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It was not the showing the Bucs players and coaches were hoping for going into their final game before Christmas against the Dallas Cowboys. But even in the 27-20 loss, there were some bright spots that deserve our attention.

These were our most impressive Buccaneers from the team’s Week 16 game against the Cowboys

WR Mike Evans
Evans once again led the Buccaneers in receiving yards and had what were likely the two biggest catches of the game. The first came on the first drive where he was able to get open for a 38-yard bomb that got them into field goal range, and the other was when he simply would not be denied scoring the final touchdown of the game.

Though those plays didn’t make the ultimate difference on the scoreboard, they were key for the Bucs attempt at success.

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WR Adam Humphries
Humphries led the Buccaneers with 10 catches this game for 79 yards. Those were some tough 10 catches, too. On more than one occasion, Humphries got leveled over the middle making grabs and yet was reliable through it all.

He was even impressive beyond his stat line. He’s having the best contract year he could have asked for, and he’s making it a tough case for the Bucs to move on from him, even if his price will be higher for his role and position.

DT Vita Vea
Vea was once again playing at a very high level, as has been the case every since he and general manager Jason Licht had their little talk.

He was a beast against the run, and even made an impact in the passing game with a sack and a tackle for loss. If this is the rookie year baseline for Vea, they should be happy with their selection of him moving forward.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers
It may have been mostly in garbage time, but Rodgers was second on the team in catches on Sunday with seven for 55 yards. He also had a two-yard touchdown on the ground.

Rodgers has never been the flashy No. 1 guy in the Buccaneers running back room, but he has been steady when they have needed him. He’s been their go-to third down back in pass protection and in obvious passing situations, and every team needs one of those players. Though Rodgers’ role is limited, he does it well and it made a big difference on Sunday.

LB Lavonte David
David didn’t have as much of a stat-filled day as other games we’ve seen this season, but he did have a big impact. He recorded just five tackles, but two of them were tackles for loss. He also was a key reason why the Bucs were able to hold Ezekiel Elliott under 100 yards rushing, and held Dak Prescott to just two yards on the ground, too.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Ron Potter
Ron Potter(@finalsorbust)
3 years ago

Really encouraged by Vita Vea. I like how he is closing the year strong. Definitely should feel good about building off of this for momentum into next season. Buc fans should be happy having a young interior DL like Vea playing at this level while the rest of the DL continues to age. Humphries also continues to make a strong case for us to resign him and not let him get away. Where would we be on our 3rd down percentage if Hump was not on the team? I’d be interested to know if you all could come up with… Read more »

3 years ago

What’s impressive about Rodgers is he’s on an NFL roster. He’s a washed up joke like that lil bitch Grimes.

3 years ago


3 years ago

So bucassbob, what do you have to say about Vea this week? You look stupid as usual for your comments and I enjoyed watching every minute of it today. Go back to your couch coach.

3 years ago

Bucassbob and Naplesfan are notorious trolls and have been outed. Surferdudes, whoa dude. I agree in part with you about Rogers but the guy is reliable. Is it his fault our GM is so bad he can’t find someone better to replace him. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I would much rather overpay the Hump than pay Smith anything over 10 million a year and that would be the same thing as paying Gholston all that money like we did two years ago. Why are we rewarding average play so highly. And in this case, Smith… Read more »

3 years ago

Other than the fumble which the OL didn’t help; running around because many times there wasn’t a pocket to protect him; I think Winston played a good game.
Just my opinion.

3 years ago

Let the Bucs cut Winston. He can then sign up with Pittsburgh, sit on the bench for a year or two and when Big Ben retires he can slide right in and the Steelers can keep going to the playoffs without missing a beat. At Pittsburgh he will have both an offensive line, running game and defense to support him. Three things he never really had here at the same time. Then all these clowns saying we should dump Winston will turn right around and call the Bucs organization stupid. You know who you are and that list includes Martin… Read more »

Reply to  drdneast
3 years ago

Thays what they do did. Naples is still mad we didnt get his boy toy mariotta, who still cant figure out how to complete a game without getting iniured. And buc ass bob is a clown troll who after this game will be invisible for a few days. I hope jameis goes elsewhere at times just so I can troll the clowns who want him gone whe he plays for a team without a grade school offensive line trying to protect him

3 years ago

I don’t believe ANY real Buc fan WANTS to cut Jameis! He is only 24 for Gods sake. I think almost all agree with resigning him 15-18 mil per year… the indecision comes when Jameis asks for 23-25 mill per year over 4-5 years! I don’t think Jameis possesses THAT kind of talent! Again, $100 million plus is the kind of Franchise QB money that QBs who can win the game for u gets… this fan doesn’t believe that Jameis gots it like that… at least I question if he does? I see the production of Jameis compared to that… Read more »

Reply to  bucballer
3 years ago

We have a whole year for him to prove his worth. That franchise tag is only 21 mill next year. That’s middle of the road money.

3 years ago

What impressed me the most is that, in spite of the Cowboys needing a victory to make the play-offs, our Bucs, with little on the line, clearly outplayed the home team. Yes, there were mistakes, missed FG, penalties and the killer fumbles that the Bucs did to themselves. Other than that, even the biased Troy Aikmen would have to conclude that the Bucs were the better team. Is there hope?

Someone in our youthful secondary must have played well to limit Cooper like they did. Trevor?

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