You know the drill when it comes to these preseason games: ignore the final score. Yes, the Buccaneers beat the Dolphins on Saturday night, 17-16. But if you’re a Tampa Bay fan, you can’t be happy with what you saw, especially from the starting offense.
Start with Josh Freeman. He was only 6 for 16 for 59 yards. He lost a fumble that just flat-out fell out of his hand as he was trying to throw. He was sacked five times. You can blame the sacks on a combination of Freeman holding the ball too long, a few dropped passes, and another woeful performance by the offensive line. Davin Joseph saw his first action after missing all of 2012 with a knee injury. But Carl Nicks didn’t play because of a staph infection that affected him and kicker Lawrence Tynes. RB Doug Martin was also held out of action because of an injury in last week’s game against the Patriots.
Injuries aside, the performance of the Tampa Bay offensive starters has not been pretty through three games. And they probably will not see a lot of action in the final preseason game because, well, that’s generally how it goes in the exhibition finale.
We still haven’t seen Darrelle Revis play a single down in the preseason, either. On this night, the defense played alright, especially in the Red Zone.
Still, Freeman’s performance is the thing you take away from this game, and it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. He’s going to hear boos from the crowd at Ray-Jay if this trend continues.
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