Tampa Bay made it two in a row with their 28-11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, putting them at 5-7 on the year.

Below is our weekly Most Impressive list of players who stood out on Sunday.

LB Devin White
Several questioned the Bucs decision to make White the No. 5 overall pick in last April’s draft, with the need for a pass rusher, like Kentucky’s Josh Allen still on the board. And while Allen is having a tremendous season for the Jaguars, White is holding his own as well. The last two games in particular have shown glimpses of why the Bucs decided to take White.

White tied for the team lead in tackles for Tampa Bay, notching seven takedowns, but more impressively recorded his first career interception and also scored his first NFL touchdown on a scoop and score following a Shaq Barrett sack. White added one tackle for loss and two pass breakups on the afternoon.

OLB Shaq Barrett and Bucs Defense 
Barrett continues to be one of the best free agent signings in team history after another multi-sack game on Sunday against the Jaguars. Barrett’s first sack of Nick Foles forced a fumble that was picked up by linebacker Devin White who returned it for a score. Barrett’s two sacks now gives him 14.5 on the season.

Overall the Bucs pass rush was outstanding, as was the run defense that limited Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette to just 39 yards on 13 carries. Vita Vea had a big hand in stoping the Jags running game, while also providing pressure on the Jacksonville quarterbacks.

TE O.J. Howard
Howard’s demise has been greatly exaggerated. Well at least for one week anyway. Howard had a season-high five receptions for 61 yards, and played the way the fans and organization have been waiting for all season long. Howard’s five catches was tied for the team lead.

WR Breshad Perriman
Like Howard, Perriman has been a source on contention for fans all year long, rarely making an impact. On Sunday he tied Howard with five receptions but accounted for 87 yards to lead the team. Perriman had a terrific first half catch for a first down that was initially ruled incomplete but was overturned by replay.

RB Peyton Barber
Barber’s state line may not be pretty – 17 carries for 44 yards – but he was able to punch the ball in twice for touchdowns, and despite only averaging 2.6 yards per carry, he kept the Jaguars defense honest and helped open up some things in the passing game. Ronald Jones started the game but was relatively ineffective gaining just eight yards on six carries before giving way to Barber.

Honorable Mention: QB Jameis Winston (268 yards, no interceptions),  P Bradley Pinion (48.3 avg.), CBs Sean Murphy-Bunting (one INT), OLB Carl Nassib (sack, forced fumble)

 

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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]

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  1. I see you copied my “Game Balls” post. Well done.

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  2. I think Vea and Winston player very well too.

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  3. Vita should be on there too.

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  4. Pinion’s last punt was outstanding. It was just as important as any other play.

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    • That punt flipped the field in the Buc favor. Huge.

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  5. Things always look a lot better when you win. Go Bucs! Be Winners!

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  6. Unbelievable that Peyton Barber made this list. I understand everyone things he is quote “tough”, what he is not is someone who can accelerate and hit the hole and possibly, just possibly, break off a real run. The running game sucked all day – all day! The days of 3 yards and a cloud of dust are long, long gone (and for those that are not math majors, you’re still punting after those 9 yards. We however, have an RB who is 2 yards and a cloud of dust. Either play Jones or draft a real running back and compliment him a line that may, just may, open a hole. I’m sure everyone in the stadium, including fans at home, started getting worried in the 3rd quarter when the Bucs (although eating time would have been nice), kept running Barber up the middle for none or little gain. The TDs were nice, but look how they were scored – actually behind an O-line push.

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    • I’m not sure why you are complaining, we Won the Game. As far as your comment about Barber’s avg and “the days of 3yds and a cloud of dust being long gone”, Got a Question how many wins have we gotten with both Evans & Godwin catching over 1000 yards this season? In this league you better make your opponent respect your ability to run or you’re not winning much, just ask Dirk in Atlanta!

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      • Not to mention a couple nice runs called back for penalties, and runs from the goal line and with a few minutes on the clock when everyone knew that was the play.

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    • It was a win by 17 points on the road what exactly are you
      complaining about??????

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  7. dbenn2012,, go back and look at the tape and also listen to the announcers.
    The Jabs were running a lot of 8 men in the box which allowed Winston more passing room which he took advantage of.
    Add to that fact that Alex Cappa went out so the running game got stifled a bit. Every yard Barber got was well earned and kept the Jaguars defense honest.
    Geeeesh, what a complainer.
    Since DumbAssBob won’t be out here this week, are you feeling a need to take his place.

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    • Haha

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      • Speaking only of Barber being the back and wondering why Jones wasn’t in and a rant on him being a 3yd a carry guy which carried back to references when the league was a running league 40 years ago when I started watching. Questioned inclusion of a name on post related to “Most Impressive”. Nothing there about the game plan or strategy and not about being unhappy we won. I didn’t know until I read the paper that Jones was benched for missing a blitz pick-up and Arians wanted to send a message to a young player – Great!

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  8. U know what I noticed in today’s game? I saw guys smiling and running around having fun playing football. Haven’t seen that in these parts for quite sometime. Winning cures all! The mistakes aren’t as glaring. It’s almost as if they are expecting to have success on any giving play. Let’s keep it going. Three in a row. Go Bucs!

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  9. This is not a losing culture anymore! The Bucs have Truly turned the corner to expecting to win no matter the opponent. This is why I kept telling the haters to trust BA and defended Licht all this season. And with proper protection Jameis is a winner, and we need to keep him. Could you believe the transformation today of Perriman and Howard after BA development? I think Evans has been beat up on the field for us this year and is playing with some nagging injuries he is not talking about but that was OK because Perriman and Howard stood up today and picked up the slack big time!

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  10. What was Dungy’s record at the end of his first season here? To think the Buc’s have the chance to do than that. With a season of changing defensive philosophy and the youth in the DB’s I think fans should be happy with the win.

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  11. Barrett is going to be expensive. Any news on getting him signed to a new deal?

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    • What if we did not obtain Shaq Barrett in free agency and we drafted Josh Allen instead of Devin White?  If we had also kept Kwon Alexander how would our season have been?   More importantly how would our future look?  Allen and Alexander vs Barrett and White … hmmmm.

      Pay Barrett and sign him up for multiple years!  Our defensive prospects are certainly very bright with White and Barrett on board.
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      • Kwon Alexander was never very good in the passing game defense. Devin Smith is beginning to show something, so hopefully his pass defense ceiling will be higher than Qwon’s.

        At least we’re not paying Devin White $14,531,250 this year to be one dimensional.

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  12. I was impressed with the Bucs fans who showed up to cheer on the Bucs. Have to be impressed with Brad Pinion punting the ball so well when punting at the back of the end zone. Although we might not like the fact that Leftwich took his foot off of the gas with conservative play calling in the second half, he knew the only way the Jags could overcome the deficit was if we turned the ball over. Well played Byron.

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  13. So after weeks of me sticking up for D White when fans were already calling him a bust we finally see what I saw when we drafted him, and Barber making impressive list at 44 yds on ground is not shocking on this site as we have had past players with mediocre days deserving of this honor player Luke Stocker comes to mind when he had a 2 catches for 40 yds in NO and made the “Impressive” list

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    • Also Winston makes this list for me for not having any turnovers for a change ha

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      • That’s funny, I thought I saw somewhere that he lost a fumble.

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        • If he did than I remove him from the most impressive list haha

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          • Hey JonnyG! Stocker is still playing. That has to count for something.

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  14. Stocker is hot garbage

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