[url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vinny-curry-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vinny-curry-jersey[/url] , we’ll break down the Buccaneers’ top five players of the week. Point values will be distributed to each, which will then be added up for our weekly Buccaneers of the Week Standings.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-0. That’s right, there was no letdown for Dirk Koetter and his team after last week’s season-opening 48-40 win in New Orleans. They came back to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday and took down the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 27-21. Let’s dive into the top five Bucs from week two.Honorable MentionsAny time you win a game in the NFL, especially against a team like the Eagles, it takes more than five big performances. Unfortunately, there will always be some deserving players that miss this weekly list. Some just need to be talked about, so that’s where we are here. For Sunday’s win over Philadelphia, some honorable mentions include: O.J. Howard (three catches for 96 yards and a touchdown), Chris Godwin (five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown), Ryan Smith (nine tackles, two passes defended), Lavonte David (nine tackles, one pass breakup, one fumble recovery) and Gerald McCoy (one sack, two quarterback hits).No. 5: Mike Evans (One point)Mike Evans had another big day on Sunday, his second straight, but a couple of mistakes kept him from potentially being higher on this week’s list. A dropped pass that killed one drive and a fumble that allowed the Eagles to get back in the game were low points of what was otherwise a great performance. The fifth-year receiver caught 10 passes on 12 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the win. Evans picked up a couple of milestones on Sunday. He pulled into second place in franchise history for career receptions and tied the team record for most career receiving touchdowns. The 2014 first-rounder has been a stud in the first two games, being the Bucs’ reliable go-to guy. With so many other dangerous pass-catchers on this roster, it was uncertain how many targets Evans would be getting. But through two weeks, the number of weapons on the offense has effectively pulled some of the defense’s attention away from Evans. He hasn’t missed an opportunity to take advantage of that.No. 4: Jason Pierre-Paul (Two points)There was a lot of excitement when Tampa Bay traded for Jason Pierre-Paul in March. The pass rush in 2017 was horrible and that acquisition was part of the front office’s effort to turn things around. Pierre-Paul did some nice things throughout the preseason and was okay in week one, but week two belonged to him. The ninth-year veteran picked up five tackles [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/lavonte-david-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/lavonte-david-jersey[/url] , his first sack of the season and delivered four quarterback hits.The Bucs need that type of disruption from their defensive line this season, especially with the injuries and overall youth of the secondary. Opposing quarterbacks will want to pick on the rookies and inexperienced starters as much as possible, but it becomes harder to do that when a guy like JPP is hawking you down at every turn. He is a huge asset for this defensive line that has already looked much-improved over last year. Watching the former South Florida Bull come out at Raymond James Stadium and have such a big day should have Buccaneer fans feeling very good about what he’ll do throughout the rest of this season. No. 3: Kwon Alexander (Three points)The opening drive of the 2018 season was a tough one for Kwon Alexander. Ever since, he has been the guy that the Bucs have gotten used to over the past few years. After having a pretty good day overall against the Saints, Alexander was all over the field on Sunday against the Eagles. By the end of the day, he had seven tackles (six solo), one sack-fumble and three tackles for loss. Tampa Bay would love some more of that.Given the state of their secondary, the Bucs need to be strong against the run. Kwon is a big part of that, so his successful day on Sunday was huge for the unit. Philadelphia ran for 91 yards, which marked the second straight game that the Buccaneer defense held the opposition to fewer than 100 yards on the ground. 2018 is a big year for Alexander’s future, as he is expected to get a contract extension sooner rather than later. With more days like he had on Sunday, that payday will get bigger and bigger. For now, the former LSU Tiger debuts on Buccaneers of the Week with three points.No. 2: DeSean Jackson (Four points)If not for the top entry on this week’s list, it would be easy to crown DeSean Jackson as the team’s MVP for the first two weeks of this season. A largely disappointing 2017 season seems like a distant memory after just two regular season games in 2018. Jackson caught five passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns against New Orleans in week one, then picked up right where he left off by opening Sunday’s game against Philadelphia with a 75-yard touchdown catch. Overall, he caught four passes for 129 yards and the touchdown. The 75-yard touchdown catch on the game’s first play tied D-Jax with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for most career touchdown receptions of 60-plus yards. It was the 31-year-old’s 23rd such reception of his career and it came against his former team. This year, Jackson has been the deep threat that the Bucs had hoped he would be. He obviously has a strong connection with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team has to hope that he has developed the same type of chemistry with Jameis Winston—whenever he does return. It’s clear through two weeks that Jackson still has plenty left in the tank, as he takes a top-three spot on this list once again.No. 1: Ryan Fitzpatrick (Five points)Obviously. Just like last week, there is no other choice for the top guy on this list. Ryan Fitzpatrick was dominant for a second straight game, tearing up a tough Philadelphia defense for 402 yards and four touchdowns on 27-of-33 passing. His first interception of the year came on a pass that should have been caught by O.J. Howard, so that has no effect on where the 14th-year veteran stands this week. He is simply on another level right now. Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback IN NFL HISTORY to throw for 400-plus yards and four touchdowns in each of his team’s first two games of the season. He leads the NFL in passer rating (151.5) and has thrown for a total of 819 yards and eight touchdowns. All of that has happened in two games. No wonder he’s out there rubbing beards with Evan Smith pregame and taking DeSean Jackson’s clothes for his postgame press conference.Fitzmagic [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/kwon-alexander-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/kwon-alexander-jersey[/url] , folks.Updated Buccaneers of the Week Standings through week two:Ryan Fitzpatrick— 10 pointsDeSean Jackson— 7 pointsMike Evans— 5 pointsKwon Alexander— 3 points(TIE) Offensive Line/Jason Pierre-Paul— 2 pointsVernon Hargreaves— 1 point Here we go. I bought my burial plot yesterday, wrote out my headstone, and bought my suit.It’s time to fire the cannons, only in my direction while I’m tied to the stake. I’m ready to get buried. Tampa Bay should not trade for Patrick Peterson. Everyone is aware of the Bucs’ defensive futility and the secondary is the main reason why. Poor execution, a questionable scheme, and multiple injuries have culminated in a historically bad performance through the first seven weeks of the season. But as exciting as it may be to think of Peterson in pewter and red, it shouldn’t happen and it won’t happen. Arizona doesn’t want to let him goThere are multiple reasons why the Bucs shouldn’t trade for Peterson. The first and most obvious reason is Steve Wilkes’ complete shutdown of the notion on Monday. To add further credence to the situation, the New York Jets reportedly inquired about Peterson and the word is that the deal would not go through “barring a miracle”.Tampa Bay is 3-3 and in the midst of fighting for their playoff lives. Not only are they currently the third best team in their division, they are seventh in the playoff standings with a 2-2 conference record. This team has more important things to focus on rather than making more changes to an already beleaguered defense. If it does in fact take a miracle to land Peterson, then the time and effort required to go into the chase is not a good idea. But time and effort wouldn’t be the only thing Tampa Bay would be spending if they did in fact decide to go after Peterson. Cap IssuesFor starters, Tampa Bay has just $6.436 million in cap space right now. Peterson’s base salary is $11 million. I’m not exactly sure as to how the Bucs would take the hit in 2018, but it seems to me that we’re already off to a bad start. Currently ranked 29th in cap space for 2019, the Bucs don’t have much room to maneuver for another high-priced player unless they trim some fat.In the grand scheme of things, $17.5 million cap space is peanuts when you still need to set aside around $5-7 million for draft picks. Tampa Bay’s 2018 class has a current hit of close to $8.1 million, but it’s a bit higher than usual considering they had three second round picks. Below are the top earners for next season:Top Ten Salaries In 2019PositionPlayer2019 SalaryCap Hit (after signing bonus, incentives, etc.)Dead Money (if cut pre-June 1)PositionPlayer2019 SalaryCap Hit (after signing bonus, incentives, etc.)Dead Money (if cut pre-June 1)*information provided by overthecap.comPeterson will constitute close to a $11.9 million cap hit in 2019. It isn’t feasible for the Bucs to bring him on board without either dumping or trading one of the players listed above. It’s also pretty accurate to say that losing any of the above players would be a pretty big loss for the Bucs. Sure, Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David aren’t what they once were, but outside factors have added new layers of context to their situations. Tampa Bay currently needs David more than ever right now after Kwon Alexander and rookie Jack Cichy tore their ACLs against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7. Kendell Beckwith [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey[/url] , the team’s starting sam linebacker is still recovering from a broken ankle back in April. There is no telling how he will play when he eventually returns. McCoy is still an effective player, but with the drafting of Vita Vea, it looks as if the Bucs are starting to plan for life post-McCoy. Regardless of who stays and goes, Jason Licht would have to do some major shuffling and too many important players would be cleared out to land one player. Peterson is great, but how great would he be without premier - or even good - players around him? That’s not a question you try and answer on the fly. Too much value in the 2019 draftIf a deal were to be worked out, one would think one of the more logical scenarios would be a player/pick combo deal. That way the Bucs could alleviate some cap room and may be able to wiggle out of giving up a premium draft pick. But what if Tampa Bay can’t satisfy Arizona on the player side of the deal, leading to the Cardinals requiring a multitude of draft picks?Licht and Dirk Koetter have done well drafting players during their time in Tampa Bay. Assuming they are still around in 2019, it wouldn’t be a good idea for them to give up draft capital. Sure, there are free agents to be had, but the duo hasn’t been as successful in that regard. The aforementioned potential cap issues also stresses the added importance of the draft. The 2019 NFL Draft is also stacked with defensive talent. Most mock drafts currently have not only six or seven defenders going inside the top-10, but around 20-24 defensive players going in the first round. Tampa Bay can easily find someone - or someones - in the draft while simultaneously retaining their main core of players. I know, we can circle back around to the Khalil Mack argument earlier in the year. The “why settle on an uncertain player when you already have one in front of you” argument. While that holds a ton of weight, Peterson isn’t the Mack of defensive backs. He is a very, very good player - but he is not in the same class as Mack. No apparent change in cultureThis one is the easiest of them all. If the reports are true that Peterson wants out of Arizona due to the current status of the team - will things really get better for him in Tampa Bay?You’re talking about a team that has averaged about eight wins since 2010. Arizona averaged around eight wins during that span. What happens if the Bucs continue to lose? Will they be put in the same situation? There’s just too many moving parts in this scenario. Historically speakingThis type of trade doesn’t happen. There has been really just one successful midseason trade for a defensive back in NFL history. The New England Patriots traded defensive back Michael Haynes to theLos Angeles Raiders in November 1983. Haynes teamed up with legend Lester Hayes to form one of the league’s top duos en route to a Super Bowl victory over the Redskins that year. Other than that trade, there really haven't been any other significant trades that are similar to the one mentioned above. At the end of the day, it’s a move that would certainly make headlines, give the team some quick notoriety, and send fans to the moon. But when you look closely, it’s move that would also hold Tampa Bay back more than it would push them forward and that’s not what this team currently needs. Please, mark my grave respectfully once I’m laid to rest.
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