Could Tampa Bay Make A Run At Adrian Peterson Or RGIII?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently sit solidly at 2-11. The are holding the fourth position in the NFC South. In case you haven't heard, the NFC South is bad. Sadly, the Buccaneers are worse.
How bad are the Buccaneers? Quarterback Josh McCown is rocking a 73.9 quarterback rating. He has tossed nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He looks nothing like the McCown of last year. The other man behind center, Mike Glennon is not better. Glennon has played in six games this season. He is struggling to hold on to a 57.6 quarterback rating. He has thrown 10 touchdowns with six interceptions. Is it time to look elsewhere?
Running back Doug Martin has labored through injuries this season. Martin is averaging 2.97 yards a carry. He has two touchdowns for the season. More importantly, Martin isn't a Lovie Smith guy. And he hasn't yet shown enough to become one.
Second stringer Bobby Rainey is averaging 4.3 yards a carry. While in five games Charles Sims is averaging 2.2 yards a carry. Is there anyone else who can do better?
Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans has 57 receptions for 935 yards and 10 touchdowns. We good here.
It is clear the Buccaneers need help at both the quarterback position and the running back position. Are the answers Adrian Peterson and/or Robert Griffin III?
Peterson has lost his appeal to the arbitrator appointed by Roger Goodell. As a result he will not be playing for the Minnesota Vikngs this season. Will he be playing for them next season?
So if Peterson isn't playing for the Vikings in 2015, are the Buccaneers the next option? Is he worth it?
Peterson will be suspended from all team activities until April 15. This season he played one game. He rushed 21 times for 75 yards. In March of next year Peterson will be 30 years old.
Doug Martin was the Buccaneers first running back. This year he has been hobbled by injuries. He has played in eight games this season. He is currently averaging 2.97 yards a carry. There are rumors the Buccaneers have attemtped to trade him, but couldn't get a satisfactory offer.
Charles Sims appears to be the Buccaneers guy. Sims is 24. This year Sims played in five games. He is averaging 2.2 yards a game. While Sims is a fantasy dud, he is the choice of the Buccaneers. Younger legs and drafted by the new regime.
If the Buccanners are willing to trade Doug Martin, will they really be interested in investing in a 30 year old one year out of the league?
Robert Griffin III
This is an easy one. No.
The Buccaneers already have two inept quarterbacks, do they really need one more? Yes, Griffin won Rookie of the Year and lead his team to playoffs. That was in 2012. That was then this is now.
The league has caught up with him. And apparently his skills have not progressed. Griffin has now been sat by two different coaches for lackluster performance. There is some questions regarding his skill level.
Coach Jay Gruden has lamented, " His footwork is below average. He took three-step drops when he should have taken five. He took a one-step drop when he should have taken three, on a couple occasions, and that can't happen. He stepped up when he didn't have to step up and stepped into pressure. He read the wrong side of the field a couple of times."
This isn't a commentary on a quarterback that the Buccaneers need. Buccaneers don't need a quarterback who needs to get back to work on his fundamentals.
They need someone who can get the ball to Evans and Vincent Jackson, more than he gets it to the opposition. That is not Griffin.
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