Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Buccaneers to Watch Against the Bears

Players to watch when the Buccaneers host the Bears on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

1. RB Doug Martin
The entire league will be following Martin as he attempts to pass Adrian Peterson and become the NFL's leading rusher. Martin has 1,305 rushing yards so far, just nine yards behind Peterson. During the Bucs' loss to the Rams, Martin briefly claimed the lead until Peterson re-captured it later that week. Martin could be poised to take the lead this week against a Bears defense that's struggled defending the run at times this season. 

2. DT Gerald McCoy
McCoy has battled through injuries all season. Despite his setbacks, he was named to his fourth-straight Pro Bowl on Tuesday night. Throughout the offseason, Buccaneers Head Coach, along with McCoy, have discussed the potential of earning double-digit sacks. Smith referred to it as a standard that any great pass-rusher holds themselves to. With two games remaining, McCoy has 7.5 sacks. Reaching double-digits is within his reach, but he will need to get off to a hot start against Chicago.

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Photos from the Bucs' practice on Wednesday, December 23rd, at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa.

  1. CB Sterling Moore**
    Moore will likely find himself matched up against Chicago's top wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery, who is, by far, the Bears' leading receiver. Moore has done well against some of the league's top receivers this season; Julio Jones, Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr. all failed to catch a touchdown playing against him.

4. TE Cameron Brate
With Austin Seferian-Jenkins returning from a shoulder injury, Brate's snaps have decreased. But he's still be an involved part of the offense, catching seven passes over the course of the past three games. During the final two games of the season, Brate has an opportunity to put an exclamation point on what has been a breakout season for him. 

5. WR Adam Humphries
Similar to Brate, Humphries' opportunities have come by the way of injury. With Vincent Jackson sidelined last week, Humphries caught six passes for 60 yards. Humphries caught every ball that was thrown his way. If Jackson is unable to go on Sunday, look for Humphries to be very involved in the Bucs' offense.

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