It was another disappointing loss for the Buccaneers against the Saints, and what many fans hoped would be a positive season is quickly spiraling down the drain. At 3-7 the playoffs are essentially out of reach, and now the rest of the year will be a test to see who wants to be a Buccaneer in 2020.
There are more questions than answers after 10 games following Tampa Bay’s 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Despite the loss, there were a handful of players who had solid games. We present our weekly most impressive list below.
TE Cameron Brate
Brate took the majority of the Bucs targets, leading the team with 14 and managing 10 catches for 73 yards. None of his catches were particularly exceptional, but Brate was his usual reliable self, and was an outlet for quarterback Jameis Winston, who was under pressure often on Sunday.
LB Devin White
White led the team with 14 stops, including 12 solo tackles, but unfortunately none of his tackles produced any splash or momentum-changing plays. White continues to improve, but the Bucs defense needed someone – anyone – to step up and turn the tide against a Saints offense that took what the Bucs gave them, which ended up being 27 points.
WR Chris Godwin
Godwin, like fellow receiver Mike Evans, was very quiet throughout a big part of the game, as the Saints had a great game plan to slow down the NFL’s leading receiving duo. Godwin was able to get loose in the third quarter when he took a Winston pass 30 yards for a score after breaking a couple tackles on the way to the end zone. Godwin finished the game with three receptions for 47 yards and one score.
DB Mike Edwards
With the release of Vernon Hargreaves, Edwards played cornerback when the Bucs went to their nickel package. Edwards had a sack on part-time Saints QB Taysom Hill, and also came up and with a big first quarter open field tackle on Alvin Kamara to limit the Saints to a first quarter field goal.