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Should Bucs consider bringing in RB Adrian Peterson?

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A year ago RB Adrian Peterson was available on the free agency market and the Bucs were apparently one of the teams taking a good look at him before psas\sing on him. Now, it’s 2018 and the same scenario exists, and Tampa Bay may be ready to take a small gamble on bringing the future Hall of Famer in for one last try.

More on that coming up.

First, during the 2017 off season Peterson had been released by the Vikings in a salary cap move, yet was definitely in demand to land somewhere. And that original somewhere ended up being with the New Orleans Saints. However, he didn’t last long as the Saints had rookie Alvin Kamara emerging and Peterson’s time on the field quickly dwindled.

Peterson, nicknamed “AD” for “All Day,” as in “I’m going to run through, around and to the endzone faster than you, ‘All Day,'” didn’t carry the ball 10 times in any of the Saints first four games.

So, they traded Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals in October.

Almost immediately after coming to the Cards, he destroyed the Buccaneers in his debut (above) with 26 carries for 134 yards and 2 TDs, as they routed Tampa Bay. “AD” would have another 159 yard rushing day two weeks later in a win over the 49ers. However, he never sustained that success and a neck injury ended his 2017 after week 10.

It also ended his time with the Cardinals.

So, Peterson is 33 years old, and looking, again for a home.

And Tampa Bay might be just what he and they are both looking for this year.

Even though the Bucs have young RB Peyton Barber, who has two years in coach Dirk Koetter’s system, and drafted USC speedster Ronald Jones last month, Peterson, when healthy, might fit the short term veteran role.

Not unlike the Dolphins bringing in 34 year old Miami native Frank Gore, to a backfield with RBs Kenyan Drake and recently drafted Kalen Ballage, Peterson would bring experience and leadership to the young backs.

And, one critical relationship is with Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, whom Peterson has spent off seasons, like 2017, working out with on the West Coast, etc.

And, just like the Fins bringing in Gore, Peterson will come at a bargain financially, at this point and it would be a low risk move.

Now, there are certainly other contending teams, Jacksonville for one, and the Seahawks for another, that could use him for short term solution in 2018. And, “AD” has been letting everyone know recently, that he’s still a physical monster in the workout room:

Will the Bucs be interested with all the leverage in their favor for a short term inexpensive deal?

We will find out soon enough.

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Giants name top pick QB Jones starter for Bucs game Sunday

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It only took two lackluster games and losses for the New York Giants to decide to go with the youth movement at quarterback and start number one pick, Daniel Jones this week against the Bucs.

The Giants made it official Tuesday morning that Eli Manning is headed to the bench:

The Giants were beaten decisively for the second consecutive week 28 – 14 Sunday in their home opener to the Bills at MetLife Stadium. Manning had an up and down game going 26-45 for 250 yards 1TD but 2 INTs.

In their week one loss to the Cowboys in Dallas, Jones actually replaced Manning in the second half during an 35-17 defeat. Jones was 3-4 for 17 yards with one carry for 5 yards in “mop up duty” in the fourth quarter. Jones did play extensively and at times well, in the preseason.

There is already great speculation that if/when this move would inevitably made, it would signal the end of Manning’s time in New York. The younger brother of Peyton Manning has won two Super bowls with the Giants but his and New York’s play has been awful on offense with back-to-back losing seasons of 2017 – 18.

The 38 year old Manning is in the final year of latest contract with New York paying him $17 million, with a dead cap hit of $11.7 million if the Giants release him. So, that is not likely at this time. However, there are numerous teams like the Steelers and crosstown Jets who are in desperate need of quarterback help, immediately. It remains to be seen what New York will elect to do with their former hero QB.

Meanwhile, the Bucs come off a hard-fought Thursday night Road win over Carolina and will have extra rest going into this contest with the team that they are very familiar with in the NFC East. This is the third year in a row that they are meeting the Giants. New York having won the November match up a year ago with Manning performing well hitting 17 of 18 passes and throwing 2 TDs in a 38-35 victory.

Jones comes out of the Duke football program coached by David Cutcliffe, who was also Manning’s college coach at Ole Miss. So,  it was almost as if the handwriting was on the wall to pass the torch to Jones at whatever point the Giants felt they needed to move on from Eli.

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Brees out with thumb injury for Bucs and Jaguars games

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The expected bad news on Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ injured thumb has come on Monday. And, it means the New Orleans quarterback will miss upcoming October games with the Bucs and the Jaguars.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday morning that Brees will be sidelined up to 6 weeks with the injured ligament in the thumb on his throwing hand:

Brees was injured in the second quarter of Sunday’s 30 – 9 loss to the L.A. Rams at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. He was shown on the sideline with his thumb in a splint (above), as the game worn on and did not return to action.

Brees, who will be a certain first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and who led the Saints to their only Super Bowl appearance/win in franchise history in 2009, has been one of the 2-3 top quarterbacks in the NFL for over a decade. Brees, in his 19th season, currently has the NFL’s all time record for completions and passing yards that he accomplished a year ago. He has a staggering 115 games with 300 or more passing yards and another remarkable 12 straight seasons with 4,000 passing yards that is now in jeopardy with the injured thumb.

The Saints will now turn to veteran back up Teddy Bridgewater who filled in Sunday but did not have much success against the stout Rams defense in the loss. Bridgewater, the former Vikings QB, was 17-30 for 165 yards, as New Orleans never found the endzone in the game.

The Sains also have young third QB Taysom Hill, and he’s also been used as a receiver and a special teams ace by New Orleans.

The Bucs, who were winners Thursday night at Carolina, will travel to play the Saints at the Superdome on October 6th in the first of their two NFC South meetings. The following week, New Orleans will be at TIAA Bank Field to take on the Jaguars in their first appearance in North Florida in eight years.

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