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REAR ENTRIES: Forgotten Men

August 20, 2010 at 11:49am by Scott   •  12 Comments »

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FORGOTTEN MAN?: I was reading this short piece on Clifton Smith and how he is the “forgotten man” on offense, like the team went and drafted a high-round running back just to piss him off or something, which is bullshit. He’s not forgotten. The only thing that’s been forgotten is that Pewter Report forgot to use the word “fumble” in the article. Seriously, click over there and do a search for the word fumble, I’ll wait.

It’s not there, is it? Isn’t that fucking weird? Smith has touched the ball on offense 18 times and fumbled it four of them. He has also fumbled two kickoffs and one punt return. Keep in mind he has played in a total of 20 career games. That seems like a pretty important stat to just leave out of the story.

To their credit, Pewter Report doesn’t treat it as some conspiracy that Smith doesn’t get the ball on offense like I would expect a couple other local writers to do. Just that he’s forgotten. “Who? Clifton, Clifton… where have I heard that name before? Ohhhh, right. Yeah, the little running back. He just plum slipped my mind.” I don’t think we need Scooby and the gang to figure out this mystery. You fumble, ergo you do not get to touch the precious, precious ball anymore.

VALUE IN THE LOWER ROUNDS: Mark Dominik has taken some lumps this offseason (I won’t belabor what his screw-ups were, but I’d be LYING if I said everything was FINE this year), but I have to give credit where it is due and agree with this article on how seventh-rounders Sammie Stroughter and E.J. Biggers look like the real deal. Stroughter has a year of production under his belt already and, although it’s only been one preseason game, Biggers at the very least has shown that he has the ability to play at a high level. In recent years, you never would have expected anything from those guys except to be camp meat.

Until Stroughter and Biggers came aboard, the Bucs were saddled with a legacy of unproductive seventh-round picks.

Unproductive is being kind. Most of those guys were so awful that they gave eye cancer to the coaches who had to watch them. The only one during the Jon Gruden regime who was worth any shits at all is Mark Jones. We’ll go ahead and blame all those failings equally on Gruden, Rich McKay and Bruce Allen. But Dominik is looking pretty sweet with his seventh-rounders. In addition to Stroughter and Biggers from last year, Cody Grimm quickly became a coach favorite, I personally like Dekoda Watson and think he could hang on as a reserve linebacker for a few years, and Erik Lorig has received early praise from camp.

For Dominik to hit on a few of those late-rounders is important because it provides depth during a time when the Buccaneers are reluctant to sign anyone off the free agent market. And since they work for cheap and have a relatively weak union, they’re basically slaves. And never discount the value of slave labor. If it’s good enough to build a country, it’s certainly good enough for a football team. So congratulations to Mark Dominik on finding quality players in the lower rounds.

CAMP BREAKS: Training camp is over and now it’s back to a reasonable practice schedule and the mundane drudgery of reviewing film and deciding who to cut in a couple weeks. Buccaneers.com celebrates the end of camp and the impending regular season with a video summary of some of the best plays in camp. If you’re having any trouble getting hyped for the season, this should help.

12 Comments to “REAR ENTRIES: Forgotten Men”

TheBrainStem

TheBrainStem (August 20, 2010 at 12:25pm:

Thanks to those who have signed up for the Fantasy league so far. There is still a couple more positions left. If anyone is interested head over the bucstats.com facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bucstatscom/60173416800

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Thanks
Brian

@Scott, sorry for the hijack

Scott

Scott (August 20, 2010 at 12:34pm:

As long as the comments have nothing to do with the post, here’s something fun: I was just contacted by the Buccaneers’ PR department. They said they wanted to “get together” with me and “establish an open line of communication”. So on one end of the spectrum, I could get an offer to go legit. On the other, I could get sued into abject poverty. And right there in the middle is absolutely nothing at all coming from it. Oooh, I love a good cliffhanger.

(This is not a good Cliffhanger.)

dwtalso

dwtalso (August 20, 2010 at 01:01pm:

Ok, I was pretty pumped for the season to start but that video summary has spun me right up :). And seeing Miller (90) play at fullback was frightening. Really frightening.

Not to jinx anything, but it was pretty nice to note that camp ended without any serious injuries. That’s unusual for the Bucs of the last few years, I think. Hopefully that’s the start of a positive trend.

Scott

Scott (August 20, 2010 at 01:15pm:

Update: I was just invited to lunch by PR man Jonathan Grella. I don’t know if this is a “Let’s invite all the amateur bloggers to One Buc, feed them and get them on our side” lunch, or if it’s a 1-on-1 thing with me. Man, I hope he doesn’t know how to use the search feature.

Matt Price

Matt Price (August 20, 2010 at 01:40pm:

Scott, I’d love to believe that we’ve found some gems in the late rounds of the draft. But allow me to play Devil’s advocate on the 7th round picks.

1. They are still new (0-2 years) and haven’t really shown yet that they can make it. This is all still projection. And remember, people were pretty sure about most of the other draft picks too until they flamed out.

2. Would these guys make it on a better team or is it just that the Bucs are so bad in so many spots that these guys have a chance? That’s the real question. I don’t see a lot of the guys who get cut in Tampa being snapped up by other teams.

Not to be a downer, but I’m not awarding Dominik any praise until there’s proof he deserves it.

Meatmaster

Meatmaster (August 20, 2010 at 04:03pm:

@Scott Good luck man, watch those corporate guys. If you go legit there won’t be any jumbo titties anymore like these will there? Good to see you’re getting some props besides horny Bucs fans. Of course, he might want you as the official blogger so the clickys can build fan support.

@Matt Quit being so negative man. I know it’s been tough to take these last couple years, but there are way to many Bucs fans who are depressing as fuck unless we’re winning the Super Bowl.

Slow Joe

Slow Joe (August 20, 2010 at 04:52pm:

@Scott: I’m happy for you, but if you go all corporate and there’s no more clickys, dead hooker references, and momma jokes, I’m cutting your mom off.

Shit, I owe you an email, don’t I? The answer is yes, but I’ll email to clarify.

CharlieB

CharlieB (August 21, 2010 at 01:28am:

Completely unrelated, but this is by far my favorite clicky you’ve posted. Who is she?

Scott

Scott (August 21, 2010 at 12:31pm:

@CharlieB: No idea. Just some random unfamous chick. If you ever find out who she is, I guarantee she’ll fuck you for a sandwich, though.

Update: Looks like the lunch will happen during my vacation in September. I’M GOING TO EAT SOME SERIOUS OATMEAL.

Scott

Scott (August 23, 2010 at 09:07am:

Update: We worked out a day in September when I’ll be down there, so I’ll have lunch with him then. He made it clear that this is not a job offer or anything. He’s just building goodwill with people who cover the team. He offered to introduce me to “some people” (probably lawyers) and let me watch practice, so that will be cool. I’ll be taking pictures like a Japanese tourist at Disneyworld and post them all when I get back.

TheBrainStem

TheBrainStem (August 23, 2010 at 06:43pm:

@Scott do you think he follows the website or just looked for bucs blogs?

Scott

Scott (August 24, 2010 at 08:48am:

@Brain: A couple people from the Buccaneers follows regularly. I don’t know who they are, but they appear in my logs. And that’s not including the ones who aren’t following from work.

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