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August 16, 2014 @ 8:30 pm
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Most Impressive Buccaneers vs. Dolphins

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Scott Reynolds

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Which Buccaneers defenders shined against the Dolphins? Which Tampa Bay players made a positive impact on offense and special teams versus Miami? Find out in PewterReport.com's Most Impressive Buccaneers vs. Dolphins report.
Outside of the play from the Buccaneers’ starters, there were mistakes and turnovers aplenty in Tampa Bay’s 20-14 loss to Miami in the second preseason game of 2014. As a result, there weren’t too many impressive Buccaneers to note, but Josh McCown, the team’s starting quarterback was one of them, which is a sigh of relief to Tampa Bay fans.

“We took a better step – we improved,” McCown said of the starting offense, which struggled mightily last week in a preseason opener at Jacksonville.

Here’s a look at which other Bucs aside from McCown had some of the better performances against the Dolphins.

MOST IMPRESSIVE BUCCANEERS
DT Gerald McCoy

For the second straight preseason game, McCoy was dominant. Against Miami, McCoy had a huge tackle for loss and finished his night, which lasted just past one quarter, with three tackles. However, McCoy’s biggest play was a 7-yard sack of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill on the first play of the second quarter. McCoy forced a fumble on the play that was recovered by defensive end Michael Johnson, who advanced the ball six yards to the Miami 25 and helped set up Tampa Bay’s first touchdown.

QB Josh McCown
What a difference a week and improved pass protection makes. Although he didn’t always have the cleanest of pockets, McCown was more effective as a passer against Miami. He led the Bucs on a touchdown drive after Johnson’s fumble recovery, capping it with a 7-yard scoring strike to Vincent Jackson in the back of the end zone. McCown finished the game 5-of-7 for 46 yards and one TD and a 4-yard scramble in just over one quarter’s worth of work and a QB rating of 128.6.

WR Mike Evans
Evans had the chance to score his first NFL touchdown against Miami, but made a costly rookie mistake by not securing the ball on a 41-yard catch. Evans bounced off safety Jimmy Wilson en route to a possible score before cornerback Brent Grimes tracked him down at the Miami 1-yard line and forced a fumble. Because the ball went through the end zone it was a touchback for the Dolphins. Evans will learn from his mistake and it’s the preseason, so Saturday’s game doesn’t count. But his physicality on that 41-yard catch in bouncing off Wilson and running up field for a huge gain was impressive. Evans finished the night as the Bucs’ leading receiver with two catches for 52 yards.

KR-PR Solomon Patton
After some lackluster returns from Jeff Demps last week and Bobby Rainey and Mike James this week, Patton, an undrafted rookie free agent from Florida, shined against Miami with three kickoff returns for 91 yards, including a long of 33 yards. Patton averaged 30 yards per kick return and 10 yards per punt return with a long of 21. Patton showed explosiveness and an extra gear that had been missing from Tampa Bay’s return game this preseason. Patton also had one catch for eight yards against the Dolphins.

LB Lavonte David
Tampa Bay’s playmaking weakside linebacker notched four tackles (two solo, two assists) in the first quarter against the Dolphins. Had he played in all four quarters, David was on pace to record 16 tackles, which would have been a monster night for the All-Pro linebacker.

P Michael Koenen
Koenen punted the ball eight times and averaged 43.5 yards per punt with a 41-yard net. He had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line and just one touchback with a long of 57. Koenen also had a touchback on his opening kickoff to start the game.

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    I'll reserve judgement until the regular season. Weekly improvement is a good sign.
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    7-9 or 8-8 sounds good to me right now. McCown is not impressive nor is he disappointing. He is average which is okay if the line will block a tad more and recievers hold on to the ball. Johnson worries me. We may have overpaid for him. The only thing he has done is the fumble recovery. Someone on the DL not named McCoy needs to step up. This team has no depth.
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    What's disappointing about the impressive list is it's players you expect to play good. Where's the future stars on this list? No back ups stood up, or stood out. McCown played better, but his best drive was all of 25 yards for the TD, otherwise he didn't get much going. No one stood out on the O line, and no back up D linemen did much. Our Q.B.'s are average at best, and whoever our starters on the O line will be are below average. Add it up, unless we we get better then expected play from this unit, we should be looking at 7-9, 8-8 at best.
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    If Scott thinks McCown was impressive then we are in for a very long season.
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    It appears to me that more of the blame should be placed on the WR's and TE's for not getting open soon enough than the McCown. I say that because in both of McCown's brief appearances in the first two games there was always at least one play where he escaped the rush and reset his feet, looked downfield and then took off running. Him being a veteran who can read a defense and see the field the majority of the time that tells me that no one was open. However, I'll reserve any real judgment until after the 3rd preseason game when there is game planning involved.
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    McCoy is a monster and that's from a person who never really never liked him, need to pay that man soon. OL is a huge problem, will not win 6 games with this OL. Glennon just sucks, need a QB in the first round next year.
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    The most important change was the improvement of the offensive line. They played so bad last week I thought we would be a lock for the worst record in the league this year. Now that that concern is at least alleviated we are still going to have to be patient as the entire offensive strategy is changing from last year. Although if McCoy continues to dominate as he has been this defense could be good enough to carry the offense for a good portion of the season. Of course if there is any chance of making the playoffs the offense will have to come together very quickly.
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    Josh McCown has not looked impressive to me. His strongest attribute coming to the Bucs was his poise and judgment. Last week he threw a pass that should not have been thrown, this week he's holding the ball too long. Not panicked, but expected to see more.
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    Not many outstanding performances for me in this one. The list Scott offered is as good as any. I'd add Mark Barron who was all over the field blowing people up in his limited time. Jorvorskie Lane is a load who catches the ball effortlessly.
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    . Bot QB's showed me not much at all; same for the offensive line. Defense played fair with McCoy; without him we suck. Lost a few solid back ups to injuries and that hurt. The team didn't jell and wasn't to promising out there. ugh!
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