Bucs WR Adam Humphries - Photo by: Getty Images
There were plenty of battles during the final preseason game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Dolphins as multiple players fought for some of the final roster spots available. PewterReport.com takes a look at the most impressive Buccaneers in this weekly post game feature.
WR Adam Humphries
Fighting for the fifth receiver spot on the Buccaneers’ roster, Humphries came ready to play on Thursday night. The former Clemson Tiger had a nine-yard punt return for the Buccaneers and played a big role on offense as well. Humphries finished the night with four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. In a game where coaches hope players can step up and make a statement for themselves, Humphries did just that.
K Kyle Brindza
After learning of Patrick Murray’s knee injury, it appeared that the kicking competition would come down to Connor Barth and recently acquired Kyle Brindza. After nailing two field goals from 55 and 57 yards along with an extra point, Brindza looks to have taken a firm step towards the starting job. Brindza also handled kickoff duties on Thursday night kicking two eight yards deep and one out of the end zone. Connor Barth’s only field goal attempt was blocked, however he did make his a PAT.
S Keith Tandy
Thursday night was a statement game for the former West Virginia Mountaineer who looks to have outplayed Chris Conte for the final spot at safety. Tandy started the game with something the Buccaneers have not seen much of this preseason, a great special teams play. After a great punt from Jacob Schum, LaMike James muffed the punt after feeling the pressure coming from Keith Tandy, who then recovered the fumble. Adam Humphries would catch his touchdown shortly after. Tandy also came up with two key interceptions in the fourth quarter for the Buccaneers at the expense of Josh Freeman. Lovie Smith wants takeaways, and Keith Tandy ended up with three on Thursday night.
P Jacob Schum
Special teams is an area that the Buccaneers need to improve on going into Week 1 against Tennessee and it looks like they have with two of their newest acquisitions. Schum was impressive in the Buccaneers win on Thursday night with his punts traveling 47 and 49 yards. After Michael Koenen was unable to regain his form that fans once were familiar with, the team put their faith in Schum who looks to have answered the call.
LB Khaseem Greene
Khaseem Greene is proving himself as a great player to have near the goal line. After forcing a fumble at the one-yard line at Minnesota, Greene had another takeaway Thursday night. Greene had the play of the preseason for the Buccaneers with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Buccaneers have a very talented linebacking corps this season and the coaching staff will have some tough decisions to make in the next 24 hours.
WR Rannell Hall
Rannell Hall is another receiver fighting for that fifth receiver spot who played a great game on Thursday night. The former UCF Knights’ numbers looked very similar to Adam Humphries as he finished the night with four catches and 63 yards, just one more yard than Humphries. Although Humphries had the only touchdown between the two, Hall made a couple impressive catches that helped him stand out for 20 and 27 yards respectively. On a three-yard gain across the middle Hall was hit hard and lost his helmet, however he held on and showed his toughness popping right back up and preparing himself for the next play. Jameis Winston compared Adam Humphries to Wes Welker and Rannell Hall to Mike Wallace on Thursday night. The Buccaneers could have a tough time picking between those two.
Got to agree. There was some good things that did occur. We still have a ways to go. This is a 4-6 win season. That’s not so terrible if we play many of our younger players. Go Bucs!
Keith Tandy was also the guy who hustled over and got out in front of Khasheem Greene, clearing his path to the endzone with a kickbutt block.
Hackett made a great block also.
I agree. I think it’s hard to drop either Tandy or Greene, after their contributions last night. They both showed everything you want to see in evaluating players. (imho)
Tandy was a great replacement for Golston the two games he was suspended and he should have been a starting Safety ever since. He played CB at WVa and he could also have played as nickle back for us too. His great talent has been poorly wasted on the bench.
I agreed with all these picks–Great Article.
This list is dead on. Also impressed with Jameis Winston focusing on the game even while being interviewed.
I couldn’t agree more.
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I’ve posted before that Humphries reminds me of Wes Welker, then Jameis said during his interview that’s my Wes Welker. Maybe they should redshirt Kenny Bell by putting him on I.R., Hall to P.S., and yes I believe Adam has shown enough this preseason to be a very good slot receiver. Kenny Bell has shown me nothing in the passing game.
Tandy continues to be a ballhawk. Always has been. Very excited about Brindza after Murray and Barf both couldn’t make FG’s or point after in preseason to save their lives.
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