Even though they came away victorious, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still had quite a few members of their team that could have played better, or at least made their win over the Cleveland Browns less of a nail biter.

These were our most disappointing player performances from the Bucs 26-23 win over the Browns.

LT Donovan Smith

Sheesh, it was a rough day for the Bucs’ left tackle. Smith had multiple penalties on the day, and didn’t fare well against Myles Garrett off the edge. Smith gave up two sacks in the game, one of which was a fumble by Winston.

Bucs Run Game

The Bucs’ run game just isn’t what it needs to be. Running backs Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones are having to work way too hard for every yard they get. The offensive line seems to struggle the most when the team calls zone blocking concepts, which is suppose to be where Jones thrives as a runner. Regardless of what’s called, the unit just is not executing as a whole.

TE Cam Brate

Brate had a couple of nice catches in the game, but a costly fumble as the first half came to a close almost blew it for the Buccaneers, especially knowing how the Browns came back later in the game.

Brate struggled to get separation throughout the day, and another fumble that was almost a fumble, but was overturned.

QB Jameis Winston

Winston finished the game with 365 passing yards, but he had two interceptions and a fumble, which were the main reasons why the team lost the turnover battle by three.

This was a classic game where you wonder if Winston really is the franchise quarterback this team can win with game-in and game-out. Did he make some nice play, yes. But did he also make way too many plays that hurt the team, yes.

Both don’t exist this consistently with winning quarterbacks in this league.

K Chandler Catanzaro

Do not even begin to tell me that Catanzaro deserves to keep his job after making that final 59-yard field goal in over time.

For the second week in a row, Catanzaro put his team in a hole by missing an extra point — an extra point! On top of that, with the game on the line, at the end of the 4th quarter, he botched an easy 40-yarder to win. Both the extra points and the field goal at the end of regulation had all the pressure on them and he crumbled. That last field goal had no pressure; he knew he didn’t have a job.

Kickers are only as good as they are trusted.

Catanzaro can’t be.

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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. Throw benenoch on this list too, the dude is not starter material.

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    • Yep, you’re right

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      • Carl Nassib should be named the most impressive!

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  2. Playing devil’s advocate here, can a kick like this dramatically boost a kicker’s confidence enough to carry you through the season? Does the GW-kick buy him one week to try again (with an extremely short leash, almost to the point you roster another kicker to pull the plug mid-game?). This was a near career-long for him, wonder what it could do for him moving forward. Again, not taking any opinions here, just posing questions for discussion.

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    • So bring in a kicker on the PS and force competition every week.

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      • I agree with this. Have to at this point.

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  3. Agree with much of you list Trevor. My take.

    Most Disappointing:
    First – the O-line. Now we know why we wanted the guard from ND in the first round. Barber getting hit in the backfield on almost every play, and his run where the guy has his jersey and he’s straining to turn a 4 yd loss into a 2 yd gain is all you need to see to realize how bad this O line is.

    Second – Our WR’s – dropping passes, not getting separation, Brate fumble.

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  4. Agree 100% with this list. Jameis need s a clean game with no tos and keep then down. The picks are all on him but that fumble was caused in 2 seconds. He hadn’t even completed his drop yet and was just throwing. The line in general was awful today.

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    • Well as koetter stated not all picks are on the qb at times. The pick in overtime was a wrong route run by Rojo, running his defender right into godwin’s path. Shows its many layers to every interception.

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  5. Catanzaro won’t be cut and he wouldn’t have been even if we had lost. The difference with Folk last year was that there was nowhere else to legitimately point the blame for the near miss against the Giants and then the loss against the Patriots. That isn’t the case today at all. Adam Humphries had a horrible day at PR allowing two downs at the 1. Jameis had his troubles. Multiple WRs were dropping multiple balls they usually catch. Kwon going out hurt completely wrecked the defense’s rhythm and opened the door for Mayfield to rally. Yes, it’s concerning the kicker curse still lives on, but it’s probably not bad enough for another do-over just yet.

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  6. Agree with all of you points, except for one of the points about Jameis. That fumble was a Donovan Smith production. Otherwise yeah Jameis did not have his best game and he has to be better if this team wants to make the playoffs

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  7. Disappointed in Winston’s 2nd half performance; I can’t defend him anymore. He’s starting to remind me more of Testaverde, but mobile. The Defense was better, but I really put this game on many players mistakes.

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    • I forgot to add tackling which seems to be one of our major issues.

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  8. This o line sucks Period. They can’t eun the ball and protection below average and inconsistent. People except Winston to drop back over 50 times and not make a mistake or two? Yeah that’s realistic. Good luck finding a better QB.

    Catanzaro is garbage, lucky he made that 59 yard fg after missing his 3rd extra point then missing a 40 yard fg. He sucks.

    Defense played much better with smith gone. Pitched shutout first half instead of being down 20-30 points in first half like usual! All you idiots that said we were drinking koolaide Like Naplesbucsfan look like the morons they are today.

    Hey Bob, Vea played for McCoy and we won. 3rd nfl start and a win yeah him and JPP suck. Lol. You idiot. Lol.

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  9. Horse you think Winston sucked second half? Give me a break look at the o line. Lack of run game, constant pressure on Winston, hit when throwing, o line penalties, 4 points left on board by shitty kicker and yeah it’s Winstons Fault. Lol.

    Winston puts up close to 400 yards every week and runs from pressure that most QBs would be sacked but all you see is the two mistakes. No run or kicking game either. You think the 4 or 5 easy Dropped passes by WRs might be a factor as well? Geese unbelievable. You think realistic to ask him drop back over 50 times and make no mistakes? Brady and Rodgers can do that occasionally that’s it. You need a run game! Not balanced offense in Tampa and o line is shit. You want to blame Winston your an idiot.

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    • who has better stats.. Winston or Fitz??

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      • Way to chime in with no substance as usual sunshineben. Do you EVER bring anything good to a debate or are you so limited in your knowledge that you regurgitate the same stuff over and over? Asking for a friend

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    • I forgot to add tackling which seems to be one of our major issues.

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    • Two interceptions in the second half, and the last 3 out of 4 series he played like deer in headlights. These two interceptions were all on his dime, plus two sacks that he got he could have thrown the ball away. I thought he went back to some of his FSU bad habits I’m trying to create something that’s not there on that particular play.

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  10. Agree with the selections here, but want to remind everyone the Buccaneers are 3-3, right where they need to be. After Alexander got hurt and then the rookie linebacker a few plays later they were down four starters on defense. Great call by Koetter to kick the field goal. They win or lose on that call. He could have played for the tie. I’m not ready to can the kicker. Yes, he was pretty awful today, but he had only missed two field goals this year. We can’t Bryant when he hit a slump and have regretted ever since. Let the season play out. If we can split the next two road games, we will position ourselves for a playoff run, though I don’t have much hope if Alexander is out for long period of time.

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    • i really liked the fact that we went for it on 4th down at one point and for koetter to rely on the kicker at the end of the game was huge. I was screaming at the tv like “why would you trust this guy to ki….oh he made it” it was gutsy so props to koetter for that as well.

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    • Our saving grace is when Beckwith comes back from IR, hopefully he’ll be ready to go.

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    • It’s utterly ridiculous to blame Catanzaro for the near loss when 16 of Cleveland’s 23 points were the result of miscues that had nothing to do with him. (Humphries’s poor read of the first punt led to the safety, and 2 of Cleveland’s TDs happened on a short field because of poor punt return coverage and an INT.) There needs to be accountability everywhere, and cutting Catanzaro would be inequitable.

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  11. why can other teams pick up o-lineman in the late rounds or undrafted free agents and we can’t do crap. Has something to do with the GM and the O-line coach. We have just two legitimate O-lineman in Marpet and Jensen. Dotson is just getting passed his prime.

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  12. Winston SUCKS…!

    Graduated from FSU. Was NOT/Is NOT a Winston hater.

    BUT…he surrounds himself with turnovers. Whatever the argument is.

    Winston is PRESENT. He was there in FSU, and NOW he’s PRESENT in Tampa.

    When Winston is on the field.

    Jackson…disappears.

    Winston…CAN’T throw DEEP.

    2nd in the league in TURNOVERS…!!!

    WHATEVER the argument.

    Winston is PRESENT…!!!

    OBSERVATION.

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  13. Don’t know whether to laugh, or cry, did both during the game. Winston just doesn’t see, or ignores linebackers reading his eyes in underneath coverage. He’s had that problem going back to his FSU days. Maybe he get’s a little better with more experience, but I think what you see is what you get. Up to the Bucs to decide if they can live with his turnovers. The thing that drives you crazy is he makes a lot of good plays too. If not for his runs today we lose. Eli Manning would’ve been sacked on almost every drop back today. D. Smith did not look like a L.T. you want to throw big money at. E.Smith, and Benenoch combined don’t equal one good left guard, time to give someone else a shot. We were lucky today to play a team more snake bit then us. Moving forward I don’t see us winning more then half our remaining games. 7-9, or 8-8 seems like a good guess as to how we finish. Will that be enough to keep the Glazer’s from cleaning house?

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  14. Need to hand this team back to Fitz, or give Griffin a shot. I was all for seeing what Winston could do vs Chi, I’ve seen enough to know he doesn’t have the right stuff to be starting in the NFL.

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  15. Catanzaro out. Cairo Santos in….he’s the best available kicker and pretty consistent. The Bucs flirted with him at one point. Make it happen.

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  16. Winston is getting either sacked or hit (official stats hit) on 1 of every 4 drop backs. That’s not sustainable. The OLine deserves a special place on the most disappointing list.

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  17. I would think that the OC would change the amount of steps back that he’s taking same with the handoff to Barber he’s too far back. It seems like almost every team knows that they have to put more than 4 people rushing in order to disrupt Winston.

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  18. Trevor, while not Winston’s best game, he did throw for more yards then any other QB in the NFL today, was also the Bucs leading rusher and single handedly kept drives alive on multiple occasions. Not getting your vibe on this one.

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  19. Donavan Smith gets credit for the fumble Trever labels on Winston.

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  20. Winston played well until the 4th quarter where he threw a terrible int, and took a sack when he could have gotten rid of the ball. With that said, he was the catalyst in keeping drives alive with his arm and what is key here is his feet with several first down scrambles, one of which he dived into the end zone.

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    • Nice that someone saw what really happened. The fumble was not his fault. The attempted pass to O.J. was a tad low, but not a bad decision. The late one I had no idea why he threw it there unless he just didn’t see the defender. But naysayers, let’s not forget that this same QB drove the ball right down the field in regulation for what should have been the game winner and then made the pass to Jackson to put us in position again.

      Be nice if there was some semblance of a running game or even an attempt to run the ball instead of dropping back to pass 52 times. Be nice if our own Defense got a turnover or two.

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  21. Thank goodness Koetter fired Smitty or we would have been buried by the Browns. Nassib should always start at DE like PFF! Vea played great. We will be OK at MLB when Beckwith returns. Our OL will always suck til Koetter fires the real reason: Warhop is as incompetent as Smitty was. He should start Liedtke at RG and should have canned Benenoch who is awlful. D. Smith should have been moved to LG years ago and does not deserve a big LT Contract! Warhop called him one of the 3 top LTs in the NFL. LOL!!!

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  22. Lets see, the running game stinks and Jameis Winston is running for his life but you only put Donovan Smith on this list. The whole offensive line should be on here.
    I too get infuriated with Winston during the games but then reason takes over afterwards and I begin to see why he struggles so.
    Winston shouldn’t have to be toss the ball 50 times a game. Brady doesn’t even do that.
    This is supposed to be a play action type offense but so far we have seen very little of the run game to make that concept successful.
    The fault of that lies squarely on the offensive line.
    Whether it’s coaching or concept of the run, or the right call in the right situation, this offensive line just isn’t getting the job done in the running department.
    There isn’t a LB or DB in the league that is biting on any of the Bucs play action.
    In the meantime we are leaving Winston squarely in the sights in the pocket.
    Could we please move him around a little bit on roll outs or something.
    For god sake the offense is getting as vanilla as the defense used to be.
    Use some run-pass option. We saw one play like that against Atlanta and it worked but saw nothing today.
    All of the teams have seen how we shredded the Eagles and the Saints and have revised thier defensive schemes.
    We better do the same.
    And for gods sake will you guys learn how to successfully run a screen pass and run a couple during the game.

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  23. Owlykat, I don’t think they should can Bennonoch but I’, beginning to get on board with your idea about putting Liedtke in at right guard.
    I’m not a big fan of Evan Smith’s, either.
    On one sack of Winston, Smith was just standing there as the Brown went by him and sacked Winston.
    Geeeez O Pete, at least get in his way and make him knock you over so you can slow him down.
    Finally, don’t anyone think the Browns are a NFL version of a homecoming team.
    They have a really good defense and they really do play everyone tough.
    They have only been blown out by one team this year and that was last week so the Bucs should have seen this coming.
    I think they lead the league in overtime games in the last two years. They also lead it in losses in overtime.
    A win is a win.
    I have seen the Bucs lose a multitude of games like this where they won every catergory but the final outcome.
    Winston will have better games, espcially if he doesn;t have to be the teams leading rusher.

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