Jameis Winston didn’t need to do much after finding Mike Evans for six, as the running game and defense took over nicely for the Bucs. That’s a terrific delayed start, making us believe Tampa Bay will live up to the Hard Knocks hype.
It’s only one game, but man, Jay Cutler seems like he is a perfect fit for the Fins. With Jay Ajayi powering through and a defense that looked better, a return playoff trip can happen for Adam Gase’s team in a top-loaded AFC.
The offense can get nothing going without Odell Beckham Jr. The star wide receiver missed the Cowboys game with an ankle injury that also limited his snaps against Detroit.
The defense is still staunch with safety Landon Collins, defensive tackle Snacks Harrison, and ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon playing at a high level.
On Thursday, for example, receiver Dez Bryant stood on a cameraman’s ladder, holding court as he acted like a character from Game of Thrones.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott deflected the latest controversy, which centered on whether he quit on a play in a loss at Denver.
Smith was nowhere to be found in the locker room. But he was coerced into doing a group interview on Saturday.
Everything I’ve done has been a part of the plan, you know what I mean? Smith said. The rehab, the training prior to getting back out on the field in OTAs, camp, all of that stuff is tougher than going out playing, quite frankly. We work pretty hard, very hard, so the game is all about going out there and having fun.
We’ve been playing the game since we were 7 years old, so that’s kind of the joy and the relief to be able to go out there and play. For me, I love performing at a high level, so that’s what I’ll continue to do.