The Buccaneers looked like a far improved team from Week 1, but 14 penalties and an opposing goal line stand would suggest there’s still room for improvement. It’s tough to single players out for what was a collective effort, but a few individuals in particular could’ve limited the amount of flags and stepped up their performance during the second half like Mike Glennon, who was impressive throughout the night.
MOST DISAPPOINTING BUCCANEERS VS. BENGALS Dominique Brown Four carries from the 1-yard line and no touchdown is not a way to earn a roster spot. Sure, the blocking could’ve been a lot better as Garrett Gilkey and Kadeem Edwards were getting pushed behind the line, but if Brown is trying to prove he’s a power back, then he has fight his way into the end zone. The Louisville product carried the ball 10 more times after the failed goal line effort, finishing with 14 attempts for 24 yards. Even in the closing minutes Brown missed an opportunity to cut inside, and instead bounced off tackle for just three yards.
Kadeem Edwards Edwards entered the game in the second quarter and things did not get off to a good start. The second-year guard was responsible for two penalties, a hold and a false start on back-to-back drives. Of course, it’s hard to single a player out for being flagged on a night when the Buccaneers were called for 14, but Edwards struggled blocking as well. During the Bengals goal line stand Edwards could be seen being pulled to the right to set the lead block, but his whiff caused a loss on the play.
Garrett Gilkey Gilkey shared some of the blame with Edwards when it came to letting defensive tackles penetrate the backfield. The third-year pro had his moments in the second half, but a couple missed blocks and another errant snap brought back too many bad memories.
Patrick Murray Maybe it’s because he’s locked-in and comfortable as the starter, but Pat Murray has not been as sharp in the 2015 preseason as he was last time around. While he drilled the most difficult kick of the night, a 53-yarder in the second quarter, he missed from 50 and hooked an extra point wide left. This comes after going 1-for-2 in Minnesota last Saturday, with an uncharacteristic miss from 42. The Buccaneers won’t panic in preseason, but they probably want to see their 83 percent kicker from last season return before September 13.
Kenny Bell There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding rookie wide receiver Kenny Bell. The Nebraska product has made strides in training camp, but it has yet to translate during an actual game. Bell, who was held without a catch Monday, was called for two holds in the third quarter, both of which negated solid runs by Mike James. As far as receptions, it’s hard to find rhythm with rotating quarterbacks and a simplified game plan during preseason, but that doesn’t excuse the penalties. Bell did have an outstanding special teams play in the first half, however, batting the ball back on a punt that the Bucs were able to down inside the five yard line.
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