» Bucs coach Lovie Smith labeled Jameis Winston's preseason debut against the Vikings a "typical Jameis Winston day." Winston led the team on a touchdown drive in his final series, but also threw an interception and fumbled once -- and that was withoutGeno Atkins trying to turn him into a human pancake. Perhaps Winston will draw some inspiration from Marcus Mariota, who thrived in his second preseason appearance. For what it's worth, Winston is coming off a strong week of practice.
» Keep an eye out for Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones, who could be an under-the-radar difference-maker after losing all of last season to injury. He's back to working with the first-team offense, and should get some work with Andy Dalton tonight. Jones played 25 snaps last week against the Giants with Josh Johnson behind center.
»AJ McCarron hasn't thrown a pass in a football game in 599 days. That was way back on Jan. 2, 2014, when McCarron connected with running back Derrick Henry on a 61-yard touchdown in a Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma. A shoulder injury cost McCarron all of his rookie season with the Bengals, and he was held out of last week's preseason opener with a rib issue. If McCarron is ever going to push Dalton for the starting job -- as has been floated by some in the vast Anti-Dalton contingent -- he's going to have to show something on the field first.
» New year, same problem for the Bucs, who have major offensive line issues. A bad situation got worse last week when starting right tackle Demar Dotson suffered a knee injury in the preseason opener that could keep him out for several weeks. The Bucs recently signedColts castoff Gosder Cherilus, who should get some work tonight. Winston needs help up front if he's going to have a chance.