Before him, Bobby Rainey wore it for 41 games and 11 starts from 2013-15, during which he recorded an 80-yard touchdown run against the Bills that is the second-longest rushing play in franchise history. He has been drafted to replace Darius Slay, which is not an easy task. But I don't care how much praise a corner has been given, I will take the Buccaneers' wide receivers in a one-on-one situation any day of the week. The Bucs play the Panthers at home Week Two and then again during Week 10 at their place. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs), Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson (6) escapes a tackle from Penn State safety Garrett Taylor (17) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Minneapolis. Michigan State defeated Minnesota 30-27. However, Whitehead will be switching to no. It’s hard to imagine that the 2020 NFL regular season is nearly over. Calais wore no. No player in team history has worn it for more than four seasons or 42 games. Before Whitehead, the 31 jersey generally bounced around from one defensive back to another. Meet the New York Giants' 2020 NFL Draft class and find out what GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge had to say about each. With those three and the tight end pair of 2019 first-round pick Noah Fant and speedy rookie Albert Okwuegbunam, the Broncos will be able to flood the field with difficult matchups, and Jeudy might end up being the toughest one of them all. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay ... Dont’a Hightower Are Helping Patriots Rookies From Afar . With the excitement surrounding the Buccaneers in 2020 like a heavy perfume, these three rookies could help out in this first matchup in a big way. The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of December 14, 2020, 2:41 PM ET. Most recently Peyton Barber wore it at the beginning of his career before he got the chance to switch to no. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 11 as a Golden Gopher, which was never going to be an option because defensive backs are required to wear numbers in the 20-49 range in the NFL. All rights reserved. This one could be a bit confusing for Buccaneer fans until there is some time to adjust. Team Reporter Casey Phillips, Staff Writer Carmen Vitali and I are combining forces this week to discuss five different topics regarding the recently-released NFL schedule. 45 overall Just ask the Broncos how versatile Winfield is. Minnesota won 26-3. Jeff Okudah is the highest drafted corner since 1997. Had he retained that number, Whitehead probably would have become the most prominent number 31 in team history; at this point, that honor probably goes to Phillip Buchanon, the aforementioned 42-game player. The team has a total of eight rookie players on the 53-man roster. (Aaron M. Sprecher via AP). Bruce Arians and Jason Licht have been extremely successful during the draft over the past two seasons, and the 2020 draft class for the Bucs … © TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. All rights reserved. Here they are, with their total games played noted as well: Derrick Lewis (0), Brian Clark (24), Sammie Stroughter (33), Skye Dawson (7), Louis Murphy (17), Bernard Reedy (9) and Ishmael Hyman (2). From 2004 through last season (briefly), the number 18 was worn in the regular season for Tampa Bay by seven different receivers. 12 to no. The Bucs travel to Denver to take on the Broncos in the Mile High City for the first time since 2012 in Week Three. Green can't get right After the first full week of padded practice, Gregg … TAMPA, FL - JULY 27, 2020 - Cornerback Parnell Motley #39 and Outside Linebacker Quinton Bell #57 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrive to … (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File), Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson (6) against South Dakota State during an NCAA college football game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Minneapolis. Defensive backs Beasley Reece, Elbert Mack, Ahmad Black and T.J. Ward have all worn it as Bucs, too. All rights reserved. The Buccaneers face off against their second division opponent in as many weeks as they take on the Carolina Panthers at home in Week Two. Scott Smith: WR Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos, Week Three. As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers near the midway point of the 2020 NFL season, here is where the rookies stand regarding their expectations and performance. Wirfs wore jersey number 74 at Iowa and if he had been able to carry that over to his Buccaneer career that would have been a fitting an optimistic choice. In addition, second-year cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting is switching from 26 to 23, which was occupied by Deone Bucannon when Murphy-Bunting was drafted last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall). All rights reserved. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) visit the Atlanta Falcons (4-9) on Sunday, December 20, in a matchup between NFC South foes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. There are stories of him spending an all-defense movie night asking his coordinator questions about NFL wide receivers throughout the movie. Of course, as was a newsworthy event earlier this offseason, wide receiver Chris Godwin has switched from no. Tyler Kaufman/Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. Running backs also must have numbers in the 20-49 range in the NFL. 18 in a game in the team's inaugural season of 1976. The one exception was defensive end Nick Reed, who wore it for three games in 2011. The good news for Wirfs is that he could very quickly become the most accomplished offensive player to wear number 78 in franchise history if things go well. Jaylon Johnson dubbed honorable mention on 2020 top rookies list Podcast He also has very quick feet, can beat the press and can surprise defenders with his sudden speed. Now, the coaching staff is all new and a lot of the roster changed over, but the bones are still there. © TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. White and Spires kept it in use, and racked up a combined 168 games and 38 sacks, from 1996 through 2007. The two most memorable number 78s in franchise history were defensive ends John Cannon (1982-90) and Marcus Jones (1996-2001). When the Bucs play the Lions, that's going to be a true test for the rookie as he has to face the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Stats: 25 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble Drafted: No. In addition to five 2020 draft picks, four undrafted rookies found a way to impress in a limited amount of time and made the Bucs' first 53-man roster, including OLB Cam Gill and CB Parnell Motley However, that number is currently being worn by another one of the team's standout players and a starter on the O-Line, guard Ali Marpet. Stats: 25 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble Drafted: No. Demone Harris wore it for one game last year but was classified as an outside linebacker at the time. Veteran safety Andrew Adams is taking that opportunity to change back to the no. Rookie Recap: Freshmen shine in latest Buccaneers conquest Dreams coming true as Tampa Bay stacks solid wins in back-to-back weeks By David_Harrison @DHarrison82 Oct 28, 2020… All rights reserved. Justin Jefferson has made an interesting case over the last two games, but don’t get it twisted. Remember that third-round draft pick Lucas Niang opted out of the season. For that matter, without Washington on the schedule either, the Bucs won't find out how hard it is to contain the second¬-overall pick, edge rusher Chase Young. Against the Browns, he caught five receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets. When asked about their rookies, most Buccaneers … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to contend with Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford in 2020. It won't leave them much time to break through the pocket, especially if a top 10 offensive line last year that only got more help this offseason, has anything to say about it. (AP Photo/John Autey), Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson, left, catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Miami (Ohio) defensive back Travion Banks in the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. 26 jersey he wore in 2018, his first year with the Bucs, before briefly leaving for Detroit and then returning last year and wearing no. Friday, May 15: What is the toughest stretch of games on this year's schedule? Football icon. 39. 25. All rights reserved. The Atlanta Falcons have come to terms with their entire rookie class from the 2020 NFL Draft, announcing so on Monday evening. The hypotheseason has been put to bed but we're squeezing in one last Mock Draft Monday by rounding up how draft pundits have graded the Bucs' 2020 draft class. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney), Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson (6) catches a touchdown pass over Northwestern cornerback Cam Ruiz (18) during the second half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. Minnesota won 38-22. Jerry Eckwood had several productive seasons as a running back in the 43 jersey for the Bucs from 1979-81. As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers near the midway point of the 2020 NFL season, here is where the rookies stand regarding their expectations and performance. Bryant has been the talented route-runner he was billed as coming out of FAU, and he’s broken four tackles on 15 receptions. The team has a total of eight rookie players on the 53-man roster. On an appearance with 105.3 The Fan, he said rookies Trevon Diggs and Tyler Biadasz have a chance to return before the season ends. Running back Mazio Royster is the only offensive player to wear that number for Tampa Bay. His Ohio State coaches say his work ethic was astounding, particularly when it came to studying film and the mental side of the game. The Buccaneers wasted little time helping their seven 2020 draftees choose the jersey numbers they would wear as professionals, revealing the selections for each of the players they picked in the first six rounds before the draft was over. Alabama's Jeudy wasn't the first receiver off the board in the 2020 draft; that honor went to his 'Bama teammate, Henry Ruggs III, who blinded the Raiders with his blinding speed. The Buccaneers rookies are signed, sealed and delivered. The series wastes no time getting started, either, with the Bucs opening their season on the road in the Super Dome. How going digital impacted the Bucs' draft and what the setup looked like for various members of the Bucs' front office. (Aaron M. Sprecher via AP), Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Bruce Kluckhohn/Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. Nati Harnik/Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Northwestern plays this week at Minnesota, where the Gophers need one more win for bowl-game eligibility. Thursday, May 14: What is the most significant challenge for Tampa Bay's offense? By Greg Auman Apr 26, 2020 13 . (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn), Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson, left, gets past Miami (Ohio) defensive back Joshua Allen for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. Winfield at least gets to retain the second digit of his collegiate number. Other no. The Buccaneers, led by Tom Brady, will play more nationally-broadcast night games than in any other year in franchise history, part of a 2020 schedule that is loaded with impressive QB matchups, Tampa Bay's 2020 slate of games is loaded with exciting games and intriguing matchups, but there are certain parts of it that look particularly challenging. Share this story. 4 for Louisiana-Lafayette. Butch Dill/Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. Chris O'Meara/Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. Tampa Bay's second defender in the 2020 draft is Nebraska DT Khalil Davis, a quick and athletic big man who gives the Buccaneers' talented defensive front more depth news Orange - #/99 or less; True Blue - #/75 or less; Purple - #/25; Gold - #/10; Green - #/5; Platinum - 1/1; On top of that, the rookie-filled Dress for Succes is only in Hobby boxes. However, without Cincinnati on the schedule, Tampa Bay's defense will not get a shot at rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, the first-overall pick in last month's draft. I think this is made worse by the fact that the Bucs will have to face him not once, but twice. You may have heard his response to the reporter at the combine who called his play occasionally "sloppy." Tampa Bay is favored by and the point total is set at for the outing. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King), Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson celebrates his 8 yard touchdown reception against Illinois in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, in Minneapolis. The ball has started rolling. Los Angeles Rams wide receivers Van Jefferson (12) and Robert Woods (17) celebrate after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday Nov. … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a number of new players after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday, and those players now have NFL numbers to call their own. LT Jedrick Wills Jr., Cleveland Browns. Tyler Johnson has the most polished credentials for Minnesota, but Bateman has quickly emerged from a deep group of wide receivers as more than just a sidekick. 33 going forward. Michael Conroy/Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. Diggs suffered a … The Gophers play Georgia Southern this week, a school about three hours from Bateman's hometown. Trending. The number 30 went unused in Tampa in 2019 and also doesn't have a very prominent place in Buccaneers history…save for one very memorable moment. Detroit's Danny Amendola caught eight passes for 102 yards against Tampa Bay in Week 15 (though it was on an Amendola route out of the slot that Murphy-Bunting picked off a pass and sealed the win with a 70-yard touchdown return). 3. All rights reserved. In today's NFL, the vast majority of receivers choose numbers in the teens, and Johnson found 18 open on the Bucs roster and waiting for him. The Saints are expected to have their first-round draft pick in the lineup, with former Michigan center Cesar Ruiz filling in at right guard. — Greg Auman (@gregauman) November 4, 2020 PHOTOS of Tyler Johnson , Bucs Fifth Round Pick, PHOTOS of Raymond Calais, Bucs Seventh Round Pick. It'll be Brady vs. Brees twice a year in one of the more interesting division matchups for 2020. Though their record didn't reflect it, Carolina was really good at getting to the passer last year. The high school quarterback-turned-collegiate receiver wore no. At Auburn, Brown absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage with a combination of power and speed. His quick get-off allows him to rush gaps and collapse the pocket as he blows past opposing offensive lines. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to contend with Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford in 2020. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs), Minnesota's Tyler Johnson against Purdue in the second half of a NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Minneapolis. It's for good reason, too. And the Buccaneers will face Ruggs in 2020, too, when they head to Las Vegans in Week Seven. 2020 NFL training camp's early winners and losers: Raiders rookies shining bright, A.J. 94s in team history include Robert "Pig" Goff, George Johnson and Will Clarke. Share this article 13 shares share tweet text email link Colin Liotta. 2020 Panini Absolute #195 Tyler Johnson Rookies NM-MT Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thanks for choosing shop.open.collect. The Buccaneers will keep rookie RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn up for Sunday's game, with Leonard Fournette inactive…Vikings will be without All-Pro LB Eric Kendricks due to a calf injury Dec 13, 2020 … Two quarterbacks lead the way, and three NFL teams have multiple players in our second edition of 2020 rookie rankings. 30s in team history are probably safeties Mark Robinson (1988-90, 40 games, 40 starts) and Bradley McDougald (three-plus seasons, 50 games, 36 starts). I base that thought on a combination of Jeudy's NFL-ready game and the perfect situation into which he's been placed in with the Broncos. Spires wore it as the team's starting left defensive end in the 2002 Super Bowl season, bookending Simeon Rice, and he had an eight-sack campaign in it in 2004. 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