Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Buccaneers to Watch Against San Francisco

A few players to keep an eye on when the Buccaneers take on the 49ers in Week 7.

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  1. RB Jacquizz Rodgers**
    On Wednesday, Head Coach Dirk Koetter said that Doug Martin has suffered a setback, meaning his availability for Sunday's game against the 49ers could be in question. With Charles Sims on injured reserve, Rodgers figures to be the team's feature back if Martin can't go. In Week 5, Rodgers got his first start as a Buccaneer, picking up 101 rushing yards while catching five passes.

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  1. DT Gerald McCoy**
    McCoy missed the Bucs' Week 5 game against the Panthers, but has been back on the practice field this week. McCoy, who has been battling through a calf injury, was limited during Wednesday's practice. The Bucs have been disseminated with injuries across the defensive line and, as a result, have struggled getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. McCoy's return could help the group significantly in that area.

3. WR Donteea Dye
With Vincent Jackson landing on injured reserve, the Bucs promoted Dye from the practice squad to the active roster earlier this week. He had been signed to the practice squad just a few days prior. With fellow receiver Cecil Shorts expecting to return from injury, it will be interesting to see what Dye's role on Sunday is. He has experience returning kicks and appeared in 10 games for Tampa Bay in 2015.

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  1. DE Will Gholston**
    While the Bucs were without three of their four starting defensive linemen against the Panthers in Week 5, Gholston, the fourth starter, has kept himself in the lineup. Gholston has the ability to play on the inside, in addition to the edge, and will benefit greatly when the Bucs' other starting defensive linemen return to the field.  

5. S Bradley McDougald
McDougald has been on the field for the Buccaneers' defense all but five plays this season, meaning he's taken 98.45 percent of the team's snaps. The only other defensive back to play more than McDougald is cornerback Brent Grimes, who has been on the field for just one more play. He has 26 tackles so far, the third-most on the team. Of those 26 tackles, 24 have been solo.

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