Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Buccaneers to Watch Against New England

Keep tabs on these players as the Patriots come to town for a primetime Thursday Night matchup.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' practice on Tuesday.

1. RB Doug Martin
All eyes will be on the formidable running back as he was activated from the Reserve/Suspended list this week. Martin's four-game suspension was lifted after the Bucs' third game of the 2017 season, having served part of his suspension in 2016. The running back started two of the team's four preseason games this year, averaging 3.9 yards a carry and scoring the team's lone touchdown in the win over Jacksonville. Look for Martin to complement the Bucs passing attack on the ground as he returns to the field for his 2017 regular season debut.**

2.  QB Jameis Winston**

After passing for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Bucs nail-biting victory over the New York Giants this past Sunday, Winston now has consecutive 300+ yard outings and seven in his career. Winston should ride that momentum right into primetime opposite one of the game's most elite quarterbacks in Tom Brady. With an arsenal of offensive weapons to choose from, including two viable tight ends in Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard, look for Winston to try to exploit a struggling Patriots secondary in the passing game.3. Tight Ends

The win over the Giants on Sunday saw two different Bucs tight ends enter the endzone. Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard are the only tight end duo in the league to both score in the same game so far this season. Additionally, each amassed more than 60 yards, with Brate tallying 80 yards and Howard with 63 yards (58 of which came on an electrifying touchdown catch in the first quarter). The last time a tight end duo each accounted for at least 60 yards and scored in the same game was three seasons ago, when Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright of New England accomplished the feat over Chicago. Brate and Howard will look to continue their own emergence against the Patriots and show they are here to stay as one of the NFL's top tight end combos.**

  1. CB Brent Grimes**

Lined up against one of the league's most feared receivers in Odell Beckham, Jr., Grimes managed multiple downright acrobatic defensive maneuvers to keep the ball out of multiple Giants' hands. The cornerback tallied three passes defensed in addition to five total tackles. With a pass-happy Patriots offense coming to town, Grimes will look to limit production by Tom Brady and company as much as possible.5. LB Kendell Beckwith

Rookie Beckwith looked like a vet by all regards as he led the team with nine total tackles during Sunday's win over the Giants. The LSU-product has a combined 22 tackles on the season as his production has steadily increased with each game. He will no doubt be looking for that elusive first NFL sack in Thursday's tilt against the Patriots and what better QB to start with than Tom Brady himself?

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