The Buccaneers hit the field at Raymond James Stadium for their first
game at home on Saturday. Which Buccaneers didn’t have good showings
against the Dolphins? PewterReport.com’s Eric Dellaratta breaks it all
down in this article.
Tampa Bay dropped their second preseason game to Miami 20-14 but the Buccaneers' first-team offense looked much better than they did last week against the Jaguars. The team as a whole didn't fare so well. Here are the most disappointing Buccaneers from Saturday's game against the Dolphins. CB RASHAAN MELVIN
Second-year cornerback Rashaan Melvin got the start for injured cornerback Alterraun Verner on Saturday, but he didn’t make the most of his opportunity against the Dolphins. Mike Wallace got a good release off of the line of scrimmage and blazed past the second-year cornerback. Melvin tugged at Wallace’s collar during the route but he wasn’t flagged for a penalty. The play resulted in an incompletion, as Ryan Tannehill overthrew the deep pass to the speedy receiver but Melvin was inches away from letting up a huge play.
Melvin’s rough night with the first-team defense continued when Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was hurried by the Buccaneers pass rush and dumped the ball off to running back Lamar Miller. Melvin missed an open-field tackle and Miller scooted up field for a nice gain for the Dolphins. The former Northern Illinois cornerback exited the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury. OL JAMON MEREDITH
Meredith was flagged for a false start penalty as a part of the second-team offense at left tackle. The veteran offensive lineman looked completely lost on the play and fired off the line way too early. It was another rough night for Meredith and the Buccaneers second-team offensive line, and he didn’t do anything to help him re-gain his spot on the first-team offense against the Dolphins. G KADEEM EDWARDS
Rookie offensive guard Kadeem Edwards had a poor showing against the Dolphins on Saturday. The rookie out of Tennessee State was flagged for a holding call on a play where Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan forced Mike Glennon to fumble the ball. Edwards also had trouble maintaining a low pad level as a run blocker and struggled to get much push for the Buccaneers’ running backs. Edwards simply isn’t ready to start for the Buccaneers at offensive guard.
RB JEFF DEMPS
For the second straight preseason game, speedy running back Jeff Demps struggled to make a significant impact for the Buccaneers. He failed to haul in a easy dump pass thrown by Mike Glennon in the third quarter. Demps was completely ineffective in between the tackles and wasn’t a difference-maker for Tampa Bay. Rookie Charles Sims’ 12-14 week injury helps Demps’ chances of making the final roster a ton, but his on-field performance leaves a lot to be desired. TE TIM WRIGHT
Tight end Tim Wright was the star of spring practices, catching everything thrown his way and abusing linebackers with his speed, but he hasn’t been the same player through two preseason games. The former Rutgers tight end dropped a perfectly thrown pass by Mike Glennon that would have went for about a 20-yard gain. Later on in the fourth quarter, Wright got put flat on his back by rookie defensive tackle Anthony Johnson on a running play. OT KEVIN PAMPHILE
Rookie offensive linemen Kevin Pamphile showed solid improvement over the course of training camp, but his performance on Saturday against the Dolphins was poor at best. Pamphile gave up an inside rush that led to Mike Kafka being sacked. The former Purdue offensive tackle struggled as a run blocker as well. He did a good job of getting to the second level quickly, but he struggled to sustain his blocks and had a tough time outmuscling the Dolphins defensive linemen. Late in the fourth quarter, Pamphile was beat again by a Dolphin pass-rusher who used an edge rush to get to quarterback Mike Kafka for the sack.
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