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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Ken Grant

    Am not panicking but am definitely concerned. I’ve seen countless of mentions of how deep this team is but when things look like they did tonight everyone points to the absences of key players. If we are so deep then not having Demar Dotson should not result in the line completely falling apart. The pass rush shouldn’t completely evaporate the moment Gerald isn’t out there. We should be able to get the ball to our two well above average tight ends when Evans and D-Jax are not available.

    The excuses are not helping anyone. The guys failing on the field tonight will be counted on in major rolls throughout the season when people inevitable get banged up. Are we a Dotson or McCoy or Grimes injury away from disaster? Does all of this potential and expectation go to waste because we can’t hold the fort without a couple key guys? I don’t think anyone should feel confident in answering those questions right now.

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      pinkstob

      I agree with the majority of what you said, especially the excuses. It’s like we’ve already built an empire based on them.

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      Ron Gibson

      I’m a little worried but is true they were not deep in the playbook on either side of the ball. I guarantee you the plays and schemes will look a lot different in regular season. Having said that what you saw was basic “go out there and hit the big ugly guy”, still the running game should have looked better because hitting the guy in front of you is the basic run strategy. Its looked like we never had a clean hole to hit all preseason.

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    macabee

    No more than usual. You fergit! I’m a Buc fan since ’76. I would like to see a red zone TD now and agin. But I’m really not that concerned when the boys in the band are all assembled and playing for the marbles. Go Bucs!

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    mattym3

    Let’s put it this way: Are the players happy with how they played? Nope. Neither am I.

    Are the coaches happy with how they played? Nope. Neither am I.

    Is the team doomed to fail? Nope. They may, they may not. Who knows? All we know is that we’re a few key injuries away from being even with the Browns. Healthy? Who knows?

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    scubog

    I’m not concerned one bit. I’ve been watching these practice games (?) long enough to know they don’t mean much. In this one the Browns seemed more intent on winning than did our Pewter Pirates. It was reminiscent of the Bucs early/lean years when the upstart Bucs put more emphasis on winning exhibition games knowing there was little chance for victory once the season started.

    My # 1 concern was escaping the preseason without major injuries. Check

    My # 2 concern was obtaining a reliable kicker. Check

    My # 3 concern was Marpet having a smooth transition to center. Check

    However, even with those three main goals being achieved, I have a couple of things that are unsettling.

    # 1) After watching Fitzpatrick look like a guy just going through the motions trying to extend his mediocre career, I sure hope Ryan Griffin gets healthy soon.

    # 2) The group of back-up offensive linemen doesn’t seem to include any legitimate developmental guys ready to rise up the ranks. I see Licht seeking some candidates to upgrade following cut day.

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      Ken Grant

      I am not abdicating all out panic but if you are not at least concerned with the lack of pass rush, the poor red zone efficiency, or the poor pass protection then I think you are putting your head in the sand.

      Its fine to completely dismiss preseason play when you’re a perennial playoff team. When you are long on hope and expectation but short on accomplishment like we are you should at least be apprehensive about what we have seen thus far. There is no previous track record of righting the ship. Of turning it on when the cameras are rolling. I assure you there is far more concern and urgency inside OBP and there should be for us as well.

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        Naplesfan

        The point is that preaseason games are absolutely, completely meaningless, as far as proving how good or not a team is. They are only tests of individual players in what are basically paid scrimmages put on for the financial benefit of the league (the league charges as much for a scrimmage as they do for a real game) and the coaches and GMs for deciding who’s the best 53, and who belongs on practice squad, and who doesn’t belong at all.

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      Ron Gibson

      With Greg Williams being notorious for his bounties, it occurred to me that was one reason so many players were held out.

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    pinkstob

    Yes, because we normally have lackluster preseasons and when we do we go on miss the playoffs.

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    Horse

    Said it all. My biggest concern right now is for me it is clear we have no backup quarterback. Look at Fitzpatrick or Griffin as any kind of solution as for a backup I’m willing to grab someone off waivers after next week and bring him on board. Fitzpatrick and Griffin have not shown me anything.

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    surferdudes

    They played like they wanted it more, but we did look ill prepared. Kizer made some good throws with great catches on the other end, but he had all day to throw. We on the other hand were under siege. To many blown assignments, to many clean hits on our Q.B.’s. Let’s remember why Griffin is hurt, we didn’t protect well enough. Our lack of pressure by our front four is alarming. Those Rice comparisons to Spence seem foolish. The young man has not flashed. Yes I’m concerned.

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      Ken Grant

      “They played like they wanted it more” is the dumbest fan-speak cliche known to man. No one doesn’t want to win. Boot traps talk is for morons.

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      Naplesfan

      Or maybe the Browns played their starters a lot more than we did (8 of our starters were completely held out of the game) because the Browns were a much worse team last year and virtually everybody still on the roster from last year is still on the bubble?

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    Alldaway 2.0

    I am concerned about the lack of pass rush and the depth at OT/DL.

    As for Fitz…he looks like he doesn’t even want to be out there and is playing sandlot football lol.

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    EastEndBoy

    Not concerned about:
    – points scored…it’s all vanilla offense, testing things out in preseason
    – losing to the Browns…terrible, terrible team but whatever

    Very concerned about:
    – individuals getting embarrassed in one on one situations…Donovan Smith
    – lack of depth on a team that regularly is near the top of the league in game-time missed due to injury
    – lack of running game…leading to more passing and in turn more pressure on Donovan Smith…yikes.

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    Naplesfan

    I’m not the least bit concerned about preseason.

    I am always concerned about the regular season.

    ‘Nuff said.

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    drdneast

    I don’t think lackluster is the right word to be used in regards to the Bucs preseason.
    They haven’t lacked for effort or at least 99 percent of the team hasn’t.
    Disjointed might be the better description.
    Especially after last night when 9 starters virtually sat on the bench.
    Three of them were the teams top playmakers.
    Three of the four on defense were are best defensive players.
    Lackluster no, disjointed yes.
    Have to agree with you Scubog.
    As for the alarmists about Donovan Smith, I guess the same people who used to throw darts at Chris Conte have moved their target to Smith since so many of the things they used to say about him were untrue or idiotic.
    To hear these people cry, you would think Winston was getting slammed to the ground on every play..
    But I remember distinctly Winston bragging about how clean he was after his stint against the Bengals.
    Don’t remember the Jags bothering him that much in the previous game.
    And when Winston was sacked last night the pressure came from up the gut, not from the left flank.
    One of those times Martin completely whiffed on a block that led to the sack.
    So who to blame, Donovan Smith. makes sense to me.
    As for the DL, the Jags threw so many short passes because of the rush their offense was virtually nonexistent in the first half.
    And for those who are unaware of this, and Scott Reynolds should be if I know since Barber told me during the broadcast, the Browns completely revamped their Oline during the offseason and they now have the highest paid OL in the league.
    Lackluster? Not really.

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      EastEndBoy

      https://twitter.com/PFF_Steve/status/901615512106434561

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    drdneast

    BTW, Deshawn Kizer was 6-18 for 93 yards last night with 1 INT.
    He didn’t exactly light up the defense last night.
    The Bucs played like any team without 9 starters on the field last night.
    Even the Patriots.

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    BrianDorry55

    No, I’m not concerned. The Browns have a ton of talent on their offensive line. I would have loved to see my boy Noah abuse Joe Thomas, but nobody abuses Joe Thomas. Overall, I’m not concerned about the pass rush looking a little stale with no Gerald McCoy…because that’s pretty much expected. Gerald has been a one-man wrecking crew when he’s played this preseason.

    On offense…it’s kind of a weird coincidence that the starters have not scored a touchdown because Jameis has looked pretty damn fantastic. He is throwing with so much more precision than he has in the past. His completion percentage could jump 5 points this year…and we’ve barely seen them with the whole arsenal playing. I’m excited…and when Doug returns in Week 4, look out.

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