Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Bucs to Watch Against Atlanta

Here are a few guys to keep an eye on in the Bucs' season finale at home against the Falcons.

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21, 2019 - Outside Linebacker Shaquil Barrett #58 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game between the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers lost the game, 23-20. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1. OLB Shaq Barrett

Barrett has 16.5 sacks this season – tying Warren Sapp for the most sacks by a Bucs player in a single season. Even a half sack in this game against Atlanta would move him into sole possession of the record. If you'll recall, he had one sack against the Falcons in Week 12. The Bucs had a whopping six sacks that game, actually. Quarterback Matt Ryan was pulled late in the game to avoid him getting hit any further. It doesn't matter which quarterback Barrett takes down there, just that he gets in on one.

2. ILB Devin White

White has been on an upward trajectory all season and it'd be only fitting for him to go out on a high note after his first NFL season. He heads up a rookie class that's one of the most successful in the league. White is averaging 7.2 tackles per game, the most of any rookie in the league. He also is tied for the league lead in forced fumbles with three this season. The Bucs rookies as a whole have the most passes defensed with 35, the most forced fumbles with five, the most interceptions with six and the most defensive touchdowns with two, one of which was recorded by White. It came against the Falcons in Atlanta. That game was also his first game with multiple sacks, getting two on the day. Let's see if he can have a repeat performance to close out his first year as a pro this Sunday.

3. CB Carlton Davis

Speaking of that rookie class, Davis may as well be included in that, only in his second year himself. If you were to add him in to those aforementioned numbers, he'd add a team-high 18 passes defensed and an interception of his own. Last weekend, he was able to lead the charge in shutting down Texans' wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was limited to a season-low 23 yards. Davis will look to do the same against another elite receiver in Atlanta's Julio Jones to close out the season on a high note.

4. WR Breshad Perriman

The Buccaneers are banged up in the receiver corps. It was announced that wide receiver Chris Godwin would be out for the final game of 2019, that leaves Perriman somewhat in charge. As the team's third receiver, and both Godwin and Mike Evans out, Perriman will be the 'x' and should get significant work. He scored three touchdowns in Detroit, the game in which Godwin went down, too. Last week against Houston, he had his second-consecutive 100-yard game, catching seven passes for 102 yards. He's poised to shoulder the receiving load again and could be looking at his third straight triple-digit game as a result.

5. QB Jameis Winston

Winston needs just 92 more yards to reach 5,000 on the season. It would make him just the eighth quarterback to ever throw for 5,000 yards in a single season, joining the likes of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Dan Marino, among a few others. Winston already has the Bucs' touchdown record, throwing for 31 this season, but could extend it this game. Winston is leading the league's best passing attack and the NFL's third-best overall offense. The Bucs are averaging over 400 yards of total offense a game, 310.1 of which are coming through the air.

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