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5 Buccaneers to Watch Against Cleveland

A few players to keep an eye on when the Buccaneers take on the Browns at Raymond James Stadium on Friday night.


  1. QB Jameis Winston**
    The Buccaneers' starters will play into the third quarter on Friday, and Jameis Winston said he's eager for the extended playing time. Winston has thrown just 19 passes so far this preseason, completing 10 for 125 yards and two touchdowns. It wouldn't be unusual for Winston to play more against the Browns than he does in the Bucs' other three preseason games combines. For the second week in a row, he'll have some familiarity with his opponent. The Bucs practiced with the Browns all week after having joint practices with Jacksonville before the Bucs' matchup with the Jaguars last weekend.

2. CB Vernon Hargreaves
The Bucs' second preseason game was Hargreaves' coming out party after he recorded two interceptions in Tampa Bay's victory over Jacksonville. Following his strong performance, Hargreaves earned reps with the first-team defense on the outside. He had been working with the ones as a nickel back, but played the majority of his college career on the outside, where he admits he's more comfortable. He could potentially start on Friday against the Browns.


  1. DE Robert Ayers**
    The Buccaneers could have a potential mismatch with Ayers matched up against the Browns' right tackle, Austin Pasztor. In four NFL seasons, Pasztor has started 27 games, including four with the Browns a year ago. Gerald McCoy lines up on the left side of the defensive line and most times demands a double-team. Keep an eye on Ayers, along with Jacquies Smith and Noah Spence, to take advantage of one-on-one opportunities.

The start to Aguayo's career has been a rocky one, but he will have an opportunity to get back on track when he takes the field at Raymond James Stadium on Friday for the first time as a Buccaneer. During his college career, Aguayo didn't miss many kicks. It will be interesting to see how the rookie responds to the adversity of missing a few attempts early in his career.

5. LB Kwon Alexander
Alexander burst onto the scene quickly as a rookie, but one of his first highlight reel plays as a Buccaneer came against the Browns in a preseason game last year. Alexander laid a big hit on Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown, setting the stage for a stellar rookie season in which he finished second on the team in tackles and as a two-time Rookie of the Week.

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