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Buccaneers record watch: Week 1

As Tampa Bay opens its 2019 season on Sunday, which players have a chance at moving up in the franchise’s record book?

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The Buccaneers kick off their 2019 regular season Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium, with the San Francisco 49ers coming to town. While Tampa Bay as a team will be working toward its first victory of the year, there are some individuals on the roster who can continue to move their names up in the franchise’s record book.

Let’s check in on where things stand heading into the new season.

Career Passing Yards

Jameis Winston enters Week 1 ranking second in career passing yards. He needs 193 yards through the air on Sunday to pass Vinny Testaverde (14,820) and become the franchise’s all-time leader.

Career Pass Attempts

Winston heads into his fifth season with 1,922 pass attempts, which is good for fourth in team history. He needs 46 more to pass Josh Freeman (1,967) for third.

Career Rushing Touchdowns

Winston and Peyton Barber are currently tied for 14th with nine career rushing touchdowns apiece. Beyond their own battle for positioning in the record book, both need two more to pass Michael Pittman (10) for 13th.

Career Receptions

Mike Evans, who pretty much owns all of the other franchise receiving records already, ranks second in career receptions. With 395, he needs 36 more to take the all-time record from James Wilder (430).

Career Tackles (Solo)

The Bucs are getting a big boost Sunday with Lavonte David suiting up, and he’ll have a chance to move up the leaderboard for tackles. He enters 2019 with 641 tackles, which is enough for fourth. He needs 40 more to pass Hardy Nickerson (680) for third all-time.

Career Sacks

With his offseason departure, Gerald McCoy finished his career in Tampa Bay third in career sacks, ending up with 54.5. Lavonte David is just outside the top 10, sitting at 15th with 21.5. Considering the pressure Todd Bowles loves to bring, especially with his linebackers, David will get a shot to move up in the near future. He needs one to pass John Cannon (22) for 14th and two to pass Santana Dotson and Lee Roy Selmon (23) for 12th.

Career Passes Defended

Brent Grimes finished his Buccaneer career seventh all-time in passes defended, picking up 41. With 38, David needs four more to pass Grimes for seventh and five more to pass John Lynch (42) for sixth.

Career Interceptions

David has 10 career interceptions, which ties him for 17th in Bucs history. He needs one more to tie Jermaine Phillips and Jeremiah Castille (11) for 15th. Two would give him sole possession of 15th.

Career Forced Fumbles

When you’ve played for the same team as long as David has, your name is going to pop up a lot in record watches. His 18 forced fumbles has him third all-time, and he needs two more to pass Simeon Rice (19) for second.

Career Games Played

Sunday will be Demar Dotson’s 116th game as a Buc, which gives him sole possession of 19th, pushing Karl “The Truth” Williams (115) to 20th.

Lavonte David is set to play in his 106th game with Tampa Bay, leaving him all alone in 30th. He is officially passing Ricky Reynolds and Jeff Gooch (105).