The Buccaneers fell back down to earth on Sunday after last week’s impressive win against the Rams, losing to the Saints in a battle for first place in the NFC South. The Buccaneers offense failed to get into any type of rhythm and the secondary continued to play porous coverage allowing the Saints to throw for over 300 yards.
Here is our weekly list of the most disappointing players from Sunday’s loss.
CB Vernon Hargreaves
It was a forgettable day for cornerback Vernon Hargreaves who seemed to always be a step behind all afternoon. Early in the second quarter Hargreaves gave up back-to-back receptions to Saints receiver Michael Thomas. On the first one Hargreaves inexplicably went flat to the sidelines instead of continuing his depth and was unable to break up the pass. The second completion Hargreaves gave way too much cushion, then to cap off the drive Hargreaves appeared to be in no-man’s land near the goal line, surrendering the touchdown with poor coverage and technique.
Hargreaves has regressed since the start of the year and despite the coaches blaming the issues on communication, the former Gator may be better suited to play inside once Jamel Deal returns to game action, hopefully next week in London.
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