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Verner a Bright Spot in Loss to Cardinals

Cornerback Alterraun Verner was one of the NFL's top cornerbacks in Week 2.


For the most part, anything that could go wrong did go wrong as the Buccaneers fell to the Cardinals in Week 2. Tampa Bay turned the ball over five times and struggled to get the run game going, picking up just 85 rushing yards on the day.

If there was a bright spot, though, it was the play of cornerback Alterraun Verner, who graded out as the Buccaneers' best player against the Cardinals, according to Pro Football Focus. Verner received a grade of 89.5, which was the highest of any player on the team and seventh-highest among all cornerbacks in the league.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 2 matchup with the Cardinals.

"There were not many highlights on Sunday for the Buccaneers defense," PFF's William Moy wrote. "The stars of the defense did show up and have good games, however. Verner was thrown at six times only allowing one reception and had two pass defenses."

Three of the Bucs' top five defensive players were defensive backs, according to PFF. Safety Bradley McDougald finished with the second-highest rating among defenders while cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was No. 3 and safety Keith Tandy as No. 5.

On the offensive side of the ball, center Joe Hawley was graded as the team's top player. His grade of 80 was second only to Verner. Demar Dotson, Adam Humphries, Ali Marpet and Kevin Pamphile rounded out the top five.

For more of Pro Football Focus' grades from the Buccaneers' Week 2 game against the Cardinals, click **HERE**.

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