Bucs at Saints: Five things you might have missedGreg Auman, Times Staff WriterSunday, September 20, 2015 Vincent Jackson, right, celebrates his second-quarter touchdown reception with Donovan Smith, which caps a well-executed drive in the two-minute offense at the end of the half and puts the Bucs ahead 10-7 over the Saints. [AP photo]NEW ORLEANS1 Hurry-up brings a spark: Bucs rookie QB Jameis Winston had thrown for just 42 yards on his first four drives, but what sparked the passing game at the end of the first half was the shift to their two-minute offense."Two-minute is definitely different than our regular offense," said WR Louis Murphy, who caught a 23-yard pass with 16 seconds left, setting up a 15-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson for a 10-7 halftime lead.The Bucs work on the two-minute drill every Thursday, and this week, the drive ended with an interception. Sunday, however, the offense never clicked better than when under that pressure: Winston converted a third-and-16 to get things going and went 4-for-5 for 54 yards on the drive, getting momentum back going into halftime."We figured third-and-long situations, most defenses are going to open up the middle of the field, zone it out and try to keep everything in front of them," Jackson said. "We tried to find the holes in the zone, and Jameis fired the ball in there to beat the defense's coverage."2 A clean exchange at center: In the past, seeing C Evan Smith leave with injury has meant trouble for the Bucs. But veteran Joe Hawley, signed Monday as an experienced backup, had no trouble stepping in after Smith left with an ankle injury in the third quarter."I'm glad I was able to go in and handle myself, to help this team win," said Hawley, who had familiarity having played for Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter in Atlanta the past three years.Hawley wasn't there for the Bucs' loss last week, but he quickly saw how much his new teammates were motivated to have a better showing in New Orleans."My first meeting Monday was watching the film from that last game," Hawley said. "Everybody was down, and I didn't really get to feel the energy this team has. There are a lot of great guys, and I'm really glad I'm here."Smith, who injured his right ankle, said he'll know more about its severity when the Bucs return to practice Wednesday.3 Mike Evans was back, but very limited: As much as was made of WR Mike Evans' return from a hamstring injury, the Bucs played him sparingly, and he finished with no catches and only three passes thrown his way."They had me on a pitch count, but I played more than I was supposed to," said Evans, who is looking forward to playing next week in Houston, an hour from his hometown of Galveston. "I felt great, better than I've ever really felt."4 Bucs rotated Doug Martin and Charles Sims well: Martin had 44 rushing yards on the Bucs' first three drives, but the team still stuck with a plan to rotate Sims in — he played most of the second quarter, getting 15 yards on three carries. He also had 18 yards on two carries in a third-quarter drive."Chuck is a change-of-pace guy and he'll go in when I need rest," Martin said. "Coach can put him in for a series and let him do his thing."Martin had 21 carries for 78 yards — his most rushes in any game in nearly two years — but had just 8 yards on seven carries in the fourth quarter, including a costly fumble to set up a Saints touchdown."I fumbled myself, and I can either kick myself in the butt or get up and play the next down," Martin said. "That's what I did."5 A long-awaited debut: He didn't register so much as a single tackle, but defensive end Kourtnei Brown, cut by six NFL teams before the Bucs claimed him off waivers two weeks ago, made his NFL debut Sunday, playing on coverage on the opening kickoff."I was blessed, and to be able to help contribute to a victory made it even better," said the 27-year-old, who was cut by the 49ers, Redskins, Bills (twice), Lions, Rams and Texans since spring 2012 before landing with the Bucs.
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