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5) Davis’ Defense


After defensive end Mario Addison sacked Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston late in the third quarter, the FOX broadcast cut to a shot of players shoving. They never showed what led to that, though, which is strange considering the Bucs replayed it twice on their big scoreboards.

What you didn’t see at home was a big hit Davis laid on receiver Russell Shepard. Not surprisingly, the folks wearing red in the Raymond James Stadium stands weren’t pleased.

“First of all, I think that’s bush league to show that play up on the screen,” Rivera said. “What are we trying to incite? Just don’t do that. That’s got no place in the NFL as far as I’m concerned.

“(Davis) did something that the guy scrambles around and we saw Jameis (Winston) break through so at that point you can eliminate receivers. I wish it didn’t happen, but that’s part of the game. I really do mean that. I don’t think you put that type of play up on the screen. I don’t think that’s right.”

Rivera’s referring to a rule that says defenders can make contact with receivers if the quarterback leaves the pocket, which Winston did.

“My job was to go back and connect to the receiver,” Davis said. “It wasn’t even a hard hit, a malicious hit. It wasn’t helmet to helmet.

“I got underneath his pads and I talked to him after the game. We talked it out and he understood what I saw. He saw kind of the same thing that I saw. He saw the quarterback look at him. At the end of the day, it wasn’t a dirty play.”

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