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Winners From Bucs Win over Jaguars

Despite getting a win over the Jaguars on Saturday night, there were not many exceptional efforts by Bucs players. As decisions are being made by the coaching staff and front office, here are 3 players who were the biggest individual winners from Saturday night.

Vernon Hargreaves | CB
Hargreaves showcased his playmaking ability by intercepting Jaguars QB Chad Henne twice on Saturday night.  Let's not forget the interception Hargreaves dropped last week against the Eagles. We could be sitting here talking about Hargreaves with 3 interceptions in his first two NFL preseason games. While Hargreaves has been stuck behind Jude Adjei-Barima as the Bucs' starting clot corner so far, that trend won't continue if Hargreaves continues playing the way he has in his first two games. I'll be surprised if Hargreaves is not in the starting lineup against the Falcons in a couple weeks.

Mike James | RB
With Doug Martin sitting Saturday night out, and Charles Sims seeing very limited playing time, it was an opportunity for the other running backs to prove their worth in the battle for the 3rd running back slot. After watching Storm Johnson and Peyton Barber in extended playing time, it's clear that Mike James is much further along as the 3rd RB than either of them. I could see a scenario where the Bucs try and keep Peyton Barber around, but there is a stronger confidence level in Mike James right now from the coaching staff.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins | TE
Just because you see Seferian Jenkins' name here, don't think I'm ready to deem him the elite tight end the Bucs thought they were drafting last year. I'm only taking into account what transpired during Saturday night's game. While Seferian-Jenkins did not do anything spectacular, he did do his job and catch passes he was supposed to catch. When you compare Seferian-Jenkins performance to the struggles Cameron Brate went through in his lone quarter of work, it ended up being a good night for Seferian-Jenkins. With that said, I think Brate remains your starting tight end, and it should be noted that Seferian-Jenkins was the 4th/5th tight end to see the field on Saturday night with Dan Vitale. Along with Brate, Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers also received playing time before Seferian-Jenkins, which should be a huge warning sign of how Seferian-Jenkins is thought of behind closed doors at One Buc Place.


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