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.

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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 am beginning to lose faith is Jameis

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    • Beginning to? Have you not watched him the last four years?

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    • Me too. Never thought I’d say that. Big question is if BA is losing faith in him. I now think we will draft a QB early next year. Look for a blockbuster trade for a high draft pick to get Joe Burrow.

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    • Like I said on the other thread, Jameis is Jameis and always will be. His biggest strength is that he thinks he can always win the game, which is also his biggest weakness. There is a direct correlation between how the Oline plays and how well Jameis does. Put any quarterback behind this line and they will look horrible. Putting a guy like Jameis back there may be even worse as it results in record setting turnovers

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  2. .M Bown is beginning to lose faith in Jameis Winston
    Jameis Winston has 18 INTS and 2nd place Baker Mayfield has 12
    MBROWN that is a 33% or 1/3 third high number than any other QB in the NFL
    that is more than 50% higher than most all other QB in NFL
    and MBROWN beginning to lose faith HUM
    How many more losses can this team take fans leaving by thousands every year!
    On the radio, it sounded like they were playing in NO

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    • What…..you don’t go to the games? Imagine that.

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  3. The only two that deserve to be on this list are White and Brate. White is getting stronger each week. And time to sit Howard and start Brate. If we need another blocker, which is what Howard does most of the time, go get an H back that really lays the wood on guys and line him up on the right side.

    Godwin wasn’t getting separation most of the day and got 3 catches – 3, while we were forced to throw the entire game. Where was he? And Edwards eh. He shined playing slot safety, not CB. Both plays you highlight are safety plays at the line – how was he in coverage? How was Bunting on the outside?

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    • There was no separation anywhere. All the replays and dudes were covered. And for those wondering why big mike doesnt get the yacs, look at that last play he got tackeled on the 1, the dude has no wiggle at all. Hes a beast, but hes got no wiggle

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  4. Bruce Arians Postgame Press Conference | Bucs vs. Saints Press Conference
    Brucie says Jameis only has 10ints 8 of them, not his fault!
    This man is in Denial just like Ted Bundy’s mother, Ted was such a nice good boy it was not his fault!
    Bruce is a lost broken Coach

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    • Blame anyone but Winston Arians

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    • BS

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  5. What does Matt Gay have to do to get on this list? Every week since the Giants game he has been consistent. Bucs have found their kicker at long last.

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  6. I didn’t get this on the other page in time, would like to see what people think:

    Four plausible answers:

    A.) Winston’s erratic play is an unsurmountable obstacle for the team

    B.) More than half a decade in, Licht has failed to build a complete team

    C.) A + B

    D.) People can’t see past their emotions to make an objective fact-based assessment

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    • E.) All of the above

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      • lolol

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  7. Scotty Miller… and of course, somebody had to throw him the ball… and when he has time, his deep ball accuracy is good. Scotty Miller should be on this list tho.

    The problem is asking Winston to throw 50 times. Thought BA said that was a recipe for failure. Game was far from over and the first play of the third quarter is a pass play out of shotgun formation?! Panic mentality to say the least. Panic is weak.

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    • ….this mentality at the start of third quarter feeds right into the weak sauce Koetter and regime was creating with these players for three years.

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  8. I hate to..Rub it in BUTT…When the score was 20-zip and I had thrown 2 chicken wing bones at my TV, My wife said, Honey, Lets remove ourselves from this..Buc Den Of Depression and cap our weekend on a..Positive Note. We promptly left with almost 3 full qtrs. to go. Had ourselves a great dinner and movie. Of course I found out later..what I already knew……Another Buc Lost. But say guys, I got..a Hellava wife-fee huh?

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    • Kudos to you and your fam. We’d all be much better off doing the same till they start winning again.

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    • yeah

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  9. Neither White or Edwards deserves to make this list. Edwards allowed as many plays as he made and White was primarily covering Kamara on passing downs and Kamara almost always had success.

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  10. I thought White was awful. Yes he was doing a lot of tackling trying to catch up with the wide receivers that kept picking on him. I thought he was too small when we drafted him and I feel the same.
    So far he is no Kwon Alexander.

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    • White is great. AFTER..the runner or receiver makes the gain or play. Not so much on interrupting one.

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      • Derrick Brooks bit on play-action and made mistakes all the time while he was here too. Devin White needs time. We need him to force fumbles and help create splash plays and takeaways. That’s what great players do. That’s when people like us start forgetting all the mistakes they make.

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  11. Again I ask after the Bucs have allowed 313 points in 10 games
    More than any other team in NFL more than double good teams
    How is that Todd Bowles Game face working here in Tampa?
    Let’s go hire the man who ran the worst defence in NFL at Jets for 3 years, Todd Bowles
    and make him DC and think he would be good here!
    Morons

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    • It’s so predictable that you become so giddy after a Bucs loss.

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  12. Edwards missed several big tackles so putting him on most impressive? Don’t think so.

    Same morons on here harping on Winston when defense puts us in 20 point hole first qtr and o line can’t run ball or block for shit. What QBs runs for his life and has success?

    What QB is asked to drop back 50-60 times and win game with no int. And does it?

    Pure Idiocy!!!!!

    Blow up The team? Don’t think so. Blow up O line? I’m good with all them being gone for most part. Marpet and Jensen ok but overpaid. Smith is good for one back breaking sack or so per game. Dotson is worthless. Cappa is ok for what he’s paid. No depth and starters are not very good. It won’t get better until O line is fixed. It won’t matter who qb is.

    Defense is close some guys need more playing time and still need a lock down CB imo.

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  13. Perhaps the empty stadium is screaming for change…just a thought…

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  14. This mess Starts at the VERY TOP.

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    • How dare you mess with the clueless……Profit minded Glazers? LOL

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    • But..soccer

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      • but soccer…

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  15. bucs please…Fire Licht, trade Winston and get a new personal department

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  16. My daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons paid $500 for bad seats because my one son-in-law was sworn in at halftime during the military ceremony. That Pageantry was worth the trip. As far as the Buc’s game I wouldn’t pay a nickel to watch those losers embarrass themselves and the City of Tampa and I have have been a devout Buc fan since their origins. It’s time to move them to another city and let them crap on other loyal fans.
    My daughter said the Ray Jay was half empty and For $500 they were surrounded by Saints fans.

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  17. My one grandson was sworn in. Not my son in law.

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  18. I’m not shocked and neither should any fan. Stop reading the columns about this team and just cut on the game tape. We haven’t been able to stop the pass under Licht for 5 seasons. He had a good stretch in 2016 but he is so dim that he let both of those safeties walk and has been spinning his wheels ever since. His neglect to the trenches is even more egregious when you consider the amount of draft capital he’s wasted in the secondary that should’ve been used on lineman. Minter held Kamara in check but All World White can’t lol. There might be 1 starting CB somewhere in our secondary but this coaching staff is just as clueless on who that is as Mike a Smiths crew. Bruce yapped about balance but is putting Jameis in the same spots Dirk did. Eventually everyone will be with me on the fire Licht bandwagon I just hope it’s after this season. Back to back 5-11s were not enough so he’s trying to see if he can keep his job with even less wins lol come on guys stop letting him wet the bed on our watch. There should be an arm wrestling contest to see who wants to write this article calling for Lichts job first. 3 coaching staffs, endless personnel decisions and salary cap hell should be enough right PR?

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  19. Seemed like the Bucs were playing away still with all the saints fans showing up.

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  20. Hmmmmmmmm. I expected the Most Impressive List to be a blank page. I suppose PK Matt Gay and P Bradley Pinion could be on the list since they did their jobs. Devin White made a lot of tackles and is improving. TE Cameron Brate caught a lot of dink passes.

    I was most impressed with the youngsters, like Martini’s grandson, who enlisted in the armed forces at halftime. I remember enlisting 50 years ago this past April. Would have been cool to do it at a football game instead of a big room in Jacksonville.

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  21. Jamel Dean couldnt even get n the field this week LOLOLOLOL…. This fucking coaching staff is a joke.

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  22. Scubog, I was in Vietnam on the DMZ saying to myself I’m never going to make it out of here. My Infantry Brigade had just taken over the same AO’s as 3rd Marine Division had as they moved down Phu Bai prepairing to go back to Okinawa. They were one hell of an ass kicking Marine Division, We were one Army Brigade against two NVA Divisions and a Regiment.

    I know you were at the game and have a different perspective of what you saw.
    It sure looks like there was one heck of a lot of Saints fans there? We’re the majority of them bust over or is this all local fans?

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    • 3rd Mar Div Forced Recon NSA Da Nang. Navy corpsman.

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  23. Since you brought moms into this DubAssBob, I’m sure your mommy is in denial about the fact you are a loathsome little ugly troll who only crawls out from beneath his rock to rejoice when the Bucs lose. We didn’t miss you at all last week after the Bucs win.
    What a miserable little dung beetle of an existence you must lead

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  24. Scott Miller had an excellent break out game yesterday. Have to wonder why he isn’t on the list.
    I was thinking the same thing about Devin White yesterday.
    Although he is improving and looks better, I have seen no splash plays from him or any other Buc defender lately except Jamel Dean.
    Whoever came up with that defensive scheme yesterday should be fired.
    It became apparent midway though the game that Brees lacks the arm strength now to throw a 15 yard out pattern and probably the deep ball. He dinked and dunked his way down the field like he was playing against a Mike Smith defense.
    It was nauseating to watch.

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  25. Mark- You said “Devin White made 14 stops 12 solo but no splash plays”? Geeze we the type of team that 12 solo tackles isn’t good enough unless you have a strip fumble and a int is the bar really that high for this defense these days? Geeze he played great and he only a rookie will only improve. Most impressive list should go to season ticket holder that have to watch this team week to week surrounded by cheering opposing fans my family were season ticket holders in the 80’s and 90’s so I know how bad that sucks to drive an hour each way to watch your team suck and other teams fake ass fans rejoice

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  26. Dean should have been shutting down Thomas all day and the outcome would have been different. Our DC should be fired for not starting and using Dean. He kept us in zone defense and was no better than Our former failing DCs. He has had plenty of time to teach his defense to our young defenders including how to communicate together. He has a lot of gall saying we need to communicate better instead of blaming himself.

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  27. In light of this, yet another bad loss, I would have respected PR much more if they would have just wrote the article saying

    “Yeah, no we couldn’t. No one was Most Impressive”!

    This Team is total CRAP! Unless they are secretly tanking, F them and F the Glazers.

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  28. Considering it has taken most of you 4 1/2 years to finally start to lose faith in Winston, since BA refuses to evaluate Winston on his previous years, it means we will likely be stuck with Winston another 4 1/2 years until BA reaches the same conclusion that we all have!

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  29. BA is in denial. He has double standards for his QB compared to all his other players. He wont hesitate to bench anyone except his beloved QB!!! BA is stubborn, makes bad decisions, has double standards and has terrible play calling. My dream is 2020 see’s Lycht, BA, Leftwitch and Winston all sailing away into the horizon never to be seen in Tampa again!

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