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August 16, 2014 @ 8:29 pm
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Most Disappointing Buccaneers vs. Dolphins

Written by Eric
Eric Dellaratta


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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    I'll correct myself...Demps and Martin had almost exactly the same yardage per carry (4). My point was that Demps doesn't belong on this list.
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    Demps looked good and is a much better back than Rainey its not even close.Raineys game equates to making people miss but not while moving forward the opposite of M James who may be the best ball carrier on the team, he gets up field.Although Rainey can catch punts but is hardly a punt returner.Martin dances too much and trips himself to often he will be fine if he can get back to one cut and go and stop tripping himself.Given the same amount of carries M James will have the best avg per carry of all the backs but certainly doesn't have the speed of Martin or Demps, James's running style equates to success in the NFL.I am also a little worried that this staff views Rainey as a better back than Demps making a guy or two miss in practice does not equate to yards during live action on game day.
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    Demps was very effective between the tackles and showed his toughness. He is very durable. As for the missed pass, Glennon muffed that one by overthrowing his outlet pass. Glennon should have been listed. He was a terrible loser once again. If he is our QB of the future, we are in a heap of trouble. He gave up a turnover fumble once again despite practicing to avoid it. He always starts promising but is the worst second half QB in the NFL and his lack of third down completions is pitiful. Kafka didn't have the first team OL left in to help him, but he scored in the face of an all out blitz after driving 75 yards. You need to be calling for him to be promoted to 2d string QB, not picking on Demps.
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    Demps had a better average per carry than Martin. The Tampa fish wrap stated that Dotson played great against Cameron Wake, but he gave up a horrible sack. I'd have to check the tape, but as I recall #44 (Magee) was flagged for holding on not one, but two special teams plays. OL was a tad better, no back-ups stood out. Patton and Rainey look like they have potential as kick returners.
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    It's disappointing no back ups, and most starters didn't stand out in a positive way. Only oohs, and, ahhhs came from GMAC. McCown, and stallworth V Jax did their thing, but it's disappointing Miami came out with more energy, and purpose. For our first home game under Lovie I expected us to come out like we were on fire, instead guys playing for their future looked more like they were taking the ice bucket challenge!!
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    As I recall Evans saying " I'm not that fast but I never been caught from behind " he can't say that anymore ! Rookie mistake not changing hands with the football but I would think that is pretty basic even for a rookie WR. Instead of using names, should have used anyone that plays OL for the Buc's as disappointing.
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    Another thing, Wright "catching everything thrown his way" is nonsense. I was there the first 3 practices and he dropped at least two passes the 2nd practice and one in the 3rd practice. I commented myself I had never seen so many dropped passes by receivers on an opening weekend of training camp since 2008. Also ED, I'm pretty sure you yourself reported him dropping passes in other post-camp reports.
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    I'm with Scubog as I thought Demps looked okay. I would have put in all the QB's. I know call McCown, Mr Happy Feet; Glennon, Fire the Cannons whether loaded or not; and the other QB, the other QB.
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    I would have to re-watch the game to confirm it but didn't Collins give up a sack also? It might have been on the play where a flag was thrown so it didn't go on the stat sheet. Am I mistaken or did someone else see that? I'm pretty sure if it happened it was in the 2nd quarter. Either 77 or 73 gave up the sack I believe and I don't know everyone's numbers yet.
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    Last week Collins got beat. This week Demar Dotson got beat badly. Lots of work to do before Carolina! Not much time left!
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    Let's see...Meredith was "completely lost", Edwards "isn't ready to start", Pamphile "struggled" and then "struggled" some more, and while you don't have Cousins on this list I think enough has been said. Time for some help L&L???
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    Not sure I agree with Jeff Demps making the Most Disappointed list. You seem to make evaluations on one play that stood out rather than a body of work. There are a lot of candidates who had at least one bad play. There is more to consider than a fumble, a dropped pass, a missed tackle, a missed block or a penalty. But using your logic might we not add Dane Fletcher for dropping an easy interception? How about Mike Evans for letting the former Falcon CB strip him of the ball in Leon Lett fashion? I watched OT Kevin Panphile a lot in the 4th quarter and that turnstile was totally pathetic. None of our defensive linemen other than GMC applied any semblance of pressure and made the Miami QB's, other than the recently signed Brady Quinn, look like all stars. But as is the case every pre-season game against the Dolphins, I'm disappointed in the number of attendees wearing that awful turquoise who retained their 1972 loyalty to the south Florida team even after we got our own franchise.
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    I agree scubog. There seems to be alot of Demps hate. He lead all rusher in total yards with almost 4 yards per carry. This team needs back ups. No depth.
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