Another 500-yard-plus offensive performance by the Buccaneers offense was wasted by terrible decisions, turnovers and an inability to make a crucial stop when the Bucs were on the comeback trail in the second half. Tampa Bay fell to 3-7 after a 38-35 loss at New York on Sunday.

Below is PewterReport.com’s list of Sunday’s most impressive Buccaneers. Take a look and see if you agree and add your thoughts in the comment section.

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QB Jameis Winston

Who knows if things are different had Jameis Winston gotten the start instead of Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday at New york. Maybe Winston struggles out of the gate as well. We will never know, but if Dirk Koetter goes with Fitzpatrick again next week, I would hope ownership steps in.

There is no reason to see Fitzpatrick start again this season unless Winston suffers an injury. You are all but out of the playoff race and now it is time to see what Winston can do over the final six games. This organization, whether it is Koetter coaching or not next season, needs to see Winston play as they have 20.9 million reasons to see how he performs to close out the season.

Winston wasn’t perfect on Sunday, but he did come in and lead the team to four touchdowns and gave them a chance to stage a miraculous comeback had the defense decided to participate. Winston completed 12-of-16 for 199 yards with two touchdowns and a meaningless late-second heave interception.

Has Winston learned anything from his benching? It is hard to say after just under two quarters of action, but if he can duplicate those numbers next week over four quarters against the 49ers then Tampa Bay will at least have a shot to win.

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WR Mike Evans
After two subpar games in a row, Evans bounced back big time with six receptions for 120 yards a touchdown. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter for score after Jameis Winston was stripped near the goal line. The Bucs are loaded with play makers, with Evans being one of the main ones and his big day was almost enough to fuel a second half comeback.

RB Peyton Barber
The best thing that could have happened to Barber was the Bucs drafting his replacement in Ronald Jones. Most assumed Jones would end up getting the bulk of the carries at some point in 2018, but as Lee Corso says, “Not so fast my friend.”

Who doesn’t love Barber’s story? A great young man, a hard worker and he has evolved into a legitimate NFL starting back. He was serviceable last season, but has really stepped up his game in 2018.

On Sunday Barber had his best game of the year, gaining 106 yards 18 carries with a rushing touchdown. Barber isn’t going to bounce one outside and rumble 80 yards, but he doesn’t dance, and can break arm tackles with ease at times.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul
The former Giants star went back to his former stomping grounds for the first time since be traded last spring and showed his old team he still has plenty of juice left in the tank.Pierre-Paul led the Buc defensive line with seven stops including 1.5 sacks, a tackle for loss and two QB pressures.

TE O.J. Howard
Howard suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter after a reception and the severity isn’t known as of yet. Prior to the injury Howard nabbed five receptions for 78 yards after catching just one pass last week against the Redskins and only being targeted twice.

Howard is a mismatch against linebackers and if he played for a team that doesn’t have the number of weapons the Bucs do, he would be sniffing a 1,000 season already. He is that good. And still can get better.

Honorable Mention: K Cairo Santos, DT Gerald McCoy, WR Adam Humphries

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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]

27 COMMENTS

  1. One of you guys on the Pewter Report staff, possibly Sikemea, stated last week that Barber wasn’t a starting NFL back.
    I beg to differ.
    The kid just keeps getting better and better every week and actually gave the Bucs some balance today.

    So many people out here screaming for Fitz but he was who we thought he was.
    I like Fitz but he is what he is.
    He got to feel what it was like to play with this defense which continually lets opponents score on virtually every possession they could put their punters on the inactive list if they wanted.
    It puts a lot of pressure on the QB to score every time he gets the ball and take risks to do it.

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    • I agree. I have said several times that Barber is a solid back. Give him a little room and he will probably get you at least two yards more than is blocked. Sometimes quite a bit more as he just keeps going after he is hit. He can also make some good cuts to elude tacklers.
      Also, you absolutely right about the defense giving up so many points contributing to BOTH QBs taking too many chances. Finally, if you watched the Falcon game and the Saints games, the
      Commentators on BOTH games kept talking about how not even Ryan and Brees could do it all; ALL QBs have to have a running game to be really successful. Guess what…that includes the Bucs too! Also notice that Fitz had a solid running game Sunday while Jameis did not. By the time he came in the game He had to pass pass pass. That is, after the first couple of series because they’had to score every time because the defense kept giving up scores as fast as we scored. If the oline can keep giving Barber room to run I believe you will see fewer turnovers by Jameis.

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  2. When I saw Fitz throw the ball up for grabs at the end I knew he was not the answer. Winston was lucky that he did not throw more pics than he did. There are lots of problems with this team and I don’t see help coming soon. I can tell you it is time for a coaching change. I will say that the players played their hearts out. No quit in them. As long as they play hard I am routing for them. Go Bucs!!!!

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  3. Time for a gut check for this Buc team!
    If you want to win then do it!

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  4. There is nothing impressive about anything to do with this stupid team at all except for one thing – the ability to lose every wknd! I can’t stand to watch these losers play another weekend this year. Time to just cleanse the entire organization and start from scratch again. Winston is not the answer either. I’m with Scott Reynolds. I would keep maybe 16 players from the roster. The rest gotta go! We literally suck!!!!! Done wasting my time and my money in these inept idiots!!!!!

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  5. I was at the game and here is what these guys writing the story don’t know – I got to see what Winston was doing on the sideline when he was not playing.

    I was sitting in the Meadowlands behind the Bucs at the 45 yard line three rows from the field. Winston was on the sideline, watching the play. However, when the Bucs called a long pass – he would literally sprint down the sideline about 20 yards before the ball was snapped, to see how Fitzpatrick would throw the pass from the receivers standpoint. The Giant defenders noted this, and when he sprinted downfield they would shift a little to be ready for any pass over 20 yards from Fitzpatrick.

    He gave the Giants insight to the Bucs playcalling before the play was called – every single time. When Winston went in, Fitzpatrick watched stoically on the sideline not moving or running downfield when longer plays were called. Winston therefore did not have to worry about Fitzpatrick giving the play away.

    Also saw breakdowns in coverage before the ball was snapped when the Bucs were on defense. The Giants would line up three on a side, but only two Buc defenders would respond with the zone coverage they had. So after the snap the two defenders would cover two receivers while the third ran free and had an easy catch. This happened on multiple plays, and I had never seen the Bucs not cover receivers before like this ever. It was pretty depressing to watch.

    Did Winston learn anything? No. The Giants defense dropped a couple of interceptions on two Buc first down plays in a row in one series. Winston’s fumble in the end zone was lucky that Evans was there to recover. The truth is – this team does not have a QB. Netiher do the Titans (did you see Mariotta yesterday, he was horrendous!) The draft in 2014 was a disaster for both franchises plain and simple. The Bucs should play Winston at this point to see if he does better – he won’t. Neither will Mariotta. They both are not going to amount to much anything. almost all NFL QBs by their fourth year show improvement, neither Winston nor Mariotta are showing that improvement. That either will succeed is very slim at this point.

    At the end of the season, I predict:
    1) Winston will play himself out of a starting job in Tampa
    2) Koetter will be fired
    3) Licht will be fired
    4) The Glazers, who cannot be trusted to make any good football decision, will go try to find another GM and potentially fail miserably because why should they succeed after picking three at this point and failing with all of them (Greg Allen, Mark Domink, Jason Licht). They inherited Jim McKay and let Gruden get rid of him (probably had no choice in the matter). However since Greg Allen who was very mediocre, the GMs have been terrible when they have had to pick them on their own. Who is to say they will get it right at the end of this season? I fear for the future of this franchise – there is nothing bright about it at all.

    Can anyone find something I am missing to be positive about? Thanks.

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    • Jameis played fantastic in this game. I’m tired of the “almost” a turnover excuse. If it isnt a turnover I dont care. Outside of one bad throw he was sharp. The second tipped ball hit Humphrey right in the hands. I’ll beg to differ on your points. Winston will be here next year, all year. Dont know why people think this team moves on. Who is going to be our qb if they do? I see a lot of people saying move on and yet nobody has an answer who our qb would be then. As for Jameis running around to tiki the defense off, they dont need Jameis for that, our offense is predictable as hell.

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      • did Winston play fantastic or… was he and the team just lucky he didnt have more interceptions and fumbles??

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        • Winston played better than Fitzpatrick, I am not debating that. From the sideline he looked okay. Sure, Humphries was the problem on one almost interception. What people may not have noticed is the play calling was run first, pass second when Winston was playing in the first series he was in. When throwing in desperation to catch up, he handled it fine for the first time this year.

          What cgmaster97 did not not understand is what Winston did helped the Giants every time on defense.

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          • I doubt it help the giants, theres multiple routes run on every play,you dont have to throw to the guy triple covered like fitz did. Every defense knows we throw it long on just about every play, it’s how our offensive scheme works. Its why our QBs throw for 300+ yards a week. This offensive scheme is way too predicated on the long ball. As for who our qb would be next year, my point is, you dont get rid is a guy if you dont have a plan in place, and we dont. And bridgwater would be terrible in this scheme if it’s the same, which I think we all hope it wont be.

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        • Sunshine dont be mad cause your man crush Mariota is out with another Injury. I dont count almost turnovers and neither does the nfl.

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        • An expected post from a Winston hater. I love how your excuses always seem to be “he could’ve thrown more pics” lol laughable. I saw Carson Wentz throw three picks and could’ve thrown at least two more. Do you think they want to throw him away? Mariota was awful yesterday. Big Ben turned it over four times, but because they won, no one mentions it. It all accounts if you win or lose. You Winston haters are as predictable as they come. And trust me, I don’t think Winston is perfect by any means. I’m fact he’s played just, ok. But you can’t take anything away from the way he played yesterday u less your just a hater.

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          • chefboho – not a Winston hater. I hope he works out. He should start now for the rest of the year, no question. I just have no confidence at all he will work out. You loosely use the hater term, be proud of that. I hope you are right and he does work out, I just am not confident at all he will.

            FYI – another player noted Winston’s behavior, they pulled him aside and asked him to stop. He stopped well before that last horrendous pick by Fitzpatrick.

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      • One last comment – I don’t want Winston to fail. Why would I want that? I just don’t think he is going to succeed – let him prove me wrong. I hope he can. I just have not seen any evidence that he will be able to read the field well most of the time. If he does that, and is better on passes over 25 yards, then he will prove me wrong.

        Where do they get another QB? I don’t know. No one knows. Teddy Bridgewater may become available at the end of the season if the Saints don’t resign him to backup Brees. Not saying do that. I am just saying at this point if we see more of the same from Winston the team is going to have to think hard about the future.

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        • I believe he threw a PERFECT deep pass for TD to Evans. In fact he threw the ball over 50 yards in the air and hit him on the dead run.

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      • You’re absolutely right about the int off Humphrey. Although I would say it was somewhat behind him but not enough where he doesn’t usually catch it. Even his one interception, did you notice what a weak effort DJax made for it? He actually may have caught it if he had really tried to. He actually waved at the ball If he had turned to it and fought for it it may not have been intercepted at all.

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    • Did Winston really sprint down field on the side line when long pass plays were called?

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      • Yes, I am not making this up. Why in the heck would I make that up? My brothers and I watched it happen multiple times in the first half. The coaches talked to him and he stopped eventually… but it sure did not help matters.

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  6. Yep agree with ya cg. Koetter play calling sucks. Also Fitz should never started this week. You know what you have with him and he’s not the future. I knew Winston would be back and Fitz would not duplicate the first two games. It’s a team sport and just too many issues on this team for any QB to be really successful or consistent.

    Also agree if you dump Winston who is better and not more of a gamble? Haters don’t care really just want him gone. Im open as I’m sure team is to for a better option just don’t see one. Draft isn’t going to work either I doubt.

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    • I don’t want him gone – I just predict he won’t succeed. Let him prove me wrong, I hope he does. I just don’t think he will.

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  7. Buc stops here, what a bunch of non sense your spewing here about Winston giving up plays to the Giants. I’ve heard a lot of hate at Winston for various reasons, that’s a certainly new one. I’m sure the Giants defensive backs are focused on Winston on the sideline and not the man or zone they are supposed to cover, give it s rest.

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    • skipper – please explain why the coaches stopped the behavior after it happened three times? Pretty please?

      It was just stupid behavior. It is NOT why Fitzpatrick stunk, he did that on his own. It did not help matters either and the coaching staff stopped it.

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  8. Our coaches aren’t smart enough to catch on too something like that. At least not the defensive coaches. But maybe Jameis was trying to help Djax figure out how far to run on a deep route before giving up on a play.

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  9. Well all I know is if our coach wasn’t an idiot,defense just average and not dead last again and a compete joke, we could run ball consistently, also Benenoch wasn’t a revolving door st RG, and Winston still had too many turnovers, then I’d say he can’t fix it. Until then…..any QB would have have issues in this mess.

    I would love to see Dak Prescott or Mariota deal with this Bucs O line, lack run game, no defense, and say here you go now drop back and throw it 50-60 times because we have to have over 40 points to win. Oh and by the way if you turn it over 2-3 times under those crazy conditions you suck. Lol. Just not realistic.

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  10. You could see that Jameis had practiced hard while not starting and learned more watching Fitz because his passes came out like lasers and Jameis did not show his usual overthrown passes from too much adrenalin that used to produce his slow starts. However he has not learned how to protect the ball when he runs yet but the scare yesterday may make him learn how to hold the ball like Barber did yesterday. By the way we don’t have to lose all the rest of our games because we can still get a great LT picking after the top QBs go. If we do have to take a QB wait til 2020 when the best are available. I hope Jameis works out, though.

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    • Actually he HAS learned to protect the ball when he runs. Earlier this season he was running holding the ball with two hands. I think he was just trying so hard to score he forgot. Hopefully you’re right; maybe the scare of alost turning it over at the goal line will be just what he needs to keep him from running with it in one hand

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    • As much as I would live a great LT, I think a quality pass rusher or a quality CB or S is more important right now. We are also going to have to replace Dotson soon but the RT may not require a 1st round pick.

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