Though the Buccaneers didn’t come away victorious, there were plenty of positives for the team to hang their hats on in their 33-30 loss to the Detroit Lions — and luckily for them, it’s the preseason, so you’re allowed to say that.

WR Adam Humphries

Humphries had a relatively quiet night other than, oh, I don’t know, tying the NFL record for the longest scoring play in NFL history.

Humphries had a 109-yard missed field goal return that he took for a touchdown in a fashion that was nothing short of spectacular. Though the play technically doesn’t count in the record books because it was a preseason game, this is one play the Buccaneers’ franchise will never forget.

RB Peyton Barber

The starting running back job is Peyton Barber’s, folks, and if we’re being honest, it’s not close.

Right now rookie running back Ronald Jones is all potential and Barber is all production. With 34 rushing yards on five carries (a very healthy 68 yards per attempt average) along with his 14-yard touchdown run, Barber solidified himself as the team’s top back once again.

His lead for that starting spot grows every week.

CB Vernon Hargreaves

Hargreaves had a very nice night. He was the starting outside cornerback with Brent Grimes not really playing, and did well in that role, as well as he was the nickel cornerback when the team went to their sub-package defense.

Hargreaves was assigned Lions’ wide receiver Golden Tate and prevented two touchdown throws against him. A tough assignment that Hargreaves was victorious over. A nice night for him.

Quarterback Play

The Bucs’ top three quarterbacks, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jameis Winston and Ryan Griffin, all orchestrated touchdown drives during their time on the field. Fitzpatrick finished his night 6-for-7 with 82 yards, Winston finished his 6-for-10 with 60 yards and a touchdown pass, and Griffin capped things off going 8-for-11 with 100 yards and a passing touchdown of his own.

The Bucs will be without Winston for the first three games of the regular season, so to see the guys around him play well was encouraging.

RB Shaun Wilson

The rookie running back didn’t do too much in the run game with just 10 yards on three carries, but Wilson made a big splash as a kick returner on Friday night.

Wilson had five kick returns for 133 total yards and a 26.6 yards per return average. That gave the Bucs above average field position all night, and certainly made head coach Dirk Koetter notice how valuable he could be on special teams.

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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: [email protected]

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  1. Honorable mentions to Liedtke playing LT for most of the night, Auclair’s blocking. and Gholston holding the fort at DT.

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    • Definitely agree with Liedtke. Second time getting snaps in at LT this preseason and he has been very solid both times. If he doesn’t make the 53, I’d be shocked and disappointed. The ability to play guard and tackle if called upon should guarantee him a spot.

      And quite honestly, I’ve been more impressed with him in his reps as a tackle vs a guard

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  2. Fitzpatrick hasn’t throw a TD the whole preseason and he is Impressive????

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  3. Gholston has shown me a lot this preseason. He has to have logged the most snaps of any D lineman, playing any line position. Early videos of him in camp didn’t look good, but coach Buck seemed to stay on his ass, and it looks like it paid off.

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  4. This is for drdneast who brought to my attention that I seem to post only negative stuff. Thank you sir. Barber looks like the real deal and the QB’s are really humming.

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