When you win in dominate fashion, as Tampa Bay did on Sunday against the Eagles, trying to pick disappointing players is like trying to figure out when Seminole Hard Rock calendar girl you’d like to date. In other words, it isn’t an easy task. Still we scoured the stat book, and notes we made during the game and came up with these players. Take a look and see if you agree.
T Gosder Cherilus
While no one would dare mess with the offensive line’s continuity, tackle Gosder Cherilus didn’t have his best game on Sunday
committing three penalties including a chop block, which won’t sit well with offensive line coach George Warhop. Fortunately for the Buccaneers, the teams was able to overcome the mistakes, but in a different game, the results might not be the same. With former starter demar Dotson waiting in the wings, the Bucs could look at inserting him back in the lineup if the penalties continue. but Cherilus must be given credit for being part of an offensive line that help Tampa Bay account for almost a franchise record-setting afternoon.
G Evan Smith
Like Cherilus, it is hard to pick on an offensive line that racked up 521 yards, second most in franchise history, but the former starter at center, turned into fill-in guard for Ali Marpet had a couple penalties that like, Cherilus, could have been drive stealers. Fortunately for the Bucs offense, Tampa Bay was able to overcome most of the penalties on the afternoon and still continue to move the ball. While Smith made the disappointing list, he has filled in admirably the last two weeks for Marpet.
RB Bobby Rainey
The Bucs are set at the running back rotation with Doug Martin and Charles Sims, but if either one is injured this season, Rainey immediately becomes the next man up. And if that unfortunate circumstance were to happen, Rainey will need to have much better ball security than he has shown since Lovie Smith took over as Bucs head coach in 2014. On Sunday, given one rush attempt, Rainey coughed up the football deep in Tampa Bay territory. The Bucs were able to recover the miscue and the fumble didn’t hurt the Buccaneers this time. Rainey has also had a few issues securing punts this year, but was perfect on the afternoon against the Eagles.
Dishonorable Mention: Howard Jones (Roughing the passer penalty, but added a sack later on), TE Luke Stocker (beaten for a sack that turned into a Winston fumble).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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