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The Bucs lost in their first preseason action of the 2017 season by a score of 23-12 on Friday night in Paul Brown Stadium. PewterReport.com takes a look at the players who were the most disappointing in the loss. Take a look and see if you agree.
K Roberto Aguayo
The gamble of taking a kicker in the second round appears to be one of those misses that will be talked about for years. Barring a miraculous turnaround of epic proportions, combined with a total meltdown by Nick Folk, Aguayo’s days in Tampa are numbered. In fact, Aguayo may not make it to Jacksonville on Thursday. The former FSU star missed an extra point in the second quarter, and ended the Bucs final offensive possession wide right on a 47-yarder. It is hard to see a scenario where Aguayo makes the Bucs final roster.
T Caleb Benenoch
Benenoch, who made the move back to tackle from guard this offseason, gave up a costly sack in the game and also added a holding penalty on the same drive. The good news for the Bucs is the team isn’t heavily counting on Benenoch this season, however, one major injury and that could change. Tampa Bay is looking for tackle depth, and his game against the Bengals will do little to help the front office sleep any better.
T Cole Gardner
Gardner, like Benenoch, gave up a costly sack, however, his ended up knocking backup quarterback Ryan Griffin out of the game. No offensive lineman likes to see their quarterback touched much less injured. Offensive line coach George Warhop likes to see it even less. Gardner was largely ineffective in the run game as well.
LB Kendell Beckwith
Despite tying for the team lead in tackles with five, and being credited with a sack, Beckwith was out of position and was pushed around somewhat as the game wore on. The former LSU standout was getting his first taste of NFL action on Friday night, and is still recovering from an ACL injury. However, as the primary backup to middle linebacker, Kwon Alexander, Beckwith needs to show more, or else there is a steep drop off waiting to happen if Alexander were to miss any regular season game action based on Beckwith’s play against the Bengals.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Despite being the only quarterback to lead the Buccaneers to a touchdown on Friday night, Fitzpatrick ended the game with a quarterback rating of 22, finishing the night just 6-of-13 for 45 yards with an interception. Despite the tough overall night, Fitzpatrick did play better than he has shown in training camp thus far, however, it is quite obvious their is a huge gap between Winston and the backups.
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How is Martino not on this list? Dude dropped like three passes, at least one killing a drive. I can’t wait for the Hard Knocks episode where Berto gets cut, I’m so over this waste of a draft pick. Both our back up lines looked shaky. I’d be shocked if we don’t pick up a better option at back up O.T.. Licht rolled the dice drafting a useless kicker, might have made a mistake not drafting, or signing some better options for depth on the O line.
The starting Defensive line was disappointing. Cincinnati was able to run at will. It is pre season .
Yes, it’s pre-season. PRE-SEASON.
Cut Aguayo now. I can’t even stand looking at him.
Our run defense was dissapointing for 1st and and string. Not sure what was up I’ll have go back and watch again but they were getting knocked off the ball and out of gaps all night. Pitiful defense for most part.
Have some things to work on and that O line is one injury away from being real bad. Have no depth it seems.
I don’t know if they’ll be so quick to cut Aguayo. It will look bad for Licht, since there’s no need to cut him until final cutdown the week before the opener.
The only reason to cut him would be to bring in a different kicker to battle Folk.
It will be interesting to see what kind of opportunities they give Aguayo next week . Will they trot out Folk for most of the attempts/kickoffs? There’s not much question about Folk’s ability. Should be interesting to see how it’s played up on Hard Knocks, too.
Never mind, they just cut Aguayo. So, maybe they intend on bringing in someone else to compete.
I disagree about Fitz being this list, he looked pretty sharp actually, and got the lone TD. The INT was not good, but he was playing with second teamers (O-line, receivers). He looked confident, and frankly looked much better as a quarterback and leader of his offense than did Griffin, who looked to me out of sorts. Griffin was very luck his last two blooper-ball passes weren’t intercepted.
Fitz did an ok job, not great, not bad. However, I agree with surferdudes, Martino had the worst night of any Buc and he wasn’t even mentioned. Huff wasn’t much better.
Licht should go with Aguayo if this team does not get to the playoffs. Beckwith is too slow for the NFL and was a BAD PICK. There are not adequate backups for our OL which is also on Licht, and our DL was an embarrassment. The backup linebackers are also a joke–on Licht too. And a second round pick for a Safety who can’t wrap up when tackling in the NFL is another Licht miss. Again this year we have just one under weight DE who cannot stop the run–also on Licht. He has been praised so much as such a genius, Licht believes it, but he is way overrated!!! Wait til next Thursday when Jax trashes the Bucs and their Rookie RB runs all over our Defensive Line at will. Shame on Licht.
@owlykat: That is the worst comment of the day.
Jason Licht has made this team relevant again.
When he arrived, we had a terrible roster. Now, not so much.
If you think that GM is the problem, you are clearly not paying attention.
And then you state that you know what JL “believes”!
That is the line that took your comment from simply erroneous and uninformed to over-the-top stupid.
Shame on YOU!
Ignorance breeds ignorance. Go watch a different Team. My instincts tell me you are not a true Bucs fan anyway!
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