In the Buccaneers’ final game of the preseason, they fell to the Washington Redskins by a score of 13-10. The Bucs ended the preseason with just three offensive touchdowns and the lowest points per game total in the league.

Stats like that don’t just come from one or two missed opportunities. These were our most disappointing players from game four.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

It’s been a rough preseason for the free agent signee Fitzpatrick, and in his final preseason game of the season, he wasn’t able to right his wrongs. Fitzpatrick started the game 0-for-3, and while playing almost the entire first half, only finished with six total passing yards on 2-of-7 passing.

The team signed Fitzpatrick in hopes of him bringing some veteran consistency, but so far he’s been anything but that. He’s erratic with his throws, and his gunslinger mentality is missing more than hitting. With Ryan Griffin not available, Fitzpatrick will be the team’s only back up. If Winston goes down, they’re in trouble.

Pass Rush

For the second game in a row, the Buccaneers’ pass rush was non-existent. In fact, their run game defense was no better with the reserve units playing the entire game while the starters rested.

Mike Smith’s defense does not work without a pass rush. The defensive backs are playing off coverage, and don’t get any room to anticipate if there’s no pressure. That showed on the field half as Redskins quarterback Nate Sudfeld had open receivers left and right. Minus blitzing plays from the linebacker group, there was no disruption at all from the reserves on Thursday night.

Offensive Line

The first team offensive line hasn’t been too bad this preseason, but the back ups have been, well, bad.

Tonight, whether it was Fitzpatrick or back up quarterback Sefo Liufau, there was no time to throw and barely any running lanes to run through. Immediate back up tackles Caleb  Benenoch and Leonard Wester didn’t look great this preseason, and the guys behind them looked like non-roster players. As a unit, they hurt some of the fringe skill players’ chances at putting their best tape out there in their final night.

QB Sefo Liufau

Though it’s cruel to put the only quarterback to throw a touchdown pass for the Buccaneers in the preseason on this list, Liufau’s night was poor, in context.

He threw a pick-6 to go along with his touchdown, but really could have thrown three or four more picks for lack of accuracy. It was good for Liufau to get on a bit of a roll at the end and get into a rhythm for the first time in his NFL career, but we don’t think he’s shown what it takes to make the team.

Did we miss anyone? Who were your most disappointing players from the preseason finale?

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at:
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3 years ago

Pewter Report might want to ask GM where is our pass rush and backup quarterback.

3 years ago

A few thoughts now that preseason is over…. (1) Sefo is a bad player, but if Jameis goes down, I’m not sure that Fitz actually gives us any better of a chance to win a game. Seriously – if Winston goes down and we need any plays from the QB, between these two, we’re screwed no matter which one is on the field. It’s shocking how bad Fitz is. Taking that into consideration, I’d like us to cut Fitz outright, then have Griffin be the backup as soon as he’s healthy. We’d save $1.75M in cap room by doing so,… Read more »

3 years ago

After watching this team for now over 40 years, including every preseason game, until the 4th quarter, that had to be the worst exhibition of QB play I’ve ever witnessed. First we had the Harvard man showing no signs of the experienced game manager we need him to be. Then we trot out Liufau. I was anxious to see him since I was sitting next to a Colorado alumnus who told me how good he was in college. Until he actually started to throw the ball in the 4th quarter, I thought he must have been watching those old 1960’s… Read more »

3 years ago

Redskins 3rd QB Sudfelds is better than our backup Fitzpatrick. Fitz was a starter just last year. WTF is wrong with him? He’s had all preseason to learn playbook and develop some chemistry with the Bucs. It’s been pathetic 4 games in a row. 1 or 2 bad games you say he will likely be ok. But this? Crazy. If Sefo had any ability at all I’d cut Fitz. Guess we are stuck with him just pray his number isn’t called. The O line is going to be what Im watching on offense all year. Jameis and all our talent… Read more »

3 years ago

The article should read…. Bucs vs Redskins Most Disappointing The Game Itself Thud. With more and more fans clamoring for less preseason play, the new NFL roster rule added fuel to the fire on this hot topic. The Bucs forth preseason game, and perhaps the rest of the league, was nothing more than an unexciting college game. Most starters did not dress as players who are trying to make the team showcased their talents in one last attempt to make the team, any team. The new NFL roster cut down rule allowed teams to protect most anyone of importance and… Read more »

3 years ago

But the bucs shouldnt sign kapernick….yea right. Fitzpatrick is horrible and has always been horrible. What did the bucs and fans expect? Did you think just because he put on a buc uniform that he was going to become this good qb all of a sudden? Yea but kapernick kneeled …….lol

3 years ago

It looks like PR is not going to do a most impressive list and maybe that’s because there wasn’t one. So I need to give a mention for a long shot player that surprised and impressed me with his defensive play. Medhi Abdesmad, the Tunisian Canadian from Montreal by way of Boston College looked pretty good. He has a good motor and natural pass rush ability. Now I know he was playing against future UPS deliverymen, but after only 4 days with the Bucs, he played well. He may have earned himself a spot on the practice squad. We could… Read more »