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      Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 3 Stock ReportBy Luke Easterling Sep 23, 2015stock1_zpsbndu0vnh.jpgKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports After an embarrassing blowout at the hands of the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bounced back with a huge road win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 2, making them the only team in the NFC South with a division win.The team made huge improvements on both sides of the ball, finally creating consistent pressure with their front four and avoiding costly mistakes on offense. The defense forced three turnovers, and special teams played a huge role in field position and putting points on the board via the kicking game.As with every week in the NFL, some players are seeing their arrow point up after their last game, while others are starting to slip.Who falls into these categories for the Bucs heading into Week 3?Up: DE Jacquies Smithstock2_zpscg9yosyw.jpgChris O'Meara/Associated Press The Bucs have been desperate for an impact edge-rusher for quite some time, and they may have finally found their man in Jacquies Smith.After racking up 6.5 sacks over the final eight games of the 2014 season, Smith is already on a tear to start 2015, leading the NFL with four sacks, three of which came in a Week 2 win over the New Orleans Saints. Smith helped set the tone for a defense that desperately needed a redemptive performance, adding forced fumbles on two of his sacks and rattling Drew Brees early and often.Smith has made a huge impact since being picked up off waivers from the Buffalo Bills, and it looks like he's ready for a breakout season. Gerald McCoy may be the defensive anchor in the middle, but Smith is emerging as the star pass-rusher the team must have to run a successful Tampa 2 defense.Down: C Evan Smithstock3_zpsxeyc9vh4.jpgDon Juan Moore/Getty Images After struggling in his first season with the Bucs, last year, veteran center Evan Smith was hoping to have a bounce-back campaign in 2015. So far, it hasn't gone that way for the former Green Bay Packer who signed with the Bucs as a free agent last year.Smith had plenty of rough moments in the preseason and has had a tough time staying healthy, prompting the Bucs to sign former Atlanta Falcon Joe Hawley, who replaced Smith in Sunday's win over the Saints when he went down with an injury. The new addition outplayed Smith for the most part, especially when it came to getting shotgun snaps back quickly and accurately.Hawley knows Tampa Bay's offensive scheme well, having played under Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter in Atlanta. He's also three years younger than Smith and has already been more effective. If Smith doesn't see some serious improvement soon, he could end up losing his starting job and eventually a roster spot.Up: S Chris Contestock4_zpsbfhwmbcy.jpg Haber/Associated Press After an up-and-town tenure with the Chicago Bears marred by multiple concussions, Chris Conte signed with the Bucs this offseason, following in the footsteps of his former head coach, Lovie Smith.After missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury and struggling the preseason, Conte has gotten off to a solid start in the regular season. He led the Bucs with five tackles in Week 1 and then accounted for two of the team's three takeaways in Sunday's big road win against the New Orleans Saints.Despite not technically being a starter, Conte is seeing plenty of action and is taking advantage of his opportunities. If he continues to improve, don't be surprised if he sees even more playing time and challenges Major Wright for the starting job opposite Bradley McDougald.Down: WR Mike Evansstock5_zpsf5whnnhf.jpgKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports After a fantastic rookie year that saw him break the franchise record for touchdown receptions in a season, Mike Evans' sophomore campaign is off to a rough start.Evans injured his hamstring early in the preseason and was expected to sit out the remainder of the practice games. But despite the rest, Evans still wasn't healthy enough to play in Week 1, and while he was active and starting in last week's win over the New Orleans Saints, he played a limited number of snaps and went without a reception.Hamstring injuries tend to linger, so it's not surprising the Bucs are being patient and not forcing Evans back into a major role before he's ready. But his absence from the offensive game plan has been painfully obvious through two regular-season games, and he'll need to make up for lost time if the Bucs offense is going to reach its potential in 2015.Up: RB Bobby Raineystock6_zps1v3kp76m.jpgRonald Martinez/Getty Images He only touched the ball five times last week, but reserve running back Bobby Rainey still played a key role in Tampa Bay's win.Rainey caught one pass for eight yards, but he had a much more significant impact on special teams. His success on both punt and kick returns helped the Bucs maintain solid field position throughout the game. A key 37-yard kickoff return by Rainey set up Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay offense for a quick touchdown drive to retake the lead just before halftime.Tampa Bay's leading rusher in 2014, Rainey also averaged 11 yards per punt return on three attempts.Rainey is third in the pecking order at running back behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims, but he appears to be carving out a role for himself as a reliable return specialist, which will be a valuable asset as the season wears on.link

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      I think Mike has a huge game Sunday. With ASJ being out, Jameis will be looking for him if Vincent is covered. It will be a big bounce back game for him Sunday.

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