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5 Bucs to Watch Against Seattle

A few players to keep an eye on when the Bucs host the Seahawks in Week 12.


Pictures of the Top 10 Seahawks in Week 11, according to their Pro Football Focus player grade.

  1. K Roberto Aguayo**
    After a rocky start to his NFL career, Roberto Aguayo has rebounded well. Aguayo, the Bucs' second-round pick in the 2019 draft, nailed all four of his field goal attempts against the Chiefs, helping Tampa Bay defeat a Kansas City team many considered to be among the league's best. Aguayo has now connected on nine of his past 10 field goal attempts.


Photos of the Buccaneers' complete roster.

  1. CB Alterraun Verner**
    With Jude Adjei-Barimah being placed on a four-game suspension, Verner will likely step in to fill the role as the Bucs' nickel corner. Adjei-Barimah has been the Bucs' primary nickel corner, but Verner has played a significant role on the Bucs' defense as well. Adjei-Barimah has been on the field for 38 percent of the Bucs' defensive snaps this year while Verner has played 17 percent. Verner and the Bucs' secondary will face a tough test when they square up against Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin, who have connected for fix scores this season. Counting the touchdown pass last week that Baldwin threw to Wilson, the pair have hooked up for six scores.

3. WR Cecil Shorts
The Seahawks boast one of the NFL's top secondaries, whose efforts will likely be geared towards guarding Mike Evans. Evans is in the top five in the league in nearly every major receiving category this season, including touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards. With Evans likely drawing double-coverage, expect Shorts, Russell Shepard and Adam Humphries to have opportunities in single-coverage. Shorts had a productive game a week ago, catching five passes.  


Pictures of the Seahawks' starting offense and defense, according to the team's depth chart.

  1. TE Cam Brate**
    Brate finds himself in a similar situation to Shorts as the Seahawks attempt to clamp down on Evans. But Brate will likely be working against some of Seattle's most talented defenders. Kam Chancellor has established himself as one of NFL's best safeties while Bobby Wagner is in the conversation as one of the NFL's top linebackers. The Seahawks' other talented safety, Earl Thomas, is unlikely to play on Sunday, according to Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll.

5. OT Donovan Smith
Earlier this season, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett had surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee. He hasn't been on the field since Week 7, but is reportedly aiming to return this Sunday. Smith could find himself matched up with Bennett or Seattle's other highly-productive defensive end, Cliff Avril. The Seahawks have 31 sacks this year, tied for the most in the NFL.

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