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Five Most Disappointing

1. QB Jeff Garcia

It was the first preseason action for the Bucs starting quarterback, and Garcia definitely looked rusty. Garcia's second pass of the game was a terrible throw. Wide receiver Maurice Stovall was open downfield on an out route, but Garcia threw the pass late and without much arm on the ball. Safety Reggie Nelson cut in front of Stovall for an easy interception. The turnover set Jacksonville up inside the Bucs 30 yard line, and the Jaguars scored seven plays later. After that pass, Garcia looked hesitant to go downfield and was throwing most of his passes to receivers that were only a few yards past the line of scrimmage. The next drives Garcia moved the ball some on short passes and threw a number of little flip passes that were dangerous attempts. The second drive after his interception, Garcia led the Buccaneers into the red zone on some short passes, and some runs from Earnest Graham. Garcia came dangerously close to throwing an interception to cornerback Drayton Florence. Garcia threw high to tight end Alex Smith and the ball went through Florence's hands. The veteran quarterback gave the Jaguars another opportunity on the next pass when he threw a pass to the back of the end zone for wide receiver Michael Clayton. The ball was well underthrown and Nelson picked the pass off. After the Bucs returned the favor by snatching an interception, Garcia moved the ball downfield. He threw a pass to Clayton that was well behind the receiver, but Clayton made a great catch. On the drive he had another short pass almost intercepted on an attempt to Ike Hilliard. Garcia then made up for some of his play with a touchdown pass to Clayton. On the night Garcia went 11-for-18 for 79 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Of the 11 completed passes, none of them was longer than 12 yards.

2. RB Earnest Graham

Like Garcia, the Bucs starting running back has not played much in the preseason. Graham has not had a lot of carries, and after the lighter training camp he has not had a lot of contact. Graham got the Buccaneers off to a bad start by fumbling on his first carry. It was a third and one and Graham looked to have had the first down when he had the ball ripped out of his arms by Jaguars defensive end Reggie Hayward. Defensive end Paul Spicer pounced on the ball to put the Jaguars in position to score first. Graham's rough night continued, he was never able to get going running the ball. He had a long carry of five yards in the game. The total was Graham running the ball five times for seven yards. Graham was used as a receiver some. He hauled in three passes for 15 yards with a long of seven yards. In his defense, Graham did not have a lot of big running lanes.

3. K Matt Bryant

The Buccaneers may have to start to worry about their kicker. Bryant started out the preseason by missing two field goals against the Dolphins in the first contest. In the preseason he entered the game by making three of five field goals. He followed that up with a terrible miss against Jacksonville. After a nice drive inside the Jaguars 10-yard line, the Bucs were in position to try and tie the game at 10. The final play of the first half would be a 26-yard field goal attempt with only three seconds left. Bryant shanked his kick wide left. That bad miss was deflating after the nice drive that the offense had put together to get the team in position to be tied at halftime. In the third quarter, Bryant made a 27-yard field goal. For the preseason, Bryant has now made four field goals in seven attempts.

4. S Tanard Jackson

Jackson had a quiet training camp and preseason. Things got worse for the Bucs starting free safety against Jacksonville. On the Jaguars second drive, Jackson was beat on a few plays. The first was minor completion to wide receiver Matt Jones, but the second play was a glaring mistake. On third and goal from the eight-yard line, Jaguars quarterback David Garrard completed a pass a few yards short of the end zone to wide receiver Dennis Northcutt. Jackson raced up and was there to make the tackle and force the field goal, but Jackson took the wrong angle and Northcutt got by Jackson and skipped into the end zone. If Jackson had made the tackle that would take four points off the scoreboard, and the Buccaneers would have been in position to tie the game late in the fourth quarter rather than having to try and score a touchdown. Jackson did not register a tackle or a pass break up and did not show up on the stat sheet.

5. LT Anthony Davis

A holding penalty wiped out a 16-yard pass play from quarterback Luke McCown to running back Clifton Smith. The pass would have gotten the Buccaneers to the Jaguars 11-yard line late in their final drive of the fourth quarter. To make matters worse, Davis' holding was not necessary for Bucs to make the play. Davis also had a false start in his first play of the game. Other than those plays, Davis did not stand out in his pass or run blocking. Davis is in position to make the team as the backup to left tackle Donald Penn, and thus, Davis is one injury away from being a starter. After this training camp and preseason, Davis does not look like the same player that was a two-year starter at left tackle for the Buccaneers.

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