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.