Amazingly only seven players have worn his number in the regular season for the Buccaneers, two of whom did so briefly in 2009. There are a few other numbers that have been worn as infrequently as this, and one of course that has only been by one person but that is for later in this series. Tom Blanchard was an experienced NFL punter who was obtained from New Orleans before the 1979 season after incumbent Dave Green sustained an injury that would ultimately signal the end of his NFL career. The next player to have worn No.16 was former friend of a young Jon Gruden, QB Blair Kiel. The former Notre Dame passer saw brief action in 1984 behind Jack Thompson and Steve DeBerg and also went on to play briefly in Green Bay after leaving Tampa. Yamon Figurs will always be associated with my NFL Films game commentary on the 2009 International Series game at Wembley as I confused him with Sammie Stroughter who had been returning kicks all day until the moment when I replaced Gene Deckerhoff on the mike. Freddie Martino took over the jersey in 2016 and saw limited action over the next three seasons wearing it whilst Breshad Perriman’s return to the Bucs in 2021 saw him wear 16 instead of his original 19 and his performances including the first walk-off home TD in team history get him the best-ever nod over Blanchard. BEST EVER TO WEAR No.16 FOR THE BUCS - BRESHAD PERRIMAN
Click on the player's name for their profile page, Buccaneer stats and picture galleries Years Player Pos 1979-81 Tom Blanchard P 1984 Blair Kiel QB 2009 Yamon Figurs WR 2009 Mark Bradley WR 2016-18 Freddie Martino WR 2021-22 Breshad Perriman WR 2023- Keenan Isaac CB