Every Monday and Friday Scott Reynolds from Pewter Report joins Booger and Rich to give you the best Bucs coverage in Tampa Bay. Today guest host Kirk McKewen filled for Rich.
Reynolds started by saying that the Bucs handed Da’Quan Bowers the starting job and he thinks that Bowers is under performing so far because he didn’t have to earn a spot on the depth chart. Michael Bennett and Bowers should’ve been battling for the defensive end spot according to Reynolds. What’s the backup plan if Bowers doesn’t perform well? Reynolds said we’ll have to wait until next year, Bowers is the guy this season.
Keyshawn Johnson called out Vincent Jackson over the weekend saying he needs to get open late in games more often. Reynolds said that Jackson is a great receiver and is under the radar. Reynolds said Keyshawn still thinks he’s the best WR in Bucs history, but Jackson has taken over that role after last season.
Reynolds also addressed the starting kicker position and said that Derek Dimke is seizing the opportunity to win the starting job from newly signed veteran Lawrence Tynes. Tynes’ injury, according to Reynolds, is also giving Dimke a good shot to win the job.
Chris Owusu was having a huge camp before the first preseason game, but was a major letdown against the Ravens on Thursday night. Reynolds said that Owusu’s latest injury hinders his chances of making another great impression. Owusu’s poor performance as a kick returner on Thursday also ended up hurting his status with the coaching staff.
As the Bucs prepare to fly to Boston to practice with the Patriots, Reynolds says Davin Joseph will stay in Tampa but Carl Nicks will travel with the team despite his lingering toe injury. Danny Gorrer and Chris Owusu will not make the trip but CB Darrelle Revis will head north after participating in 7-on-7 drills Monday at One Buc.
Reynolds also said that he isn’t worried about Darrelle Revis missing the first game of the season because of the matchup. Reynolds thinks the Saints home opener in Week 2 is a much more important game for Revis to be ready for than Week 1 in New York against the Jets.