After suffering a 34-17 loss with the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, rookie defensive lineman DeForest Buckner’s checking account also lost $9,115 after the NFL dealt a fine for unnecessary roughness Friday.
The fine stems from Buckner’s penalty during the second quarter pushing Bucs center Joe Hawley after Jameis Winston completed a pass to Cameron Brate. Buckner indicated that the push was initiated by Hawley. The completion went for 17 yards from Buccaneers territory and after the enforced penalty put the Bucs inside the red zone with one minute left. A few plays later, James Winston connected with Russell Shepard for a 19-yard pass to put take a 17-14 lead.
After that touchdown, the 49ers never recovered and the scoring margin continued to snowball.
Other than that pivotal mistake from Buckner, it was a mostly solid outing from first-round Oregon product. He finished the day with six total tackles, two QB hits, and five run stops with one TFL. Had he pulled off a sack instead of that penalty, it would have been his third sack in two weeks after a breakout performance against the Buffalo Bills.
“I just lost my composure for a quick second,” Buckner told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “It cost us the drive. Next time I have to keep my composure. You can watch the film and see what happened.”
For a rookie that has been on the field for over 90 percent of snaps this season (97 percent against the Bucs), this one penalty is just a drop in the bucket. It is the only infraction Buckner has been called for, so he has kept his composure for more than he gives himself credit for.