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August 23, 2014 @ 6:12 pm
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Most Impressive Buccaneers vs. Bills

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Scott Reynolds


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QB Josh McCown led Tampa Bay's offense to three scoring drives and the Bucs defense recorded five sacks and three takeaways in the Bucs' 27-14 win at Buffalo. Here's a look at some of the most impressive Tampa Bay players from the team's victory.
There were plenty of impressive Buccaneers in Tampa Bay’s 27-14 victory at Buffalo. The Bucs’ starting offense and defense were sharp as the team raced out to 24-0 lead. The Bills’ starting offense scored two touchdowns against the Bucs’ backup defense in the third quarter, but Tampa Bay’s starters clearly won the day as the Bucs claimed their first win in the 2014 preseason.

QB Josh McCown

McCown shook off an early first-quarter interception when Brandon Myers slipped to complete 13-of-16 passes for 112 yards. McCown threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to rookie Mike Evans right before halftime to cap off an impressive 11-play, 82-yard drive. McCown nearly had another touchdown but his 22-yard scoring strike to Doug Martin was ruled a 21-yard pass when instant replay showed Martin’s bottom hit the ground at the 1-yard line prior to crossing the goal line. McCown also added a nice 19-yard scramble in the first half and finished with 21 rushing yards on two carries.

RB Doug Martin
Martin ripped off a 13-yard run in the first quarter and then had a 21-yard catch down to the Bills’ 1-yard line before ending the TD drive with a run up the middle that gave Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead at Buffalo. Martin had 38 yards on 12 carries, in addition to two catches for 27 yards. Martin ran the ball with authority and finished with 65 total yards in the first half.

DE Larry English
In just his second week in Tampa Bay, English made a huge impact in Buffalo by sacking E.J. Manuel twice. English was unblocked during his first sack in the first half, and then dropped Manuel again in the third quarter for no yards. English, who finished with three tackles, also had a nice stop of Dennis Dixon on fourth-and-1 early in the final quarter. With Da’Quan Bowers and Will Gholston injured, English has a chance to make the 53-man roster and get some playing time early in the season.

DT Clinton McDonald
The Bucs’ big nose tackle had some great run stuffs, but it was his 17-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second quarter that was his best play. McDonald scooped up EJ Manuel’s fumble after he was sacked by defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Michael Johnson and took it to the end zone. McDonald was a beast in the middle, recording five tackles in the first half.

DE Michael Johnson
After recovering a fumble against Miami last week, Johnson forced a fumble Saturday, as he and Adrian Clayborn sacked EJ Manuel in the second quarter. Johnson was more of a presence on defense against Buffalo and seems to be making strides during the preseason. He finished with two tackles and half a sack.

WR Mike Evans
The rookie wide receiver had another nice outing in the third preseason game. Evans pulled down two catches for 20 yards prior to his 24-yard touchdown with 1:05 left in the first quarter to help Tampa Bay jump out to a 24-0 lead. Evans finished the first half with three catches for 44 yards and his first NFL touchdown after fumbling away a chance for his first one last week against Miami.

WR Vincent Jackson
Jackson saw plenty of action against Buffalo, catching five passes for 43 yards, including two catches for first downs. Jackson served as the safety net for Josh McCown in the first half.

WLB Lavonte David
Midway through the first quarter, David hit Bills running back C.J. Spiller and forced a fumble that was recovered by middle linebacker Mason Foster, who advanced the ball past midfield. David also made a nice tackle of Fred Jackson on third-and-40 to get the Bills off the field early in the second quarter. David finished the game with four tackles.

MLB Mason Foster
Foster had his most productive outing of the preseason, tying for the team lead with six tackles and scooping up a fumble recovery, which he advanced 24 yards to the Buffalo 39. That play set up Tampa Bay’s first touchdown. He also had a tackle for loss against the Bills.

FS Dashon Goldson
Goldson recorded the Bucs’ first interception of the preseason and the first takeaway against Buffalo on Saturday when he stepped in front of tight end Scott Chandler, who slipped on the play.

SLB Danny Lansanah
With Jonathan Casillas not making the trip to Buffalo due to a violation of team rules, Lansanah got the start at strongside linebacker. Lansanah had five tackles and a tackle for loss in his first start.

CB Johnthan Banks
Banks, who got the start in place of the injured Mike Jenkins, had a nice pass breakup on a throw to Mike Williams in the first quarter. He then came back and had a tackle for no gain on C.J. Spiller the very next play. Banks continues to shine in run support and tied for the team lead in tackles with six.
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    Great read. A lot looking good heading into the season.
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    Now that was funny macabee
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    Impressive list of impressive players who made impressive plays on their way to an impressive first half performance....Impressive ;)
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    Owlycat, I'm impressed! You didn't call our new guard Rickshaw Johnson. lol. (It's comedy folks and not intended to be taken seriously).
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    I was also impressed with Solomon Patton for his fearless play as a return specialist. The hit Barron had on the Bills ball carrier was textbook.
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    Our first half I was very proud of our Starters on Defense who looked as dominant as Seattle in the Superbowl!!! And Josh looked as good as Johnson used to look only a lot more mobile. Martin is back and our WRs looked great. Our OL looked just average but that is better than last year. Omameh is a keeper at Guard. We just need Johnson who we just traded for to learn his playbook and then I believe he will beat out Cousins and our OL can improve as the year goes by. We can be competitive this year!!!
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    Coach is right the team is getting better and learning from their previous mistakes. good game; hoping they all will be like this. Go Bucs!
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    Agreed Garv, today was a lot of fun but can't wait for the Kitties to come to town. 76Buc my house erupted with that Barron hit!!
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    I agree with all points made SR. But you forgot one guy...Mike Williams :-). Although with EJ Manuel as their QB J. Rice in his prime couldn't help that team. Any FSU fan could've told the Bills that Manuel was better than Ponder, but never anything special. But I don't want to seem like I'm taking anything away from the great performance of the Bucs players. Great job guys!
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    I thought the Buccaneers looked very good in what is really the most important pre-season game as far as looking at starters. Good play from Josh McCown, Doug Martin, VJ, Mike Evans. Solid defensive effort again. I remain very optimistic. The Buccaneers have a great opportunity to start strong with the first two games at home. Get on board, get on board NOW! And yes, a positive vibe is VERY nice about now. Two weeks from tomorrow the real pigskins fly and I can't WAIT!
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    English may spell doom for Bowers. Foster was a monster and also had a pass defensed deep over the middle which isn't mentioned above. I loved Barren's violent, text book tackle on their RB in the open field.
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    Much better outing. Was nice to see the starting offense get in a rythm and move the ball for a few drives. McCown played very wel after the interception. The playbook was definitely opened a bit today which may have helped. Run D is nasty. Pass rush looked improved. OL play was servicable. Some blown blocks, but still improving. Were getting there.
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    McCowns int was the TE's fault as he slipped and fell.
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    Improving each week and there's gotta be a capable pair of guards somewhere.
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    A lot to build upon after this game - wishing a couple of Olinemen would make this list…
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