2022 NFL Draft Recap: Tampa Bay’s First Three Picks
TAMPA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Las Vegas, Nevada and the bright lights of “Sin City” set the tone for the 2022 NFL Draft. Slightly after 11:00 on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on the clock.
Buccaneers Trade Out Of Round One, Take DL Logan Hall Out Of Houston
After several perceived targets went off the board, including DE Jermaine Johnson, whom the Eagles moved up to nab at number 26, the Buccaneers traded their first round pick (#27 overall) to the Jacksonville Jaguars and moved back six spots into round two.
With the first pick of round two on Friday night, the Buccaneers selected Logan Hall, a 6-6 285 pound defensive lineman from the University of Houston. Hall started 12 games at defensive tackle for the Cougars and led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss and tallied 48 tackles as well as 6.5 sacks. He fills an immediate need on the team for an additional pass rusher with Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre Paul still yet to be re-signed.
“We are very excited to get him at 33,” explained Head Coach Todd Bowles. “He’s one of the guys we targeted at 27. Explosive off the football – very good three-technique, long frame, long arms, very strong, and probably going to grow even more. I love the way he plays the game and gets after it. He makes a bunch of plays, but when the ball is away from him, he chases the football. Everything we want in a Buc.”
Bowles compared Hall to current defensive lineman Will Gholston, but purely from a height standpoint, adding that he’s slightly quicker, and brings a unique body type to the roster.
“He’s 6’ 6’’, so that helps him a lot,” Bowles added. “He’s got a strong lower body, but the biggest thing is he’s a good athlete. He ran hurdles in high school, he grew into his body, and he uses it to his advantage. He’s very elusive there, he’s very strong there, and he’s very deceptive there. Everything that we like about him.”
For Hall, it’s all been the culmination of a lifelong dream to play in the NFL.
“Obviously I was a little bit anxious, but I wasn’t too invested in where I would have went,” he said. It’s definitely been a journey and I’ve learned a lot of great things from a lot of great mentors, played with some great players, had a lot of great coaches, and definitely learned a lot. God has a plan for me and I knew he was going to put me just where I belonged.”
WWE Superstar Titus O’Neill Announces Second Selection OT Luke Goedecke
Tampa Bay was back on the clock 27 picks later with #60, but the Buccaneers moved up three spots in a deal with the Buffalo Bills to address yet another need on the offensive line. With the 57th overall pick, WWE superstar and bay area resident Titus O’Neill (on his birthday) announced that Luke Goedecke of Central Michigan is headed to play for coach Todd Bowles and protect the G.O.A.T Tom Brady.
The Buccaneers lost their two starting guards from the 2021 season this offseason with the retirement of Ali Marpet and Alex Cappa signing a four year $40 million with the AFC Champion Bengals. Goedeke, who was First Team All-MAC, and started in ten games last year, fits that hole at inside guard and can challenge immediately for a starting spot.
“Brady wants a big stout guard so he can step up in the pocket, guys who can play nasty, and he fits that mold.” said ESPN Analyst Mel Kiper.
Buccaneers Round Out Day Two With Running Back Rachaad White
You can never have enough depth in the running back room and Tampa Bay acknowledged that with the selection of Arizona State redshirt senior running back Rachaad White. Leonard Fournette resigned a three year deal worth $21 million, but lost back up Ronald Jones III to Kansas City. With Ke’Shawn Vaughn, the team’s third round pick in 2020, and veteran Giovanni Bernard also on the roster, White has a chance to quickly cement his spot on the depth chart.
As a redshirt senior in 2021, he earned his second All-Conference honor of his career, rushing for 1,006 yards, becoming the 26th Sun Devil to reach 1,000 yards in a season. He is the second‐highest graded player, regardless of position, overall in the Pac‐12 this
season (90.7) and the second‐highest graded running back in the FBS.
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Jaguars Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley, Previously Suspended for Violating the NFL’s Gambling Policy, Reinstated
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wide receiver Calvin Ridley was reinstated to the Jaguars’ active roster, the National Football League announced today.
Acquired via trade by the Jaguars on Nov. 1, Ridley, 28, has 248 career receptions for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs in 49 games spanning four seasons with the Falcons.
The Jaguars and Ridley offered the following statements regarding the reinstatement:
STATEMENT FROM THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
“The Jaguars organization is aware of the NFL’s ruling to reinstate Calvin Ridley. We look forward to building a relationship with Calvin as both an individual and as a player. Calvin is a proven playmaker and we are excited to see him compete among and with his new teammates, first during our Offseason Program in April and ultimately into the 2023 season, as we collectively pursue a championship for Jacksonville.”
STATEMENT FROM CALVIN RIDLEY
“Today’s reinstatement by the NFL brings an end to a challenging chapter of my professional career, one that was self-inflicted and began with an isolated lapse in judgement. I have always owned my mistakes and this is no different. I have great respect for the game and am excited for the opportunity to restart my career in Jacksonville. I look forward to showing my new coaches, teammates, and the entire Jaguars organization exactly who I am and what I represent as a player and person.”
Tom Brady: ‘I’m Retiring for Good’
TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Is it finally the end of an era for Tom Brady? The greatest quarterback of all-time announced on Twitter, Wednesday morning that he is retiring from football and didn’t mince words.
Truly grateful on this day. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2s2sezvSS
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023
“Good morning guys, I’ll get straight to the point, I am retiring for good,” Brady said. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long winded, you only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.”
“I really want to thank you guys, to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, ” he added as the emotions clearly kicked in. “There are too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my dream. I wouldn’t change a thing, I love you all.”
Brady’s 23rd season didn’t exactly go as planned with a career-ending 31-14 loss to Dallas in the NFL Wild Card round. His sentiments to the media following the game, seemed like Brady would be gone in Tampa, but many were unsure if it would be the last time we’d see him on a field.
His storied career is the best ever.* 7 Super Bowl Wins
* 3 NFL MVP Awards
* 15 Pro Bowls
* Most Career Wins
* Most Career Touchdown PassesAs a starter, he made the playoffs in 20 of 21 seasons. Now that Brady is hanging up his cleats, he will make a new start in the NFL world. As the lead analyst for Fox Sports NFL broadcasts. A 10-year deal reportedly worth $375 million.
So we may see Brady at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona after all, but it will be in the Press Box, not under center this time.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew Named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Jacksonville Jaguars // WR Jamal Agnew was named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games as a return specialist to replace Ravens WR Devin Duvernay, who is unable to participate due to injury, the NFL announced today. Agnew is the first Jaguars Pro Bowler since 2019 and the 31st Pro Bowler in franchise history. Agnew is the first return specialist to make the Pro Bowl in team history and the fourth specialist, joining punters Bryan Parker and Chris Hanson and kicker Mike Hollis.
Agnew returned 21 kickoffs for 547 yards (26.0 average) and 25 punt returns for 205 yards (8.2 average). Agnew’s 26.0 kick return average was the second-highest in the AFC (min. 20 kick returns) and he had two kick returns of at least 50 yards in the regular season, including a 54-yard return in Jacksonville’s Week 18 victory against Tennessee.
In the postseason, Agnew returned seven kickoffs for 265 yards (37.9 average) and three punt returns for 23 yards (7.7 average). Agnew’s 37.9 return average is the second-highest in a single NFL postseason by any player with a minimum of five kick returns. Agnew had four kick returns for 134 yards with a long of 52 yards against the Chargers and three kick returns for 131 yards with a long of 63 yards against the Chiefs.
The 2023 Pro Bowl games will take place in Las Vegas beginning on Thursday, February 2 with the Pro Bowl players competing in skills challenges. The Pro Bowl Games competition culminates with a seven versus seven NFC action-packed Flag football game at Allegiant Stadium.
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