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    November 30, 2018 5:37 AM EET
     released their final injury reports prior to Sunday’s game. The Panthers will be without just one receiver while the Buccaneers could be missing three starters on defense. Elsewhere Peyton Barber Jersey , Tampa Bay will be shorthanded on the offensive line with Evan Smith out. That means the majority of the right guard snaps will likely go to Caleb Benenoch. He’ll need to have a big game Sunday against one of the best front-sevens in the NFL. Ronald Jones will also be out for the division game against Carolina, and possibly longer. The rookie running back is dealing with a hamstring injury and those are always tricky. Look for Jacquizz Rodgers and Shaun Wilson to get more involved in his absence.The full injury report is listed below.BuccaneersRB Ronald Jones (Hamstring) - Did Not Participate on Friday - Out for SundayOL Evan Smith (Hip) - Did Not Participate on Friday - Out for SundayCB M.J. Stewart (Foot) - Did Not Participate on Friday - Out for SundayDE Vinny Curry (Ankle) - Full Participation on Friday - Questionable for SundayDT Gerald McCoy (Calf/Not Injury Related) - Full Participation on Friday - Questionable for SundayRB Peyton Barber (Ankle) - Full Participation on FridayT Demar Dotson (Knee/Shoulder) - Full Participation on FridayWR Mike Evans (Knee) - Full Participation on FridayDE Jason Pierre-Paul (Ribs/Foot) - Full Participation on FridayPanthersWR Torrey Smith (Knee) - Did Not Participate on Friday - Out for SundayS Mike Adams (Not Injury Related) - Full Participation on FridayQB Cam Newton (Right Shoulder) - Full Participation on FridayTE Greg Olsen (Foot) - Full Participation on FridayDE Julius Peppers (Not Injury Related) - Full Participation on FridayLB Andre Smith (Hamstring) - Full Participation on Friday The Buccaneers found themselves back in the win column on Sunday, beating the Browns in overtime, 26-23, at Raymond James Stadium. There were some unlikely heroes throughout the afternoon and although the rookies wouldn’t be considered among the game’s heroes, some of them did make a bigger impact this week. It’s time to look at how Tampa Bay’s 2018 class performed in week seven. RB Ronald Jones IIIn last week’s rookie recap, I talked about how frustrating Ronald Jones had been through the first six weeks (three of which he spent on the inactive list). After his performance on Sunday, things are looking up. There was a lot to like about Jones’ day. Even if he was still somewhat inconsistent, there were more bursts of hope this week. He ran six times for 13 yards Cheap Justin Evans Jersey , which isn’t anything special. But he did have a long of nine and later scored his first NFL touchdown. In the passing game, he caught his only target for a 15-yard pickup. The second-rounder appears to be showing that he might be ready for some more touches. Truthfully, he might need them to get into more of a rhythm with this offense. In Sunday’s game, he took 29 offensive snaps, which was 31 percent of the offense’s total.There were improvements in Jones’ game for the most part, but there were some mistakes— one of which could have been costly. With the Bucs on their side of the field in overtime, Jameis Winston threw an interception. Head coach Dirk Koetter later said that the interception was made possible by someone running the wrong route. By the looks of it, that someone might have been Jones. He cut left instead of right, which brought the linebacker into the throwing lane. If it was a timing route for the receiver Buccaneers Caleb Benenoch Jersey , there’s really nothing Winston could have done about it. The Tampa Bay defense stepped up on the next possession, making the turnover insignificant. Even still, those are the types of things that will keep Jones from getting more snaps. With Peyton Barber potentially banged up, the Bucs will need their rookie running back to be ready for an increased workload— both physically and mentally. When asked about Jones on Monday, Koetter said it’s clear that progress is being made: CB Carlton DavisCarlton Davis returned from injury in week seven after missing last week’s game in Atlanta. In the first game under interim defensive coordinator Mark Duffner, Davis played well. He got 65 snaps (96 percent) on defense and stayed consistently effective in both zone and man coverage. He was tasked with keeping up with Jarvis Landry for part of the afternoon and held the stud receiver in check for the most part. Overall, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for just 215 yards against a pass defense that had been horrible under Mike Smith. Duffner may not be the reason for the secondary playing the way it did, but for whatever reason, the back half of the defense put up its best performance of the year. Davis was a major part of that. The Auburn product did an excellent job of reading Mayfield Buccaneers Ryan Jensen Jersey , especially on a key play in overtime. On third down, Davis dropped into coverage, read the route of tight end David Njoku and jumped at it for a pass breakup that forced a punt:Davis could emerge as a top performer on Tampa Bay’s defense very soon if he gets put in the right situations. DT Vita VeaVita Vea does a lot of really nice things that don’t show up in the box score. Tampa Bay’s first-rounder was effective again on Sunday, playing a higher volume of snaps with Gerald McCoy out. He was in for 38 snaps (56 percent), racking up one tackle. But again, it was the eye test that determined the success of Vea’s day against Cleveland. He continued to get excellent push up the middle and just missed his first NFL sack in the second half. On his lone tackle, he got solid push before the ball-carrier escaped in space. Vea didn’t give up on the play, chasing down the runner and bringing him down about 15 yards down the field: Again, not much of what he did well will show up on a stat sheet Buccaneers Beau Allen Jersey , but Tampa Bay has to like what it getting from Vea right now. With McCoy likely to miss more time, it wouldn’t be surprising to see No. 50 play even more snaps in the coming week or two. For someone who missed all of training camp, preseason and the first few weeks of the season, the No. 12 overall pick is progressing awfully well. (Going forward, the argument as to whether he was worth being selected in that slot will not be a part of the weekly rookie recap. The fact is, he is a Buccaneer and is coming along well in the middle of the defensive line.)The best of the restM.J. Stewart played 53 snaps (78 percent) on defense and totaled five tackles (four solo)... Jordan Whitehead had three tackles (all solo), playing 23 snaps (34 percent). He appeared to still be a little banged up, which could be the reason he wasn’t all that involved... Linebacker Jack Cichy entered the game on defense after Kwon Alexander went down with an ACL injury. He recorded a tackle before unfortunately leaving the game with an injury of his own. It was reported Monday that he will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL... Justin Watson played two snaps (two percent) on offense and 24 snaps (73 percent) on special teams... Alex Cappa and Shaun Wilson were once again inactive.