The Buccaneers dropped to 3-4 on Sunday with a 37-34 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati.  


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 Jameis Winston put Tampa Bay in a 34-16 hole before Ryan Fitzpatrick led a huge comeback to tie the game at 34 with just over one minute left. From there Youth Mike Evans Jersey , the defense fell apart and allowed a game-winning field goal as time expired. The Bucs didn’t get a whole lot from their 2018 rookie class in Sunday’s loss. Let’s check in on how those guys looked in week eight.CB Carlton DavisIf the Bucs had a rookie of the week award, this week’s would absolutely go to Carlton Davis. The cornerback out of Auburn is developing faster than any of his fellow rookies and he is doing so while being thrown right into a huge role. He has pretty much had to be the No. 2 corner (and sometimes even No. 1) from the start of the season. Brent Grimes was hurt for a short time and Vernon Hargreaves III went down for the season in week one, so there was no easing in for Davis. Despite having to adjust quickly, he is playing better than anyone could have expected.On Sunday, he matched up with A.J. Green for much of the day. The same A.J. Green that has been wrecking the NFL for years was largely held in check by Davis, who has played less than 10 games in the league. That has to encourage the Bucs. He totaled two tackles and a pass defended, playing all 66 snaps on defense. There hasn’t been a lot to love about the 2018 class for Tampa Bay thus far, but Davis has been a fairly consistent bright spot throughout the year. As the secondary continues to undergo a rebuild this offseason, Davis will be a good guy to build around.DT Vita VeaTampa Bay’s first-rounder is still very clearly a work in progress, but he is making strides simply by getting more snaps. With Gerald McCoy out on Sunday, the Bucs needed Vea a bit more. He ended up playing 47 snaps (71 percent) White Ryan Smith Jersey , assisting on one tackle. Tampa Bay as a whole struggled a bit more against the run on Sunday. That doesn’t look good on Vea, whose top priority is stuffing the run up the middle. There was good and bad for the rookie against the Bengals. He continued to push some guys around up front in an attempt to collapse the pocket, but there were also a couple of times that he got manhandled and taken completely out of a play. He is still working his way into the NFL game, so there are going to be growing pains. Considering what has gone on elsewhere in the rookie class, Vea is among the least of Tampa Bay’s worries.RB Ronald Jones IIAfter seemingly taking steps forward in recent weeks, Sunday was rough for Ronald Jones. He played just 11 snaps (12 percent) before going down with a hamstring injury. He will now miss “significant time.” It’s a tough blow for the second-rounder, who hasn’t caught on quickly like Tampa Bay expected him to. On Sunday, he had negative yardage on the ground and caught just one pass for four yards before leaving with the injury. Going forward, the Bucs will have to ride with Peyton Barber, Jacquizz Rodgers and potentially undrafted rookie Shaun Wilson until Jones is ready to go. Regardless of whether or not he returns this season, year one has definitely been a disappointment for the former USC star.The best of the restOverall Youth Justin Evans Jersey , the rest of the rookies didn’t do anything too notable one way or the other. Jordan Whitehead played 52 snaps (79 percent). He picked up four tackles, including a big tackle for loss on a fourth down early in the game... M.J. Stewart had a forgettable day. One of the big knocks on him as a prospect is his lack of speed, which was on display at times throughout Sunday’s game. He eventually left the game with a leg injury, finishing the game with two tackles while playing 44 snaps (67 percent). It’s still somewhat hard to believe that Tampa Bay picked him before Carlton Davis... Justin Watson caught one pass for five yards, playing 12 snaps (14 percent) on offense and 18 (55 percent) on special teams... Alex Cappa and Shaun Wilson were both inactive. Concerns over how Cam Newton might adjust to Norv Turner's offense have ceased.The worries been replaced by talk of Newton being an MVP candidate again.Newton is thriving in his first season under the 66-year-old offensive coordinator. The Panthers are 5-2 and picking up a head of steam on offense entering Sunday's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The eight-year quarterback combined for 271 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's top-ranked defense over the weekend as the Panthers dominated the Baltimore Ravens 36-21. Turner used all of his weapons — and a variety of misdirection plays — to keep Ravens defenders guessing instead of attacking.Baltimore, which had 11 sacks against the Titans earlier this season, never got to Newton, and Carolina scored on four straight possessions to build a 24-7 halftime lead.Afterward, Ravens coach John Harbaugh could only tip his hat to Turner."He did a great job scheming us up, keeping us off balance," Harbaugh said. "He forced us to put certain personnel groups out there and then he had counters for it. He did a tremendous job."The misdirection plays left the Ravens befuddled at times , as Newton pitched out to wide receivers, used fake handoffs to running back Christian McCaffrey to set up the passing game and a naked bootleg to score a walk-in touchdown.Asked why defending Carolina's misdirection offense was so difficult, Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith held up one hand and said, "Look at my hand. Now if I smack you with this (other hand), you won't see it coming. That's how it works."A big reason the Panthers were smacking the Ravens was the emergence of rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore, the team's speedy first-round draft pick.The Maryland product compiled 129 yards of offense in the first 2 陆 quarters, the beneficiary of the Ravens focusing their attention on stopping other playmakers like McCaffrey, tight end Greg Olsen, wide receivers Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel and former 1,000-yard rusher C.J. Anderson.Newton spread the ball around, targeting eight different receivers , leaving the Ravens unable to focus on stopping one player."That's huge for us, because when you do that, it's like, 'OK, who are you guys going to try to lock down?'" Rivera said. "... This week (Moore) had a lot of success, and maybe next week he won't because they'll be trying to double up on him, and that may leave somebody else open."The Panthers are getting exactly what Rivera was hoping for when he made the decision to jettison long-time offensive coordinator Mike Shula this past offseason in favor of Turner, whom he coached under in San Diego."I understood what offensively we could become," Rivera said. "We had a chance to follow coach in Minnesota and how he worked with Teddy Bridgewater, who has a lot of the similar traits as Cam. So that was going to be an easy transition for us."Turner's son, Scott Youth Gerald McCoy Jersey , returned to the team as the quarterbacks coach, too.He'd designed many of the plays back in 2001 when Newton joined Carolina as the No. 1 overall pick and was thrust in the mix right away.The biggest difference now is how many playmakers Newton has to work with, and that the QB has only been sacked five times in the last five games."We have three or four guys who are really fast on the offensive side," Rivera said. "It is the most speed we've had and because of that you see things opening up."Newton's numbers through seven games are impressive.He's completing a career-high 66.4 percent of his passes and has 17 combined touchdowns with four interceptions. He's on pace to be sacked a career-low 21 times, largely because he's getting the ball out of his hands quicker than ever in Turner's offense.Rivera said it's too say if Newton is playing as well as he did in 2015 when he combined for 45 touchdowns and won league MVP honors while helping the Panthers to the Super Bowl."The proof will be in the pudding when we get to the end of the year," Rivera said. "We'll see. He is playing well and I think we are playing well as a unit."


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