correspondent Steve Cheah this week again takes a look at some key plays in the Bucs loss to New Orleans on Sunday. This week in the new feature, Cheah looks at the play of Jameis Winston who didn’t have his best game for the Bucs.

It started early as Winston faced pressure, but misses a simple swing screen to Chuck Sims on a 3rd-and-2.

Jameis first looks Mike Evans who is streaking down the sideline for what would be an easy score, but takes the short throw to Donteea Dye instead.

Here the Bucs run play-action with the TE cutting across the field. They actually ran this play Week 2 vs. New Orleans and had an open Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but the Saints were prepared this time giving Winston almost no room to fit it into his TE. Winston has time, but pre-determines where the ball is going an misses multiple open receivers and makes what should have been an easy interception.

On 2nd-and-10 on the Bucs final drive, they have a mismatch on the outside. Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe is singled up 1-on-1 vs. Bucs RB Charles Sims with a single-high safety. Winston recognizes the matchup and looks off the safety on his drop. Sims gets contacted by Ellerbe but speeds by him. Winston turns towards Sims and lofts a pass his way which is just out of his reach. Had the pass been completed, Sims would have scored the tying touchdown easily.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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5 years ago

Wasn’t a great day for Winston, or the rest of the team. On to the Rams.