As it always is, it’s tough to find bright lights in a game that ended the way the Washington game did by a score of 16-3, but there were still some performances that deserve to be recognized, albeit not many.

RB Peyton Barber
Barber ran tough as nails during that game. He was involved in a heavy rotation with Shaun Wilson and Jacqiuzz Rodgers, but Barber’s 61 yards on 13 carries came through a lot of determination. Though his use didn’t come out to a win, he was as good as you can ask at 4.7 yards per carry against Washington.

S Andrew Adams
With the NFL using tight ends as mismatch players outside of the line of scrimmage, that makes for some tough matchups for defenders. Sometimes you’ll see teams try to use linebackers one-on-one with tight ends, there times you’ll see them avoid man coverage all together.

The Bucs chose to use safety Andrew Adams as the one-on-one player against tight end Jordan Reed and he played him very well, I thought. Reed still caught some tough passes, but Adams played him tight all game long. he can be an option like that when the Bucs face top tight ends in the future.

S Justin Evans
Though Evans didn’t have a takeaway – none of the team did, stop expecting it to happen, it’s not going to – he did lead the team in tackles with nine, and he had some key tackles that were one-on-one in open space. He kept the score from being even worse than it could have been.

WR Chris Godwin
Ok, so maybe most of it came in garbage time, but Godwin still went over the 100-yard mark against Washington, and was the Buccaneers’ leading receiver.

Godwin needs to be more involved in the offense. He’s too good to be standing on the sidelines on crucial third downs and even on rushing plays, too, as we know how good of a blocker he is.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Agree with this list. Adams surprised me, kept seeing his number making plays.

    Barber is a 1,000 yd runner on most teams. We essentially stopped using him in the second half. Dumb.

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  2. No jacquizz Rodgers? 102 receiving yards

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    • Rodgers is too much of a crutch for Dirk Koetter. Koetter is neglecting and failing to coach up RoJo because he has a crutch like Rodgers to lean on. Now that we know Dirk Koetter was calling the plays yesterday, we understand more clearly why Rodgers was used more and it resulted in three total points, 0/5 in the red zone but a lot of yards. Rodgers game yesterday epitomizes the Raheem Morris quote, “stats are for losers.”

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      • Dirk should have not been play calling but RJ would have ran 6 ATT 4 yards three dropped passes , Rodgers only choice at RB

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        • If Monken was calling the plays yesterday, we’re not even talking about Rodgers like this. It’s a waste of our time and the team’s time because of Koetter’s selfishness to take over something that was working just fine without him. Koetter’s attitude to take over play-calling duties yesterday was not team-first oriented. It was completely selfish. How do they create a winning culture when the guy as the Head Coach is not a team-first guy?

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    • He also had a costly fumble yesterday.

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  3. Who is Andrew Adams?

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    • Late September signing formerly with the Giants

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  4. As far as I know, Rogers is still hobbled by a hamstring you morons.i love people blinded by hate.

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    • I think you mean Ron Jones has the hamstring.

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  5. Rogers would not be on any other roster. He doesn’t even know how to put away a football to avoid turnovers. We cut a better, heftier RB than Rogers or Wilson. We have no backup should Barber get injured. Licht should have moved up in the bottom of the first round in 2016 and taken Cook. Oh I know he was saving a move up pick to get his FSU kicker in the second round. Lol.

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  6. Funny thing about Justin Evans:
    If Alex Smith makes that pass to Vernon Davis then Evans is on the disappointing list. Evans got turned around while Whiteside was 3 yards behind.

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