Once again the Bucs fell behind, then made a late run, but ultimately came up short in a game, losing to the Bengals by a score of 37-34. Below is our list of most disappointing players from the loss. Take a look and see if you agree then add your thoughts in the comment section.

QB Jameis Winston
One great throw, then another one that makes you wonder what in the world he was thinking. So goes the career of quarterback Jameis Winston thus far in Tampa Bay. Three times on the Bengals half of the field Winston made a terrible, inexcusable throw that devastated drives. Then the dagger blow, a pick-six from his 10-yard line that was returned for a Bengals score. Brace for the Josh Freeman comparisons, Bucs fans – they are coming. And they are warranted based on Sunday’s game.

On the afternoon Winston was 18-of-35 for 276 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Four-drive killing and eventually game-killing mistakes by Winston led to Tampa Bay’s undoing in Cincinnati.

Offensive Line
A good run negated by a holding call on Evan Smith then another one later on Ali Marpet. A false start. A jailbreak pass rush with just four defensive lineman. A great scramble by Ryan Fitzpatrick negated by a Caleb Benenoch hold. And a hold on Demar Dotson. This team has invested way too much money on this offensive line for it to play this poorly. The Bucs’ O-line surrendered six sacks and nine hurries on the afternoon. The line did open up some decent running lanes for Peyton Barber – when the runs weren’t being called back for penalties.

K Chandler Catanzaro
Another game, another missed extra point. Yes, the conditions were awful with swirling winds, but on Catanzaro’s miss it looked from replay to just be a poor strike on the ball. Catanzaro’s days are numbered in Tampa Bay after missing four extra points this season – including three in the last three games. Those have to be pretty much automatic but for whatever reason, they just haven’t been. Somewhere you have to think Roberto Aguayo, Nick Folk and Pat Murray are watching this season and laughing just a little.

CB M.J. Stewart
During the first half you could really have picked almost any Bucs player in the secondary as most disappointing. Andy Dalton was 13-of-20 for 192 yards with two TD passes and a 129.3 quarterback rating. Stewart continues to struggle in the slot and was victimized a number of times by Tyler Boyd. One again he failed to notch a single pass break up and only has three all season long. Before leaving in the second half with an injury, Stewart was credited or two tackles on the afternoon.

LB Adarius Taylor
Bengals running back Joe Mixon had over 100 yards (14 carries, 114 yards 2 TDs) in the first half and the linebacker play was a big reason for that. Taylor was filling in for the injured Kwon Alexander, but only recorded three stops – one solo and two assists – the entire game. And Taylor had a big 5-yard delay of game penalty prior to Cincinnati’s game-winning field goal. No one is expecting Taylor to be a clone of Alexander, but as a middle linebacker, it has to be better. Taylor would be the first to agree.

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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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2 years ago

No need to list 5, just list Winston enough said, yes we had others that are on this list and should be, but Winston takes the 5 spots easy.

2 years ago

Winston made the most impressive on the Bengals website.

2 years ago

Mark, I don’t believe in putting MJ Stewart on this list because he is a rookie; didn’t believe it either last season when Safety Evans was called out a couple times too. Just my opinion.

Reply to  Horse
2 years ago

Horse..even though he is a rookie, you could clearly see he has trouble keeping up with these receivers week after week. He could turn out good but he looks too slow at times and we all know speed can’t be coached..davis on the other hand looks good, we reached for mj Stewart, he was rated a 4th round corner at best.

2 years ago

There a lot of people on this site that criticize spelling mistakes so for Spelling 101
Bust B U S T spellled BUST “BUST” BUST!!! #3

A draft bust occurs when a highly touted or highly selected draftee does not meet expectations. … A player is also regarded as a larger bust if more successful players are drafted after him

2 years ago

I have expressed my frustration with Winston’s lack of accuracy and poor decision making many times, a couple of times belligerently which I regret. I have also been anti Licht because of his consistent failure to invest premium picks in the lines, which continues to undermine our team. I believe he should be fired after this season, someone will have to go and I’d rather keep Dirk and some continuity vs yet another complete re-do. Anyway, I have a question – I thought we already picked up Winston’s option for next year? If that’s the case then the rational thing… Read more »

Reply to  matador
2 years ago

There are no high quality QBs in the draft – think a Blake Bortles year, not Jared Goff.

Reply to  EastEndBoy
2 years ago

People keep saying what you say, but those people are often very wrong. Three years ago, those same people said that that year’s QB class was very weak compared to the previous class with Winston and Mariota …. cough cough, that was the class with Wentz and Goff. Last year people said the Chiefs were crazy to trade up in the first to draft Mahomes, who was another one of those flash in a pan quarterbacks who was obviously overvalued. And that Watson was destined to be another one of those “running quarterbacks” who would not make it in an… Read more »

Reply to  Naplesfan
2 years ago

The point isn’t that Tom Brady (or Patrick Mahomes, or Russell Wilson) can never be found…clearly they can and maybe Jason Licht could find the next one hiding in Alkorn State. The point is one of probabilities based on the performance of draft-eligible QBs. Is this a year with a number of statistically highly performing QBs (like Goff and Wentz were) – no. Lock has never completed more than 59% of this throws. Will he still get drafted very high – yes. But that’s where you’re starting (59% completion % in an NFL where 70+% is the new top-performers). Jarrett… Read more »