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August 28, 2014 @ 9:41 pm
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Most Disappointing Buccaneers vs. Redskins

Written by Eric
Despite his struggles Mike Kafka did throw a TD pass on Thursday
Despite his struggles Mike Kafka did throw a TD pass on Thursday Mark Lomoglio/PR


Eric Dellaratta


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The Buccaneers went head-to-head against the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday for their final preseason game. Which players didn’t make a good impression? Find out in this PewterReport.com article. 
The Buccaneer have just two days to get down to their final 53-player limit, so Tampa Bay’s game against Washington on Thursday was the last chance for the backups to make a good impression on the coaching staff and front office. Here are some players that didn’t have good showings at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday evening.

Allen had trouble picking up some of his assignments and was beat a few times in pass-protection in one-on-one situations. He was also beat badly on a fourth quarter running play which led to a Jeff Demps fumble. Near the end of the game Allen and Andrew Miller failed to stop Clifton Geathers, who brought down Kafka for the sack. The Buccaneers let go of Jace Daniels and Jason Foster on Tuesday when they cut their roster down to 75 players. Both were in consideration for the backup center job behind Evan Dietrich-Smith, so it appears that Allen will handle the backup duties for the Buccaneers at center.

Rookie guard Kadeem Edwards hasn't performed well throughout the preseason and his struggles continued on Thursday against the Washington Redskins. The rookie was badly beaten by Redskins defensive tackle Frank Kearse which led to a sack on Mike Kafka. The Tennessee guard and center Josh Allen didn’t communicate well and neither player picked up Kearse in the “A-gap.” Edwards still has a lot of work to do regarding his technique and his assignments. The fifth-round pick has a long way to go before he can be relied upon as a starter.

Mike Glennon started the game for the Buccaneers at quarterback but he only threw three passes in the first quarter. Mike Kafka took the rest of the snaps under center for the Buccaneers against Washington and didn’t make a great impression. Kafka really struggled in the first half, failing to complete a pass on two attempts and taking three sacks. He also lost a fumble which led to a Washington touchdown. The passer finished the day with 7 completions on 12 throws for 86 yards and a score. His weak performance doesn’t help his chances of making the Buccaneers final 53-man roster.

The battle for wide receiver slots raged on against the Redskins and rookie receiver Robert Herron failed to secure his one target on Thursday. Herron got phenomenal separation from the Washington defensive back but dropped the pass thrown by quarterback Mike Kafka. The Wyoming product has done a great job of getting open throughout training camp but his inability to catch the ball consistently has to concern the coaching staff.  

Edwards didn't have an outstanding camp but he made a few nice plays that caught the eyes of PewterReport.com during some one-on-one drills and 11-on-11 sessions. However, those flashes didn't carry over into Thursday night's game against the Redskins. Edwards was beat for a touchdown by rookie wide receiver Ryan Grant on a back shoulder throw to the right side of the end zone. The cornerback was in good position but failed to make a play on the football in the air. Edwards' chances of making the Buccaneers final roster aren't very promising.

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    Eric is entitled to his opinion on Kafka, Sku, but I am disappointed that PR has not mentioned a word about how poor Glennon has played this Preseason. He hasn't even matched his production from last Preseason. He is getting worse with time; not better. That certainly will shaft this team if Lovie continues this myth that Glennon is our future QB! PR should enlighten him otherwise instead of turning a blind eye.
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    Forgot #41, Lewis. McCoy's whipping boy last nite.
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    Well it is going to be easy for them to decide who to cut. I have to imagine Horse and Scubog are right, they will end up cutting more than 22 and pick up betters plyers that were let go elsewhere. These guys are definitely not ready for Primetime.
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    It seems we are strong on DL, Linebacker, Secondary. Pretty strong at receiver, not as strong as I thought at running back, weak on OL. Maybe Mankins will make us better. I sure hope McCown doesn't go down. At this point I think 8 and 8 is wishful thinking but who knows?
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    I believe the Bucs staff that brought these players in belongs on the list. Our backup players can not play with any of the four teams we played in preseason games. Get someone that is a better judge of talent.
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    That pass to Herron was horribly thrown. Could he have caught it?? Sure , but it would have been a tough catch. A little unfair to question his hands because he didn't come down with that one.
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    After last night's dismal, uninspired showing, I agree with Horse. maybe we can cut to 43. Too many to mention. I noticed Mike Kafka is on this Most Disappointing list. Hmmmm, I wonder if Owlykat will accuse Pewter Report of trying to jeopardize his chances to unseat Mike Glennon as the back-up QB. You know, Mr Kafka, like Tim Tebo(w) did have that one good pass. Disappointing to me was the number of Redskins (are we allowed to say that?) fans treating the game like it actually meant something. And the best part is.....they live right here. Glad RG3wins didn't play so we didn't have to hear that RG3 chant. We did have to endure a smattering of that awful "Hail to the Redskins" jingle.
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    We probably could have added several more, easily. Tough decision; do we have to keep 53?
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