Grades for Buccaneers-Vikings
Here are the top takeaways from Friday night’s Titans-Falcons game, including the highest-graded players for each team.
–Jameis Winston had his ups and downs in his NFL debut. After a couple initial misfires he found Vincent Jackson for a long gain. While he turned the ball over once in the second quarter, he also flashed his mobility on his touchdown run.
–Rookie Ali Marpet had the highest-run blocking grade on the Buccaneers; however, the two quarterback hurries that he allowed led to the lowest pass-blocking grade on the team, showing that he is still and unfinished product.
–Undrafted free agent Caushaud Lyons provided an unexpected spark to Tampa Bay’s defensive line as he finished the game with two quarterback hurries and one hits on only nine rushes.
Top 5 graded players:
Lawrence Sidbury (+5.4)
Da’Quan Bowers (+2.0)
Alterraun Verner (+1.7)
Matthew Masifilo (+1.6)
Luke Stocker and Khaseem Greene (both +1.5)
–Former UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks really stood out when he got on the field, as he racked up a game-high five stops and also added a sack on one of his two pass-rushing attempts.
–Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played another solid game, as he completed all his passes within 20 yards. His only incompletion was the result of a dropped pass.
–Dominique Williams seems to provide another layer of depth to the Vikings’ running back group. Williams showed toughness with forcing a missed tackle and gaining 40 of his 44 yards after contact, however his productive night was overshadowed by a fumble close to Tampa Bay’s goal line.
Top 6 graded players:
Eric Kendricks (+2.8)
Kyle Rudolph (+2.1)
Brian Robison and Teddy Bridgewater (both +1.7)
Blake Renaud and Tom Johnson (both +1.5)