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Tampa Bay Bandits Depth Chart

That was a tough loss to the Stars on Saturday. Tampa Bay had their chances including the ball on Philly’s five-yard line with 25 seconds to go. Unfortunately for the Bandit believers, Jordan Ta’amu and company weren’t able to punch it in and Tampa lost 35-28. It wasn’t the offense’s fault this week as the 28 points scored was Tampa Bay’s highest point total of the season. However, the defense couldn’t get enough stops and the team came up a few yards short. Read more to see all the updates to the Tampa Bay Bandits depth chart.

Todd Haley’s squad is now 3-3 and will need to regroup for a huge game vs the Generals this Saturday. Now officially one game back from the Breakers (who also already beat the Bandits) and three games back from Birmingham, it’s almost a must-win situation.

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QUARTERBACKS GamesCOMATTPCTPass YDSYPAPass TDINTRush ATTRush YDSRush AVGTDFUMBFNT Points TDTGT
QB1Jordan Ta'amu610417260.47%11676.895352035.801098.9800
QB2Brady White131030.00%343.401111.0000-0.5400
RUNNING BACKSGamesRush ATTRush YDSRush AVGTDRECYDSAVGTDFUMBTGTTGT%TouchTouch%FNT Points
RB1BJ Emmons5631552.5112806.700179.4%7532.05%41.5
RB2Juwan Washington6571793.136488.000126.7%6326.92%46.7
0.0%00.00%0
WIDE RECEIVERSGamesRush ATTRush YDSRush AVGTDRECYDSAVGTDFUMBTGTTGT%TouchTouch%FNT Points
WR1John Franklin III65153.001214011.7202513.9%177.26%39.5
WR2Derrick Dillon51-9-9.001823913.3202413.3%198.12%53
WR3Vinny Papale6000.009869.6001910.6%93.85%17.6
WR4Rashard Davis600001118316.611168.9%114.70%35.3
WR5Keith Mumphrey31-2-2.006579.500105.6%72.99%11.5
WR6Derrick Willies4000022010.00052.8%20.85%4
CUTJordan Lasley200003217.010105.6%31.28%11.1
TIGHT ENDSGamesRush ATTRush YDSRush AVGTDRECYDSAVGTDFUMBTGTTGT%TouchTouch%FNT Points
TE1Cheyenne O'Grady400001922511.8202715.0%198.12%53.5
TE2De'Quan Hampton30000910211.310158.3%93.85%25.2
TE30.0%00.00%0
TCKSOLSCKTFLINTPDTD
D/STTB D/ST534320410322240

Quarterbacks

Tampa Bay Bandits Depth Chart Quarterbacks

Looking at the stat sheet, Jordan Ta’amu’s 394 yards of total offense and 4 touchdowns look quite impressive. The former Ole Miss rebel had an outstanding game but it wasn’t without error. Early in the opening quarter, Ta’amu threw a pick in his own territory which led to a 7-0 lead for the Stars. That interception, along with two offensive fumbles lost, was the deciding factor in an evenly played football game. Plain and simple – when you lose the turnover battle 3-0, you aren’t going to win.  He remains on the top of the Tampa Bay Bandits depth chart.

On the bright side, other than the turnovers, this offense looked the most dangerous it has been all season. They also allowed three sacks and the rushing game was still sluggish, but the passing attack more than made up for it. As I’ve said for a few weeks now, the Bandits have very capable pass catchers, they just need better line play and Jordan Ta’amu needs to execute more consistently. Moving forward, there are a lot of positive takeaways from this game that the offense should be able to build upon for the stretch run.

Running Backs

Tampa Bay Bandits Depth Chart Running Backs

The Bandit rushing attack is still struggling. Six games into a ten-game season and we have to conclude that Tampa will never be able to successfully run the football. BJ Emmons was back in the lineup and ran for 21 yards on 10 carries while  Juwan Washington ran for another 21 yards on eight carries. Washington again came through with the better yards per rush average but 2.6 YPC isn’t going to cut it.  Neither back has done enough to separate themselves on the Tampa Bay Bandits depth chart.

Primarily, the shoddy offensive line play is the culprit as to why the Bandits can’t run the football. Emmons and Washington are both solid backs but their upsides are limited due to an offensive line that can’t generate a push or open running lanes. This past week, Jordan Ta’amu had to take matters into his own hands and led the team with 61 rushing yards on nine carries. The Generals have one of the better run defenses in the league so don’t expect much next week either.

Wide Receivers

Tampa Bay Bandits Depth Chart WR

It was Rashard Davis’s turn to lead the WRs in receiving yards this week. Davis has shown flashes this year but his three catches 83 yards stat line was his best to date. Previously little-used Keith Mumphrey also had his best game of the season, reeling in 5 balls for 50 yards. Arguably the top Bandit WR on the year, Derrick Dillon pulled down six catches but was able to break any long ones, only accumulating 26 yards. For how dangerous of a weapon Dillon is, the Stars did a great job of limiting him to 4.3 yards per catch. Perhaps the offense needs to find more creative ways to get him into space.

Other than that, the one receiving touchdown by a wide receiver was John Franklin’s 13-yard grab which was his only catch of the game. Like most weeks, it’s hard to determine which Bandit wide receiver will have the best game each weekend. There’s talent in this group but nobody has really stood out to date on the Tampa Bay Bandits depth chart. Therefore, it’s tough to trust any of them from a fantasy perspective week to week.

Tight Ends

Tampa Bay Bandits Depth Chart TE

More games like this past one and folks will be saying the Bandits have the best two tight ends in the league. I’ve been singing Cheyenne O’Grady’s praises all year and the big fella came down with two touchdowns this week. His three catches for 45 yards is a similar stat line that he’s been putting up all year, but crossing the goal line twice was very impressive.  He is atop the Tampa Bay Bandits depth chart at tight end.

In addition to O’Grady’s exploits, De’Quan Hampton also got more into the mix than usual. Tampa’s second tight end pulled down three catches for 55 yards and also registered a touchdown. It’s obvious these two tight ends can play and although Tampa has a lot of mouths to feed, these guys have proven they deserve consistent targets.

Defense

Tampa Bay Bandits Depth Chart Defense

This Tampa Bay defense has played decent football most of this season but they aren’t strong enough to carry a team when the offense is turning the ball over. The Bandit D was continually put in difficult positions this past week which is why the Stars dropped 35 on them. To be fair, the defense wasn’t able to create any turnovers themselves and they were only able to register one sack on the day. They’ll catch a major break vs the Generals this coming week if De’Andre Johnson is unable to play but in general, this defense needs to step up and play better.

Per the usual, Christian Sam led the Tampa Bay Bandits depth chart with nine tackles and three tackles for loss. Sam is one of the better linebackers in the league and brings it every weekend. His linebacker mates, Greg Reaves and Travis Feeney, along with defensive tackle Reggie Howard, stood out vs the Stars but the entire unit needs to improve if this team is going to make a push for the playoffs.

 

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