The Bucs came away 2-0 in the preseason with a 30-14 win over the Titans. Below is our list of Most Impressive. Take a look and see if you agree and add your thoughts in the comment section.

QB Jameis Winston
While starter Ryan Fitzpatrick was blah in his time against the Titans, Jameis Winston was, as the young kids say, lit. Winston looked calm, cool and collected, and played a near perfect game going 13 for 18 for 226 yards and two touchdowns – in a single quarter. While no one on the organization would ever want to say it out loud, the fact is, Winston’s three-game suspension and necessary demotion, may have been the best thing to happen to him. Having to take a backseat, and reign in his exuberance, seems to have made him a different quarterback, at least through the first two preseason games.

WR Mike Evans
Evans only had two receptions, but they went for 48 yards, and his long of 38 was a perfect example of what makes him such a special and unique talent. His ability to locate and adjust on the fly is uncanny and something the Bucs love in their $82 million receiver.

K Chandler Catanzaro
After a shaky start to his Bucs career last week in Miami, Catanzaro proved why the Buccaneers offered him $3 million in guaranteed money. Catanzaro was perfect on field goals going 4-for-4, perfect on extra points and he also kicked off well. Having that dependability continue through the season will allow Dirk Koetter to sleep much better in 2018.

M.J. Stewart
Stewart ended up leaving the game with an injury, (severity unknown) but not before make two great plays resulting in fumbles, including one that ended a Titans drive late in the second quarter. Not only did it end a potential Tennessee score, it allowed the Bucs to bring the offense back on the field to run their two-minute offense and get another touchdown right before halftime.

WR Justin Watson
Watson led the Bucs with four catches for 54 yards including a 21-yard touchdown catch where he showed great body control and was able to tap his right foot down in the end zone to make the score count. Watson started his NFL career slow with an injury in the offseason program but has really come on over the last few weeks. You see his confidence grow nearly daily and that bodes well for the depth at wide receiver in 2018.

Honorable Mention: QB Ryan Griffin, DL DoVante Lambert, WR DeSean Jackson

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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 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, 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 [email protected]
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Gareth
Gareth
3 years ago

MJ Stewart is looking like Peanut Tillman every tackle he is working to tomahawk the ball out.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

Sergio Bailey and Ogunbowale should also be honorable mentions as they have been consistently flashing in pre season games.

scubog
scubog
3 years ago

I was impressed with the number of Bucs fans in attendance. I wonder if BF47 was among them.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
3 years ago

Ok nobody says NOTHING about Barber running hard and breaking tackles?

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Buc 1976
3 years ago

Absolutely Buc 1976! Barber has been outstanding this preseason and may be our best, most consistent performer on offense or defense. Why no love from PR guys? Also, where is Cameron Brate on this list. All the guy does is catch the ball, yet the hype around OJ Howard marches on. Licht has hit it with these undrafted guys, including Humphries. Thee guys consistently produce, but they are alway relegated to deep background behind draft picks that display sparkling skills, but aren’t as productive. Ronald Jones has shown me nothing – one cut back TD vs. Miami, but otherwise, no… Read more »

Wright
Wright
Reply to  Dman
3 years ago

I heard Barber mention on the telecast last night that OJ is our number 1 TE. At this point in their respective careers I find that really hard to believe. While OJ has the most upside, Brate is still a better TE than him (at this point in his career). I don’t see Brate committing penalties as regularly as OJ, and Brate is so solid. He catches anything sent his way.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Wright
3 years ago

+1

flarick
flarick
Reply to  Dman
3 years ago

Peyton Barber isn’t getting the hype because he’s doing what is expected of him, basically three yards +two more because he’s a grinder followed by a cloud of dust then rinse and repeat. It’s a sad reality of PR that when you do what you’re supposed and expected to do it becomes passe and you don’t get noticed for it. The same goes for Cameron Brate. We’ve become so accustomed to Brake making “the catch” whatever a particular catch might entail that the PR types as well as the casual fan lose interest, because Brate’s catches, regardless of how spectacular,… Read more »

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  Dman
3 years ago

+1

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
3 years ago

Was I the only one that noticed how good a job Riley Bullough did
He reminded me of Jack Lambert.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
3 years ago

+1

martinii
martinii
3 years ago

I got to move DJAX right up alongside or even higher than Evans. We saw him do things last night that he was hired to do. Both Fitz and JW hit him long and believe me that calls for celebrations. He has always had speed but that pass from JW made him the deep threat that every team on our schedule is going to have to fear.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
3 years ago

I believe monken should be an honorable mention. This team is clearly better on offense with him calling plays. You think kotter calls that play action long bomb to Jackson? I dont. I love his aggressivness

Horse
Horse
3 years ago

I know our young backup offensive lineman are just learning, but I sure do see them better than what we have had the last two years as backups on the o line. I believe they are very promising. We have so much depth at wide receiver I think we need to trade one or two of them for some running backs?

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Agree with you Horse, but who do you trade? DJax probably has one year left with this Bucs and the most trade value. While he presents the home run threat, how much different do we look with Godwin starting and Humphries in the slot? Don’t think they’ll move him because Koetter is on the hot seat, but that would be my choice. And I’d trade him to an AFC team or even the Seahawks. Patriots have no wideouts left, possibly Ravens. Maybe the Browns for Carlos Hyde or Duke Johnson.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  Dman
3 years ago

I like that idea. Only problem is now that josh Gordon is back, they have him, Landry, and ndjoku which is a good offense. I’d love to have duke johnson as he’s been under utilized as a running back and anyone knows he’s a superb pass catcher

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Dman
3 years ago

Humphreys

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Prototype Patriots slot receiver.

But young and years ahead of him. Why would we let him go?

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  Dman
3 years ago

Agree trade DJAX Godwin is BETTER.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  Dman
3 years ago

+2

martinii
martinii
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Unless a rookie RB comes running out of the tunnel after two pre-season games with his helmet on backwards, no shoulder pads and wearing only one shoe I don’t think you can call him a bust, I agree with the assertion that the transition from college, the speed of the game, pro style defenses and the incredible complex play book he has to deal with can take more than one offseason to digest. Way to many fans are ready to give up on rookie players after just a few plays.

Nolabucsman
Nolabucsman
3 years ago

Hopefully M.J. Stewart injury is minor. Seems to be that playmaker that can help tip the momentum in our favor in a tight game. Dirk please stay away from calling the plays. Just manage the game.

GoldsonAges
GoldsonAges
3 years ago

Monken was most impressive IMO

GenoaBucs
GenoaBucs
Reply to  GoldsonAges
3 years ago

I agree: Monken was most impressive (again). Aside from him, all WRs were really good.