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Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Five Bucs to Watch Revisited

The five major Tampa Bay players Eddie singled did they do?

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NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Rams scored their first offensive touchdown in the teams first road victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The kicker; it was a 44-yard bomb from quarterback Case Keenum (yea you read that right) to the next T.O., Brian Quick.

But I digress. We are here to revisit the five key players from the opposing Bucs.

Here is what I had to say before the game, for reference. Another added wrinkle this week – grades from Pro football Focus.

LB Lavonte David

PFF Grade: 90.2

After having zero tackles against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, Lavonte David was all over the field against the Rams.

David recorded a sack and a forced fumble just in the first half. Overall, Lavonte secured a total of ten tackles with two of them for losses.

WR Mike Evans

PFF Grade: 82.9

Mike Evans had 10 receptions for 132 yards. He caught his passes all throughout the game but really got going in the second half. His touchdown catch came in the fourth quarter.

Adam Humphries, a secon year pass catcher, also had himself a day. The former Clemson Tiger got loose for a 31 yard bomb early in the first half. At the end of the game, the 5’11 speedy receiver recorded nine catches for 100 yards.

DT Gerald McCoy

PFF Grade: 80.8

Gerald was his usual disruptive self in Week 3. He was constantly able to work the Rams interior offensive line. McCoy easily penetrated and broke through double teams. He could not do enough though to get to the quarterback.

McCoy finished with three total tackles for the game.

DE Noah Spence

With starting defensive end Robert Ayers out, rookie DaVonte Lambert got the start with Howard Jones joining in on the rotation.

As for Spence...well he did not see any action.

QB Jameis Winston

PFF Grade: 66.8

The Bucs’ signal caller played relatively well against the Rams. Winston multiple tough throws under pressure. He stayed poised in the pocket and delivered the ball. He also kept the play alive using his feet.

The interception made by Rams linebacker Mark Barron was a tipped pass knocked loose by corner Trumaine Johnson’s hit on running back Charles Sims.

Winston, however, did not overwhelm. He overthrew his targets on few occasions. And while staying tough under pressure,Winston was sacked and striped for a fumble by Rams DE Robert Quinn. The fumble was then recovered by DE/DT Ethan Westbrooks for a TD.