Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4 Buccaneers Who Can Break Out vs. Saints

A few players who are primed for strong performances against the Saints in Week 2.


1. K Kyle Brindza
Brindza's forte is his leg strength and he showed that in his first game with the Bucs, booting two 50-plus-yard field goals in the team's final preseason game against Miami. Brindza's performance was enough to win him the starting job over Patrick Murray, the team's kicker in 2014. But the rookie out of Notre Dame didn't attempt a field goal in the Bucs' regular season opener. If he connects on a field goal, it will be the first of his career. Look for it to be a long one, too.

2. S D.J. Swearinger
Major Wright got the start last Sunday, but Swearinger played significantly more snaps; Wright was on the field for 18 while Swearinger played 32. His strong suit is playing in the box, as he displayed throughout the preseason and training camp. The safety, whose in his first year with the Bucs, was the NFL's No. 11 safety against the run during Week 1, per PFF, and was No. 2 among Buccaneer defenders. He finished the Bucs' opener with five tackles, tied for the team-lead, and was second on the team with four solo tackles.

3. RB Doug Martin
Martin showed flashes of what Head Coach Lovie Smith referred to as "the old Doug," in Week 1, including back-to-back 14-yard bursts in the second quarter. Martin's numbers weren't overwhelming, 11 carries for 52 yards, but Martin was the Bucs' best offensive player, per Pro Football Focus. Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter named Martin as his "x-factor," this season. He could be an x-factor against the Saints, too.

4. DE Jacquies Smith
After missing three games and playing just 13 snaps in the preseason, Smith started the Bucs' opener and was on the field for the majority of the team's defensive snaps. Despite missing time, Smith went out and recorded a sack, the only time a Bucs defensive end got to Tennessee's quarterback. With his sea legs under him, look for Smith to continue to improve in Week 2.

View photos of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston in the week leading up to, and during, his first regular season NFL game.

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