The Bucs showed some fight in the second half, but their rally came up five points short as they dropped to 2-3 on the season with a 38-33 loss at Arizona. Despite the loss, there were a handful of players who played well and PewterReport.com offers up our list of Most Impressive right here. Take a look and see if you agree.

TE Cameron Brate
Brate told me last week following the Patriots loss he played like a bunch of x-rated words. And he did have four drops. But on Sunday Brate made up for the rare poor game with six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. He also made an acrobatic catch in the fourth quarter despite a defender all over him (of course no penalty was called). Brate has 11 touchdowns since the start of the 2016 season, and that is tops in the NFL.

CB Brent Grimes
Sometimes it appears Brent Grimes is the only cornerback on the field who isn’t overwhelmed by the moment. Of course after 11 season in the NFL, and there isn’t too much – if anything –  he hasn’t seen. While not a perfect game, Grimes was the best secondary player by far again on Sunday. Grimes finished with eight tackles to lead the team, including two pass breakups and an interception.

LB Lavonte David
While Adrian Peterson ran over the Bucs like a senior citizen getting to an early bird dinner reservation, it is hard to determine from one viewing how much of that was David being out of position. What was clear, was the spark that David provided with his uncanny ability to create turnovers, including two forced fumbles, one of which he scooped and scored as the Bucs made a furious attempt at a second half comeback. David only had three tackles, but made an impact being back on the field for the first time since being injured against the Vikings.

DT Chris Baker
For a guy who has a reputation for not wanting to practice, Baker has impressed with his hustle on Sunday afternoons. Last week Baker made a down the field stop on a Patriots receiver and this week did the same thing seven yards down the field on a Cardinals runner. Now, you normally don’t give many props to a player who does his best Barrett Ruud impression, but when it is a 300-plus defensive lineman, you have to tip your cap. In addition to that play, Baker led the defensive line with five tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage. Say what you will about Baker’s practice habits, but he plays well when the cameras are on.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
This selection was a back and forth one. Fitzpatrick was dreadful on the Bucs two-point attempts, and threw two interceptions, including one when the Bucs were backed up on their own one-yard line. However, he came off the bench cold, threw for 290 yards, three touchdowns and finished with a 102.3 quarterback rating. While you can pin some of the blame for the loss on his shoulders, you also have to give him credit for stepping in and giving the Bucs a chance to even rally.

 

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com 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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 [email protected]
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Are you serious? Did you watch the first half? Baker, David, Grimes were no where to be found? You’re reaching here Mark. The only thing I saw impressive was the Cardinals pulled back the throttle in the second half.

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Mr. Incredible

Kwan Alexander for being smart enough not to be embarrassed.

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edwamil83

I’m impressed Koetter has gotten this far in life not being able to count.

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tnew

List is pretty solid. I would have to take Fitz off tho. As you pointed out, two INTs gave short fields which turned immediately into 14 points. Failed to convert a drive at the end of the first half into points, with the help of a dropped Martin pass. I’ve seen praise for his “deep ball accuracy” being better than Winston, but he missed on two really badly. He did a solid job in replacing the Winston when he was hurt but that should be the expectation. Arizona was playing the clock game for the entire 4th quarter. Like you… Read more »

scubog

It always cracks me up that when the Bucs lose there are so many more comments on the Most Disappointed list than there ever are on the Most Impressive list when the team wins. Our QB plays less than half a quarter, with none of it on that sieve of a Defense, and folks are ready to anoint Fitzpatrick as the savior even after he admittedly “stared down” Mike Evans on the one yard line and threw the dagger interception to the Cardinals. I was most impressed that the team didn’t fold completely and had the Cardinals on their heals.… Read more »

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Scubog; you said it all.

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jongruden

I was at game lower level so I had close up of the action most inpressed with the O LIne blocking which only gave up a sack to Chandler Jones who is one of the bets in the NFL thought both qb’s had to time to go through progressions and had clean pocket most of day. Grimes I thought was scrappy on defense and Evans was open on a handful of plays but the qb’s missed him.

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scubog

Nice to hear from you JonnyG

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Timbuc2

I have never been a Ryan Fitz fan BUT I know that he can definitely sling it around. Now, I personally think there is a QB controversy and this puts more pressure on Winston to perform well. This could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing for Winston. I mean Fitz did throw 2 picks, however, this was the first time ever playing with the first team weapons. You can clearly tell that his anticipation is much better than Winston’s. He doesn’t lock in on certain receivers like Winston does most of the time. Fitz has… Read more »