Ashlie’s Buccaneer Players to Watch: Bucs vs Dolphins
Mike Evans: in week ones game against the Steelers, Evans didn’t see any targets thrown his way. This was due to the first team offense only seeing one drive, but Evans could be targeted early and often as he torched Miami’s defenders throughout joint practices
Chris Godwin: Not to be outdone by his counterpart, Godwin ALSO tore through Miami’s defense, especially their star cornerback Xavien Howard, who is one of the best in the NFL. Howard struggled mightily to keep up with Godwin and Arians could take advantage like he did in the Bucs first preseason game where Godwin scored a 9 yard touchdown.
Noah Spence: Against the Steelers, Spence was a force to be reckoned with. In fact, the Steelers couldn’t slow Spence down and intentionally had to hold him to stop him from walloping Josh Dobbs. Spence seems to be finally showing his potential, and this game could make Bucs fans believers.
Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber: They get grouped together because of how exactly the same they were last game. Both had a few really nice runs, weaving and cutting through the Steelers defense and both gained 18 yards on their very short night. With the battle for starting running back in question, look for these two to grind it out.
Jameis Winston: Winston pulled off a masterful drive last week against the Steelers, marching Tampa down the field 81 yards and capping it off with a 9 yard strike to Chris Godwin. Winston looks Precise, completing 5/6 passes for 40 yards and the lone touchdown. Can he replicate another clean performance?
Shaq Barrett: Barrett has been sidelined with an injury and is now finally healthy. With JPP’s future uncertain, Barrett will fill in where he would and will look to show Bucs fans what kind of monster they got in him. Barrett has spent his early career learning from two of the best QB hunters in the game, Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.
Spencer Schnell: Who the hell is Spencer Schnell?! The rookie out of Illinois State put on a show last week, racking up 119 yards on seven receptions from QB Ryan Griffin. Schnell will look to make sure Bucs fans know his name after tonight
Sean Murphy Bunting: Murphy-Bunting did not have an ideal first game, looking lost and confused on the field. To add insult to injury, Arians asked him if he even played and that he was waiting for him to show up and make a play like he had in practice. Expect Murphy Bunting to play with a fire ignited in him.
Devin White: White got to see very little action his first game as a pro. One series to be exact. And even with a handful of snaps, forced a pressure on Steelers QB Josh Dobbs to cause a sack and assisted on a tackle. White did everything you want your number 5 overall pick to do. Arians should unleash White, even for a quarter, to get those much needed rookie reps in