Here are some random thoughts on the Buccaneers’ 12-8 victory over the Jaguars in the second preseason game.
The offense looks really, really good…..for the most part. Jameis Winston sizzled in the first half, completing 21 of 29 passes and showing his ability to push the ball downfield. Of course, there was that awful pass he threw while falling down, that ended up getting picked off in the end zone. Although the INT was nullified because the refs ruled Winston was down, we can’t have Winston making too many more dumb plays like that.
Doug Martin is making a strong case that he should still be in Tampa when he returns from his suspension.
Mike Evans continues to shine, although he let a sure touchdown go right through his hands. I was also impressed with rookie tight end O.J. Howard.
The defense also looked strong, stifling the Jacksonville attack for much of the time the regulars were in there. This unit gave up a lot of big plays last year, and the secondary would’ve been burned for another TD in this contest by Allen Robinson if he had someone other than Blake Bortles as his quarterback.
Nick Folk is the guy now in the kicking game. He made 2 field goals. But he also missed one, and had one blocked. Why can’t we get someone who can make a kick?
The next preseason game is against the Browns at Ray-Jay this weekend. If you watch any exhibition game, make it this one. The third game is considered the dress rehearsal.
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