The Buccaneers earned their fifth win of the season, beating the Panthers on Sunday by a score of 24-17. The offense started fast, and sputtered a little in the second half but behind quarterback Jameis Winston, did enough to take home the victory against their NFC South rivals.

Although the Bucs won, not all of the players on the field had their best games. Below is our list of Most Disappointing Bucs, take a look and see if you agree, and add your thoughts in the comment section below.

T Donovan Smith
Back to back sacks in the second quarter made this an easy call. For a player in a contract year, expecting to get paid top tackle money, it hasn’t been the best of seasons. Smith is talented, and can take over a game, but as previously written here, Smith also tends to string his mistakes together on successive plays at the least successive series. Smith also was tagged later in the game with a holding call when the Bucs were on the Carolina three-yard line. Smith is not anywhere near 100 percent healthy, but at this point in the season, most likely neither are the pass rushers he is going against.

RB Peyton Barber
When looking at replay it appeared Barber has crossed the goal line prior to coughing up the football. So perhaps the fumble should have never been counted. However, it did occur and it just can’t, particularly at that spot on the field. Working your way inside the one-yard line on an excellent drive isn’t an easy thing to do. You just can’t under any circumstance not secure the football. Fortunately for Barber and the Bucs it didn’t cost them the game by missing out on those seven points, but it sure made a lot of Bucs fans chock down some antacids in the fourth quarter hoping the Bucs defense could come up with a final stop.

TE Cam Brate
It wasn’t a great game for tight end Cam Brate. In fact it was pretty dreadful. It started with TD drop in first quarter and then a drop in second quarter inside two minutes. In the second half it was a hold that negated 31-yard run by Peyton Barber. With O.J. Howard out for the rest of the season, the Buccaneers need to see the old Cam Brate, not the one who has struggled with drops this season.

RB Ronald Jones
The blocking was really bad for all the Bucs running backs against Carolina. And the pass protection wasn’t a whole lot better. Still the Bucs were able to escape with a victory on Sunday. Tampa Bay really wants to see Ronald Jones live up to his second round draft status, and while he hasn’t has a ton of opportunities this season, the few he has had, the former USC standout has struggled when getting playing time. On Sunday Jones carried the ball four times for just two yards.

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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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 [email protected]

28 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, great photo of Donovan with his father.

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  2. The Ronald Jones situation is just mind boggling. Even by accident an NFL RB should have broken a respectable run by now

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    • Yeah, I don’t get it at all. Where’s the player development? This RB cannot be THAT bad! I just can’t believe these results are all on Ronald Jones.

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    • I don’t really think it’s RoJo’s fault tbh. I can’t remember a single one of his runs where he wasn’t hit 2 yards in the backfield. I don’t think that’s on him.

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    • he’s a 2nd round pick by Jason Licht…there seems to be a pattern here….maybe we should have traded away our 2nd round pick next year for a 3rd and 4th, he seems to have much better luck there (sarcasm, but still somewhat true)

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  3. Agree with the assessment of Smith. When he had the opportunity to push his running back forward, he didn’t. He quit on the play. That’s not a good habit and that is his habit every play.

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    • the only way I think D Smith should be extended is as a RT for far less than he expects to get as an LT. In fact, he may make a better RG than we have now.

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  4. Jones has not been given a enough opportunities to evaluate him properly. He was hit in the backfield on one play, and on his toss sweep, the Panthers saw it coming and again was on him from the second he got the ball. We have not gotten enough sampling of him this game to call him most disappointing. What we do know is this team has struggled to run the ball the last two seasons no matter who the R.B. has been. Maybe the run game coach, Warhop, and the run blockers should be getting the blame.

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    • Surfer dude you’re right War hop absolutely needs to be replaced. We also need to acquire. (Draft or fa) a guard and two tackles Demar Dotson is getting old and Smith just never was.

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      • Jones is one of the biggest disappointments this season. I agree maybe he hasn’t been given an adequate number of carries or maybe it’s the blocking. I watched the kid at USC and he was spectacular. Most draft analyst had him a solid 1-2 pick. Maybe he needs more time to adjust to NFL, but if we don’t see a lot of improvement in the next 4 games, I would be looking for a mid 3-4 RB in 2019.

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        • Man I hate to duplicate high draft capital on the same position like a RB the year after. I get what you’re saying but I hate seeing us do this from time to time.

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    • true, the difference is that PeyTrain is able to break through initial contact more effectively than Rojo can but either way, the Oline needs to improve and Warhop has been on the top of the “please fire” list since Smitty was given his pink slip

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  5. Cameron Brate just doesn’t look like the same guy that got him the $40 million deal. Some might say that since he “got paid” he’s “just a guy”.

    Disappointed that, even though the Bucs gave away tickets, attendance was pathetic.

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    • Scubog, I hate to say this, but the sport is dying a slow death. Parents don’t want their kids playing this sport anymore. I know my daughter blocked her kids at an early age; I hope my son does the same for his kids too. The kids just aren’t interested in this very violent sport. Showing the injuries on replay helps to emphasize why they don’t play anymore. Basketball seems to be what the younger generation watches. Went to two Dunedin basketball games at Clearwater and Dunedin and the attendance was strong. Glazers have lost out in the marketing for the younger generation and this includes the NFL.

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      • Football ratings might be down, but football as a whole isn’t even close to dying. I live in Texas for 7 years and they literally live and breath football there. South Florida football is popular as well. The only reason why it doesn’t see so popular here is, because we basically sucked. If this team was 9-3 team the stadium would be packed. College football ratings are up as well so I don’t see it going anywhere any time soon.

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      • It is ironic that I see two distinct trends in sports at the same time.

        I am old enough to remember when a boxing match used to go more than twelve rounds. Other things were done to make boxing less brutal. Now UFC style fighting has replaced traditional boxing in popularity.

        The NFL has become less brutal also. Even Indy style racing is less dangerous for the drivers and the viewers in the stands as well.

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  6. Most disappointing to me is the offense. A running play on 1st and 10 into the teeth of the Carolina front 7 that put us in 2nd and long twice that resulted in sacks…. and in one of those sequences, the third of the four for yesterday happened. This felt like Koetter, not Monken. Koetter hides his stubbornness with phrases like “commitment to the run” and gets very predictable. Koetter literally exacerbates the warts of our Offensive Line.

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  7. yeah i have no idea why barber is on this list. knocking him for a fumble that was an obvious touchdown?? i mean if we are being honest the refs should be on this list for the calls they were making on both sides. just terrible. but it’s funny because if they had got it right barber would have 2 tds in that game and almost certaintly on the most impressive list. that should tell you everything you need to know. maybe should alter your thinking on how you come up with this list penalizing a player for a referee era is pretty illogical.

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    • The most ridiculous thing about the play was that Barber lost the ball trying to stretch it over his own blocker lying on the ground, on his back. SMGDH

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  8. I wouldn’t judge any RB’s performanc playing behind our line yesterday.

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  9. O line in should be on the list for the lack of a running game. Has been this way since the preseason.

    Holding call on Brate negating the 31 year Barber run was bush league – it was a weak call to begin with and Barber had already passed him – no impact on the play.

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  10. That was a terrible call on the Barber fumble. Smith is not a good left tackle. To me he’s not even average. Every year we hear he has potential to be one of best and every year he is average or has game like yesterday that was terrible.

    Winston played great again. I saw one ball he forced in end zone that Godwin broke up other than that was very solid. Great to see!

    Brate has a very bad game not sure what’s up with him. Hopefully just a slump.

    Again with a lead at the end this team can’t run the ball. You can blame Koetter and his play calling is predictable but I can’t blame him for not running ball when the Bucs and this O line clearly can’t. First half I thought ok better balance and some runs. Second half they got stuffed every time again as usual it seemed.

    In addition to needs at Safety and CB they need to get rid of Warphop and this o line needs an overhaul again. It’s pretty crappy.

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    • Actually I am not sure Smith ever had the potential to become an outstanding left tackle. When you compare him to a player like Dotson you see a guy who had to fight and work his way up to the starting position. Smith never really has had to compete for the position.

      My understanding from comments of others is the upcoming draft probably won’t provide us the opportunity to upgrade much on the OL. Licht (or whoever) will have to truly dig deep in the draft or in free agency to find some help.

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  11. Ryan Smith’s off-coverage on that 10 yard TD pass to Funchess was pretty disappointing. That had Mike Smith’s teaching all over it!

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  12. The only negative I saw was poor tackling. I hope in next preseason training camp this is emphasized .

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  13. Having Barber on this list is comical.

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    • Barber on and Benenoch nowhere to be found?

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      • I guess it could be because Benenoch has brought the bar so low that we can’t even be disappointed anymore.

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