The Bucs ended their preseason with a 3-1 record after another strong performance from the defense. With some turnovers and timely downfield plays by the offense, the Bucs defeated the Cowboys by a final score of 17-15.
Here were the most disappointing from the game.
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
It was a tough outing for the rookie that was in contention for the nickel corner positon. Murphy-Bunting was beat on a lot of plays, starting on the first drive. Murphy-Bunting particularly struggled with crossing routes over the middle of the field, where he was beat a number of times, including giving up two first-downs on a third-down play. He was also burned on a play to the end zone that would have resulted in touchdown if not for a poor throw. The rookie corner out of Central Michigan was just behind during the entire game. He’s showed really good flashes in practice, but it hasn’t translated over to games.
WR Justin Watson
In a final dress rehearsal to help himself make the team, Watson ended up with a goose egg on receptions. He’s been in a battle with the likes of Bobo Wilson, Scotty Miller, and others to make the roster, and Watson didn’t do much in the game while his counterparts at least saw the ball. The one play he made was a tackle after an interception. Not the play you want to make. Much like Murphy-Bunting, Watson has had some solid practices, but can’t seem to put it together when the game is live.
WR Scotty Miller
He was behind the eight-ball already by missing so much time in camp, and he hasn’t made up much ground over the last two preseason games. This was Miller’s chance to show why he should be on the 53-man roster despite all that missed time, but what he ended up with was two receptions for nine-yards. He was also involved on Ryan Griffin’s second interception of the game where the pass was high, but Miller both couldn’t come down with it, and even worse, he tipped the ball up in the air to make it an easy interception for the Cowboys. The Bucs didn’t use him in the return game either, while Wilson and Spencer Schnell was used over him. Players that were in competition with him such as Wilson and Anthony Johnson both had more receiving yards and bigger plays that had an impact on the final result.