Bucs WR Mike Evans - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs fans probably aren’t interested in reading about the “Most Impressive” after a deflating game on Sunday, but there were a few silver linings in the 37-32 loss against Los Angeles. With solid pass protection – and incredible stamina – from the O-Line, Jameis Winston was able to throw for over 400 yards on 36 completions. What’s more, two WRs hit 100 yards and the Bucs LB unit turned in a good performance. Here’s the list of Most Impressive Bucs Sunday.
QB JAMEIS WINSTON
The final play is the one that will be most remembered, but you can’t keep a 400-yard passer off the list of Most Impressive. After all, it was Jameis Winston who kept the Bucs in the game. The second-year quarterback threw for 405 yards, a career high, and three TDs. He took a costly sack-fumble-TD, but he also put two receivers – Mike Evans and Adam Humphries – over 100 yards. Winston threw an unprecedented 58 passes Sunday, completing 36. There is nothing the Bucs won’t ask him to do – rare command and freedom for a 22-year old quarterback. Winston admitted after the game, however, that he missed a few passes – particularly the one to Vincent Jackson on the sideline – during the final drive.
WR MIKE EVANS
Evans is on pace for a 1,600-yard, 16-TD season, going for 132 and adding another score Sunday on 10 receptions. The third-year pro was particularly clutch, too. Along with catching the Bucs final TD to close the gap to five points, Evans also converted two third downs and a fourth down. With no drops, Evans was Winston’s most reliable target on a day in which he attempted 58 passes.
WR ADAM HUMPHRIES
Also reaching 100 yards was Adam Humphries, a first for his career. The second-year pro, looking the part of a solid No. 2 WR, took screens for 29 and 31 yards Sunday, the latter of which converting a third-and-20 in the fourth quarter. The Bucs would eventually score on that drive – to Evans – and keep the game within reach. Humphries, who also returned two punts for 26 yards, finished with nine catches for 100 yards on offense.
TE CAMERON BRATE
With the Bucs TE situation in flux – Luke Stocker injured and Austin Seferian-Jenkins released Friday – Cameron Brate came through for Tampa Bay Sunday. Showing great chemistry with Winston and awareness on the field, Brate scored his first touchdown on a broken play and his second on a play-action roll in the back of the end zone. He also converted a third-and-14 the play before his first TD. Brate finished five receptions for 46 yards, continuing to be a solid weapon in the red zone.
LB KWON ALEXANDER
It took the Bucs nine quarters to get their first interception, but it was a big one. With the Rams leading 7-0 in the first quarter, Case Keenum hit Alexander in stride and the second-year LB took it back for six. Alexander finished with seven tackles, including one for a loss, on a day where the defense, primarily the front seven, held Todd Gurley to 85 yards rushing on 27 carries.
LB LAVONTE DAVID
David was responsible for the Bucs other takeaway, as the Pro Bowl LB came up from behind on Kenny Britt in the second quarter and jarred the ball loose. David, who finished with a team-leading eight tackles, including a sack in the first quarter, also played an integral role in the Bucs containment of Gurley.
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Not only should Winston not be on this list, he should be on the Most Disappointing list. Stats are for losers as the saying goes. Give me Joe Kapp any day. He won.
I am disappointed in VJax. He decided to retire before the season started, but didn’t announce it so he could continue to cash the paychecks.
I thought it was a team game 76. Without # 3 that game is not even close with the way the defense played.
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True enough scubog. I may have been a little emotional at the time I posted.
We always forget the punter. Thought GMC had a pretty good game too. Mostly impressed with the fans like me and my wife who stayed through the lightning delay.
I miss seeing the games….even if they lose. Being in the desert for a couple months and away from seeing them in action makes you appreciate having a home team win or lose.
Oh where O’ where has VJAX gone, oh where O’ where can he be? (He’s not in a BUCS uniform)
Is he that old that he can’t play anymore? is his heart not in it anymore? Is there fallout between him and Jameis?
Even when Jameis throws to him it’s not pretty (wrong route, wrong throw, wrong SOMETHING)
Adam Humphries looked pretty good at times. when Jameis looks good he looks really good, but when he looks bad, its ugly. Where was Noah Spence? I agree, Terrible clock management, even for a rookie HC.
Also, I think it is time we brought some alternative place kickers in for a look. I can see missing FG’s but not extra points.
76Buc, you really are blind.
You must have watched the game at home but even that is no excuse.
Did you notice the stat, 58 pass attempts?
That is almost a whole game of passing. I can’t even remember the last time Tom Brady passed that much in a game.
At the end of the game Winston had the dirtiest most worn uniform on the field. Compare it to Case Keesum’s who looked like he had just run out of the tunnel. What does that tell you.
After Winston completed his final TD pass to Evans I turned to my friend and said, “this guy doesn’t know how to quit and he won’t let these bums quit either.”
I posted this elsewhere out here but I think it bares repeating here.
If the defense had just one player on it with Winston’s attitude, the Rams wouldn’t have marched down the field after Arroyo missed that FG. Instead they would have bowed their back up and stopped them, but you could tell they had lost some fire.
Are you listening Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David?
The Rams hung 37 points on you clowns when they had scored only 9 points combined in their previous two games.
It’s becoming clear to me it’s not the lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball but a lack of attitude.
Be a Christian on your own time, but when you are out on that field for 60 minutes you better start acting like a pack of hedonistic gladiators or you are going to continue to get your butts kicked by such star QBs as Case Keesum for gods sake.
Agreed with the list of impressive performers by Zach.
Suggested addition – that fingertip catch by Russell Shepherd late in the game. It was but a short pass of 6 yards but it was clutch, kept the drive going, and I was shocked to see him bring it in. He’s not a prolific receiver, but he plays an outsized role from time to time.
Brate showing why he was originally chosen to start. He may end up being a pretty good TE. Winston wasn’t perfect, but with 3 TD’S and 400 yrds he is going to keep us in a lot of games. Sims is a good back, but he is no Martin. I hope he has a speedy recovery.
Sad to say, but this game was on Winston. He has to begin to achieve better poise and composure. His desire and confidence is off the chart, but he doesn’t play within himself. That will come. Sure, we likely win with the timeouts, but you can say the same thing about the Winston fumble. Of course, the defense was horrible. Not much has changed since last year except that quarterbacks aren’t completing 70 per cent. Only now, they’re hitting 50 yard passes. This game reminded me of the Shiano fiasco against the Giants his first year. We are stuck with a pair of slow and undependable safeties. We try to hide them, but we can’t. Get used to seeing 35-30 games. We don’t have a shut down corner and our two best pass rushers are gone, one for the season. I liked Koeter’s comment about the culture, though I wish this would have been addressed in the off season. This team won’t win until we get rid of the losers. How is it that Winston was the only person chasing the end down the field on the fumble. I believe we will beat Denver or Carolina. This team has the offense to compete with any team in the league if they play smart. Losing Dougie hurt because we don’t have an every down replacement. Before everyone gets too excited about 83, don’t forget he was open twice for touchdowns on the final drive. Winston can’t carry the whole team on his shoulders. Brees has proved that no matter how good you are, this is a team game.
Very good comparison about Brees and the Saints buddah. So true. The only killers I see on defense are Ayres and Alexannder and of course Ayres Is out.
I have now officially given up on Gerald McCoy after he allowed his team unit to get run down their throats after Arroyo missed the FG. If we could get a No. 1 pick for him from someone I would just as soon say goodbye. I think his complacency is hurting the team.
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