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August 9, 2013 @ 12:38 am
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Bucs Fall To Ravens; Offensive And Defensive Game Grades

Written by Haley
Cornish
Haley Cornish

Haley
Cornish

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How did each unit fare on Thursday night against the Ravens? What unit excelled the most while which unit left much to be desired? Get the answers in this weekly game day feature from PewterReport.com.
Pewter Report's Haley Cornish offers up her analysis on how Tampa Bay
played against Baltimore in the Bucs' 44-16 loss to the Ravens, and
dishes out the game grades for each offensive, defensive, and special
teams unit.

QUARTERBACK

Josh Freeman played just two series against the Ravens in Thursday night’s preseason opener, but was the most impressive quarterback of the game for the Bucs. Freeman went 4-of-7 for 34 yards and had a 69.9 quarterback rating. Freeman made a couple questionable throws where it looked like he and the receiver had a miscommunication. But he also had a couple great passes, including one to Vincent Jackson that was ruled incomplete, as he was unable to maintain possession. Freeman wasn’t great, but he did lead the Bucs to a 3-0 lead over the Ravens starters.

Mike Glennon, the rookie quarterback out of North Carolina State, came in with about five minutes left in the first quarter. Glennon played a little over two quarters and went 11-for-23, gaining 169 yards and had a quarterback rating of 54.4. Glennon’s low point was a bad interception thrown right to the Baltimore defender. Although the rookie made a few good plays, including avoiding a sack to complete a 61-yard pass, he made a lot of poor decisions and held onto the ball too long.

Dan Orlovksy, who has been getting all of the third-team reps in camp, was held out of Thursday’s game and the Bucs instead chose to go with Adam Weber. Weber had a disastrous night throwing two picks and completing just two of six passes.
GRADE= C-

RUNNING BACKS
Star running back Doug Martin carried the ball just two times for zero yards. Schiano pulled Martin after the first series, as there was no need to risk injury in such a meaningless game for Martin.

Running back Brian Leonard s of the night, shows off his versatility in short-yardage situations and blocking. Leonard picked up a Baltimore rusher that would have crushed Freeman, and the play instead resulted in a big third-down conversion. Leonard carried the ball six times for 23 yards and one touchdown.

Rookie Mike James split carries with Leonard on the second team, but was unimpressive. He carried the ball six times for just 15 yards.

Second-year player Michael Smith was also unimpressive, gaining 15 yards on five carries. Newly acquired Peyton Hillis carried the ball just four times for 13 yards and was taken off the field after fumbling the ball and injuring his knee.
GRADE= C

WIDE RECEIVERS
Starting receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams were in the game for just two series and didn’t get very involved. Jackson should have caught a great throw from Josh Freeman, but after a review the officials called it an incomplete pass.

The current third receiver on the roster, Kevin Ogletree, had a great game leading the team in receptions and yards. He had five catches for 65 yards on the night. Underwood, who is in competition with Ogletree for the third receiver spot, had just one catch for six yards, and also had a drop on a perfectly thrown Glennon pass.

Training camp standout Chris Owusu wasn’t much of a standout in Thursday’s game. Although he did have two catches for 48 yards, he was targeted seven times and had one drop. Owusu needs to perform in the preseason if he hopes to compete for the third receiver position.
GRADE= B-

TIGHT ENDS
With tight end Luke Stocker out with an injury, Tom Crabtree got his chance to prove he deserves to start. And he did just that by getting wide-open for a 61-yard catch and run from quarterback Mike Glennon. But other than that catch, Crabtree didn’t do anything in the passing game.

Danny Noble caught two passes for seven yards, but Nate Byham had no receptions. The Bucs generally don’t use tight ends in the passing game as much as a lot of other NFL teams, and that showed in Thursday’s game. All three tight ends did a decent job at blocking however.
GRADE= C+

OFFENSIVE LINE
With their two Pro Bowl guards held out of the game, the Bucs’ offensive line didn’t look too impressive in the run game. There was virtually no room for the running backs all night.

Although not impressive in the run game, the line did a good job in pass protection. They did allow two sacks on the night, the first one was right at the snap of the ball on Freeman. The second one was due to Glennon holding on to the ball for too long and stepping right into a sack. But other than those two plays, the line did its job and gave the quarterback enough time to find a receiver.
GRADE= C-

DEFENSIVE LINE
The starting defensive line, consisting of Da’Quan Bowers, Akeem Spence, Gerald McCoy, and Daniel Te’o Neshiem was unable to get to the quarterback. In fact, no lineman was able to get to the quarterback all night. However, defensive tackle McCoy was in the backfield on almost every play he was in, forcing quarterback Joe Flacco to throw the ball.

Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was basically non-existent, even though he played the entire second half. Bowers was a big disappointment in the first preseason game, as he has a lot of pressure on him to deliver this year.

The defensive line, with the exception of McCoy, played quite poorly in terms of rushing. But aside from a couple missed tackles, the line did a solid job against the run. They will need to greatly improve their pass rushing before the season starts, or it won’t matter that Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis is playing in the secondary. He can’t cover receivers forever, and that’s where the defensive line comes in.
GRADE= D+

LINEBACKERS
Star linebacker Lavonte David got the Bucs’ only sack of the night on Joe Flacco for a loss of ten yards. The starting linebackers – David, Mason Foster, and Dakota Watson all played a good game. They weren’t in for too long, but didn’t make any glaring mistakes when they were in. Both Watson and Foster had two tackles, and David had three.

Jonathan Casillas, who is pushing Watson for the starting strong side linebacker position, had a very good game. He had three combined tackles including a huge hit on a Baltimore running back.

Adam Hayward, who is also in the conversation at SLB, had a good game as well with four total tackles. 2012 draft pick Najee Goode led the linebackers with four solo tackles, including a tackle for loss.
GRADE= B+

DEFENSIVE BACKS
The Bucs’ starting secondary did a great job, holding Flacco to just 57 yards. Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks was very impressive in coverage and against the run. He hits hard and never gives up on a play. Even though he played less than a quarter, Banks lead the team with five solo tackles, and also had a pass broken up.

Cornerback Danny Gorrer had one of the best plays of the night in the first quarter against Flacco. He stepped in front of the receiver and made a leaping interception just in bounds. Gorrer also had a pass break up, but had to leave the game early due to a groin injury.

After the starters left the field, the secondary collapsed. Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor beat the defense for 154 yards and two touchdowns with a 106.1 quarterback rating in just over two quarters. Training camp standout Rashaan Melvin got out-leaped on a touchdown, and Deveron Carr made a bad play on the ball on another Raven’s score.

Backup Safety Ahmad Black was one of the few bright spots later in the game with a nice pass breakup and safety Cody Grimm had a deflected pass go right through his fingertips. The Bucs defense was put in bad situations due to the poor special teams play and the turnovers on offense, and didn’t have much help from the defensive line, either.
GRADE= C

SPECIAL TEAMS
The special teams were a disaster in Thursday night’s game. Chris Owusu had two fumbles (losing one) and the other return men didn’t flash, either.

The Ravens had a blocked punt on a missed block by Joe Holland that was picked up for a touchdown. Their coverage was okay for most of the night, but almost gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown that was saved by the kicker, Derek Dimke.

Dimke was the only bright spot on special teams, nailing three out of three field goals for 29, 35, and 45 yards. Dimke’s field goals and game-saving tackle are the only plays that kept the special teams unit from getting an F.
GRADE=D-










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    Horse D line is a huge concern. I don't think the Bucs are doing Bowers any favors moving him to tackle on some passing plays. Why move a good D end to tackle where he can easily be double teamed inside? For now I think it would be best for the kid to get every snap at one end position and master it. Remember this kid hasn't played much pro ball yet, let him hone in at end.
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    Umm... Defensive line D or D-. No pass rush or push except for McCoy. If I am the Coach I am concerned. The play in the backfield was a repeat from last year and the DB's have definitely improved from last year. So that leaves the weak spot of concern is still the DL. No need to talk about the past here; we have to improve the pass rush. I hope we are seriously looking at a 5 man rush at all times? Very, very concerned about our DL and their ability to pass rush. Teams are going to kill us unless we can score 40 points a game with the Offense. I think we can score 35 points, but I don't know about 40.
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    @owlykat Bennett would have only played with the starters last night so the game still would have been a huge loss. As for Freeman, he did pretty well for his first outing of the year against live fire. Freeman's QB rating was 69.9 last night and Flacco's was 53.5. Hell, Glennon had a better QB rating than Flacco with a 54.4. I agree with you wholeheartedly about the Webber kid. His QB rating was 2.8. I loved what Brian Leonard was doing and even Hillis looked strong before he got his legs taken out by a crows defender. Banks looked flashy last night and I think Leonard Johnson had a pretty solid game as well. Owusu got himself into some quicksand last night. I think with a little coaching up over the next few days he should be fine. Remember also that a lot of quality players will get released from other teams as we near the end of preseason and we will be able to fine tune our second and third string a bit.
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    Bennett would have only played with the starters last night so the game still would have been a huge loss. As for Freeman, he did pretty well for his first outing of the year against live fire. Freeman's QB rating was 69.9 last night and Flacco's was 53.5. Hell, Glennon had a better QB rating than Flacco with a 54.4. I agree with you wholeheartedly about the Webber kid. His QB rating was 2.8. I loved what Brian Leonard was doing and even Hillis looked strong before he got his legs taken out by a crows defender. Banks looked flashy last night and I think Leonard Johnson had a pretty solid game as well. Owusu got himself into some quicksand last night. I think with a little coaching up over the next few days he should be fine. Remember also that a lot of quality players will get released from other teams as we near the end of preseason and we will be able to fine tune our second and third string a bit.
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    If the special teams stuff continues, then its something to worry about. For now, its much ado about nothing, guys who wont be wearing Bucs uniforms in Sept. Ogletree pretty much already cemented the 3rd WR battle. And is anyone out there really NOT rooting for Dimke to make this team? I love a kicker who tackles!!And nails all 3 of his FG attempts. Kudos to Johnthan Banks, and Danny Gorrer did well too. as for Freeman, I dont take part in the hype...all he did last year was break a Bucs franchise passing record for yards, and TDs in a season. And as a QB, was the QB of a Bucs best offensive ranking ever in offense and points produced. And he has to do BETTER? um..ok
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    Freeman needs to do better then break a record. The bar wasn't set that high to start with. In the end it's all about the "W" and making the playoffs. It's not about being the stat king leave that to Drew Brees.
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    Now hold on everybody. I said before the game in "SR's Pick 6 - Bucs vs. Ravens" that I wasn't expecting much out of Bowers or any of the other pass rushers against the Super Bowl champs O-line. I don't understand why everyone's expectations were so high for everyone to be so disappointed. So far Bowers has replaced Bennett adequately...Bennett didn't get any sacks last preseason either and hasn't gotten any this preseason. Bowers will be fine, he will generate at least 9.5 sacks this year.
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    Is John Abraham still on the Free Agent Market?
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    sadly no - ARZ has him.....there really is nobody out there right now....we passed on the high priced guys, we passed on the low priced guys, we passed on the old guys, we passed on teh young guys...Dom and Schiano said early that Bowers was their guy....well maybe they need to give him some more attention and get him up to par...quickly....
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    I'm not worried about Freeman right now, pass rush is the big concern. Bowers, Gholson, Means, Teo couldn't get to the Q.B. playing against 3rd teamers, that's worrisome. Let's hope Gibson, and Landri get heathy, cause Spence wasn't a factor either. The Bucs might regret not signing an Osi, or Abraham in the off season, and as much as I like Banks, a better pick might've been a pass rusher.
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    Maybe we need a Specai Teams coach and not a former Defensive coach and Head Coach. If Special Teams are this bad in the regular season, it won't matter how good everything else is.
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    How 'bout those Buc's Special Teams?
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    they were special all right. Dave Wandstedt(sp?) has never coached SPecial Teams before in his 40+ years of coaching so what would you expect.
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    That still has me perplexed.
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    All I wanted to see was 1) Freeman perform well (not Brady-esque), and 2) Bowers show-up....well I think Freeman was darn good - he had one overthrow, but other than that looked good both in the pocket and rolling out - dropped in a sweet pass on a crossing play behind the LB and the other one that Haley mentioned to VJax....and most importantly NO INTs. Bowers on the other hand - Haley hit right on the head....yuk!...for years we had to endure a Sapp only pass rush until Rice came along and it looks like we're having the same thing now with McCoy...very disappointing of Bowers....not sure how we're going to adjust - personally I am just hoping Clayborn can get well and show that his 3-game 2012 was nothing more than a bad dream....other than that, it was just preseason....Go Bucs!
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    Should have had Bennet there tonight instead of ineffective Bowers. Freeman had a 95 QB rating in 2010 and has regressed ever since despite an $18 million salary per year. After all the red zone practices he couldn't get the touchdown. Glennon is never going to be the answer either and the fourth string QB should be cut now. Try your experienced third string QB with the first string offense and just see if be doesn't outshine Freemon and Glennon both. There were bright spots too such as our outstanding FG Kicker, Dimke, who should be the starter and Ogletree who showed he should be our slot receiver and backup to our WRs., and the first of our backs to score a TD, Leonard, who should be the third down back, short yardage back, and backup FB. Goode and Black also played well and will be good backups. Banks is ready to start with Revis and Gorer should be the nickel back. Regroup Bucs and get ready for NE. Get your Special Teams prepared this time!
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    owlykat - When did Freeman have an $18 million salary? He signed a 5 year $26 million contract. Overall the first stringers did well despite not all of them starting. Had this been a real game the defending SB champs would have lost. Instead they won the battle of the backups. Grats to the Ravens backups for a job well done.
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    I am going to wait until the end of 4th preseason game to freak out
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