six games. It was just another week and another embarrassing performance for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Outside of a 12 minute stretch in the third quarter [url=http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ali-marpet-jersey]http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ali-marpet-jersey[/url] , Tampa Bay was outplayed, outcoached, out hustled and outsmarted from the beginning.Far too often this season we have seen the Buccaneers fall behind by 20+ points before the second quarter is even over. Like they do every week, they tease a comeback, but ultimately falter in every aspect. Penalties, missed tackles, blown coverages, you name it. With that being said, every game win or lose brings some top performers and here are the Buccaneers that showed up on Sunday. Adam Humphries: Hump has really come on in the last few weeks and seems to be a vocal part of the Tampa Bay passing attack. Humphries finished the day with eight catches for 82 yards and also secured two touchdowns. Humphries is arguably the most reliable receiver on the team and seems to be building excellent chemistry with both Winston and now Fitzpatrick. The Buccaneers should look to extend Humphries as he he is one of the most underrated slot receivers in the NFL and does his job on a consistent basis. O.J. Howard: Howard is really coming into his own during his sophomore season. He is now tied for the team lead in touchdowns with four and finished the game Sunday with four receptions for 52 yards and two scores. He is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and is only going to get better as time goes on. Howard is making a case to be in the conversation as a top five tight end in the league. Carl Nassib: Another week where it was really hard to find a player on defense that deserved to make the list, but Nassib gets a mention. He finished with a sack, two QB hits and 1 tackle for loss. Nassib has been a nice find for the Buccaneers defense and can possibly be a nice building piece going forward.It’s a short list due to the fact that no one really showed up today. You can argue that Fitzpatrick deserves to be on this list, but it wasn’t a good enough overall performance to make the cut. Maybe one week before the end of the season this list can have 8+ players on it, but the way things are going, that’s not looking likely.Bucs’ Veterans Setting The Tone On Defense It was a typical run play, Marcus Mariota hands the ball off to Dion Lewis, who tucks the ball away and accelerates through the middle of the Titans’ offensive line.They get a good push up front, allowing enough room for Lewis to squirt through. It looked as if Lewis was about to break one for a big gain, but as soon as the metaphorical - and redundantly used phrase - door opened, it was slammed shut by Bucs’ safety Chris Conte.Conte absolutely leveled Lewis and the end result was a loud POP! which drew gasps from a crowd of Titan fans over thirty yards away. Sure enough, the first scuffle of this week’s joint practices broke out and everyone from players to coaches to Titans’ General Manager Jon Robinson were on the field attempting to deescalate the situation. “I wasn’t trying to blow him up or anything, I was just trying to fit the run and things happen,” Conte explained. “I wasn’t trying to hurt him or do anything out of line. I was just trying to thud him up like how we practice. Things happen like that, but we also hope we can make some more plays during the game.” One of multiple defenders who stood out for the Bucs this week [url=http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey]Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey[/url] , Conte is being counted on early and often in camp due to injuries in the secondary. The defensive line has taken some hits as well with injuries to Vita Vea and Mitch Unrein, leaving the vets along the line to carry the team just like Conte.They were up to the task. Jason Pierre-Paul, Kwon Alexander, Conte, and others made play after play during all facets of both practices. Pierre-Paul and Taylor Lewan’s battles were fun enough just to watch on their own, as each player went after the other, battling and jawing to find out who is the superior player of the two, Lewan will be a great test for JPP this weekend Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesOne player that wasn’t even mentioned on that list was Gerald McCoy. Although he didn’t make many plays during practice, his presence was still felt. He knows what he is capable of - so does the rest of the NFL - and realizes the value in the nuances of the game during the preseason.“My dad always raised me as, don’t try and make plays, do the things it takes to make plays, and that’s just playing technique,” McCoy told me. “That’s doing your job well within the scheme of the defense and that’s all I’m gonna do Saturday. I’ll carry over what we did in practice to the game.”Just like the other veterans on defense, he knows how important these joint practices are to not only break the monotony of training camp, but the fact that it’s one step closer to actual game play that can provide a foundation for the season. “For me, personally, it was good to go up against a different cadence, a different look. Compared to a game, practice is more of a controlled situation where you can get some good work in,” McCoy said. “You get to see what you need to fix, adjust, and you just kind of stack it, stack it [url=http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ryan-jensen-jersey]Authentic Ryan Jensen Jersey[/url] , stack it. And then, you are able to see how it carries over into the game and keep stacking it as you go into the season.” Gerald McCoy is primed for a big year Photo by Mark Brown/Getty ImagesThe Bucs’ front seven is loaded with veterans who tore after Mariota and Blaine Gabbert on both Wednesday and Thursday. The hope is that it’s a sign of things to come, which would be a tremendous improvement to the league’s worst pass-rush a year ago. As mentioned earlier, however, not everything is golden on the defensive side of the ball. Due to some injuries at corner, safety Justin Evans has been working in the slot in nickel formations- while learning the position - and rookie Jordan Whitehead has seen plenty of action, too. For Evans, it’s not a steep learning curve at his new position, but more of an adjustment that simplytakes some time to get used to. “It’s just different,” Evans said when referring to his new position, “I’m used to playing safety, I know all my checks. At nickel, I know most of it too, but it just takes a few reps to fully understand the position. It’s trial and error.”Even though it’s only his second year, Evans already has the mentality of fellow veteran teammates such as JPP. In order to create as many mismatches as possible along the line, the Bucs have been lining him up on the inside in order to bring extra edge rushers when needed and to take advantage of Pierre-Paul’s excellent run defense.Both players are willing to do whatever is needed from them to help the team succeed and in theory, that is excellent news.Right now, the veterans are doing exactly what they need to do, which is make plays and dominate. Let’s see if McCoy and Co. can “stack it” and carry it over into not only Saturday night’s game, but the regular season as well.
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