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WR Joey Galloway
He didn’t play long, but Galloway made an immediate impact in Tampa Bay’s third preseason game of the year. In the first half, Galloway caught a pass near the sideline and exploded past the would-be tackler for a 26-yard gain down to Jacksonville’s 9-yard line. His first catch of the game came earlier on that same drive on a third down play that kept the chains moving for the Bucs. Tampa Bay’s offense just isn’t the same without Galloway, who impressed in the little action he saw in Jacksonville.

DT Anthony McFarland
Tampa Bay’s first-team defense had a field day against Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich. The Bucs sacked Leftwich four times in the first half and allowed the Jaguars offense to produce just four first downs and zero points. While defensive end Simeon Rice, defensive lineman Ellis Wyms and linebacker Shelton Quarles each recorded a sack, under tackle Anthony McFarland’s sack on Leftwich against Jaguars guard Chris Naeole was arguably the most impressive of the night simply because of the fact that McFarland has now notched two sacks in three preseason games after recording the same sack total through 15 regular season contests in 2005.

LB Shelton Quarles
Quarles once again showed why he, not Barrett Ruud, is Tampa Bay’s starting middle linebacker. After watching Ruud start in his place last week, Quarles immediately made his impact felt on Saturday night. On Jacksonville’s first drive of the game. Quarles drilled Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich on a scramble up the middle of the field and forced the signal caller to fumble, which allowed LB Derrick Brooks to recover on Jacksonville’s 43-yard line. That turnover set up Tampa Bay’s eight-play, 43-yard scoring drive that was capped off by fullback Mike Alstott’s 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Quarles was a tackling machine vs. the Jaguars, and finished the game with a team-leading six tackles.

RB Earnest Graham
Tampa Bay’s offense struggled to establish the ground attack vs. Jacksonville, rushing for just 58 yards on Saturday night. However, Graham was a bright spot in this area, rushing four times for 27 yards (6.8 avg.), including an 18-yarder off of a counter. Graham also showed heart, hustle and determination after he hauled in a screen pass from rookie QB Bruce Gradkowski and rumbled 18 yards up field for a first down in the third quarter. Graham’s performance vs. the Jaguars might have secured him a 53-man roster spot.

CB Torrie Cox
The Bucs’ cornerback position appears to be set after Cox’s outing vs. the Jaguars. Cox had an outstanding training camp and has delivered through three preseason games. On Saturday night, Cox showed a nose for the football and determination to make Tampa Bay’s 53-man roster by notching four tackles, one pass defensed and one special teams assisted tackle. Cox had a great pass breakup on a throw intended for wide receiver Matt Jones in the first half. He also broke off a 49-yard kickoff return on the opening kickoff of the third quarter. Cox appears to have beaten out James Patrick and Justin Phinisee for the fifth cornerback spot behind Ronde Barber, Brian Kelly, Juran Bolden and Alan Zemaitis.


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