Tampa Bay Buccaneers Power Rankings: Ranking The Best Players on the Bucs’ Roster – Week 1


Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) is hit as he throws by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Not surprisingly, there is a whole bunch of movement up and down the rankings after the first real game. The top three remained unchanged as all three proved their worth against the Jets. The biggest jump came from Mason Foster as he played very well in the middle of the solid defensive effort. Davin Joseph took a nose dive down eight places to number 18 after his disastrous return. Three players exited the rankings (Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Eric Page, and Ted Larsen) to make room for a newcomers (Ahmad Black) and two returns to the rankings (Johnthan Banks, Gabe Carimi)

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1Gerald McCoyBest player showed up, further separated himself from the rest.
2Vincent JacksonEven with a difficult matchup, Jackson had a nice opener. Caught biggest pass of the game too.
3Darrelle RevisRevis Island is back. He was spectacular while out there, now to get the conditioning back.
4Dashon GoldsonEven better than what I expected. Take away the bogus penalty and he was near perfect.↑1
5Mason FosterLooked very much improved from last year. Still a bit to desire in pass coverage though.↑7
6Donald PennClearly the best o-lineman on Sunday, really the only one who wasn’t a trainwreck.↑2
7Lavonte DavidHe’d be number 4 if not for the penalty. The Bucs would be 1-0 too. Hate that it happened, but it did.↓3
8Mark BarronSeemed more comfortable to me. Looks like he’s ready to have a solid year next to The Hawk.↑1
9Carl NicksHis absense did not go unnoticed. The sooner the better, but I don’t see it being soon.↓2
10Doug MartinAside from the TD, which was a gift, he was basically non-existent. Has to be better in Week 2.↓4
11Josh FreemanPerformance was closer to a disaster than an average game, but he is certainly not completely to blame.↓4
12Akeem SpenceCouple nice plays, but we need a lot more↑1
13Mike WilliamsCaught a TD, but wasn’t really a factor aside from that play. Expect much more against bad Saint defense.↑2
14Jeremy ZuttahCould have been worse, but could have been a lot better.↑2
15Adrian ClaybornIt’s his job to put pressure on the QB when the Bucs don’t blitz. He simply wasn’t in the backfield enough.↓1
16Dekoda WatsonPretty solid game, but nothing too special.↑6
17Jonathan CasillasFor the limited use, he played very well. I think he’ll start seeing more plays each week.↑6
18Davin JosephNot good at all. Run blocking was terrible, and the pass blocking left a lot to be desired.↓8
19Leonard JohnsonGot a heavy dose of being “not Revis.” Wasn’t brutal, but Bucs defense needs him to improve.↓2
20Johnthan BanksThought he played well enough in debut. Never torched, which was a fear of mine coming in.↑5
21Demar DotsonHeard his number far too often. I don’t want to know that Demar Dotson is “False Start #69 offense.”↓2
22Da’Quan BowersNot once did I think he was going to make a play in the backfield.↓4
23Gabe CarimiGot to play, but didn’t play very well. On the list simply because he started.↑3
24Brian LeonardDid his job pass protecting for the most part. All you can ask for.↓4
25Ahmad BlackDidn’t make any mistakes in his 21 plays on the field.↑1