The Bucs dropped their seventh game of the season on Sunday to the Falcons and now are essentially out of the playoff race. Despite the 34-20 loss, there were a handful of players who had good games. Below is our list of the Most Impressive.

LB Kwon Alexander
Alexander had another solid game, two in a row now, but unfortunately wasn’t able to make a impact play as he did last week against the Dolphins with his interception. Still, it was good to see Alexander come out and have back-t0-back games where he led the team in tackles. Alexander finished with eight stops and one tackle for loss.

K Pat Murray
Once again Murray had another outstanding day, going 2-for-2 on field goals and making all of his extra point attempts to finish with eight points. Murray’s kickoffs weren’t deep, but the Bucs coverage unit did a nice job of bottling up the kickoff returns for the most part. Unfortunately, in a game like this, when your field goal kicker is one of the most impressive, it is because you didn’t score touchdowns.

P Bryan Anger
Anger is having another Pro Bowl type season, and kicked well inside the friendly confines of the Mercedes-Benz Dome, averaging 53.3 yards per punt. Like Murray, it isn’t necessarily a good thing when your punter makes the most impressive list.

S Justin Evans
It wasn’t perfect, but Evans showed why the Bucs took the former Texas A&M safety early in this year’s NFL Draft. Evans did give up a touchdown to Julio Jones in the first half, although the crafty vet gave him a little shove to create separation and the score. Evans finished with eight tackles on the afternoon.

 

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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HOF63
HOF63
4 years ago

David,played good again.i thought Gholston played well. Besides the qb.No one on offense was impressive

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

My hat is off to Marpet, Dotson, Pamphile who all game back in the game with injuries and McCoy who never gave up! We really need some defensive line help next year!

SCLOBERNOCKER
SCLOBERNOCKER
4 years ago

JEvans continues to impress me. He’s not All Pro out there, but he continues to get better and make plays. Not happy to see him give up a TD to Jones, but he’s far from Jones’ first victim. The kid has looked promising. Remember when he couldn’t tackle?

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  SCLOBERNOCKER
4 years ago

Agreed, he has been a quick improvement as the year has gone along. The play to Julio was a savy move by Julio as well. While Evans didn’t track the ball well, Julio used a little shove to get space. Not full extension to get the PI, but just enough to get separation. Evans played well today and has been a pleasant surprise.

owlykat
owlykat
4 years ago

Honorable mention should go to Peyton Barber who looked better than either of our backs above him. With a bad offensive line we need a back with real power to move the pile for extra yards and the speed to make the corner and score in the red zone as Barber did once today.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  owlykat
4 years ago

Martin looked just fine until he got concussed and had to leave the game – 7 carries for 33 yards with a long of 10 yards. As usual the offensive line didn’t make many holes, and Doug getting concussed was a result of literally having to bang his head into the proverbial brick wall one too many times.

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

While we’re at it, how about a shout out to the long snapper, Garrison Sanborn.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

When 2 out of 4 are the kicker and punter WOW.

cobraboy
cobraboy
4 years ago

Perhaps I’m alone, but I am not that impressed with Alexander.

He’s OK, but I see him flying around out of control very often. I don’t see speed under control like Brooks, Quarles or David shows(ed). I see him get swallowed up by linemen.

Making tackles 3-4 yards behind the LOS does not impress me.