Alterraun Verner is a slot cornerback, the Bucs wanted to run on the Jaguars and more from snap countsBy Sander Philipse Oct 12, 2015Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers played a game and won, somehow. They routed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 38-31 -- and did so in a few unorthodox ways. Here are the main takeaways from the snap counts.Alterraun Verner in the slotAfter weeks of seeing Verner's role diminish, we actually saw an uptick this week: he played 46% of the defensive plays as the Bucs' slot corner -- and he did a pretty good job there, grabbing five total tackles and half a sack and repeatedly showing up all over the field. Meanwhile, Sterling Moore only got nine plays, and from what I could see all of those snaps came on the outside, not in the slot.Tim Jennings and Mike Jenkins appear to be the Bucs' unquestioned starting cornerbacks, though -- despite their struggles to hold up in man coverage. Hopefully that'll change when Johnthan Banks comes back from injury, but for now they're only coming off the field when they're injured or need a breather.The Bucs really wanted to run the ballWith Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Luke Stocker out, the Bucs have been struggling to find ways to get some kind of production out of their tight ends. On Sunday, they turned to tackle Reid Fragel, who played a whopping 42% of the offensive plays. In addition, fullback Jorvorskie Lane played 36%, tight end Cameron Brate played 55% and tight end Brandon Myers played 63%. Those players combined for just two catches for 34 yards, but they played a massive role in the Bucs' huge day in the running game.Simply put: the Bucs came to run the ball, and they did exactly that. To reinforce that point, the Bucs had Louis Murphy (the team's third receiver) in on just 37% of the plays, and that's with Mike Evans playing just 60% and Vincent Jackson 90%. They lined up with multiple tight ends and an extra tackle for much of the day, and rarely spread the field.Safeties split timeBradley McDougald continues to play almost throughout the entire game at safety, getting 93% of the plays on Sunday with Keith Tandy usually coming in for him in the red zone. But the other safety spot is split between Major Wright and Chris Conte, now that Wright is back healthy. D.J. Swearinger is completely out of the picture: he had only six plays on Sunday.Big production in few playsHoward Jones had two sacks in just 17 plays. That's a pretty good result for the rookie. Gerald McCoy seems to be largely healthy again, playing 81% of the plays, while George Johnson's role is getting smaller and smaller at 44% of the plays against the Jaguars.Doug Martin got slightly more time than Charles SimsDoug Martin got the bulk of the carries, and Charles Sims most of the receiving work. It's been that way for weeks, and ti was still that way on Sunday. This time, Martin came out slightly ahead in playing time: he managed 41 plays to Sims' 26, a bigger difference than any we've seen this year. Again: the Bucs came to run the ball, and they certainly did so.link
Sterling Moore must really stink if he can’t play any better than Jennings or Jenkins.I like Verner in the slot but I honestly can't believe he would perform worse than those two dumbos on the outside.
Sterling Moore must really stink if he can't play any better than Jennings or Jenkins.I like Verner in the slot but I honestly can't believe he would perform worse than those two dumbos on the outside.
Good point on Sterling. He had a couple highlights early in the season, been MIA ever since.
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