The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will come to Orchard Park to take on the Buffalo Bills this weekend. The Bills are looking to get back on track after the bye week, but they’ll have to pay extra attention to these five Buccaneers in order to come away with a victory.
CB Brent Grimes
Bills fans are no stranger to Grimes. He played three seasons with their AFC East rival Miami Dolphins. The corner is a ball hawk, with 31 total interceptions over his career. He is coming back from a shoulder injury, but he has been extremely effective this season so far. With limited receiving options for the Bills, somebody will have to try to get open against the 34-year old CB.
WR DeSean Jackson
Jackson was added as a free-agent this offseason and was supposed to be a speedy complement to the Bucs big wide receiver, Mike Evans, on the other side of the field. Jackson hasn’t been extremely productive in Tampa yet, only averaging about 3 catches for 79 yards per game. However, even as an older receiver, he still has speed to stretch the field vertically and needs to be watched closely by the Bills DB’s.
Whoever plays quarterback
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston suffered a shoulder injury last week and has been limited in practice this week. According to the Tampa Bay Times, at Thursday’s practice Winston didn’t throw at all. If Winston can’t play, then it will be old friend Ryan Fitzpatrick going for the Bucs. Whoever is under center will be challenged with the Bills top tier secondary. Also, don’t expect Winston to be inactive, they only have two quarterbacks on roster, so Winston should dress even if he’s just acting as a decoy/ emergency player.
DT Gerald McCoy
Hopefully this McCoy doesn’t have a big day on Sunday. The defensive tackle has racked up 22 QB pressures so far this season and two sacks. LeSean McCoy called Gerald a “nagging pain” earlier this week. Given the inconsistency of the Bills offensive line this season, this defensive tackle should keep Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy on their toes all day.
K Patrick Murray
The Bucs have had well documented kicking issues in 2017. They cut their 2016 2nd round pick Roberto Aguayo in favor veteran Nick Folk. Folk proceeded to miss six kicks in two weeks which prompted the team to place him on injured reserve and in all likelihood eventually cut him. Buffalo is not one of the easier places in the country to kick, and it is definitely more difficult than Tampa. The Bucs kicking game could be huge in this game against the Bills stingy red zone defense. Let’s hope their struggles continue.