Here are some thoughts on the Buccaneers’ 20-14 loss to Miami in the second preseason game.
*THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS.
The line did play better than it did last week in Jacksonville, but that’s not saying much. Still, Doug Martin had a bit more room to run on this night, and Josh McCown did have considerably more time in the pocket. He hit Vincent Jackson in the back of the end zone for Tampa Bay’s first touchdown of the game. McCown outplayed Mike Glennon.
*IF THE DEFENSIVE LINE STAYS HEALTHY, WE WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THIS UNIT AT ALL.
Gerald McCoy looks like a beast out there again this year. His sack of Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter set up the aforementioned touchdown. The first-team defense has not allowed a touchdown through the first two games. Yes, it’s only preseason, but it’s definitely an encouraging sign.
*MIKE EVANS MAKES HIS DEBUT.
We got a glimpse of what the first-round draft pick is capable of doing. After catching a short pass from Glennon, he broke a tackle, raced down the left sideline for a big gain. But he fumbled before crossing the goal line. Evans said after the game he made a rookie mistake. As long he learns from it in time for opening day…
Next week, the Bucs travel to Buffalo to play the Bills. The third preseason game is considered the dress rehearsal – the game when the starters play the longest. So it will be an important game to follow.
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