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August 22, 2010 @ 9:00 pm
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Bucs Rookie Report - Preseason Game 2

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With the 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 20-15 preseason win versus Kansas City 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 Chiefs in the preseason home opener.

McCoy got the start at the three technique tackle position and also saw some action at right defensive end in Tampa Bay’s 3-4. McCoy got instant pressure up the middle on the first snap of the game and had a couple other decent pressures. He looked more comfortable on the field in his second NFL game and finished with three tackles in roughly half a game’s worth of work after not recording a tackle last week at Miami. McCoy made a great tackle on a scramble by quarterback Matt Cassel up the middle on third-and-3 to deny the Chiefs a first down and force a punt after Kansas City’s quarterback gained just one yard. McCoy was clearly not Warren Sapp against the Chiefs, but he made strides since his preseason debut.

Price saw his first action in a Buccaneers uniform in the second quarter replacing Roy Miller at nose tackle. Price looked a bit star-struck in his initial NFL game, and like McCoy last week, he did not record a tackle. However, he showed no lingering side effects from a hamstring injury that plagued him in training camp and hustled to the ball on every play. The Bucs will surely want to see him follow in McCoy’s footsteps and have a more effective showing in his second preseason showing next week.

Benn continued to be a factor on the special teams coverage units, but had to take a touchback in the end zone on his kickoff opportunities in the second half. However, Benn caught his first pass of the preseason – a 16-yarder – midway through the fourth quarter to pick up a first down. He also showed that he could be effective in the running game as Benn had a tremendous crack-back block on Chiefs safety Reshard Langford on running back Carlos Brown’s 26-yard run off right tackle in the fourth quarter. That play set up Tampa Bay’s go-ahead touchdown a few snaps later. Benn had more of an impact in this game than the preseason opener, but he has yet to show what he can do as a pass catcher.

Lewis, who was playing in his first preseason game since his hamstring injury in training camp, saw some action at cornerback with the second team as he and Elbert Mack replaced Aqib Talib, Ronde Barber and E.J. Biggers, who started at nickel back after a great game last week at Miami. Lewis was effective in jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage with his long arms and did not record any statistics as he locked down the receivers he faced. It was a quiet, but good, NFL debut for Lewis.

Williams, who was the starting split end, was involved early in the passing game, catching a wide receiver screen for 16 yards and a 13-yard slant over the middle. Both receptions happened on third down and converted first downs. Williams made a phenomenal 15-yard catch near the sidelines on cornerback Brandon Carr in which he toe-tapped the sidelines to make the catch valid. Williams finished the night with three catches for 44 yards. Through two games, Williams is the team’s second-leading receiver with four catches for 74 yards, trailing only Micheal Spurlock, who has four catches for 99 yards.

Bowden continued his sensational punting from the first preseason game. Against Kansas City, Bowden’s first punt traveled 47 yards and was downed at the Kansas City 17. Bowden’s second effort was a 22-yarder downed at the Kansas City 13. Bowden’s first punt in the second half went for 47 yards and he was aided by great coverage from Biggers, who tripped up Javier Arenas for a gain of one yard. Bowden had a 38.4-yard average, but also had an impressive 38.2-yard net. Three of his five punts were downed inside the Kansas City 20-yard line.

Grimm had several nice hard hits in the second half and finished with five tackles, which trailed only linebacker Quincy Black’s six tackles for the most against Kansas City. Grimm fared well in coverage and continued to take good angles to the ballcarrier. He was a step late from forcing two fumbles against the Chiefs and had a good, but not great game in his second NFL contest. Grimm was outplayed by Corey Lynch last week, but probably outplayed Lynch this week.

Watson, who backed up Black at strongside linebacker, had a key blitz with safety Corey Lynch on Tyler Palko’s fourth down pass with less than two minutes left in the game, which was hurried and was short of the end zone. That play resulted in a turnover and was his highlight. His lowlight came when he was driven out of the hole on two runs off right tackle – a 10-yard dash by Javarrvis Williams and a 21-yarder by Jackie Battle. Watson was always around the ball and finished the game with three tackles.

Lorig only had one tackle, but he did a good job of hustling to the ball on defense and special teams. His biggest in was giving up containment to a scrambling Palko in the fourth quarter, and instead of getting the chance for a sack he surrendered a 4-yard run. Lorig was active, but largely ineffective and was outplayed by reserve defensive ends Michael Bennett and James Ruffin.

Ruffin has his best game as a Buccaneer with four big quarterback hits on Palko, including one on Palko’s interception to cornerback Derrick Roberson. When Ruffin got to the quarterback he delivered some punishment as Palko always wound up on the ground. Had Ruffin been a step quicker or the mobile Palko a step a slower, Ruffin would have had several sacks against Kansas City.

For the second straight game, Brown out-gained backup running back Derrick Ward. Against Kansas City, Brown had 32 yards on six carries (5.3 avg.) including a career-high gain of 26 yards off right tackle down to the Kansas City 8-yard line. Brown also had one catch for two yards. Although all of his playing time has come while the third-string offensive line and third-string defenders were in the game, Brown has produced and if Ward doesn’t make the team, Brown could sneak on the team as third-string running back, but is more likely destined for practice squad consideration.

Although Parker wasn’t as dynamic in the return game against Kansas City as he was in Miami, he did average seven yards per carry and had a long return of 13 yards. Parker also forced a fumble on Quinten Lawrence’s fourth quarter kickoff return with 6:08 left in the game and notched a special teams tackle. Parker is making a real strong push for the practice squad.
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