold on to the ball.

  5. HC Grover Says:

    2 games. Just 2. From the Super Bowl.

  6. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Palmer does have great speed, but can he learn how to catch the ball? He possesses hands of stone which to those that do not know any better; hands of stone on a wide out is not a compliment.

  7. infomeplease Says:

    Good to see DM19, TP10, and CO88 make big plays. A great TEAM WIN! This bodes well going into Detroit. They are a tough team with a tough HC. The Bucs need to all show up!! LFG!!

  8. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Palmer? How about everyone else last night

    ……I stopped counting after the Bucs dropped 6 passes last night!……. 6!!!!!

    …….I believe it was more but damn, that’s just unacceptable for a team in the playoffs.

    If they do that against the Lions…..then that’s a death sentence.

    The Bucs only one last night because the Eagles were on their death beds….that was a “reeling” un-organized not- together-team we saw last night.

    The Lions are an Elite NFL team………….. you won’t see that nonsense we saw last night this coming weekend for sure!!!!

  9. NE Fan Says:

    Let’s not forget the AJ Brown social media scrubbing, the players threw this game from the get go, believe it or not.

  10. UGotRobbed Says:

    I see most of the national sports media is talking more about “the Eagles collapsing” than the Bucs thumping them! The beat goes on! Show up with the same mental frame of mind and coaching philosophy on Sunday and take care of the Lions and then maybe get some credit…but I doubt it!

  11. Lol Says:

    Bucs 2nd stringers played like they needed to for them to be a championship team. If they continue playing at this level and the starters stay hot as well the Bucs are going to be a tough out.

    Go Pack Go btw. would love a shot at a home NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

    The Eagles looked terrible though. I have to be real. They did not look like they wanted to be there. They reminded me of the Bucs when they played the Saints a few weeks back at home. The body language was FOWL. Most could tell the games was over in the first quarter.

  12. BucFanDMV Says:

    The WR’s and TE’s really stepped up and played well. It was good to see separation as well running good routes. They played lights out

  13. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ UGotRobbed

    To be fair….the Bucs do not deserve praise after last night’s win…..why?

    – Cause they looked absolutely horrible the last two games of the regular season
    – Cause they beat a terrible Eagles team

    The Lions are an Elite NFL that won’t play like crap……believe that!

    The only way the Bucs win this coming weekend, if the offense and defense has their best game of the season.

    So all week long til the game, be prepared for the national media to TRASH the Bucs and tell them how they won’t win and they will get blown out—–and I welcome that!

    I think this will fuel the Bucs because they’re not supposed to be in the Playoffs but the Lions are.

    The Bucs are the underdogs and gots nothing to lose and are super hungry to prove all the naysays wrong!

    The Bucs will go “hunting” this weekend for sure!!!!!

  14. stpetebucfan Says:

    Lost in all the accolades I read on these busy Victory Tuesday threads was any praise for Jason Licht.

    Yes Bowles/Canalas/Mayfield/entire team deserve praise…best kicking duo in the league is great as well.

    But what about the incredible youth movement we saw last night. Yes Palmer frequently makes rookie mistakes but he has freaking talent. A 4.33 40 to Cheetah Hill’s 4.29. Are 4 hundredths of a second that big a deal.

    So while our trolls focus on the obviously missed tackle..true that…they MISSED watching Palmer simply blow by DB’s after the miss. The kid has freaking wheels!

    Otton drops some…so does ME13…Nobody was ever going to replace Gronk but at least Otton has replaced Brate who was a decent TE..

    On D..Kancey…YaYa…

    Bottom line this team did that last night with a HUGE infusion of 1st and 2nd year players. Imagine what a draft like last year’s added to this year’s team would mean going forward.

    And let me disturb everybody a bit. IF the Bucs could figure a way to sign both Baker and Trask how good would the Bucs look at that position?

    A couple of spots on the OL and the guys they replace will make GREAT DEPTH.

    Since Ira started with the musical references I’m triggered. How about the
    Timbuk3 hit. “The Future’s so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”?

  15. Rusty Shackleford Says:

    Cade Otton has a bit of Cam Brate in him. But we still need a legit third receiver like we used to have in Ike Hilliard. After the season, we need to make sure Winfield, Evans, and David come back and re-sign White to a team and cap friendly deal. As for Mayfield, maybe franchise tag him and see how he does in year two ?

  16. stpetebucfan Says:

    Another lost bright spot…Zyon McCollum who may epitomize this year’s Bucs team.

    Made two mind blowing stupid mistakes on ST’s but laid the wood to guys from his DB spot. This kid can lower the boom. Poor Julio!

    McCollum like most of the kiddie korps have really flashed and really messed up at times. The Bucs are one of if not the youngest teams in the league. Youth tends to produce inconsistency and that’s been the Bucs bane this season.

    Perhaps last night under the big lights these guys have grown up!

  17. SB~LV Says:

    The Bucs as a landing spot for FA’s will complement the draft in a few months
    What a turnaround, I have been a harsh critic this season but that was a special step for the locker room last night.
    Happy for them all !

  18. BucU Says:

    The Bucs should make no apologies that the Eagles aren’t the same team from earlier in the season. F that. They play who’s directly in front of them. I’ve been very pessimistic throughout most of the season but damn, give these coaches and players some credit here. They’ve smashed expectations and I couldn’t be happier for them. As soon as the Bucs beat the Eagles there we’re the “Yeah but we’re gonna get smoked by the Lions” folks.
    If you can’t be happy for YOUR team to be in the divisional playoffs after being forecast to have 4-6 wins then you need to find another hobby.

  19. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    Palmer has been a bit disappointing this season considering how great he looked in camp and pre-season (he caught everything) but he’s a rookie so… He’s dangerous in the open field, as is Moore. Moore had another great catch and run a couple of weeks ago where he was able to get loose for some YAC as well.

    Both catches by Moore and Palmer last night would have moved the sticks even if they would have been tackled immediately so the YAC and TDS were a bonus and huge.

    Palmer, R. White and Moore are all dangerous in space. Canales found ways to get Otton involved last night too and oh yeah, we still have ME13 and CG14.

    Great game last night and great coaching. Mistakes and penalties were minimal and they came out with the same confidence as they did in GB a couple of weeks ago. They know they’re a good football team with a lot of talent and they’ve seen what they can do with it.

    Regardless of the outcome next week, this team is defnitely heading in the right direction with a number of young guys and Canales getting more and more experience.

    Go Bucs!!!!!

  20. Rusty Shackleford Says:

    “Go home Eagles fans!”

    -Gene Deckerhoff

  21. Rusty Shackleford Says:

    Speaking of young, backup receivers, whatever happened to Cyril Grayson ? That guy looked like a real find until that bad injury in the playoffs a few years back. I still wouldn’t mind bringing him back for a look. And hell, bring back Michael Spurlock, too.

  22. StormyInFl Says:

    “Made two mind blowing stupid mistakes on ST’s but laid the wood to guys from his DB spot. This kid can lower the boom. Poor Julio!”

    I’m sure the Bucs knew exactly how to neutralize Julio Jones. The hard hit was intentional (more so than most), because they knew that if they hit him hard he’d go out hurt. Shocked, I tell you.

  23. Saskbucs Says:

    Hahaha BucsAnthem guy! Possession receiver Mike Evans!? The guy runs in a straight line and picks up 2 steps on almost any DB in the league. Slightly better ball placement on the 2nd throw that went past his fingertips and he had 2 40+ yard grabs.

  24. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ StormyInFl

    I don’t think his intent last night was to hurt Julio Jones……that’s just football ……and unfortunately he got hurt from the hit.

  25. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    Hello? No love for Cade? 8/11 89yds 11yd avg

  26. Jack Clark Says:

    It’s a lot easier for our secondary receivers to make plays when our OC isn’t wasting first and second down running between the tackles!

  27. Ed Says:

    Detroit is a team that is very well coached with some good up and coming offensive stars. Defensively they bent vs the Rams but held them to some field goals in the red zone.

    If the Bucs can get their act together in the red zone, they can put up more touchdowns. I’d like to see them try and isolate White out of the backfield on some rub routes as they have been predictably going to Evans and Godwin in the red zone. White can run WR routes and has good hands. Use him as a target down there off of play action on first down and goal.

  28. NE Fan Says:

    NE Fan Says:
    January 13th, 2024 at 1:44 pm
    This is a lock for the Bucs. The Brown scrubbing his social media of all Eagles related stuff is a sign it’s more than just hos injury, the coaching staff has.lost the locker room, game over unless Bowles f’s it up like the 2021 Rams PO game.

    WAS I WRONG??? Hey, I’m not hiding like the other doubters, David, Oneilsuckyall etc. I was surprised by one thing, how bad the Eagles wanted to tank. From SB to a bunch of losers, typical Philadelphia way.

  29. Ed Says:

    Kancey, YaYa and JTS (what?) were disruptive and flying around. They are keys to this defense along with Lavonte and Antoine. Barrett isn’t much any more and White isn’t a playmaker either. It was Britt that stepped up against Hurts and stopped the sneak.

    Britt has replaced White, defense is much better with him on the field than Devin.

  30. Buc4evr Says:

    Finally, Canales called a great game. It’s about points. Moore is great at YAC and has excellent field vision and knows how to work the angles.
    Moore, Palmer and Thompkins all played well. Otton and Durham both had great games.

    Need to spread the ball around against the Lions.

  31. lanshark Says:

    Great play calling makes a huge difference. We still ran the ball effectively, even sometimes on first down. But we also ran play action, empty backfield, and other passes on first down. What a concept! You mean pass plays are not ONLY for when its 3rd and 5+???

    Did they change the rules, or what? Perhaps Canale wasn’t familiar with that rule change.

  32. deuceswild78 Says:

    would change up the looks but not the overall plan of spread it out and mix in the run on occasion. Hoping we made it out pretty well injury wise. GO BUCS

  33. stpetebucfan Says:

    Jason Licht again gets major props!!! Rachad White a 3rd round pick, Trey Palmer a 6th rounder and David Moore who looks like the real deal was a freaking FA pickup.

    He played college football at East Central University and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Quite a resume eh? LOL I had to look up East Central University…it’s a small D2 school in ADA Oklahoma. Yet Moore looks like a player. And we haven’t even gotten to Deven Thompkins! IF the Bucs can simply find a way to keep ME13 they still have another year of CG14 under contract…this team is set at receiver!!! And they have even shown some depth as the kiddie korps has started stepping up.

  34. Tbbucs3 Says:

    NEfan, Brady has been gone for a year, what are you still doing here??

    Go bother the Falcons sites they are about to get your overrated 3-14 coach Belichick

  35. Shane Callahan Says:

    Great team win again!

  36. orlbucfan Says:

    I’ve been frustrated with and howling over Canales all season. Finally, he gameplanned what I’ve been hoping for. The Detroit Lions have never won a SB. They now have a very good team. Those 2 facts should be front and center with the entire Bucs squad all this week. Imperative.

  37. PewterPride Says:

    Palmer doesn’t have speed? Are you sure about that? Dude only ran the fastest time in the 40 at the combine.
    Speed kills and Palmer can flat out fly.

    The 3 remaining NFC teams we could face we have already played this year.
    Bowels and his great defensive mind gets a second chance to figure out SF, Lions or Packers game schemes, I love those odds, fool Todd once then ask Philly how did that workout for them. BONZI BLITZ

    Victory Tuesday as the Bucs and their army match to Detroit.

  38. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Good Morning Football gave the Bucs a lot of love and respect this morning, so there’s that. It’s turned into a heck of a season. Bowles has rescued his career. Go Bucs!

  39. adam from ny Says:

    the game clearly loosens up coverage moving forward on mike and chris…

    all of a sudden otton, palmer and moore are legit weapons…

    we now have 6 receiving weapons including rb1 going into detroit

  40. PassingThru Says:

    I’ll be the Designated Drag:

    Of course Tampa Bay trounced Phili, the Phili defense that you all saw last year and early this season has disappeared. The Phili CBs stunk it up last night. Bradberry, as in past seasons, was excellent. Now he’s a liability. The other CB Slay is injured, leading to more snaps for Maddox, who is perhaps one of the worst backup CBs in the league. The most impressive weapon at Phili’s disposal on D was their outside pass rush; that too died during the season. The outside LBs cannot cover for their weak Mike. All Tampa Bay needed was a half-way decent game from Mayfield… and Mayfield delivered an excellent game.

    That Phili team was burdened by a team-wide funk after they lost to San Fran, and it must be noted that it’s a very old team at key positions. They looked like they were playing in cement cleats.

    Detroit will be a real challenge. They are the direct opposite: a young team on an emotional upswing. This game will be a helluva challenge.

  41. No Mercy Says:

    Man the Eagles secondary must be bad. Palmer and Moore looked like superstars out there 😂 been waiting for us to use them

  42. Conner50 Says:

    I was surprised when the 53 man roster was set and David Moore wasn’t on it to be honest. He played very well in preseason and due to gage getting hurt I thought it was surprising, being that Vaughn was on the roster. Glad he’s made his way on the roster when Jarrett went to IR and has played very well so far