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Matt Gay Jersey , and so are the Atlanta Falcons. Suddenly, things are looking up for the defending NFC champions. Jones turned in one of the best games of his career, hauling in 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and the Falcons won their third in a row Sunday with a 34-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Article continues below ... ”The goal is to get better as you’re playing,” coach Dan Quinn said. ”We’re going to keep working like crazy to do that.” It would be hard for Jones to get much better. After managing only one touchdown catch through the first 10 games, he doubled that total in the first half. Jones hauled in a 51-yard scoring pass from fellow receiver Mohamed Sanu and went 25 yards for a TD on a throw from Matt Ryan, finishing the play with a soaring dive for the pylon, somehow managing to stay in bounds before sticking out the ball with his right hand. ”I’m feeling better,” Jones said. ”A couple weeks ago, I had an ankle (injury) and it was bothering me. But right now, I’m good.” That’s an understatement. Jones now has three games in his brilliant career with at least 250 yards receiving. No other player in NFL history has more than one. ”Man, if we could just dial up 250 from him every week, that would be pretty good recipe for success,” said Ryan, who was 26 of 35 for 317 yards. ”He’s an unbelievable talent, an unbelievable competitor. Obviously, he gets us going.” The Falcons (7-4) began the day two games behind New Orleans in the NFC South but holding a wild-card spot. That’s a big improvement over where they were at the beginning of the month Matt Gay Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , having lost four of five games to raise serious questions about whether they’d even get back to the playoffs, much less duplicate their run to the Super Bowl. Speaking of the Super Bowl, the Falcons rekindled some ugly memories by nearly squandering a big lead to a team playing its third consecutive game without injured quarterback Jameis Winston. The Buccaneers (4-7) rebounded from a 27-6 deficit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and drove deep into Atlanta territory after forcing a fumble at the other end of the field. But Keanu Neal battled down Fitzpatrick’s pass on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 18 with just over seven minutes remaining, and the Falcons drove for a clinching touchdown on Tevin Coleman’s 14-yard run with just under two minutes to go. ”We did a good job of battling back and giving ourselves a chance to win,” Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said. If only they could’ve figured out some way to stop Jones. ”We tried rolling the coverage to him. We tried pressing him,” Koetter said. ”We didn’t have an answer for him.” Coleman, filling in for again for injured Devonta Freeman, rushed for 97 yards and two TDs. He had a 3-yard scoring run in the third quarter, staking the Falcons to a seemingly comfortable lead in the first of three straight home games for the Falcons. Fitzpatrick made the Atlanta crowd a bit uncomfortable. Looking for his third straight victory since taking over for Winston, the backup quarterback finished 27 of 44 for 283 yards, setting up a pair of short touchdown runs by Peyton Barber. Sanu remained perfect in his career when throwing. He is 6 of 6 for 228 yards with three touchdowns. On the throw to Jones, Sanu took the snap out of shotgun on third-and-1, while Ryan lined up wide right in a receiver slot. The play nearly got derailed when Sanu bobbled the ball faking a handoff to Coleman, but he managed to snag it out of the air and deliver a perfect throw down the middle of the field. ”We’re just having fun,” Sanu said. ”We’ve got a little swag back.” JULIO THE FENCER Jones looks as if he might have a second career as a fencer if this football thing doesn’t work out for him. After his second TD, Jones celebrated by doing some faux jousting with teammate Justin Hardy. Of course, Jones wound up delivering the winning blow 2019 Matt Gay Jersey , sending Hardy tumbling backward to the turf. ”We’re just trying to be creative,” Jones said. ”It’s one of those things that brings us together.” INJURY REPORT Tampa Bay: The Bucs sustained some huge blows during the game, losing RB Doug Martin (concussion), S T.J. Ward (concussion), S Josh Robinson (hamstring) and DT Clinton McDonald (back). Atlanta: CB Desmond Trufant went out with a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet collision with teammate Neal in the second quarter. DB Brian Poole also went out with a lower back injury. UP NEXT Tampa Bay: Play their third straight road game at Green Bay next Sunday. Atlanta: Stay home to face first-place Minnesota (9-2). — Devin Bush Jr. could return to his home state should the dominoes fall just right in the draft." />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 menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBuccaneersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmBuccaneers Draft Profile: LB Devin Bush Jr. New,4commentsDevin Bush Jr. could return to his home state should the dominoes fall just right in the draft. EDTMuch has been said about the Buccaneers need to address and replace Kwon Alexander in the up and coming NFL Draft with major implications that the team is leaning towards Devin White. Kwon played a major emotional role on the defense as the heart and soul of an exciting linebacking group. Should the Buccaneers take a serious look at nabbing Alexanders replacement early in the draft, Michigan’s Devin Bush Jr. is a name to keep an eye on. Devin Bush Jr’s CareerBush wrapped up an excellent high school career in the state of Florida earning All-Florida honors twice prior to stepping foot on Michigan’s campus. Bush Jr. is the son of former Florida State Seminole and NFL player Devin Bush. Bush played a role on special teams as a Freshman before making massive strides in his sophomore season. As a sophomore, Bush Jr. earned First Team All Big Ten honors and was a finalist for the Butkus award. Bush Jr. racked up 102 tackles (9.5 for a loss), 5 sacks and an interception. As a Junior this past year, Bush Jr. led the Wolverines in tackles (90) and sacked the quarterback another 5 times. Pros Bush Jr. shows good field awareness and play recognition skills. Against the run you will regularly see Bush Jr. be patient and shoot the gap at the right moment. Bush Jr. regularly get’s into the backfield against the run and has very good lateral quickness and change of direction skills when the play reaches the second level against him. Uses his shorter frame incredibly well to bend and maneuver about the line of scrimmage. Bush Jr. tested out incredibly well speed wise and game footage backs that speed up well. Bush Jr.’s ability to take on a running back coming out of the backfield to run a route is top notch in this class for linebackers. Shows explosive lower half when jolting into a running back to make a stop. Cons Undersized by traditional standards at 5’11” and 235 lbs. Doesn’t have very good arm length and will get held up by better lineman when able to get into his body. Bush Jr. isn’t good at getting off blocks and disengaging, showing a tendency to work underneath the block rather than fighting through it with his explosive lower half. Bush Jr. has had some poor tendencies as to when to shoot video station. when to let the play come to him, thus taking him out of some plays earlier than desired. Why The Buccaneers Need HimWith Kwon Alexander gone the team needs another inside linebacker. Devin Bush Jr. plays with great intensity and flies around the field, something both fans and coaches loved about Kwon. Lavonte David isn’t getting any younger and bringing in another youthful player like Kwon in Bush Jr. could help bridge the potential gap that would be left behind in the near future when David eventually is out of Tampa Bay. Will It Happen?Quite possibly with a trade down. Bush Jr. is not a top 5 player in this 2019 NFL Draft but he very well may be a top 10 talent overall and one that fits a need here in Tampa under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowle’s defense. The Buccaneers best option in this draft is to trade down, accrue some extra draft picks and fill more holes with young talent. Devin Bush Jr. is a great potential trade down target should this idea come to fruition.

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