6 winners (and 4 losers) for Buccaneers in preseason win over Jets

Which Buccaneers stood out in the win over the Jets, and who might have hurt their chances of earning a roster spot?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New York Jets
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For the first time since New Year's Day, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won a football game.

Saturday night saw the Bucs roll into MetLife Stadium and notch their first win of the preseason. If we're being super dramatic, it's just the second time in 2022 that the Buccaneers have won a football game, as the team lose its Week 18 game in Atlanta and got fired out of the playoffs by Dallas a week later.

It's only the second game of the preseason, so let's not read too far into things but the Bucs looked a lot better than they did in the opener last Friday night. The team showed some signs of good things to come and there were a few standouts who helped their case — and a few guys who might have hurt their chances of making the final roster.

Winner: Trey Palmer

If you haven’t bought any Trey Palmer stock, now is the time to fix that. The Buccaneers sixth round pick is looking like an absolute steal so far, and he continued his hot preseason on Saturday night against the Jets.

Palmer has the unique distinction of catching the first touchdown of the preseason by both Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask. Every indication is that Palmer will be catching a lot more of them when they actually count, but the two that we’ve seen so far have been playmaker type catches.

His touchdown against the Jets was a thing of beauty:

That ended up being his only reception of the night, which is further proof that Palmer is making the most of the chances he’s being given. Russell Gage was lost to a season-ending injury during joint practice earlier in the week, which opens up a spot that Palmer might very well fill on the final roster.