/>Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal – WhiteBucs Nationa Tampa Bay Buccaneers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBuccaneersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal – WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmSignature Stat Hints Toward High Ceiling for Anthony NelsonNew Mike Alstott Jersey ,27commentsMid-Rounder may give Bucs pass rush the push they needEDTShareTweetShareShareSignature Stat Hints Toward High Ceiling for Anthony NelsonJeffrey Becker-USA TODAY SportsAnthony Nelson wasn’t the edge rusher some fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers eyed players like Josh Allen or Montez Sweat for their team, but he’s the one they got, and one PFF measure specifically hints that they may have gotten more than they realize.In 2018, Nelson had the highest pass-rush win percentage in the Big Ten. He and Chase Winovich were the only two to have percentages north of 20%.What this means is, 23.5% of the time Nelson rushed the passer he beat his opponent, but didn’t necessarily cause pressure due to quick passes mostly. Still, never blame a guy for winning fast. This measurable differs from other pressure stats, because not all pressures are created equal. In order to register a pass-rush win, Nelson had to beat his blocker during their initial engagement, not on the second or third move.If you’re looking for an NFL comparison, Aaron Donald had a pass-rush win percentage of 25.9% last season.No. I’m not saying Nelson will get near the production Donald does, especially in his rookie season.We’re talking ceiling here, and if Nelson can develop in the league to the point where he learns how to use his physical tools to win similarly to the way he did in college, then his ceiling certainly looks good.Winovich was drafted in the third round while the only man to have a higher pass-rush win percentage in 2017 than Nelson was drafted in the first.Nelson may not have the bend to make him a day one draft pick, and he may not have had the total production to get himself drafted in the first two days even. But the NFL is all about winning. It doesn’t matter who is bigger, faster or stronger if they don’t win. And if this stat shows anything, it shows he’s been able to consistently win against some of the top collegiate competition in the country.At the Senior Bowl this past off-season, Nelson also gave first-round draft pick Andre Dillard all he could handle when they faced off against each other.Winning early is big at any level in football. Todd Bowles will be looking for ways to get Nelson into positions he can win in early in snaps as a pro, and if the two can even get close to his NCAA pass-rush win percentage, then the Buccaneers found a steal in the fourth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Three of the four teams in the NFC South are on winning streaks and unfortunately the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not one of them.The Carolina Panthers’ three-game winning streak matches the one the Atlanta Falcons are currently on as well. Of course, then there’s the New Orleans Saints are on a seven-game outburst with their only loss coming at the hands of these very Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season.At 3-5, the 2-0 start enjoyed by Bucs fans all over is now fading as a distant memory. How did we get here? Well, that’s a whole other conversation.We’re here today though to discuss how our favorite team got to 3-5. As there tends to be in losses Jamel Dean Jersey , the following are less individual plays, and more problematic reoccurrences from the contest. Here are five contributing factors which stood out above the rest.THE PLAY: Putting the ‘fun’ in FunchessPanthers wide receiver ran a 4.7 40-yard dash at his NFL Combine appearance. He hasn’t gotten faster. Yet, for some reason, the Buccaneers regularly played off coverage on the long, but slow wide receiver.On the following clip, cornerback Brent Grimes lines up on Funchess in the slot and plays well off the line.The subsequent free release allows Funchess to get into his cut with ease and with Grimes having to catch-up he’s out of position to make a play on the late pass by quarterback, Cam Newton.23-yards gained on this play was not only the receivers biggest play of the day, but it put the Panthers on the one-yard line already up 28-7.Had Grimes played the receiver more aggressively, he likely would have been in better position to make a play on the ball, or may have deterred Newton from going to his spot.Kudos to Grimes for almost coming up with a great play anyway, but he never should have given Funchess as much space as he did in the first place.THE PLAY: Lack of DisciplineHead coach Dirk Koetter said in his post-game press conference the team emphasized playing assignment football.Well, if they did, nobody was listening. Because this isn’t it.Tampa Bay knows Carolina. You can’t help but know them when you play each other twice per year. Granted, this is the first time they’ve seen each other live in 2018, but what the Panthers did in the clips above are nothing new.Giving up plays like these not only give up big yards and set up scores, but they demoralize a team, not to mention the fan base.THE PLAY: Lack of TacklingChristian McCaffrey is a really good young player with a lot of talent and shiftiness. But, a lot of his plays today were made for him by the poor tackling of Buccaneers defenders.Whether it’s a cornerback lowering his head way too soon leading to a hurdle, or the four missed tackles seen here.Defenders consistently failed to capitalize on fairly good opportunities, while Panthers ball carriers sought out ways to keep plays going whenever possible.THE PLAY: Lack of BlockingThis area isn’t going to be about who you think it’s about. Instead, I’m looking at the running backs. On these two plays, running backs failed to pick up blitzing Panthers.One lead directly to an immediate sack of Fitzpatrick, and one knocked the quarterback off his base and interrupted any semblance of timing he may have had with his receivers. It may go in the books technically as a coverage sack Jamel Dean Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , but make no mistake, the running back had as much to do with this play failing as any Carolina Panthers in coverage.THE PLAY: Desperation on the 26I want to preface this by saying I understand what coach Koetter was thinking. Down 28-7, your defense isn’t stopping anything and had given up four-straight touchdown drives at this point.Even though one of those started deep in Bucs territory due to the Ryan Fitzpatrick interception earlier in the first quarter, the bottom line was, the defense wasn’t getting it done.I’m sure Koetter thought he might get away with one here, and catch the opponent unaware. However, when you’re a team in Carolina who’s head coach is nicknamed ‘River Boat Ron’ because of his gambling nature, I have a feeling his team is ready for just about anything.To Koetter’s credit, the play isn’t actually a bad one. For a moment, punter Bryan Anger has tight end Alan Cross open about five-yards downfield, but when Jacquizz Rodgers is late picking up his block on the right edge in front of Anger it forces him to step up and hold on to the ball just a shade too long.The result is a late throw by the punter, and Panthers defenders react in time to break up the pass.Good design really, and had it worked, coach Koetter would be praised for his guts and confidence in his punter.However, as it stands, the ball went over to Carolina on the Buccaneers’ 25-yard line, and six plays later they made it a four-touchdown game.In the end, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came away with the loss, and will look to return home and get a win against the Washington Redskins.As you likely know by now, the Bucs did stage a bit of a comeback in the second half of this weekend’s contest, but fell short as the damage done in the first half was just too much to overcome.