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Bucs Rookie Report - Preseason Game 1

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With the 2010 Buccaneers expecting a lot from their 2010 draft class, PewterReport.com will be keeping tabs on Tampa Bay's rookies during the preseason in the Bucs Rookie Report series. Find out how the Bucs' newbies fared in Tampa Bay's 10-7 preseason loss at Miami by clicking here.
With Tampa Bay’s 2010 draft class already drawing praise from the local and national media, PewterReport.com will be filing Rookie Reports during the preseason to chronicle the highs and lows of the youngest Buccaneers. Here’s how the 2010 draft class and a couple notable undrafted free agents fared against the Dolphins in the preseason opener.

ROUND 1 – DT GERALD McCOY
McCoy started at the three-technique tackle and played the first two defensive series in the first quarter. He also returned to action in the final two minutes of the first half to get some time in two-minute defense before halftime. McCoy’s reputation and draft status caused him to draw several double teams and he did not record a tackle on the NFL stats sheet.

ROUND 2 – DT BRIAN PRICE
Did not travel to Miami due to a hamstring injury. He is expected to play in the preseason home opener against Kansas City at Raymond James Stadium on August 21. Roy Miller started at nose tackle and Dre Moore was the backup.

ROUND 2 – WR ARRELIOUS BENN
Bucs backup quarterback Josh Johnson overthrew Benn on a deep pass down the right sideline. Benn had a step on the nearest defender, but Johnson’s pass was overthrown. Benn returned the second half opening kickoff 21 yards before he slipped on the sandy infield at Landshark Stadium. Benn had an end around for no gain in the third quarter. Benn had another 21-yard kickoff return on the last play of the third quarter.

ROUND 3 – CB MYRON LEWIS
Lewis did not travel to Miami due to a serious hamstring injury that has kept him out of training camp for over a week. Lewis, who was drafted to be the nickel corner this year and Ronde Barber’s eventual replacement, lost ground tonight in the race for the nickel corner to E.J. Biggers, who led the Bucs with four tackles, recovered a fumble and had a pass breakup on a toss to Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall among other big plays.

ROUND 4 – WR MIKE WILLIAMS
Williams started his first NFL game at split end and had just one catch, but it was a big one. Williams caught a 30-yard fade pass from quarterback Josh Freeman against cornerback Vontae Davis, who was Miami’s 2009 first-round draft pick, down the right sidelines. The pass advanced the ball to the Miami 13 and two plays later, Freeman threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Sammie Stroughter.

ROUND 6 – P BRENT BOWDEN
One of the things the Bucs like about rookie punter Brent Bowden is that he has no ego. Bowden was thought of as the best directional punter in the draft and showed off those skills as his first NFL punt only covered 30 yards, but it was downed at the Miami 6 downed by Elbert Mack. That made it a phenomenal punt. Bowden’s second effort was a 37-yarder out of his own end zone. Bowden’s third punt was another 30-yarder but it was fair caught at the Miami 7. Bowden averaged 35 yards on four punts against Miami and specialized in directional kicks. The Dolphins returned three punts a total of eight yards (2.7 avg.) as Bowden finished with a 33-yard net average.

ROUND 7 – SS CODY GRIMM
Grimm finished the preseason opener with one tackle on defense and one tackle on special teams. Grimm was not as active as fellow reserve safety Corey Lynch was. Lynch had four tackles on defense, one on special teams and a blocked punt.

ROUND 7 – LB DEKODA WATSON
Watson saw action in the second half on defense at the Sam (strongside) linebacker position and had one tackle on defense and tied for the lead on the Bucs in special teams tackles with two stops.

ROUND 7 – DE ERIK LORIG
Lorig recovered Miami’s short squib kick with one second before halftime and advanced it two yards. Lorig had two special teams tackles The rookie from Stanford had a pass break-up in the fourth quarter that he was not credited for on the final NFL stats sheet.

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT – PR PRESTON PARKER
Parker was unable to catch the only pass thrown his way, but made an impact in the return game. The former Florida State product returned four punts 69 yards (17.3 avg.), including a 26-yarder in the fourth quarter. Parker edged out Micheal Spurlock for the top return man honors on Saturday night. Spurlock averaged 14 yards on two punt returns at Miami.

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT – WR CHRIS BROOKS
Brooks, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound rookie from Nebraska, led Tampa Bay with three catches for 50 yards (16.7 avg.) – all of which came in the second half. But on his longest pass of the night, a 31-yarder, which set Tampa Bay up in scoring position late in the fourth quarter, he fumbled the ball at the Miami 11-yard line after getting hit from defensive back Nate Ness. That sealed the Bucs’ fate in the Dolphins’ 10-7 preseason victory.
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