5 Most Disappointing Bucs
S Kalvin Pearson
Safety Kalvin Pearson was the victim on two Miami Dolphins’ touchdowns and did little in pass coverage. During the Dolphins’ 18-play scoring drive, Pearson lost Dolphins tight end David Martin in the back of the end zone and quarterback Trent Green found him for the touchdown. Pearson was victimized by Miami rookie quarterback John Beck when he missed an interception and wide receiver P.K. Sam raced for a 51-yard touchdown. Pearson did little to improve his status as the first round of cuts will come on Tuesday.
DT Jovan Haye
With an impressive showing during training camp, Haye has received most of his reps at the under tackle position. However, Haye did little to impress against the Dolphins on Saturday night. The Dolphins running game picked on Haye all night and he was seen two and three yards behind the line of scrimmage on many of Ronnie Brown’s rushing attempts. Haye also got no pass rush up the middle and allowed the Dolphins to form a pocket for quarterback Trent Green to step up and make accurate passes.
DT Greg White
Greg White has been pushing for more playing time at the under tackle position with some impressive plays in practice. White got some reps with the first-team defense against the Dolphins on Saturday night and made a couple of good plays. However, it was the bad play the stood out the most. With the Dolphins throwing a Hail Mary at the end of the first half, White hit quarterback Cleo Lemon with a late hit and gave the Dolphins a field goal opportunity to end the half. Place kicker Jay Feely missed the 54-yard field goal, but head coach Jon Gruden was upset with the penalty, which was evident by his angered comments at halftime.
CB Marcus Hamilton
With the Bucs clinging to a 24-21 lead, cornerback Marcus Hamilton was beat deep down the right sideline in the fourth quarter for a touchdown. Beck found wide receiver Derek Hagan for a 31-yard touchdown reception as Hagan got behind Hamilton in coverage. Hamilton is fighting for playing time with cornerback Sammy Davis and Hamilton’s coverage issues on Saturday night weren’t a good sign. On sideline routes, veteran cornerbacks use the sideline as assistance in covering wide receivers, but Hamilton’s inexperience showed on that particular route.
OT Donald Penn
Offensive tackle Donald Penn has caught the eyes of Gruden during training camp, but he had his hands full with Dolphins defensive ends Matt Roth and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila on Saturday night. Roth jumped up to intercept a pass from quarterback Jeff Garcia on a dump off pass to Cadillac Williams out of the backfield. Penn was unable to keep Roth from getting into Garcia’s passing lane. From there, Roth shed a block from Penn to stuff Garcia for no gain, but that went down as a half of a sack for Roth. With Luke McCown in at quarterback, Gbaja-Biamila beat Penn off the ball and recorded a sack against McCown, who held on to the ball too long on that particular play. Penn has spent time playing at both left and right tackle in training camp and preseason.
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