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The Buccaneers added more defensive pieces Saturday http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-donovan-smith-jersey , taking Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round and Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy during the sixth."Thirty-one teams passed up (taking me) so I've got a chip on my shoulder coming in already," Whitehead said.Cichy didn't play in 2017 because of a knee injury that occurred in preseason camp."I feel great," he said. "I'm real close to 100 percent. I think by the time I get down there for minicamp and OTAs I'll be 100 percent."Tampa Bay used its first-round pick Thursday to take Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea 12th overall. He will be plugged into a revamped defensive line anchored by six-time Pro Bowl tackle Gerald McCoy and bolstered by last month's trade for pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul and the signing of Beau Allen, Vinny Curry and Mitch Unrein in free agency.Tampa Bay ranked last in the NFL with 23 sacks a year ago.The Buccaneers used a pair of second-round selections Friday to take cornerbacks M.J. Stewart from North Carolina and Auburn's Carlton Davis."We feel great," Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said. "There's more of a better vibe, not that it was ever bad, more high-fives and more positive energy with all the coaches and scouts this year than I can remember."LEARNING CURVEBucs coach Dirk Koetter knows that 6-foot-6, 304-pound guard Alex Cappa, taken in the third round from Division II Humboldt State, will be facing a major step-up in competition. "That's a different level of football," Koetter said. "Right when his season was over Youth Lavonte David Jersey , he goes down to Phoenix and works out at an O-line place with a bunch of NFL guys. He's the right kind of guy but there's definitely a transition."Tampa Bay has had previous drafting success with small-school offensive lineman, taking starting guard Ali Marpet from Division III Hobart College in the second round of the 2015 draft.FAMILY AFFAIRFormer Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is Whitehead's cousin."He gave me a lot of advice going through this process," Whitehead said. "Stay humble, anything can happen throughout this weekend."FASTER THAN YOU MIGHT THINKSecond-round selection Ronald Jones II from USC is an explosive runner who the Buccaneers feel is faster than generally known."He's got track times, the ran guy 10.3-something 100-meters and multiple 10.5's," Koetter said. "He runs hard. He's going to bring something."HIGH GRADESThe Buccaneers took Penn wide receiver Justin Watson in the fifth round. He will graduate after taking his last final Wednesday at Penn's Wharton School."I didn't have a lot of I-A offers, in fact the only two offers I had at the I-A level were Buffalo and Akron out of the MAC," Watson said. "For me, Penn was just the best fit for both football and academics."STILL NEEDTampa Bay could look to add depth at safety and the offensive line before the start of training camp.Eagles vs Buccaneers: Five Bold Predictions Well, that was awesome.Even though we only went 1/5 on our predictions last week, the one that came through was ultimately the most important prediction - and that was that the Bucs would win the game.But as they say in the NFL Peyton Barber Jersey , it’s on to the next game. The Saints are in the past. Now it’s time to face off against the world champion Philadelphia Eagles. So what are some crazy ideas to consider this weekend? Here are this week’s bold predictions.1. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw for less than 250 yards and two touchdowns (Evan)Historically speaking, Fitzpatrick tends to shrink from the spotlight after a big game. He has thrown for four or more touchdowns in a game seven times during his career. However, he only averages one touchdown and around 226 passing yards during the following game. Even though the Saints were thought to be much improved on defense, the Eagles showed how good theirs was in last Thursday’s win over the Falcons. Unless Tampa Bay is playing catch-up late in the game, I believe Fitzpatrick comes back down to earth. 2. Mike Evans will lead the Bucs in receiving again (Evan)Whether it be another 147-yard performance or an 80-yard performance, Evans will lead the team in receiving for the second straight week.He’s simply been playing out of his mind since training camp began and that has rolled over into the regular season so far. Despite the Eagles’ excellent defense, Evans will find ways to make plays.Evans conquered his demons in New OrleansPhoto by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesJim Schwartz proved against the Falcons that he can allow your best player (Julio Jones) to have a great night and it won’t even matter if he shuts down the rest of the offense. Evans - like Jones - is a matchup nightmare. Schwartz will let him do his thing, but the Eagles will stay on track defensively. 3. Carlton Davis gets his first career interception. (Alex)The rookie struggled in his first career game, but as head coach Dirk Koetter said, Davis performed about as well as any rookie in that situation would have. With all due respect to Nick Foles, he is not Drew Brees in any way shape or form. Foles will try and pick on the rookie Authentic Ryan Smith Jersey , like the Saints did, but this time Davis comes up big. Since day one, I have loved what I’ve seen from Davis, not only on the field, but off of it as well. He has the confidence to bounce back after a rough game and what better way to do it then against the defending Super Bowl champions. 4. Peyton Barber explodes for big game (Alex)Yes, I know, very bold, especially against the Eagles front seven. Barber, who rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries, had plenty of wide open holes in the first half, but not many in the second half. With the Eagles coming to town Youth Justin Evans Jersey , look for the Buccaneers to try and wear them down in the run game. Atlanta didn’t succeed, but the opportunity for Tampa Bay will be there, especially if they are up in the second half again. Bold stat line prediction for Barber: 26 carries, 120 yards, 2 touchdowns. 5. The Eagles will record at least three sacks (Evan)I don’t blame you if you believe me to be a Schwartz fanboy after this - but the dude is legitimately one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL. He will show that this Sunday.The child-eating ogre known as Fletcher Cox and the rest of the Eagles’ defensive line will force Tampa Bay’s offensive line into enough mistakes where they will give up at least three sacks on the day. Cox is a man amongst menPhoto by Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesOn the surface, it doesn’t seem likely considering the fact that the Bucs’ offensive line didn’t give up a single sack against the Saints and that was with stalwart Cameron Jordan manning one of the end spots. But Dennis Allen is no Schwartz and the Bucs will find that out the hard way come Sunday.
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