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Bucs Rookie Report - Preseason Game 4

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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' young guns played in Tampa Bay's 24-17 preseason victory at Houston 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 Texans in the preseason finale.

ROUND 1 – DT GERALD McCOY
McCoy started at the three-technique tackle spot and only saw brief action before leaving the game in the first quarter. He did not record a tackle and finished the preseason with three tackles and a team-high six quarterback pressures.

ROUND 2 – DT BRIAN PRICE
Price did not see any action against Houston. He is projected to split time at Roy Miller at nose tackle during the season. Price missed the first and last preseason game and finished with one tackle and one quarterback pressure.

ROUND 2 – WR ARRELIOUS BENN
Benn saw action on the first drive of the game with a 6-yard run on an end around. In the second quarter, he caught a 9-yard pass in the red zone and capped off a Buccaneers scoring drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass on a stop-fade route with 22 seconds before halftime. Benn injured his side while covering a punt in the third quarter and did return in the fourth quarter to make an amazing 21-yard touchdown catch from Rudy Carpenter. Then on the following kickoff, he made the tackle. He finished the preseason with four catches for 49 yards and two scores.

ROUND 3 – CB MYRON LEWIS
Lewis made a very good tackle on the perimeter against David Anderson in the second quarter. He also had a nice pass breakup near the goal line of a pass intended for Dorrin Dickerson in the third quarter before getting beat for a touchdown by Bobby Lewis on a fade route two plays later. Lewis nearly had an interception on a pass from John David Booty in the third quarter. The Vanderbilt product drew a 15-yard personal foul penalty on a fourth quarter punt for hitting a Texan out of bounds. Lewis is definitely a work in progress and was picked on quite frequently against Houston, surrendering at least a handful of receptions. Either he or veteran Elbert Mack will start as the team’s nickel corner on opening day as E.J. Biggers, who is the actual nickel cornerback, will get the start for Aqib Talib, who must serve a one-game suspension.

ROUND 4 – WR MIKE WILLIAMS
Williams is established as the starting split end and did not play on Thursday night. Tampa Bay’s fourth-round pick finished the preseason with a team high 157 yards on seven catches.

ROUND 6 – P BRENT BOWDEN
Bowden’s first two punts were downed inside the Houston 20. He finished the night with five punts for 190 yards and a gross and net average of 38 yards. Although some of his punts were shorter than the team desired, the Bucs did not allow any return yardage against the Texans. The rookie from Virginia Tech finished the preseason with eight punts downed inside the 20 and an impressive zero touchbacks.

ROUND 7 – SS CODY GRIMM
Grimm got the start at strong safety and gave up a 25-yard gain to tight end Garrett Graham in the second quarter. Grimm, who normally has fine instincts, appeared to be a step late on several plays and clearly didn’t shine as much as starting free safety Corey Lynch did as he finished with two interceptions and one touchdown. Grimm will likely stick on the roster as Tampa Bay may very well keep five safeties, but he has been outplayed by Lynch during the preseason.

ROUND 7 – LB DEKODA WATSON
Although Quincy Black started at strongside linebacker, Watson received plenty of playing time and played a little more than three quarters. He had a great block at the Houston 2-yard line on Corey Lynch’s interception return for a touchdown in addition to four tackles, but struggled in coverage. Watson appeared to give up a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Derek Fine. The rookie from Florida State also gave up a big, 21-yard catch to tight end Garrett Graham down to the Tampa Bay 31 on Houston’s final drive. Watson did have a nice blitz in the fourth quarter and drew a holding penalty. Overall, it was a good, but not great showing for the seventh-round pick.

ROUND 7 – DE ERIK LORIG
Lorig saw plenty of action in the fourth preseason game and had a quarterback knockdown in both the second and fourth quarters. He finished without a tackle and has just four tackles in the entire preseason. Although he may not be deserving of a roster spot, don’t be surprised to see him make Tampa Bay’s 53 due to his status as a draft pick.

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT – DE GEORGE JOHNSON
After getting flagged for a 15-yard personal foul for hitting linebacker John David Booty, Johnson got a sack in the fourth quarter. Johnson had several good pressures during the game and outshined Lorig. Johnson has performed well in training camp and fought back from illness and a hamstring injury that prompted the team to briefly cut him and re-sign him in August.

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT – WR PRESTON PARKER
Parker had a strong showing against Houston and had two catches for 45 yards. He reminds the Bucs coaches of the skill set that Sammie Stroughter possesses. Parker has out-performed veteran Michael Clayton and can also return kicks and punts. He has brought back eight punts for 89 yards (11.1 avg.) and returned two kicks for 48 yards (24 avg.). He is considered to be a long shot to make the roster, but is definitely a viable candidate for the practice squad.
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