Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Cliff Welch
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 lost their third home game of the season last Sunday, a 32-18 defeat at the hands of the New York Giants.
These are the Buccaneers with the most momentum heading into the Week 10:
WHICH BUCCANEERS PLAYERS ARE HOT? – WEEK 10
1. QB Jameis Winston
Winston hasn’t had a turnover in four straight games and has upped his leadership and playmaking ability. The victim of at least seven dropped passes last week against New York, Winston has completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 1,897 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions, in addition to 115 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns.
LAST WEEK: 2
2. RB Doug Martin
Martin is on pace for a 1,200 yard season running the ball with 643 yards and three touchdowns on 143 carries (4.5 avg.) with
148 yards and a TD on 17 receptions, although he had a dropped TD pass and a fumble versus the Giants. NFL.com’s Gil Brandt points out that Martin’s 26 missed/broken tackles are tops among all NFL running backs.
LAST WEEK: 1
3. MLB Kwon Alexander
Alexander is coming off back-to-back games with double-digit tackles as he had 11 against Atlanta and 10 versus New York. The rookie middle linebacker is the second-leading tackler (59) and has been the biggest playmaker on defense with a team-high seven pass breakups and two interceptions, as well as a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a sack.
LAST WEEK: 3
4. DE Jacquies Smith
Smith missed the Giants game with a sprained ankle and he was missed. Smith still leads Tampa Bay with five sacks and three forced fumbles, including one at Washington that was returned for a touchdown by defensive end Howard Jones, and two fumble recoveries, including one at Atlanta. Smith also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Jacksonville, in addition to 14 tackles on the year.
LAST WEEK: 4
5. RB Charles Sims
Sims had a career-high 78 rushing yards, including a career-long 59-yarder, on eight carries (9.8 avg.) against the Giants and has improved his tackle-breaking ability. Sims is the second-leading rusher on the team with 284 yards on 61 carries (4.7 avg.) and the second-leading receiver with 20 catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
LAST WEEK: 8
6. WR Mike Evans
Evans did have five or six dropped passes against the Giants, but still produced eight catches for 152 yards, including a career-long 68-yarder on Sunday and is still Tampa Bay’s best weapon in the passing game. Evans leads all Bucs receivers with 32 catches for 538 yards and a touchdown and is on pace for a second 1,000-yard season.
LAST WEEK: 5
6. LB Lavonte David
David missed four tackles against the Giants, but still had a game-high 11. While he leads the team with 69 stops – 10 more than Alexander – he needs to make more impact plays. David has five passes defensed, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a sack this year and gets lost in coverage at times.
LAST WEEK: 6
7. K Connor Barth
Barth saw his streak of 11 successful field goals end against the Giants when he missed a 43-yarder wide right. However, Barth has still connected on 13-of-14 field goal attempts (92.8 percent) and his kickoffs have been quite deep and are usually touchbacks.
LAST WEEK: 7
9. DE Howard Jones
Jones is Tampa Bay’s third-leading sacker with three, including one in overtime on third down against Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, but didn’t record a stat last week despite getting his first NFL start against the Giants. Jones also forced a fumble against the Falcons a week after returning a fumble 43 yards for a touchdown at Washington.
LAST WEEK: 9
10. SS Chris Conte
Conte is Tampa Bay’s most solid safety and is the team’s third-leading tackler with 49 stops, in addition to four tackles for loss, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and an interception. On a very bad pass defense, he’s the best the Bucs have got.
LAST WEEK: 10
DROPPED OUT: None
WHICH PLAYERS ARE NOT? – WEEK 10
1. DT Gerald McCoy
McCoy is Tampa Bay’s second leading sacker with 4.5 sacks, but has disappeared over the last three games, notching just four tackles, including one against New York. McCoy does have a hurt shoulder, but has not been winning his one-on-one battles this year.
LAST WEEK: 3
2. CB Johnthan Banks
Banks, a second-round pick in 2013, was benched last week for undrafted rookie free agent Jude Adjei-Barimah in last week’s 32-18 loss to New York. Banks has been ineffective since returning from his knee injury that he suffered in a Week 3 loss at Houston and was relegated to special teams.
LAST WEEK: UNRANKED
3. CB Mike Jenkins
Like Banks, Jenkins was also benched for the Giants game for poor play and has just four pass breakups and 13 tackles with no interceptions on the year. Jenkins, who has been routinely targeted by opposing quarterbacks this year, played mostly on special teams on Sunday.
LAST WEEK: 2
4. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Seferian-Jenkins has only played in one and a half games this season due to lingering shoulder injury. Although he has been practicing for the past two weeks he didn’t play against either the Falcons or the Giants, and the Bucs offense could use his big 6-foot-6 frame in the red zone.
LAST WEEK: UNRANKED
5. WR Vincent Jackson
Jackson has now missed two games after injuring his knee against Washington. The Bucs offense has stalled inside the red zone in recent weeks, settling for more field goals than it wanted to over the past three games in which Tampa Bay is 1-2. Jackson is a red-zone weapon the Bucs need back as soon as possible.
LAST WEEK: 5
DROPPED OUT: CB Tim Jennings (1), WR Adam Humphries (4)
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Somehow I think Adam Humphries should be up in that Top 10 list. He is proving to be a very valuable asset in the slot receiver position.
I think I’m starting to figure this column out…it’s not momentum (which is typically a very short-term, sudden changing force) but rather more like a medium-term trend meter.
And I guess the reason Mike Jenkins is not top of the “trending-down” list is because he hit rock bottom a while ago.
It’s interesting that instead of certain players stepping up and making some great plays, certain players seem to step down each week, letting the rest of the team down. I suppose that team dynamic has to rest at Lovie’s feet. C’mon Lovie, start lighting some fires under your assistant coaches before it’s too late.
Not sure who the last post belongs to, but I find it hard to understand why Lovie should be responsible for motivating players to perform to their level of play when they are making more than a couple of million a year.
Somehow the idea seems a ittle bit absurd even for a player making league minimum which is like $550,000 a year.
All pro safety Ronnie Lott used to scoff at the idea of anyone motivating him or any other professional athlete.
Said if a professional athlete needed someone to motivate them, it was time for them to retire.
I don’t comment on these articles much because I just don’t understand them. How is it that the O-line is the best unit on this team and none of them are on the Hot Players list? There are 5 of them and of 26 available starters (including the kicker, punter, KR and PR) none of the O-linemen make a list of 10 available spots? The worst of the bunch is RT G. Cherilus but even he’s hotter than L. David right now. Also, Banks hasn’t been ineffective since he came back from his knee injury, he’s been ineffective since we drafted him. He’s been the recipient of a few “Johnny on the spot” INT’s, but that’s about it. He’s never had instincts even going back to college. Two of his four INT’s his senior year came against a historically awful Auburn passer. That’s a big part of the reason our pass defense has stunk since we drafted him. He was playing against the Titans in the opener along with everybody else. If his ineffectiveness would have only lasted 2 weeks instead of years as you suggest he wouldn’t have been benched so soon after returning from injury. No one benches good players after two lousy games, no matter how lousy they are. It was simply another miss by those that wanted to draft him in the first place.
Ya, you convinced me @pink…I still don’t understand this column…
Plus he has skinny legs. Right Pink?
for some of you this might help? Go back to last Friday’s Chat Session and read one of the three questions Horse asked Scott. It makes more sense after Scott answered my question about his Article on Buc Momenteum Meter.
How are Evans and David on the positive list???
Right there w/ ya plopes808…??
It was just a few weeks ago that PR was callin Banks a shout down corner. I almost spit my drink out through my nose. Need people who can evaluate talent on staff. And a web designer to fix the site’s longstanding bugs. Other than that…
Shut not shout. When will we be able to edit posts??
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