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5 Standouts from the 2016 Preseason

Five players who impressed during the Bucs' four preseason games.

A behind-the-scenes look at the Buccaneers' preseason game against the Redskins.

1. QB Jameis Winston
Winston played sparingly in the preseason, but still accumulated 384 passing yards, which were the fifth-most among NFL quarterbacks through three games. Though the rest of the league has one preseason game remaining, starters are unlikely to play any significant number of reps in that final game. In the three games he suited up for, Winston completed 26 of 44 passes and tossed four touchdowns compared to just one interception. When all was said and done, he finished the preseason with a passer rating of 108.5.

2. WR Mike Evans
Evans was the Bucs' leading receiver despite playing in just three games, catching eight passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Evans' total receiving yards were the sixth-most among receivers. No other Buccaneer player caught more than one touchdown pass during the preseason.


Pictures from the Buccaneers' preseason matchup with the Redskins.

  1. DE Jacquies Smith**
    Smith was a starter in the Bucs' base defense a year ago, but is set to play a more situational role in 2016. He'll play the majority of his reps in pass-rush situations, and the preseason proved that he will be able to thrive in that role within Mike Smith's defense. Smith recorded four sacks in as many games, the most any Buccaneer has in a single preseason in recent memory.  

4. P Bryan AngerAnger stepped into a sitaution where he was battling for a roster spot with Jacob Schum, who was the Bucs' starter a year ago. Both players performed well during the preseason, but Anger ultimately won the job when Schum was released by the Bucs during their first round of cuts. Anger averaged 48.1 yards per punt on 15 attempts during the preseason.

5. LB Luke Rhodes
Despite arriving in Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent out of a small school, Rhodes stepped in almost immediately with the second-team defense, which is an impressive feat for a player in his position. He went on to lead the Buccaneers in tackles during the preseason and appears poised to land a spot on the 53-man roster.

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