Week 12 Grades for the Buccaneers Win over the Seahawks
WIDE RECEIVERS and TIGHT ENDS: A
Hard to believe a wide receiver with two 1,000-yard seasons in his first two years as a pro could have people doubt him, but that’s exactly what was happening to Mike Evans entering the 2016 season.
After securing his third straight 1,000-yard receiving season and catching his ninth and tenth touchdown receptions of the year, I would hope those nay-sayers have been put to bed.
Facing the premier passing defense in the NFL with THE best cornerback in the business, Evans not only found success, but he found eight catches for 104-yards and the only two scoring plays which mattered in Week 12.
He wasn’t alone in his efforts though, as Cameron Brate chipped in with four catches of his own totaling 49-yards with a long of 27.
Russell Shepard and Adam Humphries chipped in with a pair of 18-yard plays and undrafted rookie Alan Cross even made an appearance for the second week in a row.
While Cross didn’t find the endzone this weekend, it’s nice to see the Buccaneers finding post-draft and late round value in the past couple of classes.
Seven different receivers and tight ends caught at least one pass from Winston, and when targets result in catches it makes the quarterback’s job much easier.
Luke Stocker’s safety inducing penalty is going to drive the grade point a bit lower, but not too far since I’d rather he take the rusher down than let him get to the quarterback in the endzone.