The Tampa Bay Buccaneers extend their losing streak to three games after dropping a 27-7 game against the defending world champs, the Denver Broncos. There were not many standouts in this game, as no Buccaneer players showed any heart.
Now, one Buccaneer who caught my eye was veteran defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who started and finished the game with heart.
The 29-year-old Memphis product has always played out of position since arriving in Tampa from Seattle. He plays next to McCoy, which McCoy runs the three-technique spot, which is McDonald’s spot as well.
In addition, McCoy left the game with an injury and McDonald was asked to slide over to the three-technique spot, which caused trouble to the Broncos’ offensive line in the middle of the trenches.
McDonald looked like the guy that the Bucs brought in, as he finished the game with 1.5 sacks and eight tackles. McDonald has a two game streak of five tackles of more, as he recorded six against the Rams the week before.
Finally, the Buccaneers should consider looking into a big run stopper like they use to have in Roy Miller and let McDonald or someone else rotate in and out with one or the other to improve the defensive line depth overall.
Note: McDonald has one more year on his current deal and the Bucs should consider retaining his services.