The Bucs came firing out of the gates in the first half at Jacksonville as the defense forced three turnovers and dominated the game with a 25-0 lead at halftime. After the Jaguars made a switch at quarterback to help change momentum, the Bucs held strong at the end on the way to a 28-11 victory. It was the first time all season that the Bucs have won two in a row.

Here is the list of the most disappointing players from the game.

RB Ronald Jones
The ground game never really got on track on Sunday. Jones ran for just six yards on eight carries with a 1.3 average per rush and no catches. Meanwhile, his backup Peyton Barber scored two touchdowns, including a 15-yarder.

Jones didn’t have as much room to run as he has had in other games this season, but he wasn’t able to generate any offense when he had the ball, including a third-and-1 that he wasn’t able to convert early in the third quarter. With Barber having the hot hand, Jones was relegated to a limited role. .

C Ryan Jensen
Part of the reason Jones wasn’t able to get much going in the ground game was because of  a very little amount of push up front, especially from the interior linemen. The Jaguars had come into this game allowing 6.7 yards per carry over the previous three weeks, but the Bucs had several runs that went for negative or no gain. The Bucs ran for just 73 rushing yards, with 20 of them coming from Jameis Winston scrambling.

LT Donovan Smith
Smith was called for multiple penalties in the game, which included a holding penalty late in the third quarter that negated a nine-yard rush from Peyton Barber. On the same drive just seven plays later, Smith was responsible for allowing a sack on Jameis Winston on a fourth-and-four at Jacksonville’s 37 that turned the ball over back to the Jaguars. The play had a significant impact because it gave the Jaguars good field position with a ton of momentum on their side, which they quickly took advantage of. Between the amount of times Winston was hit in the second half, and the inconsistent run game, most of the offensive line could have been on this list.

CB Carlton Davis
While he was very active in making plays throughout the game, Davis was burned on deep balls twice in this game. The first came on the Jaguars opening drive of the game on a 39-yard reception to Dede Westbrook on a third down. The next one came on the first play of the fourth quarter when D.J. Chark burned Davis for a 30-yard gain. Davis had two tackles and two pass breakups in the game.

RG Alex Cappa
Cappa had a fine game before leaving with an elbow injury, but it was a holding penalty at the end of the first half that cost the Bucs some points. With the Bucs looking to add on a field goal late in the half, Cappa was beat by a defender, who forced a hit on Jameis Winston and an incomplete pass. Winston looked to be in pain after coming up hobbling from the hit, but stayed in the game. To add insult to injury, the holding call on Cappa also knocked the Bucs out of field goal range.

CB Ryan Smith
Smith came in to replace an injured Jamel Dean and struggled somewhat in the second half of the game when Gardner Minshew came in at quarterback for the Jaguars.

Smith missed some tackles, especially on one in the first half that allowed Jacksonville to go for a 19-yard gain. Smith’s most crucial error though, came when he got beat by Keelan Cole on a fourth down play on the Bucs’ 19 with 9:19 left in the fourth. The Bucs later ended up getting an interception at the goal line to bail out Smith’s bad coverage earlier.  Smith ended up with three tackles and one pass breakup on the day.

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  1. Smith was AWEFUL. The Bucs really missed Dean

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    • Which one LOL

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    • Amazing what a few weeks can change. It was not too long ago we were all raking Jamel Dean over the coals in this list for his first game.

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  2. Jameis was very game today. Nobody can handle those hits time and time again though. Brutal. Got to address the OL, Smith is not good enough, Dotson washed up, Jensen seemed lost today at times. No violent late hits which usually shows he is into it. Nothing else should matter on Draft Day. Would love to see more of Vea or a real Fullback in 3rd and 1 or 4th and 1. Or the “4 minute” kill the clock offense.
    Ryan Smith is Toast. D front 7 was as good as it has been around here in a real long time! Great win and have so much to improve on. Great for the Coaching staff when they go through the film.

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  3. Cappa has earned respect playing with a broken arm. Rough play or two today. He’s much better than he showed.

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  4. Really don’t understand why RoJo is on this list.Here’s a guy that’s named the starting RB but still isn’t the starting RB.Run him until you gets him into a rhythm.He never gets a lot of carries as it is..put this guy on the Saints guaranteed he’s a star in this league.

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    • You hit the nail right on the head! How can Rojo get going if he’s not getting the touches to do so. The ‘hot hand’ theory is a hoax. How can anyone get hot if they don’t get warmed up first? I bet given the chance Rojo would out shine Barber 9 out of 10 times. Put him in the right offense, or just a different one, and he’s another Alvin Kamara. I can’t understand why Arians doesn’t look at Rojo like he did David Johnson? My guess would be Leftwich…

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  5. The offense in the second half, woof.

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  6. 2nd half offense was terrible. How can Jones be singled out as disappointing when he ran into a wall every hand off? Leftwich apparently cannot find a way to get Jones on the perimeter in space.This against a team with poor run defense.44 yards for Barber is pretty slack,too.Draft and free agents have to center on O-line.Both our tackles are inadequate.

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  7. It was a tale of two halves. Not sure what happened in second half? It’s like we played not to lose. Gotta keep the gas pedal pushed down full throttle. We r not good enough to just coast. We have to constantly push it forward. Glad we won. It makes the day just a little brighter. Go Bucs!

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    • We almost got Minshew-ed… I imagine most Buc fans were getting uncomfortable in their chairs.

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  8. Don’t see either Jones or Davos being on this list. O line – Smith in particular – let Jamies get crushed a few times. O line in general wasn’t opening holes for either RoJo or Barber, and when Barber did get a couple nice runs they were called back.

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  9. Smith has had 4 years to be more than special teams CB. He’s not good at all.

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  10. Smith is our best player on Special Teams, so much so that Jax assigned three players to block him. He won’t be cut! He also is a sure tackler but still hasn’t learned how to be a cover corner. He needs more development in that area. Remember Bunting wasn’t much help as a NFL Corner either at the start of this season and after proper development you saw him blossom today!

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  11. No secret from my point of view. The O-line has always since the inception of the team been the weak link to the Bucs. Why would this season be any different? Everyone thought Gruber was great, but imagine if he didn’t have to wait until the end of his career to have half way decent line mates? I hope Ali Marpet doesn’t have to wait as long as Gruber did.

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  12. Same list – week after week. We desperately need new OTackles and a CB1.

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  13. Can’t put Rojo on this list having just 8 carries. None of our backs got going today, and why again on the goal line run our smallest back Dare O. up the middle for no gain? What’s really disappointing is only handing the ball to Rojo 8 times.

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    • Agreed, give RoJo the damn ball more than 5-10 times a game. Rb’s need to get into a rhythm. And someone please explain why oglebowe if however you spell his name, is the rb at the goal line? He’s shown nothing to be on the field. Minor complaint since it’s a win. I stand pat saying we need to draft oline all day. And I’ll sure miss not hearing from our local sour puss BAB. Go Bucs!

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    • RoJo shouldn’t be on the list, I agree, but…..RoJo is not consistent enough to be a starting HB in this league, period. The OL sucks, no argument there, but good backs can find or make a hole or two in 8 tries. His blocking is also very lame, especially compared to Barber.

      In all fairness though, if we had a great RB the past several years, we wouldn’t know it because the OL is our weakest link – it’s hard to properly judge quality backs when the OL is this bad. This is a game we should have run it down their throats since we had a comfortable lead most of the game.

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  14. O-line is adequate, unless Skins want to trade Trent williams for OJ, bc BA cant use TE’s. I would prefer to give AZ Howard for DB Patrick Peterson, or get NE’s 1st rd next year for him. But anyway, Suh needs to go, with B Allen bc costs way too much and that money needs to sign JPP, Shaq and Nassib. D remains priority until we stop somebody! We are top 3 O-scoring team in the league, with average OT’s. Bucs losing bc Defense inadequate. Must draft DTs or DE’s with 1st and 2nd rd, replace Suh with Auburn D Brown or J Kinlaw from SC , or Iowa DE Epenesa if available. Maybe 2nd rd get FSU DT Marvin Wilson, unless gone. But that would really help our overall D! Sounds dumb but money is problem for DL next year, so bye bye to Suh, and B Allen to save few bucks to get our 3-OLB’s back, with fresh cheaper young meat on DL in draft to pair with Vita.

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  15. It seems we like the Most Disappointed List ore than the Most Impressive. Often I wonder what game is being watched. As usual, one bad play can get you on the list while the other 60 go unnoticed.

    Things changed for the O-line when Watford entered the game after Cappa got hurt. Jags focused more on stopping the run, hoping to force Winston into an errant pass so they could get back into the game. Little doubt that Leftwich got conservative knowing the only way the Jags could get enough possessions would be if we turned the ball over. Not fun to watch, but it was effective.

    It changed in the secondary when Ryan Smith entered the game when Dean got hurt. Mustache Boy got the crowd in a tizzy, but at the end of the day, after the defense weathered the initial burst of energy, it did what it had to do to close-out the game. What impressed me was there was no panic and no, “here we go again”.

    When wins are so rare, I have a hard time seeking out culprits to blame for the victory.

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  16. We’re probably pretty lucky that Minshew didn’t play the entire game. He clearly sparked them offensively, and I doubt there were many Bucs fans that weren’t squirming a bit in their seats – until we stopped them on 4 downs near our goal line.

    A win, yes. Any win is good, but winning this game proves nothing about improvement or overall team quality.

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    • Winning this game proves nothing about the team progress? Considering this is a team that floundered to a two win giants team as well as giving games away for the past decade that they should’ve won. You think anyone picked the Eagles to lose to the damn dolphins? It’s called any given Sunday for a reason. I swear some of you will never be happy.

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      • My example: I live in Texas, and I hear Cowboys fans blathering about how good they are, and how they will dominate the world. I occasionally remind them that if I wanted to stop their world domination – all I need is a team with a winning record to play them.

        International crisis averted…

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        • Bless your heart for living in Cowboyville or Jerry City, etc. My family has its fair share of Cowboys fans which is obnoxious enough for me, couldn’t imagine living among hundreds of thousands of them.

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          • I actually live in the Houston area… I liken Cowboys fans to STDs – they can show up in all kinds of places.

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  17. Move D. Smith to RT and draft a LT in 1st round and a Center maybe in the 2nd or 3rd. This team has a ton of potential and young guys learning. Future looks bright.

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  18. Donovan Smith is horrible every week. There are always 3 or 4 plays where he is responsible for our QB getting smashed. He also gets bull rushed by smaller, faster guys all the time. I think that we move Smith to RT (his position from college) and go get a stud LT either through the draft or free agency (where there are usually none available). So let’s start looking at the crop of LT in this upcoming draft and grab one. No more excuses!

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  19. OVERVIEW
    Started 31 games while at Penn State, all at left tackle. Redshirted in 2011. Decided to leave Penn State with a year of eligibility left after graduating with a degree in criminology. Was a late invite to the Senior Bowl. Missed two games in 2014 due to injury. Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in 2013. First-team All-State at Owings Mills High School (Md.). Didn’t allow a sack his junior or senior year of high school.

    PRO DAY RESULTS
    40-yard dash: 4.98 and 5.03 seconds
    ANALYSIS
    STRENGTHS Plays with good functional strength. Plus leg strength and can drive defender off the spot. Uses adequate footwork in run game to go with powerful base. Has desired pad level and bend in pass protection and his initial sets are above average. Plays with good pace on play-side zone plays, which bodes well if he kicks inside.
    WEAKNESSES Athleticism lacking to play tackle. Struggles to change direction against pass rushers. Can recognize stunts but is very slow to react to them. Ability to recover when beaten is lacking. Poor hand usage in run and pass blocking. Plays with hands too low and a weak, ineffective punch in pass protection. Must improve as a block-finisher. Poor contact balance and overall strike effectiveness on second level.
    DRAFT PROJECTION Round 3
    NFL COMPARISON Max Starks
    BOTTOM LINE The frame of a guard and the skill set of a guard probably means Smith will end up moving to guard. His hands need work, but with power as his calling card and the ability to hide some of his athletic deficiencies by moving him inside, he has a good shot of getting drafted and fighting for a backup spot.

    This is the draft preview of what was expected by Donovan Smith. The Bucs drafted him high and early thinking he was better than this view – a good backup in the third round. Instead, they drafted him from the second spot in the second round. Buc fans are suffering with this mistaken pick every game since 2015. This is his fourth year, and probably his last.

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    • “Athleticism lacking to play tackle. Struggles to change direction against pass rushers. Can recognize stunts but is very slow to react to them. Ability to recover when beaten is lacking.” – and there it is.

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  20. In Victory there are no disappointments.

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  21. I think it’s time to start putting Leftwich on this list. His play calling sucks, especially in the 2nd half of games. I think the playbook sucks as well, can’t get Rojo going, or open in space, receivers struggling to get open, even with single high safety looks, and tight ends rarely being utilized. Something’s got to change or were never going to put games away. The second half of this game offensively was pitiful. Clearly, Leftwich got conservative. We have a Ferrari of an offense, with a 16 year old driving this hot rod in a race.

    I also think it’s time to stick with Rojo as the feature back and let this guy get his game on. This idea of alternating RB’s every other possession is a waste of time and talent. Barber may be alright for a change of pace back, if and when Rojo gets tired, but no more than what we run the ball, that’s likely not going to happen. It’s not hard to see how much more talented Rojo is than Barber, and it’s time we start utilizing that talent.

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