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August 28, 2014 @ 10:09 pm
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Most Impressive Buccaneers vs. Redskins

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Scott Reynolds


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The Redskins beat the Buccaneers, 24-10, and there weren't too many impressive players in the defeat, which dropped Tampa Bay to 1-3 in the 2014 preseason. Find out which Bucs made some plays on Thursday night.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2014 preseason 1-3 after a 24-10 home loss to the Washington Redskins. As expected, the Bucs sat all of their potential starters with the exception of right guard Patrick Omameh. Mike Glennon started the game at quarterback and Bobby Rainey got the start at running back, but each only played one series before giving way to QB Mike Kafka and RB Jeff Demps.

With the Redskins out-gaining the Bucs 443-157 in total yardage and winning by two touchdowns, there weren't many impressive Tampa Bay players on Thursday night.

LB Danny Lansanah
Lansanah, who came into the game tied as the team’s leading tackler with 11 stops, got the start at weakside linebacker in Tampa Bay’s fourth preseason game and didn’t disappoint, notching five tackles against Washington, including a game-high three tackles for loss. Lansanah also dove and tipped a pass in the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Nate Askew. Lansanah started at strongside linebacker last week at Buffalo.

WR Solomon Patton
While Patton didn’t star on special teams against the Redskins, but did shine as a receiver. Patton caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mike Kafka in the third quarter and made a defender miss before leaping into the end zone to pull the Bucs within a touchdown, 17-10. Patton also had a 9-yard catch in the fourth quarter to finish the game with two catches for 34 yards and a score to lead the Buccaneers.

MLB Dane Fletcher
Fletcher entered the game tied for the team lead in tackles with 11, and added five stops against the Redskins. Two of those tackles were for loss, and he finished the preseason with 16 tackles and three tackles for loss. Fletcher also added two special teams tackles against Washington.

LB Nate Askew
Askew, who came into Thursday night’s game with four tackles on defense, made a big play in the end zone right before halftime, picking off Colt McCoy. Askew caught a pass that was deflected by Danny Lansanah in the end zone and returned it 14 yards to end a potential Redskins scoring drive.
CB Keith Lewis
With 8:35 left in the second quarter, Lewis jumped up in the end zone and came down with an interception to end a potential Washington scoring drive. Lewis got between Colt McCoy’s throw and Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. He finished the game with three tackles and a pass breakup in addition to his pick.

RB Jeff Demps
Demps didn’t have much blocking upfront, but also didn’t make much happen on most of his runs, especially in the first half as he rushed for just 17 yards on eight carries. But Demps returned the second half kickoff 37 yards and followed that up with a 19-yard gain, which was the longest run by any Buccaneer during the preseason. Demps finished the game with 59 yards on 20 carries (3.0 avg.).

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    patton sucked on returns and did get against TD against 4th stringers!
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    It is difficult for any 'skill position' players to shine when we line up such poor backup players on both lines. I wasn't expecting much from these units, and it looks like that's what we got. Start the season, please!
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    Not many to put on the Most Impressive list. But I guess when you line up Rosanne Barr, Rosie O'Donnel, Zelda Gilroy, Chastity Bono (or whatever she/he calls him/herself) and Alice the Goon in a beauty contest someone has to look a little better. As usual, one good play can warrant a spot on this list. In spite of the poor blocking, I thought Demps showed a lot of toughness. P/PK Patrick Murray seems very composed and just might make this team or someone's. Not sure why Keith Tandy isn't on this list. Early in the game he was in on a lot of tackles.
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    I think it was stretch to put Demps in this category, but we do need to put some names down and I agree with the rest. Needless to say we have some back up issues.
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