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5 Buccaneers to Watch Against Buffalo

Posted Oct 20, 2017

The Buccaneers are set for their second consecutive game on the road as they take on the Bills in Buffalo this week. Here are a few Buccaneers to keep a watchful eye on in Week 7.


LB Kwon Alexander – All signs point to linebacker Kwon Alexander returning to game action this week. He’s been participating fully in practice all week and will be a welcome addition lining up alongside LB Lavonte David, who returned in Arizona from his own injury. The duo haven’t been on the field together since Week 2 against Chicago and it could prove to be the spark the Bucs defense needs to maintain the consistency they’ve been looking for.

TE Cameron Brate – Tight End Cameron Brate continues to score touchdowns, so he continues to be a player to watch week after week. With a touchdown reception against the Bills, Brate would set a franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch (five) and would be the first NFL tight end to record a touchdown reception in five consecutive games since the 2014 and 2015 seasons (Rob Gronkowski, New England, five games: 12/7/14 at SD - 9/20/15 at BUF). He would be the first NFL tight end to do so in the same season since Julius Thomas in 2014 (five games: 9/7/14 vs. IND - 10/12/14 at NYJ).

WR Adam Humphries
– Perhaps it has to do with his size, but wide receiver Adam Humphries has largely been flying under the radar all season. The receiver is quietly averaging 11.2 yards per catch when he is targeted. He had six catches for 51 yards in Arizona, including a 27-yard grab that set up a Mike Evans touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Bucs have done a good job of spreading the ball around, getting guys like Humphries involved and could tie a franchise record for consecutive games with 400 or more yards of total offense this week.

RB Charles Sims – Running back Charles Sims emerged as a receiving threat in addition to his run capabilities during Week 6 in Arizona. The back recorded 45 receiving yards last week, catching two consecutive passes from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for a total of 34 yards. With running back Doug Martin feeling more comfortable by the game, look for Charles Sims to add some versatility to the Bucs’ running back corps with his hands.

The Bucs Defense – Buffalo has allowed 18.0 sacks in 2017, tying them for 23rd in the league. Defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald, who have each registered a sack in the last two games, will look to tack on a couple more against the Bills as well. With linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander healthy again, Bucs fans will get to see the linebackers unit complete for the first time since Week 2. Buffalo is second to last in total offense, giving the Bucs defense an opportunity to step up. Not to mention, the last meeting between these two teams saw a Bucs defensive performance that included seven sacks and five takeaways.