Buccaneers three medalists in week one win vs. Dallas Cowboys

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Buccaneers Gold Medalist: DB Antoine Winfield Jr.

The MVP of the Bucs for their opening game. Some may argue, and you’re more than welcome, but we’re sticking to it. The defense was what won the game, and Winfield was the best player on the defense.

We put “DB” instead of a more specific position here because Antonie Winfield Jr. was all over the map, and excelled everywhere he happened to travel. Not only did he grab an interception when the Buccaneers needed it most while playing safety, but he also lined up at cornerback, primarily in the slot, and guarded CeeDee Lamb with great aplomb. Lamb, the former first-round pick of the Cowboys, was held to only two catches for 29 yards during the evening, primarily due to the talent of Winfield.

Winfield also added six total tackles (five solos) which were tied with Lavonte David for second-most on the team, and behind only Devin White. When the reports came out that Winfield was working in the slot as a corner during camp, there were definitely some heads turned. It wasn’t for doubt, but for the intrigue.

Well, we got our answers. Simply put, Winfield was an absolute stud on Sunday Night, and more than made up for his final play of the 2021 NFL season. Winfield is all the way back and looks like even more of a stud than originally imagined.