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The Buccaneers dropped their third
liny195 Posted: Fri Dec 14 02:33:50 2018 Post | Quote in Reply  
  straight game on Sunday [url=][/url] , falling 34-29 to the Falcons. Through five games, Tampa Bay¡¯s rookies aren¡¯t coming along as quickly as the team likely hoped. Let¡¯s get going with this week¡¯s rookie recap.RB Ronald Jones IIThis is a frustrating rookie class through five games, that¡¯s for sure. Second-rounder Ronald Jones has undoubtedly been a part of that. The former USC running back was selected, presumably, to be a big part of the offense this year. Tampa Bay entered the year with a projected two-back rotation between Peyton Barber and Jones. But for whatever reason, Jones hasn¡¯t caught on. His poor preseason was apparently deeper than his on-field struggles, as he was held inactive for the first three games. And in the two games he has been active, the coaches are still limiting their use of him.Jones played 12 snaps (18 percent) on offense and seven (24 percent) on special teams. Whether it¡¯s because of a playbook issue, not having the right situation to implement him, or just that he¡¯s flat-out not ready, the Bucs don¡¯t seem to be comfortable with Jones getting a lot of action. He got one carry for three yards and caught all three of his targets for 16 yards on Sunday. The fact that he was successful in his looks as a pass-catcher is certainly good to see, but we¡¯ll have to wait and see if it leads to Tampa Bay getting him more involved.CB M.J. Stewart, S Jordan WhiteheadThis is where a shift in evaluation comes, as far as I¡¯m concerned. Throughout the first four games, a lot of the focus was on the fact that M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and Jordan Whitehead were getting significant playing time and working their way through the NFL learning curve. But as the broadcast team talked about during Sunday¡¯s loss in Atlanta, it¡¯s been six weeks of the regular season. The ¡°youth in the secondary¡± excuse doesn¡¯t last forever. Davis was out with an injury this week, but Stewart and Whitehead played a part in the secondary¡¯s hideous effort against the Falcons. Matt Ryan completed 75.6 percent of his passes and didn¡¯t turn the ball over once. On multiple occasions, it was Stewart getting beat in coverage. There was miscommunication all over for these guys, which is where the broadcast team spent a lot of its focus. Whether the scheme is an issue or not, it¡¯s still up to the players to execute what the coaches put in place. This defense clearly hasn¡¯t done that this season. Not only that, but the exciting flashes we saw from the rookie defensive backs early on in the season seemed to have gone away.On the plus side, Whitehead played 67 snaps (100 percent) on defense, showing durability and reliability in a very thin safety group. Stewart played 39 snaps (58 percent). Moving forward [url=]Beau Allen Jersey[/url] , the Bucs need their young secondary to pick things up. With defensive coordinator Mike Smith gone, maybe we¡¯ll see some improvement from the young guns. Hope isn¡¯t lost, obviously. These guys are in a tough position this year. They still have plenty of talent and potential, but it isn¡¯t translating just yet. With interim coordinator Mark Duffner having a more aggressive style, we might see more press coverage and a game plan that suits the strengths of these rookies better. There¡¯s raw talent in these guys that Tampa Bay certainly hopes to see sooner rather than later. DT Vita VeaFirst-round pick Vita Vea played 28 snaps (42 percent) in his second career game, picking up his first career tackle in the process. The Washington product is a unique case. He¡¯s talented and freakishly strong, eating up blocks effectively and pushing his men around consistently when he gets in the game. But watching him push guys around doesn¡¯t mean much when the defense as a whole is giving up chunk plays and 30-plus points per game. There will forever be an argument as to whether or not someone with Vea¡¯s role should have been drafted in the top 15, especially with needs at safety and elsewhere. For what his role is, though, he¡¯s doing a solid job in his limited snaps.With Gerald McCoy¡¯s status uncertain due to an injury suffered on Sunday, Vea could find himself getting more opportunities. He has yet to have a big splash play in his first two games, but he is getting some really strong push in the middle of the line. The Falcons ran for just 70 yards against the Bucs, who have the No. 5 run defense in the league. Vea played a part in that effort this week and he¡¯ll likely play an even bigger part in it going forward. There¡¯s plenty to like about the big man, but there will be many in the fan base that will never like that he was taken with the No. 12 pick. And that¡¯s a reasonable opinion to have. Regardless, he¡¯s on the team now and from early looks, he¡¯s playing his role well.The best of the restCarton Davis was out on Sunday, dealing with injuries to his groin and back... Justin Watson was once again active, playing six snaps (nine percent) on offense and 19 (66 percent) on special teams, coming up with a tackle... Jack Cichy played 19 snaps (66 percent) on special teams... Alex Cappa and Shaun Wilson were both inactive this week. TAMPA BAY (2-1) at CHICAGO (2-1)Sunday, 1 p.m., ET, FoxOPENING LINE ¡ª Bears by 3RECORD VS SPREAD ¡ª Buccaneers 2-1, Bears 2-1SERIES RECORD ¡ª Bears lead 38-20LAST MEETING ¡ª Buccaneers beat Bears 29-7, Sept. 17 [url=]Authentic DeSean Jackson Jersey[/url] , 2017LAST WEEK ¡ª Buccaneers lost to Steelers 30-27; Bears beat Cardinals 16-14AP PRO32 RANKING ¡ª Buccaneers No. 11; Bears No. 16BUCCANEERS OFFENSE ¡ª OVERALL (1), RUSH (30), PASS (1)BUCCANEERS DEFENSE ¡ª OVERALL (31), RUSH (3), PASS (31t)BEARS OFFENSE ¡ª OVERALL (26), RUSH (12), PASS (28)BEARS DEFENSE ¡ª OVERALL (5), RUSH (2), PASS (11)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick leads NFL with 1,230 yards passing, second with 11 TD passes. He's only player in league history to throw for 400-plus yards in three consecutive games, nevertheless coach Dirk Koetter must decide if Fitzpatrick or 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston is No. 1 QB. ... Winston returned to practice this week after serving three-game suspension for violating NFL's personal conduct policy. In three career meetings vs. Bears, Winston has thrown for 811 yards and five touchdowns. ... DT Gerald McCoy has 41 sacks since 2013, tied for most among NFL DTs with Cincinnati's Geno Atkins. ... DE Jason Pierre-Paul had two sacks and forced fumble last week. ... WR Mike Evans had six catches for 137 yards and TD in Week 3. ... WR DeSean Jackson has 12 catches for 312 yards, three TDs. ... Chicago is alone in first place in NFC North for first time since late in 2013 season. ... Bears trying to win three in row for first time since 3-0 start in 2013. ... Chicago leads NFL with 14 sacks. ... LB Khalil Mack tied for league lead with four sacks ¡ª at least one in each game, including two last week. Mack also leads NFL with three forced fumbles. ... LB Danny Trevathan, DT Akiem Hicks each have two sacks. ... QB Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for 591 yards, two TDs, three interceptions. ... Fantasy tip: Jackson could be in for big game lining up on side with Bears rookie CB Kevin Toliver or, when Chicago is in base coverage, Bryce Callahan. Jackson's speed and experience could make for mismatch against either one.


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