The final preseason game is over and the coaching staff will now revert to the film and begin laying out who will stay and who will go. But after a night that featured a less than stellar performance across the majority of all aspects of the game, the decisions will be that much tougher to make.
With that said, we look at who impressed and disappointed against the Washington Redskins.
WR ERIC PAGE
The man who got extensive looks this preseason at returning kicks impressed Thursday night. Page saw three kickoff returns for 69 yards, including one he muffed in the end zone that turned into a 24 yard return. He also added one punt return for 16 yards. As a receiver, Page caught two passes for 25 yards.
LB NAJEE GOODE
Linebacker Najee Goode has had a quiet preseason but made his name known against Washington. The former Mountaineer had six tackles and one pass deflection. Then, on the following play, Goode picked off former teammate at West Virginia quarterback Pat White and returned it 39-yards for a touchdown, the only Buccaneers touchdown.
DL WILLIAM GHOLSTON
Rookie defensive end William Gholston saw a lot of action Thursday night and it paid off. Gholston was in the Redskins backfield several times and was able to move aside tackles at will. As a result, Gholston finished with four total tackles, three were tackles for loss.
S AHMAD BLACK
The former Florida Gator defended the defensive backfield during his reps under the lights Thursday pretty well. Ahmad Black recorded five tackles against the Redskins and if it were not for him, the score could have been a lot worse.
WR/RB JORDAN NORWOOD
The recently signed wide receiver made his debut in pewter tonight as Jordan Norwood was immediately plugged in as the kick returner to start the second half. Norwood returned a kick for 28 yards and showed his versatility by running the ball in the offense. Norwood also caught a pass for 25 yards in the third quarter.
Honorable Mention: DT Akeem Spence, LB Jonathan Casillas, K Rian Lindell
QB MIKE GLENNON
Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon looked like rookie Thursday night. He missed open receivers, and at times like tentative in the pocket, the complete opposite of how he has looked this preseason. Glennon finished 7-for-16 for 63 yards, one interception and one fumble.
LB ADAM HAYWARD
Veteran linebacker and 2012 special teams captain Adam Hayward did not have a good game. Several missed tackles resulted in big gains by Washington running backs. His performance on the night may have hindered any discussion of him starting at strongside linebacker.
CB JOHNTHAN BANKS
Much like Glennon looking like a rookie, cornerback Johnthan Banks also played like one. On Washington's opening drive, former Buccaneers receiver Dezmon Briscoe converted on a 66-yard reception that saw Banks take a bad angle on the attempted tackle which lead to the huge. Another missed tackle on a bad angle in the second quarter resulted in Banks registering just one tackle on the night.
RB MIKE JAMES
Running back Mike James started the game poorly. On the Bucs first kickoff attempt, Eric Page would have gotten the ball down to inside the 5-yard line of the Redskins but a holding penalty by James erased that. The University of Miami product also had an issue picking up a blitzing linebacker that caused Glennon to get hit as he threw and missed Kevin Ogletree. He finished with 17 yards on four carries before coming down with an eye injury.
The offense was offensive Thursday night. Injuries mounted on that side of the ball – Tom Crabtree (ankle), Mike James (eye), Peyton Hillis (ankle) in which the coaching staff had to dig deeper into the depth of the team which did not produce any results. For the night, the offense registered 10 first downs,146 yards, and just six points.
Dishonorable Mention: DE Steven Means, K Derek Dimke, S Cody Grimm