The Buccaneers notched their second win of the season equaling last season’s total after just five games, and while it came down to Tampa Bay recovering an onside kick to seal the victory, all three units had a share in the win that gave the organization a big sigh of relief. Despite the offensive output, the opportunistic defense and the stellar special teams play, there are still number of areas the team will need to clean up during the bye week if they plan on continuing their winning ways in two weeks at Washington.

CB Tim Jennings
The entire secondary looked out of synch for most of the day as the QB Blake Bortles and former Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olsen exploited the deep half of the Bucs defense for 303 yards and four touchdown passes. Too many Jaguars receivers ran free and found holes all afternoon as poor tackling and lax coverage almost allowed Jacksonville to catch Tampa Bay late in the fourth quarter. Jennings has a particularly rough outing on Sunday giving up big chunks of yardage while also getting flagged for two second half penalties. Hopefully the bye week allows Johnthan Banks to get healthy and the coaching staff can spend some time evaluating the cornerback position as fellow DB Mike Jenkins also didn’t have his best game.

S Bradley McDougald
Tampa Bay lost both Chris Conte and Keith Tandy on Sunday to injuries, and McDougald was forced to play the entire game with three different players beside him at some point. However, as one of the few secondary players who didn’t get a break, McDougald had plenty of opportunities to make mistakes, and he, like all of his secondary teammates, had issues defending second-year quarterback Blake Bortles who picked apart the Bucs secondary. McDougald did have an outstanding diving interception for the Bucs but there were too many players running free in the Bucs secondary. While some of the blame can, and will be assigned to linebackers getting poor depth, McDougald always seemed one step away.

G Ali Marpet
It is probably a little nit-picky to add rookie Ali Marpet to the list after a season high rushing output (183 yards) which the offensive line certainly as a part of, however the Hobart rookie product did have two holding penalties in the game. Marpet was solid in pass protection, and while the two penalties didn’t hurt the Buccaneers in the long run, cleaning those up will be something the rookie will need to work on.

DE Will Gholston
After impressing the last two weeks, particularly in run support, Will Gholston was virtually non-existent on the stat sheet on Sunday, notching just two QB hits but failing to register a tackle or an assist on 31 snaps.

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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 mark@pewterreport.com
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jongruden
jongruden
5 years ago

I have said this about Gholston all yr and fellow posters say “he plays real hard”, lol

jongruden
jongruden
5 years ago

I have said this about Gholston all yr and fellow posters say “he plays real hard”, lol

macabee
macabee
Reply to  jongruden
5 years ago

Jon, Jon, Jon!

Lovie singled out Will Gholston as one of the guys that is impressing up front in his presser today.

Then PR pays it’s guys to do research to write these enlightening articles for our benefit.

I think I read a post from you yesterday, that said it takes a while before you can judge a player’s body of work, not just one game – I think you were talking about Mariota. I believed you. Gholston had one game where he didn’t play his best. Think he might deserve a closer look?

https://www.pewterreport.com/articles/bucs-dl-gholston-running-with-opportunity/

scubog
scubog
Reply to  jongruden
5 years ago

Didn’t notice Gholston in this game because I don’t think he was in on as many plays this week. Perhaps he has an injury. But fact is, JonnyG, the young man does play hard. No, he’s not a sack artist but that’s not the only measure.

jongruden
jongruden
Reply to  scubog
5 years ago

Scubog- Gholston has 15 tackles and 0 sacks yes I expect more from our starters, I’m glad you and Lovie think highly of him unfortunately our standards have dropped for our players to the point we keep guys like Stocker and Gholston and use words like “he plays hard”

Entre
Entre
Reply to  jongruden
5 years ago

Prior to this season, Gholston was a bum. But this year, he is having a solid year. He is in the game as a run stopping DE. In obvious passing situations, he is replaced by George Johnson or others like the new guy Jones. He is a good run stopper which is very useful for a team with small DT that need help holding up against the run. George Johnson, on the other hand, is a bum.

billbyrne
billbyrne
5 years ago

Ali Marpet does NOT belong on this list at all. He was a “motor grader” all day long with the running game and his pass blocking was terrific. He is an absolute BEAST and only getting better!!!

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  billbyrne
5 years ago

I thought I saw it this way too…but I guess the holding penalties get you on this list…

plopes808
plopes808
5 years ago

Most disappointing, in fact the ONLY thing disappointing was our secondary. They functioned well blitzing and stopping the run but were horrible in pass coverage

Garv
Garv
5 years ago

No doubt that Tim Jennings was terrible yesterday. Like many of us, I don’t understand why he starts over Alterraun Verner. I THINK everyone saw that. Clean up that secondary, get Banks back on the field and we might have something on defense.

pinkstob
pinkstob