The Bucs played complimentary football in one of their best games of the season with a 35-22 victory over the Falcons. Big plays were made by both the offense and defense that gave the Bucs a nice cushion of a lead as they wore down the Falcons in the second half on the way to their fourth win of the season.

Despite the win, not all the players had their best game. Here is the list of most disappointing players from the game.

K Matt Gay
After Bruce Arians praised his effort on Friday, Gay was very shaky on extra points on Sunday, missing three out of four attempts with one of them getting blocked. Gay missed both of his kicks wide left of the goal posts and left points off the board. His second missed extra point felt like even more of a let down after the Bucs sideline was very animated in celebration following a surprising touchdown by Vita Vea.

Gay has been solid ever since his missed a game winning kick Week 3 against the Giants, but things kept going wrong for the rookie kicker when he lined up for points after the attempt. Gay ended up going one for four on extra points while making a 32-yard field goal.

OL Earl Watford
Used sparingly as an extra blocker, Watford had a false start when the Bucs were back near their own end zone on a play that would have sprung Ronald Jones for a huge gain. Watford only played a limited amount of snaps, but his penalty was glaring at that time in the game. Jones has had some bad luck this year on having long runs that have been called back due to penalties. Watford’s penalty not only negated the run for Jones, but it also put the moved Bucs dangerously near the end zone. Watford had another penalty later in the game for lining up illegally.

WR Mike Evans
Evans may have had a milestone statistic but it was a slow day for the Bucs veteran receiver. Evans had just one catch in the first half. The reception did put him over 1,000 yards for the year, tying Randy Moss as the only player in NFL history to start his career with six straight 1,00 yard seasons.

On Jameis Winston’s first interception, Evans ran a bad route and cut it off early, which played a part in turning the ball over. Evans also had an uncharacteristic drop on a screen pass that was set up for him in the first half. In the fourth quarter, Evans was called for a false start on a fourth-and-five where the defense also jumped off and would have given the Bucs a first down to keep the drive going. It was an off game for Evans, but Chris Godwin was there to pick up the slack. Evans had four receptions for 50 yards in the game.

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  1. How about Special Teams?

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    • I recall Ryan Smith getting called for a penalty on a special teams play.

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      • Ryan Smith did get flagged on one return. But, he had a good block that sprung a decent return, and he had a very good tackle in punt coverage. Pretty good overall.

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  2. Can’t we just skip the most disappointing list this week?
    I gotta call you out on Matt Gay. You only notice him when he has a bad game. If you’re gonna criticize him for bad days, you really oughta praise him for good days. He’s been damn near perfect since the Giants game and he’s never mentioned on the most impressive list.

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    • With the game on the line, last second FG attempt of 52 yards to win, I’ll put Matt Gay up to bat over anybody!

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  3. Nice call on Evans. I would’ve missed him without this article. A fall start on the receiver is an excusable, and he hast to run a better route on a deep pattern

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    • We don’t know what the route pattern was and he’s not a liberty to change it real time. It would be one thing if we knew the call but we don’t.

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      • @Buc off

        I am thinking a lot of fans are going with the Evans ran a bad route on that 1st interception. It may be. Certainly Mark Schlereth suggested it at least 3 times during the broadcast. I am with you though in that we really do not know for sure today.

        It looked like to me that instead of a bad aimed throw or an under duress decision by Jameis it was more an expectation from him that Evans was supposed to be there.

        However, it also did look like the Atlanta secondary was expecting that play because even if he took the crisper cut – there was a 2nd Atlanta defender on the inside.

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  4. The right list here, nd thankfully a short one at that!!!

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  5. Mike was the most important DECOY on the field. He dropped 2 that I recall but Atlanta decided on Thursday Mike Evans was not going to beat them, Hence Godwin got the targets today. Take him off this list and while you’re at it shit can the Most Impressive/least impressive analogy. It’s a team sport.

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    • Dissappointing, sorry.

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  6. Evans is not having a great year for whatever reason.

    Just when they said on Pewter Licht finally found his kicker. Lol. Missing 3 extra points in one game is asinine.

    Defense played better but first pass to TE like 30 yards I went here we go again. Lol. Much better though. Just want to see improvement now and no more back sliding severely.

    Go Bucs!

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    • “Evans is not having a great year for whatever reason. ”

      Yeah. Not having a great year. 2nd in the NFL in receiving yardage prior to the game and now 3rd because Godwin passed him.

      You just can’t fix stupid.

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  7. Evans has never been a great route runner and rarely high points the ball. If he ever decided to high point every catch with his size he would shatter every receiving record. If he ran better routes the same. However, there is a difference between being a great receiver and being a HOF receiver. HOF’s don’t live on natural ability and turn weakness into strength. A great receiver has nice stats, but eventually fades away especially in important games. Good corners can frustrate him by hand checking him, tug at him, and foul him until he retaliates. Still early in his career, but bad habits are harder to break later in life.

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    • Interesting take. To your point, hard to be a HOF receiver just on numbers. I think the guys who get to the HOF usually have some playoff success.

      About high pointing the ball, I definitely disagree with that take. The NFL advance stats continually show Evans being one of the best in the league year in and year out on coming down with contested catches. That really speaks to his ability more than your eyeballs saying he does not grab balls at the high point. You still have to use your strength when catching a pass and if you lose strength by high pointing every catch – you may drop more.

      I wonder who you would say is a great route runner in the league right now. Mike Thomas? Is Larry Fitzgerald still great but too slow? I always thought Brandon Cook was a great route runner.

      Interesting NFL advanced stat on Average Target in Air.
      Year M Thomas M Evans
      2016 8.4 15.5
      2017 9.3 14.2
      2018 7.7 15.7
      2019 7.7 15.1

      I think those guys who run shorter routes have to run more precise routes. Edelman will be closer to M Thomas than Evans for instance. But there is great value to those guys that can run longer routes and still make lots of downfield plays and over 80 catches in a season.

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  8. What happened to the TE’s? I think O.J. had one catch and I don’t recall seeing Brate catching any. Any time the Bucs are ahead by enough at the end of the game that I’m not still on pins and needles it’s hard to find much that is disappointing.

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    • It seems like Lefty is afraid to risk throwing to OJ. I was expecting to see more from Brate as well, but when Godwin was tearing them up the way he was, why change it?

      But just imagine, every defense already has to pick their poison with Evans and Godwin…imagine if they had to worry about OJ as well? Cmon BA, figure out how to make it happen!

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  9. No team play’s a perfect game so enjoy the win. Go Bucs

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  10. I have to say this here, as it is the most appropriate plac, and I may get hate. But is it really that uncharacteristic of Evans to drop a pass that hits his hands? Yes his stats are amazing, and he is amazingly talented as being the #1 WR, but his inconsistency has plaugued him his whole career with dropped passes that hit his hands. Blatent and crucial one last game and this game. And I remember some off the top of my head from last year. He is a great decoy for Godwin to have breakout performances. Truly 1A and 1B WR due. Future looks bright!

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    • Big Mike is still very young, and he gets frustrated which effects his play. When he starts showing the frustration on his face, you can always tell it’s not gonna be a good game for him. Thankfully we have Godwin to pick up any slack, and vice versa

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