Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had a shaky start without running back Doug Martin, failing to complete a single pass in the first quarter. The defense, without Gerald McCoy, couldn't replicate the success from last week against the Eagles, allowing quarterback Blake Bortles to march down the field and score twice. If it wasn't for a rash of penalties from the Jaguars, it could have been a lot worse. The Bucs' special teams struggles from last week carried over into the kicking game. The Bucs did end up pulling out a 27-21 win, though.
Maybe that player could start: In the second quarter, rookie cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III notched his first NFL interception on a Chad Henne pass intended for Neal Sterling. Hargreaves, who lined in nickel, returned it 27 yards, setting up a 27-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo to make it 17-14 at the half. He got a second interception at the beginning of the second half, also off Henne, while lining up on the outside. It came on a deep pass intended for Bryan Walters. Perhaps it's time they give him a shot at starting on the outside so he can play every snap.
QB depth chart: At the beginning of the second quarter, on fourth-and-2, Winston hit Mike Evans on a quick slant for a 14-yard gain and then on a fade route in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown to tie the score 7-7. Winston finished his night 3-of-10 passing for 28 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He was picked off by Dwayne Gratz on a pass intended for Cameron Brate. The ball was too tall and bounced out of Brate's hands.
Mike Glennon came in late in the second quarter and led a no-huddle drive that was capped off by a 5-yard checkdown to Mike James for a touchdown. He finished 11-of-19 passing for 120 yards. Ryan Griffin came in during the fourth quarter and threw an interception that was returned 79 yards for a touchdown by Josh Johnson. Griffin finished 5 of 10 for 78 yards.
Who got hurt? At the end of the first quarter, Brate took a nasty hit in the back of the head in the end zone that drew an unnecessary roughness call on Jaguars safety Peyton Thompson. He did come back into the game in the second quarter. Wide receiver Evan Spencer suffered a right knee injury. Keith Tandy took a knee to the helmet in the fourth quarter after a pass breakup and appeared to be very dizzy getting up. He had to be helped off the field by head trainer Bobby Slater. Martin sat out due to bruised ribs, and McCoy missed the game due to an ankle injury.
A surprise player who impressed: Austin Seferian-Jenkins made some tough catches in traffic, finishing with three catches for 36 yards. He might have had 12 starts over the last two seasons, but he has had some inconsistencies, which is why head coach Dirk Koetter made Brate the starter. In the absence of Martin, Peyton Barber and Storm Johnson got more touches. Barber finished with 11 carries for 40 yards, along with a 10-yard catch. Johnson had seven carries for 27 yards, with a 1-yard touchdown. He tacked on two receptions for 28 yards. Johnthan Banks had an interception in the fourth quarter off Brandon Allen, as did safety Ryan Smith.
When it was starters vs. starters, the Bucs looked ... Shaky. The defense looked totally different without McCoy. Last week, the Bucs' defensive line had four sacks in the first half alone. This week? None in the first half. Bortles looked unhurried and unaffected. Considering the struggles that the Jags' offensive line had last season, giving up 51 sacks, one would expect more success here, even without McCoy. Offensively, the Bucs missed Martin, the primary back in this run-first offense.
One reason to be concerned: Aguayo missed a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter, with the ball sailing to the right. He also missed a 49-yard attempt in the fourth quarter, with the ball sailing right again. He finished the night 2 for 4. Aguayo hadn't missed a kick inside 40 yards in his college career. It should be noted that the Bucs have alternated holders throughout training camp and the preseason. On the missed field goal attempt, Bryan Anger was the holder. When he made an extra point in the second quarter, Jacob Schum was the holder. On last week's missed extra point, Schum was the holder.
Defense can't replicate last week's success: On the Jaguars' second offensive possession, running back T.J. Yeldon came out of the backfield and caught a 14-yard pass in the flat for a touchdown from Bortles to make it 7-0. Then Bortles led a 12-play drive that was capped off with a 24-yard touchdown pass right down the seam to Allen Hurns. On the play, Hurns slipped right through Chris Conte and Brent Grimes. Bortles went 8-for-11 passing for 85 yards and two touchdowns, finishing with a 134.5 passer rating and a 72 completion percentage.
Penalties and turnover battle: The Bucs improved slightly on their 10 penalties from last week, showing a bit more discipline against a very physical Jaguars team. What was surprising, though, was the fact that coaches on both sides drew multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. The Bucs were also on the right side of the turnover margin this week with four interceptions.