The Bucs got their first win of the 2017 season on Thursday night with an odd score of 12-8 over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team was building off some of the good things they did in the previous week, which ended in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but also knew they needed to just straight up improve in some lower areas. Here were our top performers from the team’s victory this week.

QB Jameis Winston

Winston and the first team offense got off to a hot start last week on their first drive, and with extended playing time this week, they looked efficient yet again. Winston finished the game 21-of-29 for 196 yards. He was spreading the ball out a lot, and was, for the most part, calm under pressure. He led the Bucs to three straight scoring drives right off the bat. Though his decision making unraveled a bit at the end of the second half, he still had a good night.

LB Lavonte David

It’s been tough sledding for the Bucs linebackers who haven’t been able to hit much during practice. Because of this, their first game at full speed with full contact last week seemed like a bit of a shock. But, this week, that shock seemed to be just what they needed, and Lavonte David, in particular, had a great night. He recorded four tackles with two tackles for loss and a sack. One of those solo tackles was also a drive-stopping tackle in the second quarter.

RB Doug Martin

Martin’s talent really showed out tonight. In very limited time last week, he had a nice cut for a double-digit yardage carry. On Thursday night, he carried the ball five times for 30 yards and even got into the end zone. Martin was the only effective back for the Buccaneers that night, and prove that, talent wise, that starting job is his to lose.

LB Adarius Glanton

On the second team, linebacker Adrarius Glanton really made his presence known on Thursday night. He finished the game with a team-high six tackles, two of which were for loss and one of which was a sack. With linebacker Devante Bond out with an injury, it’s not just up to Kendell Beckwith to step up, the rest of the linebacker have to step up their game, too – Glanton did.

DBs Isaiah Johnson and Maurice Fleming

With no Brent Grimes and no Jude Adjei-Barimah, it was to be determined what moves the defense was going to make roster wise and depth chart wise. Though injuries are never a good thing, they do allow a team to find out what they really have in some of their reserve guys by giving them meaningful playtime.

After scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars were marching down the field again, hoping to tie or win the game. But, thanks to the play of Johnson and Fleming, they came up short. Johnson had a big tackle on the one yard line that ended up being the difference in the game, and was also in coverage on the final throw of the goal-line drive that didn’t end in points. Fleming had a big play himself where he was able to get his hand in and fight to knock the touchdown ball away from Dede Westbrook – who was having a stellar second half – in the corner of the end zone for an incomplete catch.

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Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

Beckwith has a good game along with Barber and Marpet.

Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

I thought so too. Bernard Reedy had a few bright moments.

Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

Yup – Baber ran strong and Beckwith looked a step quicker than last week.

3 years ago

Beckwith looked really good. Light knows how to draft those mid round LBs

Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
3 years ago

Beckwith had a good game, it seemed to me, due mostly to the fact that the other team didn’t get hands on him because when they do he gets dominated or did last week anyway. He needs to be coached up and get better at shedding blocks.. But I’m certainly not going to complain if he just finds ways to avoid them! I thought Marpet looked great along with Martin, Winston (other than the “sling and a prayer” play and one other play he threw it into great coverage) and Evans if you drop the, umm, drop in the end… Read more »

3 years ago

We are going to have to cut a good RB or two this year with the depth. Barber had nice night. They need see more of McNichols. I think you know what you have with Martin,Rodgers,Sims,Barber. The rest of RBs big question mark.

3 years ago

When you are only winning by 9 points and you pull a boner like Winston did you do not deserve to be most impressive, I don’t care how well you played the rest of the game. By far my number one concern this year. Even surpasses the FG dilemma. To literally lay on your back, after a magnificent drive down the field and lob the ball toward the end zone believing some one will catch it totally wipes out all the good things he did during the rest of the game. Only way Koetter is going to shut down this… Read more »

Reply to  martinii
3 years ago

I wasn’t sure what made Winston throw the ball like that, but your idea that he suddenly got a boner may be acurate. It is actually a testiment to his skill and determination that he was able to finish the drive,

3 years ago

I thought the O-line played great last night opened holes for Martin and Winston had a clean pocket on a number of throws

Reply to  jongruden
3 years ago

Nice to see you commenting my friend.

Keith F
3 years ago

Yeah, Beckwith looked more comfortable. McCoy was so disruptive, looked like he was always two full steps ahead of any other lineman. Also, felt McDonald looked great. I don’t agree with Martini, he sounds like a Winston hater. One play doesn’t define an overall performance. The way Winston stood tall in the pocket when he had time, moved around in the pocket when he had to and made plays on the run…just sick! He put the ball on the mark almost every throw. Even the out pattern to I think Goodwin when it almost got picked off where Winston threw… Read more »

3 years ago

Barber had an Ernest Graham like August night.
Beckwith was more than solidwith this being only his second game back since his injury.
Sorry guys but I had to LOLL and shake my head in sadness over those 2 scouting reports on Beckwith and Winston.
Really? Is just about all those comments deserve.
Looks like Glanton stepped his game up after the performance Riley Bullock had last and this week.

3 years ago

I really did not see a big push on the defensive line. It appeared to me any of the three quarterbacks who played against us had plenty of time to throw the ball. Anybody else saw what I saw?

3 years ago

I agree with everyone on this list but I’d add a few more. I thought Peyton Barber ran very well and showed why we should hold onto him. He’s a great power runner and compliments the talents of Martin/Sims well. Conte had a few outstanding plays that won’t really show up on the stat sheet. Beckwith looked good although there were some rookie mistakes (imagine that.) Of course I can’t forget “Joe Dirt.” I’m becoming emotionally invested in this guy after Hard Knocks, and now he’s earning my admiration on the field too. Licht seems to have a knack for… Read more »

Reply to  plopes808
3 years ago

Agree on Barber, I had low expectations for him coming into this season but really liked what I saw. We need a back like that, and I appreciated the earlier E.G. Reference. Continue to believe Sims is a bust and doesn’t deserve to make the team. As to Winston, bad decisions can be the difference against good teams or in the playoffs and I’ve been critical of that in the past but the kid is 23. Even if it takes him until – dare I say it, 25 or 26 😀 – to figure it out that leaves us 8-10… Read more »

3 years ago

Martin was not “the only effective back”. Peyton Barber look real good, and in my book may be ahead of Sims and Rogers right now.