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5 Buccaneers to Watch Against Atlanta

A few players to keep an eye on when the Buccaneers host the Falcons in Week 9.

Pictures of the Color Rush jerseys the Buccaneers will wear on Thursday Night against the Falcons.

1. RB Peyton Barber
The Buccaneers expect to be short-handed when they host the Falcons on Thursday, with Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers both missing Tuesday's practice due to injuries. If neither player is available, Barber will be the next man up. Barber has 16 carries for 91 yards this season, averaging 5.7 yards per rush, and also has a touchdown. He was nominated for the NFL's Rookie of the Week award for his performance against the 49ers in Week 7.


  1. WR Adam Humphries**
    With Vincent Jackson out for the season, Humphries, along with Russell Shepard and Cecil Shorts, will be called on more often. Humphries got off to a hot start, catching 18 passes in his first three games. He cooled off in Weeks 4 and 5, catching one pass in each contest, but has five receptions in the Bucs' past two games.

3. DE Noah Spence
Despite battling a shoulder injury, Spence is having a productive rookie season. He is tied with Gerald McCoy for the team-lead in sacks with three, forcing a fumble on one of those sacks against the Raiders. The Bucs hoped to use Spence primarily on passing downs, but injuries have catapulted him into the lineup more and more often.


  1. TE Cam Brate**
    Brate has been one of Jameis Winston's go-to targets in the red zone and one of the Bucs' most productive pass-catchers this season. He has three touchdown receptions through eight games, which are the second-most of any Buccaneer, and has 23 catches, the third-most on the team.

5. LB Kwon Alexander
Alexander has a history of putting together monster games against the Falcons. When Tampa Bay and Atlanta met in Week 1, Alexander recorded 17 tackles, 15 of which were solo, along with a sack. When the Buccaneers met the Falcons in Week 8 of his rookie season, Alexander recorded 11 tackles, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble. With 66 tackles, Alexander is the Buccaneers' leading tackler so far this season. He has 25 more tackles than any other Tampa Bay defender.

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