Each week, PewterReport.com will rate the top 10 Buccaneers based upon recent play rather than overall talent or importance to the team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got back to .500 with a 23-19 win against Atlanta on Sunday, which improved the team’s record to 6-6.

These are the Buccaneers with the most momentum heading into the Week 14:

WHICH BUCCANEERS PLAYERS ARE HOT? – WEEK 14

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

1. QB Jameis Winston  
Winston was the hero yet again for the Buccaneers in a come-from-behind, 23-19 win against the Falcons. Winston rushed for his team-high fifth touchdown of the season and threw the game-winning TD in the fourth quarter. Winston has completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 2,877 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
LAST WEEK: 1

2. RB Doug Martin
Martin continues to have a stellar season, rushing for 95 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons last week. He is the second-leading rusher in the NFL with 1,133 yards and four touchdowns on 227 carries (5.0 avg.). Martin also has 194 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries this year.
LAST WEEK: 2

3. LB Lavonte David
David had 11 tackles and the game-clinching interception against Atlanta last week, which was his third interception of the season to lead the Buccaneers. David also leads Tampa Bay in tackles with 105 and 10 pass breakups, and six tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble on the year and is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season.
LAST WEEK: 3

4. WR Mike Evans
Evans is on pace for his second-straight 1,000-yard receiving season in the NFL, and caught the game-winning score last Sunday against Atlanta. Evans leads the team this year with 54 catches for 850 yards and is tied for the team lead with three touchdowns.
LAST WEEK: 5

Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

5. MLB Kwon Alexander
Alexander begins his four-game suspension for PED use this week, and he won’t play until next year unless the Bucs make the playoffs. Alexander has 93 tackles, nine pass breakups, six tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in his rookie campaign in Tampa Bay.
LAST WEEK: 4

6. DE Jacquies Smith
Smith has missed a couple of games due to injury this year and is second only to Gerald McCoy in the sack department in Tampa Bay by one as he has six on the year. Smith needs one more sack to set a new career high after getting 6.5 last year. Smith leads the Bucs with three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown, in addition to 17 tackles and four tackles for loss.
LAST WEEK: 6

7. DT Gerald McCoy
McCoy missed Sunday’s win over the Falcons due to a hand injury, but he leads the Bucs with seven sacks. He needs three more sacks to surpass his career high of 9.5 and reach double-digits for the first time in his career. McCoy also has 24 tackles, a team-high seven tackles for loss and a team-best 14 quarterback pressures.
LAST WEEK: 7

8. DE Will Gholston
Gholston stepped up big time last Sunday in a critical, 23-19 win over the Falcons with three tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss. Gholston leads all Tampa Bay defensive linemen with 43 tackles and seven tackles for loss, in addition to three sacks, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble while playing both defensive end and defensive tackle.
LAST WEEK: UNRANKED

9. RB Charles Sims
Sims is tied with Evans, Vincent Jackson and Cameron Brate as the Bucs’ leading touchdown producer with three TD catches. He has a career-high 30 catches for 329 yards on the year, and is the second-leading rusher with a career-high 409 yards on 87 carries (4.7 avg.).
LAST WEEK: 8

Bucs DE Howard Jones - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs DE Howard Jones – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

10. DE Howard Jones
Jones has been a real find as a situational pass rusher during his rookie season with 4.5 sacks, including one last week at Indianapolis, a forced fumble and a fumble return for a touchdown. Jones has 11 tackles on the year, including five tackles for loss.
LAST WEEK: 10

DROPPED OUT: TE Cameron Brate (9)

WHICH PLAYERS ARE NOT? – WEEK 14
1. DE George Johnson
Johnson has now missed three games with a calf injury and has been a bust this year. Johnson was demoted from the starting lineup and has just 21 tackles, two forced fumbles, one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery and no sacks.
LAST WEEK: 1

2. CB Johnthan Banks
Banks’ future with the Bucs is in doubt after being benched in favor of undrafted rookie free agent Jude Adjei-Barimah and Sterling Moore. Banks has been ineffective since returning from his knee injury that he suffered in a Week 3 loss at Houston and has been relegated to special teams. He has 18 tackles and one pass breakup.
LAST WEEK: 2

3. CB Mike Jenkins
Like Banks, Jenkins has also been demoted, and has just four pass breakups and 13 tackles with no interceptions on the year. Jenkins, who has been victimized by opposing quarterbacks this year, plays mostly on special teams.
LAST WEEK: 3

4. FS Major Wright
Wright has dealt with some injuries this year, but he’s been relegated to special teams play and hasn’t seen much time on defense since losing his starting job earlier in the season. Wright has just 11 tackles in 2015 and has fallen down the depth chart.
LAST WEEK: UNRANKED

Bucs RT Gosder Cherilus - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs RT Gosder Cherilus – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

5. RT Gosder Cherilus
Cherilus picked the wrong time to suffer a knee injury as former starting right tackle Demar Dotson played well in his absence and may take back his old job. Cherilus leads the Bucs in penalties with 10, including five holding and four false starts.
LAST WEEK: UNRANKED

DROPPED OUT: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (4), K Connor Barth (5)

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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GoldsonAges
GoldsonAges
5 years ago

3 of the top 4 hot players are on offense, and all of the top 4 not hot players are on defense. Boy, that Dirk Koetter sure has been a great hire.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Your right GoldsonAges. Last year when the offense was in the tank I maintained all along it was the OC and the scheme that was the problem and not the players. Turned out the team didn’t even have a scheme.
I’m hoping Jacques Smith gets back this week but I doubt it because hammy’s don’t mend that fast.
The defense really needs to put pressure on Brees to get him off his launch point.

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
5 years ago

david was mic’d up for this game…dude is a leader!

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

Dotson played better than Cherilus. Big shocker. I’ve been saying last few weeks why the hell is on the bench.