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.

Below is our list of Most Impressive Bucs, take a look and see if you agree and add your thoughts in the comment section below.


DB Andrew Adams
Three interceptions says it all. For a football team to struggle all season to get takeaways, to have a defensive back not named Brent Grimes get three picks in one game, who can say they saw Adams’ three-interception day coming? Adams becomes the third player in franchise history to record three interceptions in one game. And Tampa Bay needed every one of his picks to hold off Carolina in a 24-17 win. Ronde Barber accomplished that feat twice with three INTs against New Orleans on December 23, 2001 and against the Saints again on December 4, 2005, while Aqib Talib snared three interceptions against Washington on October 4, 2009.

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LB Lavonte David
Welcome back, captain. Lavonte David returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a knee injury and make an instant impact, sacking Cam Newton in the first quarter, and also tipping a pass that turned into an interception. David also led the team in tackles, notching 12 tackles including one for loss. David isn’t necessarily the spark plug that Kwon Alexander is, but the Bucs have been missing what he brings to the field each game.

WR Chris Godwin
The only thing that has held Godwin back from becoming a true No. 2 receiver in the NFL has been opportunity. On Sunday, with DeSean Jackson out, Godwin showed his worth – and skill – by hauling in five passes for 101 yards and a score. He had a game-long 48-yard catch-and-run that helped him average 20.2 yards per catch against the Panthers.

QB Jameis Winston
Two straight games with no turnovers has equated to two straight wins for the Buccaneers. Coincidence? We think not. Something that Dirk Koetter has preached over his three-plus seasons with Winston was proven on Sunday – you can win a lot of football games if you play smart and don’t turn the ball over. On Sunday Winston had the lowest passing total of any Bucs quarterback in 2018 with 249 yards while throwing for two touchdowns and completing 66.6 percent of his passes, but the end result was the team’s fifth win of the season. Of course playing with a lead was helpful, but Winston, who led the Bucs in rushing with 48 yards and a 9.6 average, showed he is learning from his past transgressions. It isn’t the worst thing to take a sack.

CB Javien Elliott
Elliott’s journey from walk-on at Florida State University to undrafted free agent to NFL starter has been well documented. The Hollywood script gained another page on Sunday when Elliott recorded his first career interception against Cam Newton and the Panthers. Elliott added four tackles on the afternoon, with one tackle for loss. The Bucs secondary was comprised by what looked more like a fourth preseason game roster than an early December contest, but Elliott and his teammates in Tampa Bay’s underrated secondary made a statement on Sunday.

Honorable Mention: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (three tackles, one sack), LB Kevin Minter (3 tackles, one sack), CB De’Vante Harris (three tackles, three PBUs), WR Adam Humphries (seven catches, 61 yards, one TD).


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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for 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]


  1. Adam Humphries absolutely deserved to be on this list

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    • Although I almost threw up when he tripped and fell on that 3rd down in the 4th quarter. He had a ton of room to run.

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  2. List is pretty spot on. Godwin should be our number 2 for the rest if the season and that’s not even debatable at this point. And on a side note our kicker keeps drilling them right down the middle.

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  3. I am really loving the Adams, Harris, Elliot, Smith, Whitehead backfield!

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  4. Who could argue with these picks?

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  5. You know kicking was bad, when every time our kicker makes a kick the stadium cheers loudly. Lol

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  6. Every player on here definitely deserves it. Though I thought McCoy earned an honorable mention, too. Dude was around Newton quite a bit and helped supply the pressure the lead to turnovers. But that’s just what I saw and I’m half blind

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  7. How many picks does that Derwin James guy have because we have a safety we got at Sam’s Club who has three.

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    • Comment of the day. 10 thumbs up!

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  8. I think PK Cairo Santos needs to be on the Most Impressive list. It was really windy. His kick-offs were still getting to the end zone and his FG and PAT’s were accurate. Our kicking problem appears to be solved.

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  9. Santos drills it down frigging middle every time! So nice after 3 years to not have to hold my breath on every damn extra point and short FG. Lol.

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  10. It’s time for Godwin to take over the #2 spot. DJax has never connected with Jameis and it’s time to stop trying to force things when we have a perfectly competent receiving group without him. Put DJax on IR and let Bobo Wilson and Justin Watson get some field time so we can see what we have with them. Bobo has chemistry with Jameis from their days at FSU and he’s got some wheels on him so he could be valuable when DJax is gone. Watson just needs a chance to show what he brings to the table.

    And how in the hell is Santos not on this list!?! Like others have said, it’s so refreshing to not hold my breath every kick and fight to keep myself from throwing the controller at the tv after we miss another “chip shot field goal.”

    Other than that, I agree with everyone on this list. It’s really nice seeing this patchwork secondary perform well with our improved pass-rush. Who would’ve though getting rid of an incompetent DC would pay such great dividends even with (seemingly) inferior players?(sarcasm.)

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