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5 Standouts from Bucs vs. Browns

Five players who impressed in the Buccaneers' preseason victory over the Browns.


  1. QB Jameis Winston**
    Behind Winston, the Buccaneers' first-team offense put together a dominant performance against the Browns. Winston completed 16 of 25 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns, finishing the game with a passer rating of 125.3. He finished the game averaging more than 10 yards per pass and wasn't picked off in the two quarters he played.

2. WR Mike Evans
Evans was Winston's favorite target on Friday, catching five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Evans performed particularly well working deep downfield; he hauled in a 49-yarder from Winston in the second quarter, setting up a 35-touchdown reception a few plays later. Evans' five catches and 115 receiving yards were both team-highs.  


Pictures from the Buccaneers' preseason matchup with the Browns.

  1. WR Adam Humphries**
    It's becoming clear as to why Head Coach Dirk Koetter named Humphries the Bucs' No. 3 receiver early in training camp. Working from the slot, Humphries caught two long passes for 39 yards, but his biggest impact was felt on special teams. At the end of the first quarter, Humphries returned a punt 73 yards for a score, giving the Buccaneers' their first touchdown on a return since 2008.

4. DE Jacquies Smith
The Buccaneers were all over the Browns' quarterbacks on Friday night, particular their starter, Robert Griffin III. In one half of play, the Buccaneers took down Griffin five times. Earning two of those sacks was Smith, who has becoming more and more involved in the Buccaneers' defense as the preseason has carried on. Smith is not a starter in the Bucs' base defense but sees a significant number of reps as a reserve.

When the Buccaneers returned to the field after breaking for halftime, the second-team offense and defense took the field. Koetter had said that the starters would play into the third quarter, but had apparently seen all he'd needed to see. When the reserves came in, Banks' play was eye catching. He defended at least two passes and performed well in the red zone.

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