The Buccaneers were able to keep their contest against the San Francisco 49ers somewhat competitive until the fourth quarter, thanks to some solid defensive stops and the occasional moment of offensive brilliance.
So which players contributed the most to the Buccaneers cause, and which ones were among the reason why the Bucs fell short? Let’s take a look at some snap counts and game grades from Pro Football Focus to learn more.
- The offensive line, Mike Glennon and Vincent Jackson were the only Buccaneers to play every offensive snap. Tim Wright played all but three snaps, and the seemingly invisible Tiquan Underwood played all but seven snaps.
- The highest grades on offense went to Demar Dotson (1.5) and Jeremy Zuttah (1.4), who both allowed just one QB pressure each ( a hurry) and had positive days as pass blockers.
- The only skill position player with a grade higher than 1.0 was Vincent Jackson, who posted a grade of 1.2.
- The lowest grade on offense went to Donald Penn, who was a turnstile when trying to stop Aldon Smith. Penn allowed a sack, a QB hit and two QB hurries.
- Bobby Rainey received the next lowest grade, and that’s mostly due to his failures helping out as a pass blocker.
- Mike Glennon earned a grade of -0.1, which sums up the roller-coaster day he had at quarterback.
- The usual suspects top the list on defense, as Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David earned the highest grade for the Buccaneers. McCoy racked up SIX quarterback hurries to go with his one QB sack, while David graded well in pass coverage, added 10 tackles, and even hurried the QB twice.
- William Gholston had the next best grade, earning a 2.9 over 38 snaps. He played more snaps than Daniel Te’o-Nesheim (33 snaps with a grade of -2.7), meaning the rookie is starting to phase out the ineffective veteran. Gholston had three tackles, two passes defensed and four QB hurries.
- Darrelle Revis, Johnthan Banks and Dashon Goldson were the only players to play every snap on defense.
- Gerald McCoy, Mason Foster, Adrian Clayborn and Lavonte David all missed fewer than 10 snaps.
- Da’Quan Bowers rushed the passer only eight times, but picked up two QB hurries while doing so.
- The worst grade of the day goes to Akeem Spence, who picked up a -3.7. He was ineffective against both the pass and run.
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