Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What to Look for: Buccaneers vs. Browns

A few storylines to follow when the Buccaneers take on the Browns on Saturday night.


*1. The starters in the second half. *
How long will the Bucs' first team stay on the field? On Friday, Head Coach Lovie Smith said, "traditionally the third preseason game, we would like for the [starters] to come out at the half and at least get a series or so in then," he said. "That's what we plan on doing this game."

2. The Bucs' leading tackler.
Through two games, Kwon Alexander has eight tackles, the most of any Buccaneer defender. Will Gholston is closely behind with seven followed by linebacker Jason Williams and cornerback Brandon Dixon, who have six tackles each. Alexander is the only one of those four players expected to start on Saturday, so he should remain the team-leader when the Bucs exit the field Saturday night.

3. Vincent Jackson's yards per catch.
Jackson has caught just two passes this preseason, but both have been deep passes. In the Bucs' preseason opener against Minnesota, he caught the first completion of Jameis Winston's career for a 40-yard gain. Last week against the Bengals, his lone catch was for 16 yards, bringing his preseason average to 28 yards per reception. With Mike Evans and Kenny Bell sidelined for this weekend's game with hamstring injuries, Jackson should be targeted more often. It's fair to assume he probably won't average that many yards per reception when the game is over, but keep an eye on him working down the field.

4. Jameis Winston's first passing touchdown.
Winston has two touchdowns this preseason, but both have been on the ground. He's still looking for his first passing touchdown and with the extended playing time he's expected to receive, it could come on Saturday.

5. Josh McCown's return to Tampa.
McCown started 11 games for the Buccaneers in 2014, throwing for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns during his lone season in Tampa. On Saturday, he will return to Raymond James Stadium as the starter for the Browns, who signed him as a free agent this spring. McCown has completed 12 of 15 passes for 80 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in his two preseason games.

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