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Refocused: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12, Jacksonville Jaguars 8

By PFF Analysis Team
Aug 18, 2017

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 17: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempts a pass during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston and RB Doug Martin put the Bucs up early and they never looked back. Two Nick Folk field goals kept them ahead (despite some kicking problems), and even with Jacksonville Jaguars QB Brandon Allen throwing a touchdown in the fourth quarter to Marquez Williams, the Bucs came away with the 12-8 victory.

With that, we give you our PFF exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.

Top 5 Grades

LB Lavonte David, 83.9 overall grade

Isaiah Johnson, 83.3 overall grade

Edge George Johnson, 82.3 overall grade

Edge Noah Spence, 81.5 overall grade

DI Clinton McDonald, 79.5 overall grade

Performances of Note:

QB Jameis Winston, 78.9 overall grade

Winston looked sharp for the most part, moving the chains at the intermediate level, particularly the 10-19-yard range in the middle of the field where he completed 8-of-11 passes for 111 yards. The big question for this year is if Winston can cut down on the turnover-worthy plays this season after having the 17th-highest percentage out of 39 qualifiers last year. He had two poor decisions in this one, first on a play that was luckily ruled a sack but had him heaving an intercepted prayer into the end zone on his way down and he had another interception dropped on an ill-advised pass into tight coverage. Those are the plays that need to disappear in the regular season in order for Winston to maximize his potential.

TE O.J. Howard, 76.5 overall grade

Bucs fans got their first look at Howard as a receiver as he caught two of his three targets for 28 yards. He snuck out of the backfield into the flat for a 15-yard gain and followed it up with nice 14-yard gain over the middle of the field to against the blitz. That middle-of-the-field presence will be crucial for Winston’s development this season. In the run game, Howard had his hands full with Jaguars DE Calais Campbell, but held his own on a number of zone blocks, his strength coming out of Alabama as the top-graded run blocking tight end in the nation last season.

LB Lavonte David, 83.9 overall grade

David looked like he was already in mid-season form on Thursday night. He played just 24-of-62 snaps, but managed a game-high four defensive stops, and added a sack and broke up a pass in coverage.

S Isaiah Johnson, 83.3 overall grade

Johnson came up big when it mattered most. He had tight coverage on the Jaguars’ 4th and 1 that led to a pass breakup, and then broke up the hail mary on the game’s final play

Top 5 Grades

WR Dede Westbrook, 88.9 overall grade

Edge Dante Fowler Jr., 86.2 overall grade

DI Sheldon Day, 85.3 overall grade

LB Paul Posluszny, 83.4 overall grade

QB Brandon Allen, 83.1 overall grade

Performances of Note:

WR Dede Westbrook, 88.9 overall grade

Westbrook couldn’t quite haul in the pass that would have tied the game up and given the Jaguars an opportunity to take the lead, but he still caught all of his six other targets, totaling 131 yards on the night.

QB Brandon Allen, 83.1 overall grade

Allen didn’t enter the game until the fourth quarter against the Bucs’ reserves, but helped the Jaguars offense, which struggled for much of the game, move the ball pretty well. Allen completed four of five passes targeted 20-plus yards downfield for 98 yards, with the lone incompletion coming on the hail mary at the end of the game.

ED Dante Fowler Jr., 86.2 overall grade

Building on his strong performance last week, Fowler got after the quarterback with two hurries and a strip sack to go with two more hurries that were negated by penalty, including one that induced a holding call. He played with power at the point of attack in the run game as well, jacking up tight ends and squeezing the backside on a number of runs.

DI Sheldon Day, 85.3 overall grade

Day finally showed the kind of disruption he showed when at Notre Dame as he continually moved blockers backwards to shut down running lanes and he added a cleanup sack and a quick pressure that led to a hold by RG J.R. Sweezy. Day needs more games like this if he’s going to earn a spot in the defensive line rotation this season, but his is the kind of performance that made him a potential mid-round steal from the 2016 draft.

PFF Game Ball: Dede Westbrook, wide receiver

*Grades subject to change upon reveiw

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