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Bucs Rookie Report - Preseason Game 3

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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 19-13 preseason loss versus Jacksonville 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 started at the three-technique tackle spot and also saw time at right end in the Bucs’ 3-4 front and 3-3-5 defense. He had several good pressures, including one that drew a 10-yard holding penalty on lineman Eben Britton to set up third-and-17 late in the first quarter. McCoy also had great pressure on a screen pass and nearly foiled the play at the end of the first quarter. Although he only recorded one tackle, this was by far McCoy’s best game as a Buccaneer, especially as a pass rusher.

Price split time at Roy Miller at nose tackle early in the first quarter. He also played nose tackle when the Bucs were in a 3-4 scheme and the 3-3-5 defense in passing nearly had his first NFL sack on third-and-17 late in the first quarter. Price had David Garrard around the legs, but the veteran QB was able to able to dump the pass off to wide receiver Mike Thomas at the last minute. Although he did not record a tackle for the second straight week, Price was credited with two quarterback hurries and his play was head and shoulders above what it was last week in his first NFL action.

Benn got a chance to play some flanker in the third quarter, but did not have a pass thrown his way. Tampa Bay’s second-round pick has been invisible during the preseason and has just one catch – a 16-yarder against Kansas City – through three games. Benn saw action on special teams, but did not record a tackle. His lack of production combined with his draft status makes him one of the most disappointing players of the preseason. What has been surprising is that offensive coordinator Greg Olson has not directed more passes towards Benn and featured him more in the preseason.

Lewis entered the game in the third quarter and did a good job of not giving up any big plays in the passing game. Lewis made a nice tackle on Jaguars receiver Tiquan Underwood for a gain of 1-yard to set up third-and-2 at the Tampa Bay 42 in the fourth quarter. He also made a shoestring tackle on Clarence Denmark after a 9-yard gain to set up a field goal on fourth down in the fourth quarter. Lewis also made a nice play on special teams late in the fourth quarter in downing Brent Bowden’s 51-yard punt at the Jacksonville 7. The rookie from Vanderbilt finished the game with three tackles.

Williams got the start at split end and had a season-long 53-yard catch on Josh Johnson’s first pass. That big play set up Connor Barth’s 51-yard field goal in the first quarter. Williams also had a reverse that went for zero yards in the first quarter. Williams’ 12-yard catch in the third quarter on third-and-1 gave Tampa Bay a first down. On the same drive, Williams hauled in 18 yards on a slant. Williams finished the game with three catches for a game-high 83 yards. Through three preseason games, Williams now leads he Buccaneers with seven catches for 157 yards (22.4 avg.).

After two spectacular efforts in the first two preseason games, Bowden had his first bad punt of his NFL career, which only traveled 25 yards before going out of bounds at the Jacksonville 28. His next effort was an equally disappointing 33-yarder. Bowden’s third punt of the game was a 44-yarder with a minus-2-yard return, but an illegal block in the back call on rookie safety Cody Grimm forced a re-punt. Bowden’s next attempt was a feeble 20-yarder, which was downed at the Tampa Bay 30. Bowden saved his best for last as he got off a 51-yard punt down to the Jacksonville 7. Yet he still had a disappointing 34.5-yard average and a 34.2-yard net.

Grimm entered the game in the third quarter and made a touchdown-saving tackle on Mike Thomas’ end around after he gained 18 yards down the left sidelines. That would be his only tackle of the game. Then he missed a tackle on Jaguars running back Brent Bowlen, who gained 18 yards on a pass play in the third quarter. But Grimm redeemed himself on second-and-goal from the Tampa Bay 3 when he had a great pass breakup on a fade throw intended for Thomas in the end zone. On special teams, Grimm had a costly illegal block in the back call that resulted in a field position swing of 26 yards in the Jaguars’ favor. It was not a great night for the rookie safety.

Watson played in the third and fourth quarters and finished the game with a nondescript two tackles. However, he did show up on special teams with two stops. That’s where he figures to make his mark during his rookie season if he ends up making the team. Watson’s play on defense has been spotty during the preseason and he has not made any splash plays.

Lorig saw action in the third and fourth quarter and didn’t make much of an impact as a pass rusher. He finished without any stats and is a long shot to make the team at this point as Michael Bennett and James Ruffin have outperformed him during the preseason.
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