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5 Takeaways from Buccaneers vs. Giants

A few notes from the Bucs' Week 9 loss to the Giants.

Photos from Buccaneers vs. Giants at Raymond James Stadium.

1. Jameis Winston can make plays with his feet.
Down by eight in the fourth quarter, Winston rolled out to his right, scrambled and dove through the air to score his only touchdown of the game. The touchdown brought the Bucs within two points of the Giants, though New York would pull away at the end. The rushing touchdown was Winston's third this season, tied for the sixth-most among quarterbacks in Buccaneer history in a single season.

2. The offensive line is a deep group.
Despite the return of Jason Pierre-Paul, their top pass-rusher, New York was unable to sack Jameis Winston on Sunday. Tampa Bay accomplished that without their starting right guard, Ali Marpet, for most of the game after Marpet was sidelined with an ankle injury. Evan Smith, who served as the Bucs' starting center before suffering an injury in Week 2, stepped in at right guard and assisted in Tampa Bay's efforts to protect their quarterback.

3. The Bucs' linebackers are around the football often.
Just two Buccaneers earned 10 tackles or more on Sunday - both linebackers. Lavonte David, the Bucs' leading tackler, picked up 11 tackles while Kwon Alexander earned 10. David has 69 this season and Alexander has 59.

4. Cameron Brate is taking advantage of his opportunity.
With Austin Seferian-Jenkins still out with a shoulder injury, Brate has had an opportunity to play an increased number of snaps the past few weeks. On Sunday, Brate was the only Bucs tight end to catch a pass. Over the course of the past three games, Brate leads all Bucs tight ends in receptions and receiving yards.

5. Several players can work in at corner.
For the first time this season, Sterling Moore started at cornerback. On his very first play, he intercepted Eli Manning. Jude Adjei-Barimah also received a number of snaps, as did Alterraun Verner. Mike Jenkins, Johnthan Banks and Tim Jennings, all of whom have started at least one game this season, provide the team depth in the defensive backfield. Moore, Adjei-Barimah and Verner were among standouts Head Coach Lovie Smith mentioned in his post-game press conference.

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