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    TAMPA Cheap Sean Bunting Jersey , Fla. (AP)Jameis Winston says consulting Dr. James Andrews about his sore throwing shoulder was ”standard protocol” and not an indication the injury is worse than he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers initially believed. ”I’ve known Dr. Andrews for a long time,” the 23-year-old quarterback said Wednesday, a day after traveling to Pensacola, Florida, to visit the renowned orthopedic surgeon he has known since he was in the sixth grade. ”All the doctors are working together to come up with what they think,” Winston added. ”All I know is for the next two weeks I’m going to be rehabbing to get the shoulder 100 percent.” The Bucs announced Monday that the third-year pro, who sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder on Oct. 15, will miss at least two gamesafter aggravating the injury during last week’s 30-10 road loss at New Orleans. Coach Dirk Koetter reiterated doctors believe the best course of action at this time is rest. Winston has played through the injury the past three weeks, with Tampa Bay (2-6) extending its losing streak to five games. ”Dr. Andrews has been involved in this since the beginning. He’s been getting the updates every week. He’s been seeing the MRI reports every week,” Koetter said. ”Yesterday was just the first time Jameis went there in person.” On Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Winston, who’s made 40 consecutive starts to begin his pro career. Fitzpatrick will face the New York Jets, the veteran backup’s team the past two seasons. ”It’s challenging. But at the same time, it gives me an opportunity to be there for my team in any way that I can – not just on the field,” Winston said of the decision to shut him down. Obviously I want to be out there playing. I love this game. I’m very passionate about this game. I look at it as a great opportunity to rest and become 100 percent.” Meanwhile, the quarterback apologized for his role in a sideline skirmish last Sunday with New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The incident escalated when Bucs receiver Mike Evans got involved, too. Evans was suspended one game by the NFL for violating league rules on unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness after running up from behind and knocking Lattimore to the ground when the Saints rookie pushed Winston in response to the quarterback coming off the sideline to confront Lattimore. Winston was not in the game at the time because of his injured shoulder. ”I want to apologize for the incident … (It’s) just something I can’t do,” the quarterback said, adding he acted in the ”heat of the moment.” ”I can’t come off the field and make any gesture toward an opponent, let alone touch them,” Winston said. ”I can’t do that.” Evans leads the Bucs with 40 receptions for 532 yards and four touchdowns. He appealed the league discipline; however, the suspension was upheld Tuesday. ”I want to sincerely apologize for my actions. … I saw my quarterback getting shoved and I let my emotions get the better of me,” Evans said in a statement released by the team. ”My response was not appropriate and not a true indication of who I am as a player and a person,” Evans added. ”I take pride in playing the game the right way, and I realize it was unprofessional and hurt my team.” Evans will sit out Sunday’s game against the Jets. Winston would not be surprised if he winds up being fined by the NFL. ”I haven’t received it yet,” the quarterback said. ”It’s probably coming.” — How the position battles on the defense look, following Tampa Bay’s first action of the pre-season." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesBucs Nation homepageHorizontal - WhiteBucs Nationa Tampa Bay Buccaneers communityFollow Bucs Nation online:Follow Bucs Nation on TwitterFollow Bucs Nation on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchBucs Nation main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBuccaneersOddsAboutMas theadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmBuccaneers at Steelers 2019: Defensive position battle stock reportNew,10commentsHow the position battles on the defense look, following Tampa Bay’s first action of the pre-season.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Buccaneers at Steelers 2019: Defensive position battle stock reportTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPho to by Justin Berl/Getty ImagesFor the first time in 2019, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the field on Friday night against a live opponent that wasn’t also a teammate. The first pre-season game of the year is always a welcome return to football, and the results are often over scrutinized or over valued as everyone looks for glimpses of what the regular season team will look like.That being said, here are my thoughts on how the Bucs position battles on the defensive side of the ball continued to develop coming out of Pittsburgh.STARTING CORNERBACKVernon Hargreaves III indeed got his shot at starting on the outside along with Carlton Davis for Tampa Bay here in pre-season Week 1. Early, it didn’t look good as the former first-round draft pick was beat for a big gain on the Steelers second offensive play of the game.It wouldn’t be the last big play of the game for the Steelers offense, but fortunately, it was the only time Hargreaves allowed his man to get the better of him. Later, in the second quarter, Hargreaves would make a nice play to pick off Pittsburgh quarterback Josh Dobbs. It was eventually called back due to a penalty, but the play itself was a good one, and a solid display of the now veteran cornerback bouncing back after an early defeat. Something this defense hasn’t exactly been known for during recent years.Meanwhile Sean Bunting Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , second-round draft pick and perceived contender to Hargreaves’ job, Sean Murphy-Bunting had a luke warm debut in the NFL. Playing with the second-team defense Murphy-Bunting looked like a rookie at times, and showed potential for greater things at others.At the end of the night Murphy-Bunting, like all players will be focusing on improving for the future rather than dwelling on any struggles.At this point, I’m calling this a push. Hargreaves didn’t do enough to eliminate any thoughts of the rookie catching up to him, but the rookie didn’t do enough to show he’s a clear improvement over Hargreaves III either.Stock Up: NoneStock Down: NoneSECONDARY DEPTHBehind the top three cornerback candidates are a handful of other players looking to fill a handful of other spots on the final roster.Two that stood out among the crowd are Ryan Smith and Mazzi Wilkins. Smith is mostly known for his special teams ability, displaying the talents to operate in the open field and make solid tackles.For Smith, there was a specific moment in the second-quarter which stood out. Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. had the cornerback one-on-one during an outside run, and Smith was able to take him down cleanly despite facing a very athletic back who Pittsburgh expects to contribute during the regular season.Wilkins had the opportunity to make some other plays, and being in the right place at the right time carries it’s own moral victory of sorts. But the moment which will carry his confidence into the next game and the week’s practices came with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter.Down 30-22, the Buccaneers needed the ball back to try and put together a game tying drive late. Wilkins was able to make a play, forcing a fumble subsequently recovered by Isaiah Johnson.The turnover gave Ryan Griffin and the Tampa Bay offense the chance they needed, and while it didn’t pan out, it’s always good to see the defense getting takeaways when the team needs it most.Wilkins certainly helped himself, and with Smith’s suspension coming up, there’s a chance for Wilkins to play himself into a roster spot.STOCK UP: CB, MAZZI WILKINSSTOCK DOWN: NONEPASS RUSHERSLast year’s pass rush was not effective as an overall effort. This year, an aggressive scheme spearheaded by defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is expected to change this. In Week 1 of the pre-season excitement about the defense is higher than I can remember in a long time, but it was important not to come in with unrealistic expectations.Bowles has talked about how important communication is for this defense to accomplish what they need to, and stepping foot onto the field for the first time against a live opponent, there were expected growing pains.Overall, the performance was solid. Without Vita Vea eating up a lot of blocks up front, there are going to be some new wrinkles the defense hasn’t had a lot of time to work on just yet. While the defense is getting used to a new look altogether, one player is getting a new start to his career. Of course, I’m talking about Noah Spence.Spence had alot of excitement following him as a second-round draft pick just a few short years ago. There were questions as to whether or not he could survive in the NFL as a down lineman, but his rookie year put some of those worries to rest.Injury contributed to a down second season, and then of course his third season did nothing but elevate those worries to new levels, making this season especially critical for him specifically.It’s only one week, but so far Spence’s fourth effort to become an impact part of the Buccaneers is off to a good start.Without Jason Pierre-Paul it’s going to fall on guys like Spence, Carl Nassib and free-agent acquisition Shaquil Barrett. This week serves to build confidence in the ability of Spence to be a contributing part of the formula in 2019.STOCK UP: OLB, NOAH SPENCESTOCK DOWN: NONEYou may have noticed I don’t really have anyone’s stock going down at the moment. This is by design, as it’s the first week of pre-season and nobody looked glaringly like they didn’t belong on the NFL field. Depth is and will continue to be an issue for the defense, but this is expected when talking about a unit which was one of the worst - if not the worst - defensive unit in 2018. Hard to build depth on top of that kind of foundation. As the next round of practices get underway, we’ll be on the lookout to see which players take this experience and forge it into growth, and which ones continue to make the same mistakes or even regress. This is where stocks will go down moving forward.Overall, the first defense looked solid, and the scheme changes are evident even if they weren’t quite as flashy as some hoped for.Hang in there, we’ve still got three weeks between us and the 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers regular season.

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