This story is intended to be read by Pewter Insider subscribers only. Sharing of the PI content with non-subscribers of this service can result in cancellation of your subscription to the service and/or further actions by the publishers.â€¨â€¨
5 Most Disappointing Bucs
WR Michael Clayton Clayton was not far from having a fantastic game. The play that puts Clayton on this list is a horrible dropped pass on a perfectly thrown ball from starting quarterback Luke McCown. On first and 10 at their own 20-yard line, Clayton got a few steps on the defense and McCown put the ball on Clayton's hands in stride. Clayton dropped the pass that would have been a huge gain. He was already 21 yards downfield and probably would have had at least another five to 10 yards before being stopped. Clayton came back to record some good catches and also got himself open for a touchdown, but McCown overthrew him. While it was not a completely bad night for Clayton, after his strong training camp where he has been very sure-handed, it was concerning to see him drop such an easy pass that would have gone for a nice gain.
S Tanard Jackson The starting defensive secondary did not play for a long time in the first preseason game, but there were a few plays that did not look good. Safety Tanard Jackson had a blown coverage on third down. On third and 1, Jackson got beat by fullback Boomer Grigsby. Dolphins quarterback John Beck hit Grigsby and he took off for a gain of 14 yards before cornerback Ronde Barber made the tackle. On the next Dolphins possession, running back Rickey Williams ran off behind the left tackle, but the hole was not open. Williams reversed field and Jackson flew into the backfield, but whiffed on Williams. Jackson had a bead on Williams to make the tackle for a loss. Jackson missed the tackle and Williams turned the play into a 9-yard gain. Jackson was not the only Buccaneer who missed a tackle on that play. Defensive tackle Chris Hovan could have had Williams near the line of scrimmage as well. Jackson has had a quiet training camp, and it would be good for the Buccaneers if he picks up his play and flashes the splash plays that he produced last season.
S Will Allen The Bucs defense had a good night at Miami, but safety Will Allen was on the wrong end of some of the Dolphins best plays. The first one that stood out for the wrong reasons was on a third and 11 at the Tampa Bay 49 yard line. Quarterback Chad Henne's pass was in the deep middle of the field and was caught by wide receiver David Kircus for 20 yards in front of Allen. It appeared that Allen was late in picking up the receiver as he worked his way through the zone. On a similar play, Allen gave up another first down in a third-and-long situation. On third and 18, Henne completed a 21-yard reception to wide receiver Anthony Armstrong. Allen was late in coming in to break up the pass or be there to cover the receiver. In training camp, Allen has not stood out, while not looking terrible. With the strong camp of safety Donte Nicholson, Allen is going to need to pick up his play to keep his roster spot.
K Matt Bryant Bucs kicker Matt Bryant has been solid in training camp and has made a high percentage of his kicks. At Miami, Bryant was not as accurate as he missed two of three field goals. The first was at the end of a long drive by the Bucs first-string offense. The Bucs set up for the field goal on the 26-yard line, but Bryant's 36-yard attempt was wide left as it never was on target. In the second half, the Bucs had another drive that fizzled out. This miss for Bryant was made more difficult as Chris Simms was sacked on third down. The 52-yard attempt was outside of the uprights, although it looked like it had enough distance. After that miss, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden made a comment to special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. Bryant bounced back by making a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Had Bryant made the 26-yard attempt he would not be on this list.
DE Gaines Adams The Buccaneers starting right defensive end Gaines Adams had what looked to be a favorable matchup entering the game. Starting against Adams was rookie left tackle Jake Long. While Long was the number one overall pick in last April's draft, Adams has an edge of experience on Long, and also is a more athletic faster player. Adams played deep into the second quarter of Saturday night's game against Miami and failed to make any impact plays or get much pressure on Dolphins quarterbacks John Beck and Chad Henne. The reason? The superb play of Long. It appeared that Adams was trying to beat Long with a speed rush on almost every play. Adams did get in on some tackles against the run, but he registered no pressures or knockdowns of the Dolphins quarterbacks. For the game, Adams had one tackle on the stat sheet. Adams has been one of the team's best performers in training camp, but did not look like the same player at Miami. In training camp, Adams has not gone that many snaps without applying some pressure on the quarterback. The Bucs are depending on Adams to be their go-to pass rusher, and will need him to improve over Saturday night's performance.
Want the inside scoop on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2008 training camp? Want to find out who is starring in training camp and who is underperforming, and who the Bucs are targeting in free agency and the NFL Draft next year? Find out by subscribing to PewterReport.com's Pewter Insider by clicking here.
LISTEN to Pewter Report's Jim Flynn each Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. during football season on the Pewter Pulse with Dan Sileo on WDAE 620 AM The Sports Animal, and catch Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds each Wednesday afternoon during football season at 5:00 p.m. on the PewterReport.com Buccaneer Blitz with Steve Duemig on WDAE 620 AM The Sports Animal.