Bucs 20, Jags 14 first half observations
The Bucs defense gave up a touchdown late in the first half but lead for the first time at RJS this season, 20-14, over the Jaguars. Some first half observations.
It’s the Doug Martin show: The Jags are a tough team to run against and the Bucs are playing Kevin Pamphile at LG for the injured Logan Mankins. But Martin has been the story of the first half with 13 carries for 93 yards and both Bucs’ touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.
Best way to protect a young QB like Jameis Winston is to run the football.
Who is Howard Jones: The free agent from Sheperd University in West Virginia was activated from the practice squad Tuesday. He had two big sacks in the first half against the Jags. The Bucs paid Jones the equivalent of a veteran rookie minimum to join their practice squad, more than $400,000, and it paid off.
Good game plan for Winston: OC Dirk Koetter did a nice job of getting Winston in rhythm in this game. He made some good check downs and protected the football better. Winston was lucky, however, a backward pass recovered by the Jags was ruled a sack as replay showed he was down by contact.
Welcome back Barth: Bucs PK Connor Barth was perfect on two field goal attempts and both PATs. The reason he was out of the NFL was said because his kickoffs weren’t deep enough. But he has two touchbacks in three tries.
Rainey is clutch: The Bucs set up one touchdown on a 58 yard punt return by RB Bobby Rainey, who does a nice job returning punts and kickoffs.