2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

47th season in franchise history
2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
OwnerThe Glazer family 22
General managerJason Licht
Head coachTodd Bowles
Home fieldRaymond James Stadium
Results
Record2–0
Division place1st NFC South
Uniform
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The 2022 season is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 47th in the National Football League (NFL) in Tampa, Florida, their first under new head coach Todd Bowles, and ninth under general manager Jason Licht.[1] Bowles was elevated from the defensive coordinator position, which he held from 2019 to 2021.

The Buccaneers attempt to improve on their franchise-best 13–4 record from 2021 and look to achieve a playoff berth in a third consecutive season. The club will enter the 2022 season as defending NFC South champions and attempt to win their division in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.

On February 1, 2022, quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement from the league.[2][3] Brady had one season remaining on his contract with the Buccaneers. However, on March 13, after only forty days, he reversed his decision, and announced he would return for the 2022 season.[4] Brady's announcement triggered a flurry of free agent signings, re-signings, and restructuring, including Chris Godwin,[5] Leonard Fournette,[6] Shaq Mason,[7] Russell Gage,[7] Carlton Davis,[6] Ryan Jensen,[8] Julio Jones[9] and others. On March 30, a couple weeks after Brady's announcement, head coach Bruce Arians announced his second retirement from coaching and shifted to Senior Football Consultant. Defensive coordinator and former Jets head coach Todd Bowles was immediately named the successor to Arians.[1] After two seasons with the club, Rob Gronkowski will not be on the roster, as he announced his second retirement on June 21.[10]

The 2022 season will be the 34th and final year for longtime Buccaneers Radio Network announcer Gene Deckerhoff.[11]

Draft

2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
2 33 Logan Hall DT Houston From Jacksonville
57 Luke Goedeke OT Central Michigan From Buffalo
3 91 Rachaad White RB Arizona State
4 106 Cade Otton TE Washington From Jacksonville
133 Jake Camarda P Georgia
5 157 Zyon McCollum CB Sam Houston State From Minnesota (via Jacksonville)
6 218 Ko Kieft TE Minnesota From Los Angeles
7 248 Andre Anthony OLB LSU

Notes

  • The Buccaneers traded their first-round selection (27th overall) to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for Jacksonville’s second, fourth, and sixth-round selections.
  • The Buccaneers traded one of their second-round selections (60th overall) and their sixth-round selection (180th overall, via Jacksonville) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Buffalo’s second-round selection.
  • The Buccaneers traded their fourth-round 2023 selection to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for Jacksonville’s fifth (from the Minnesota Vikings) and seventh-round selections.
  • The Buccaneers traded two of their seventh-round selections (235th overall via Jacksonville, 261st overall) to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Los Angeles’s sixth-round selection.
  • The Buccaneers traded their fifth-round selection (170th overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for New England’s offensive guard Shaq Mason.
2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers undrafted free agents
Name Position College Ref.
Ben Beise TE UW–River Falls [12]
Curtis Blackwell G Ball State
Dylan Cook OT Montana
Olakunle Fatukasi MLB Rutgers
Don Gardner CB South Dakota
Kaylon Geiger WR Texas Tech
Kyler McMichael CB North Carolina
JoJo Ozougwu OLB Arkansas State
J. J. Russell MLB Memphis
Jerreth Sterns WR Western Kentucky
Deven Thompkins Utah State
Nolan Turner S Clemson
Jordan Young OLB Old Dominion

Staff

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Front office
  • Co-owner/president – Darcie Glazer Kassewitz
  • Co-owner/co-chairman – Bryan Glazer
  • Co-owner/co-chairman – Edward Glazer
  • Co-owner/co-chairman – Joel Glazer
  • Co-owner – Avram Glazer
  • Co-owner – Kevin Glazer
  • General manager – Jason Licht
  • Vice president player personnel – John Spytek
  • Director of football operations – Shelton Quarles
  • Vice president of football administration – Mike Greenberg
  • Director of player personnel – Mike Biehl
  • Director of player personnel – Rob McCartney
  • Assistant director of college scouting – Byron Kiefer
  • Vice president of player engagement – Duke Preston
  • Senior advisor to the general manager – Bruce Arians
  • Assistant director of pro scouting – Shane Scannell and Alex Smith
Head coaches
  • Head coach – Todd Bowles
  • Assistant head coach/run game coordinator – Harold Goodwin
Offensive coaches
 
Defensive coaches
  • Run game coordinator/defensive line coach – Kacy Rodgers
  • Assistant defensive line – Lori Locust
  • Outside linebackers – Bob Sanders
  • Pass game coordinator/inside linebackers coach – Larry Foote
  • Cornerbacks – Kevin Ross
  • Safeties – Nick Rapone
  • Assistant secondary – Tim Atkins
  • Defensive/special teams assistant – Keith Tandy
  • Defensive quality control – Joey Fitzgerald
Special teams coaches
  • Special teams coordinator – Keith Armstrong
  • Specialists – Chris Boniol
Support staff
  • Assistant to the head coach – Mike Chiurco
  • Assistant coach – Tom Moore
Strength and conditioning
  • Director of rehabilitation and performance – Maral Javadifar
  • Head strength and conditioning – Anthony Piroli
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Cory Bichey
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Chad Wade

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Rookies in italics

Roster updated September 24, 2022

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53 active, 9 inactive, 15 practice squad

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Preseason

The Buccaneers' preseason opponents and schedule were announced on May 12, 2022.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 13 Miami Dolphins L 24–26 0–1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Tennessee Titans L 3–13 0–2 Nissan Stadium Recap
3 August 27 at Indianapolis Colts L 10–27 0–3 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Time (ET) Opponent Result Record Venue TV Recap
1 September 11 8:20 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys W 19–3 1–0 AT&T Stadium NBC Recap
2 September 18 1:00 p.m. at New Orleans Saints W 20–10 2–0 Caesars Superdome Fox Recap
3 September 25 4:25 p.m. Green Bay Packers Raymond James Stadium Fox
4 October 2 8:20 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs Raymond James Stadium NBC
5 October 9 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons Raymond James Stadium Fox
6 October 16 1:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Steelers Acrisure Stadium Fox
7 October 23 1:00 p.m. at Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium Fox
8 October 27 8:15 p.m. Baltimore Ravens Raymond James Stadium Prime Video
9 November 6 4:25 p.m. Los Angeles Rams Raymond James Stadium CBS
10 November 13 9:30 a.m. Seattle Seahawks Germany Allianz Arena (Munich) NFLN
11 Bye
12 November 27 1:00 p.m. at Cleveland Browns FirstEnergy Stadium Fox
13 December 5 8:15 p.m. New Orleans Saints Raymond James Stadium ESPN
14 December 11 4:25 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium Fox
15 December 18 4:25 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals Raymond James Stadium CBS
16 December 25 8:20 p.m. at Arizona Cardinals State Farm Stadium NBC
17 January 1 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers Raymond James Stadium Fox
18 January 7/8 TBD at Atlanta Falcons Mercedes-Benz Stadium TBD

Notes

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times from Weeks 5–15 and Week 17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling; exceptions include the Week 10 international game and games not played on a Sunday (Weeks 8 and 13).
  • The date, time and network for Week 18 will be determined at the end of Week 17.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 1: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 6 6 7019
Cowboys 3 0 003

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Brett Maher 51-yard field goal, 9:02. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 14 plays, 54 yards, 5:58.
  • TB – Ryan Succop 44-yard field goal, 5:05. Tied 3–3. Drive: 7 plays, 49 yards, 3:57.
  • TB – Ryan Succop 38-yard field goal, 1:06. Buccaneers 6–3. Drive: 7 plays, 49 yards, 2:47.

Second quarter

  • TB – Ryan Succop 29-yard field goal, 3:25. Buccaneers 9–3. Drive: 5 plays, 12 yards, 2:41.
  • TB – Ryan Succop 47-yard field goal, 0:14. Buccaneers 12–3. Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards, 1:32.

Third quarter

  • TB – Mike Evans 5-yard pass from Tom Brady (Ryan Succop kick), 3:23. Buccaneers 19–3. Drive: 9 plays, 79 yards, 4:44.

Fourth quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Top passers

  • TB – Tom Brady – 18/27, 212 yards, TD, INT
  • DAL – Dak Prescott – 14/29, 134 yards, INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • TB – Mike Evans – 5 receptions, 71 yards, TD
  • DAL – Noah Brown – 5 receptions, 68 yards

Tampa Bay visited Dallas on Sunday Night Football, the second year in a row that the Buccaneers faced the Cowboys in primetime in Week 1. Tampa Bay defeated Dallas 19–3, behind a dominating defensive performance. Quarterback Tom Brady, coming off an eventful offseason which saw him retire, unretire, then take an 11-day leave of absence during training camp,[13] started his third season under center for Tampa Bay. Brady threw for 212 yards and one touchdown, and became the oldest starting quarterback in NFL history. Leonard Fournette, however, was the offensive star of the night. Fournette rushed for 127 yards and caught two passes for 10 yards. New head coach Todd Bowles won his debut with Tampa Bay.

Dallas took the opening kickoff and drove 54 yards in 14 plays to the Tampa Bay 32. Brett Maher kicked a 51-yard field goal for an early 3–0 lead. It would be the only points of the night for Dallas. Tampa Bay answered with a 44-yard field goal by Ryan Succop and a 3–3 tie. The drive was sparked by a 24-yard catch and run by Chris Godwin, his first game back after suffering an ACL injury in 2021. Dallas went three-and-out and punted on their second drive. Brady found Mike Evans on a 19-yard gain, then two plays later Fournette blasted for 17 yards to the Dallas 25. The drive stalled, however, and Succop's second field goal gave Tampa Bay a 6–3 lead.

Offensive futility plagued Dallas, as they went three-and-out again. Later, Dak Prescott was intercepted by Antoine Winfield Jr. deep in Cowboys territory. However, Tampa Bay struggled in the red zone, and once again had to settle for a field goal. Leading 9–6, the Buccaneers got the ball with 1:46 left in the second quarter. Brady's 48-yard bomb to Julio Jones set the Buccaneers up at the Dallas 29 yard line. Succop's fourth field goal with 19 seconds remaining gave Tampa Bay a 12–3 halftime lead.

Brady's 5-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the third quarter was the only touchdown of the night. Brady found Evans on the left side of the endzone. Evans, falling backwards, reached up and grabbed the ball with one hand, and pulled it into his chest for the score.

Trailing 19–3, Dallas was unable to mount any sort of comeback. Quarterback Dak Prescott left the game in the fourth quarter with a fractured thumb, was replaced by Cooper Rush. The 3 total points by Dallas was their worst opening day score since 1989. Tampa Bay started the season off 1–0, and Brady himself improved to 7–0 all-time against the Cowboys.[14] It was also Tampa Bay's first win at AT&T Stadium, and first win at Dallas since 2001.

Week 2: at New Orleans Saints

Week 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 0 0 31720
Saints 3 0 0710

at Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 31-yard field goal, 9:02. Saints 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 5:58.

Second quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Third quarter

  • TB – Ryan Succop 47-yard field goal, 6:44. Tied 3–3. Drive: 9 plays, 28 yards, 3:09.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Breshad Perriman 28-yard pass from Tom Brady (Ryan Succop kick), 7:41. Buccaneers 10–3. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:07.
  • TB – Ryan Succop 47-yard field goal, 5:50. Buccaneers 13–3. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 0:55.
  • TB – Mike Edwards 68-yard interception return (Ryan Succop kick), 4:11. Buccaneers 20–3.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 7-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Wil Lutz kick), 3:02. Buccaneers 20–10. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:09.

Top passers

  • TB – Tom Brady – 18/34, 190 yards, TD
  • NO – Jameis Winston – 25/40, 236 yards, TD, 3 INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • TB – Russell Gage – 5 receptions, 28 yards
  • NO – Michael Thomas – 6 receptions, 65 yards, TD

Tampa Bay snapped a six-game regular season losing streak to division rival New Orleans. A chippy, defensive struggle through three quarters, the Buccaneers capitalized on five second half Saints turnovers to pull away for a 20–10 victory. Quarterback Tom Brady had just an average performance, throwing for only 190 yards and one touchdown pass. Leonard Fournette was held to only 65 yards rushing on 24 carries. But the Buccaneers won the turnover battle, and two clutch field goals and a "pick-6" put the game out of reach. The Buccaneers offense was missing Julio Jones (knee), Chris Godwin (hamstring), and Donovan Smith (elbow), all out with injuries.

The Saints took the opening kickoff, and drove 63 yards in 11 plays. The Tampa Bay defense stiffened in the red zone, and New Orleans settled for a Wil Lutz field goal and a 3–0 lead. Tampa Bay's first drive looked promising, as they drove to the Saints 26 yard line. Facing 3rd & and less than 1, Brady fumbled a bad snap, and the Saints recovered. The Saints managed one first down, but a Taysom Hill run on third down was tackled a for a loss and the Saints were forced to punt.

On the first play of the second quarter, Mike Evans broke free on a busted coverage, and was wide open for a 41-yard gain down to the Saints 31. Facing a 4th & inches at the 8 yard line, Leonard Fournette was stuffed for no gain. Tampa Bay's second drive came up empty, as they turned the ball over on downs. Neither team was able to get much going on offense in the second quarter. New Orleans led 3–0 at halftime.

Tampa Bay finally got on the board in the second half. Ryan Succop kicked a 47-yard field goal to tie the game at 3–3 with 6:49 left in the third quarter. On the ensuing drive, New Orleans drove to the Tampa Bay 20. Mark Ingram II took a handoff for 9 yards to the 11 yard line, but the ball came loose and was recovered by Tampa Bay. The score remained 3–3.

The fourth quarter began with Tampa Bay driving. The Saints forced a three-and-out, but were flagged for Too Many Men on the Field during the punt, and Tampa Bay got a free first down. Facing 3rd & 5 at their own 29, Brady's pass attempt to Scotty Miller fell incomplete. After the play, an argument broke out on the field, which escalated into a melee. Marshon Lattimore exchanged heated words with Tom Brady, then traded shoves with Leonard Fournette. Mike Evans tackled Lattimore to the turf and a fight between the two teams ensued. It was the second such altercation between Evans and Lattimore, after a previous one in 2017.[15] Both Evans and Lattimore were ejected,[16][17] the penalties offset. Jake Camarda's punt went off the side of his foot and netted only 26 yards.

Jameis Winston threw deep to Chris Olave, but was picked off by Jamel Dean in the endzone. The turnover appeared to spark the Buccaneers, as they drove 80 yards in 9 plays for the game's first touchdown. Brady found Breshad Perriman in the right corner of the endzone for a 28-yard touchdown pass and a 10–3 lead. Two plays later, Winston threw another interception, again picked off by Jamel Dean. The turnover led to a Succop field goal, and a 13–3 lead with 5:55 left in regulation.

Mike Edwards picked off Jameis Winston, his third straight interception thrown, and ran it back 68 yards for a touchdown to take control of the game with 4:23 to go. The Buccaneers held on for a 20–10 victory, and started 2–0 for the second season in a row.[18] One day after the game, Mike Evans was suspended by the league for one game for his role in the altercation with Marshon Lattimore.[19]

Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 3: Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 0 0 000
Buccaneers 0 0 000

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi
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After a tough victory over the Saints last week, they play at home against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Standings

Division

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W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 0 0 1.000 1–0 2–0 39 13 W2
New Orleans Saints 1 1 0 .500 1–1 1–1 37 46 L1
Carolina Panthers 0 2 0 .000 0–0 0–1 40 45 L2
Atlanta Falcons 0 2 0 .000 0–1 0–2 53 58 L2

Conference

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# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Philadelphia Eagles East 2 0 0 1.000 0–0 2–0 .500 .500 W2
2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 0 0 1.000 1–0 2–0 .500 .500 W2
3 Minnesota Vikings North 1 1 0 .500 1–0 1–1 .750 .500 L1
4 San Francisco 49ers West 1 1 0 .500 1–0 1–1 .500 .500 W1
Wild cards
5 New York Giants East 2 0 0 1.000 0–0 1–0 .000 .000 W2
6 Los Angeles Rams West 1 1 0 .500 0–0 1–0 .500 .000 W1
7 Green Bay Packers North 1 1 0 .500 1–1 1–1 .500 .500 W1
In the hunt
8 Detroit Lions North 1 1 0 .500 0–0 1–1 .750 .500 W1
9 Chicago Bears North 1 1 0 .500 0–1 1–1 .500 .500 L1
10 New Orleans Saints South 1 1 0 .500 1–1 1–1 .500 .000 L1
11 Washington Commanders East 1 1 0 .500 0–0 0–1 .500 .500 L1
12 Seattle Seahawks West 1 1 0 .500 0–1 0–1 .500 .500 L1
13 Dallas Cowboys East 1 1 0 .500 0–0 0–1 .500 .000 W1
14 Arizona Cardinals West 1 1 0 .500 0–0 0–0 .500 .000 W1
15 Carolina Panthers South 0 2 0 .000 0–0 0–1 .800 .000 L2
16 Atlanta Falcons South 0 2 0 .000 0–1 0–2 .500 .000 L2
Tiebreakers[a]
  1. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye and home-field advantage

References

  1. ^ a b "Bruce Arians Steps Into New Role, Todd Bowles Taking Over as Bucs' Head Coach". www.buccaneers.com. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  2. ^ "Buccaneers' Brady officially announces retirement". ESPN.com. 1 February 2022. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  3. ^ Brady, Tom (February 1, 2022). "❤️". Instagram.
  4. ^ Laine, Jenna (March 13, 2022). "Tom Brady says he's returning as Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB next season". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  5. ^ Laine, Jenna (March 21, 2022). "From uncertainty to Brady's return, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin details 'whirlwind' that led to his new deal". Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Laine, Jenna (March 23, 2022). "Tampa Bay Buccaneers' NFL free-agent signings 2022: Bucs bringing back RB Leonard Fournette". Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Sources: Tampa Bay Buccaneers to sign WR Russell Gage, acquire OG Shaq Mason from New England Patriots for draft pick". ESPN.com. March 15, 2022. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  8. ^ "Center Ryan Jensen agrees to 3-year deal to return to Tampa Bay Buccaneers". ESPN.com. March 14, 2022. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  9. ^ Laine, Jenna (July 27, 2022). "Julio Jones describes 'surreal' excitement to join Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 28, 2022.
  10. ^ Reiss, Mike (July 12, 2022). "Retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski says he's not planning a return". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 28, 2022.
  11. ^ "Florida State's announcer Gene Deckerhoff to retire after 43 years calling football". WJXT. March 18, 2022. Retrieved July 28, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Smith, Scott (May 13, 2022). "Bucs Add 13 More Rookies from Undrafted Ranks". buccaneers.com.
  13. ^ "More details emerge about Tom Brady's absence from Buccaneers camp". CBSNews.com. September 11, 2022. Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  14. ^ "Brady, Bucs throttle Cowboys 19-3 as Prescott injures hand". ESPN.com. September 11, 2022. Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  15. ^ Florio, Mike (19 September 2022). "History between Mike Evans, Marshon Lattimore increases chance of suspension". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  16. ^ "Benches clearing Saints-Bucs brawl involving Tom Brady leads to ejections for Mike Evans, Marshon Lattimore". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  17. ^ "Bucs' Evans, Saints' Lattimore tossed after brawl". ESPN.com. 18 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  18. ^ "Brady's temper flares as Bucs snap skid vs Saints, 20-10". ESPN.com. September 18, 2022. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  19. ^ "NFL suspends Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans for one game for altercation with New Orleans Saints' Marshon Lattimore". ESPN.com. September 19, 2022. Retrieved September 19, 2022.

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