Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Takeaways from Buccaneers vs. Broncos

A few notes from the Buccaneers' Week 4 loss to the Broncos.

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Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 4 match-up with the Broncos.

  1. Turnovers put the Bucs in a tough position.**
    The Bucs have struggled to create turnovers through their first four games, going three games without a takeaway. The Bucs didn't record a takeaway on Sunday while giving up three. The Broncos scored off of all three turnovers, picking up two touchdowns following interceptions. Both of those interceptions by the Buccaneers gave the Broncos the ball already in field goal range.

2. The Bucs are depleted along the defensive line.
Tampa Bay entered Sunday's game already short-handed at defensive end, with Robert Ayers inactive and George Johnson and Jacquies Smith on injured reserve. The Bucs lost Noah Spence for the game with an injury and found themselves so short-handed at defensive end that linebacker Daryl Smith played a handful of downs with his hand on the ground. In addition to Spence, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy left the game with a calf injury.

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  1. Jude Adjei-Barimah spent the day in the slot.**
    Alterraun Verner had begun training camp as a starter on the outside and was the Bucs' slot corner for the first three weeks of the season. But Verner was bumped out of the lineup against the Broncos in favor of Jude Adjei-Barimah, who spent the game as the Bucs' nickel cornerback. Adjei-Barimah and the Bucs' defense had their moments; the Broncos didn't convert a third down until the final minutes of the first half.

4. Cameron Brate continued to impress.
Brate was a bright spot in what was a slow day for the Buccaneers' offense. He finished the game tied for the team-lead in both receptions and receiving yards after catching two touchdown passes a week ago. Brate spent the majority of the game on the field with fellow tight ends Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers both injured.

5. Jameis Winston is making way in the record books.
The Buccaneers' lone touchdown on Sunday came when Jameis Winston scrambled into the end zone from six yards out. That was Winston's seventh rushing touchdown of his career, moving him up to No. 2 on the Bucs' all-time list for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. He trails Doug Williams, who owns the top spot with 13 career rushing scores.

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