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Bucs instant analysis: Breaking down Tampa Bay's 27-21 victory at Jacksonville

Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (28) defends as Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Arrelious Benn (17) fails to come up with a reception in the third quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (28) defends as Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Arrelious Benn (17) fails to come up with a reception in the third quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

JACKSONVILLE — An instant analysis of the Bucs' 27-21 victory over Jacksonville in their second preseason game:

• Rookie corner Vernon Hargreaves has a knack for turnovers. He closed the first half with an interception on a Chad Henne pass to set up a go-ahead field goal, and he picked Henne off again on a deep ball early in the third quarter. He has two of the Bucs' first three interceptions of the preseason, a promising sign for their top pick.

• The Bucs were much improved in the run game, after totaling only 31 yards on 21 carries last week against the Eagles. In the first quarter alone, they rushed for 64 yards despite not having starter Doug Martin, who got the night off with a rib injury. That total included Jameis Winston running twice for 15 yards and Russell Shepard getting 6 on an end around.

Roberto Aguayo's critics have even more ammunition, still three weeks before his first NFL game. Aguayo missed a 32-yard field goal —- shorter than an extra point —- for his second missed kick in as many games. He followed with two extra points and a 28-yard field goal, but every miss brings more scrutiny to the second-round draft pick. In the fourth, he missed another field goal from 49.

• The Bucs led at the half despite a rough outing from Winston — missed his first six passes, including an interception that set up the Jaguars' first touchdown. He finished 3-for-10 for 28 yards with a touchdown, connecting well with Mike Evans on a fourth-down conversion and then the score.

• For at least a half, the Bucs were the much cleaner team on penalties Saturday. Tampa Bay had three flags for 30 yards, but the Jaguars had 11 for 101 before halftime, including seven that resulted in Bucs first downs.

•- It's telling he didn't get in the game until the third quarter, but Storm Johnson had a strong drive trying to make a case for the No. 3 running back job. He rushed for 29 yards and caught passes for another 28, capping the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 24-14 lead.

Bucs instant analysis: Breaking down Tampa Bay's 27-21 victory at Jacksonville 08/20/16 [Last modified: Saturday, August 20, 2016 11:10pm]
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