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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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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scubog
scubog
5 years ago

I seem to remember a pre-season game last season in which a multitude of flags were flying on both teams as if this was the officials’ night to make their teaching points. From my perch some of those calls were a bit “ticky-tack.” So much for my hunch about Dominique Brown being our short yardage back and I am still waiting to see Kaelin Clay do something to make the roster.

surferdudes
surferdudes
5 years ago

Warren was a surprise starter, and the fact he’s not on a list is a good thing. He was solid. Smith, and Marpet struggled some, but got through it. Right tackle was a problem,to many penalities but I gotta say that was a flag happy crew. The holding call on Smith was total B.S. he pancaked Atkins. Having extra refs on the field is a bad idea, of course you’re going to get more flags.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

No disappointing players, just rookies or near rookies that didn’t play well. The only disappointing Buc is the coach that keeps putting Gilkey in as a center. Surfer and Scub are right, flag happy refs, but we gave them the opportunity to show off their rag-throwing skills.

Gulfstrings
Gulfstrings
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

Gilkey has GOT to have pictures of someone. Only extortion could keep him on this team. Go Bucs!

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
5 years ago

Mark you wanted to me watch Gilkey closely this week and I did. Maybe he intentionally stinks it up when I watch him but I came away as unimpressed as ever. He may very well be the Maurice Stovall of this team that looks great in camp but not under the bright lights but I still don’t see an NFL caliber player. Cut him already and let’s see how many teams jump to sign him.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  stlbucsfan
5 years ago

Great reference to M. Stovall, that’s spot on. I had forgotten all about him…it took a lot of effort but I had forgotten all about him.

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

The disappointing list was lot shorter than last week so that’s good! Overall I was very happy with the defense. Some players stepping up at DE, safeties played great, CB was solid. McCoy looked explosive. So much for talk from some here how he will struggle being lifter this year. Bunch of non sense. Sapp had some great years when he came in under 300. Offensive line still stinks, but if we can continue to run the ball it will help. Bell and Clay both have stunk so far. Still looking for that great return guy. Still think having first… Read more »

Ronald
Ronald
5 years ago

You could add Koenen to the list.

warren
warren
5 years ago

Great comments. The success of this team will depend on the O-line blocking. BUT, there was little to no blocking by the tight ends when they were asked to do so.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

I liked Kaelin Clay’s resume and highlight reel before the draft. He has 2 games left to show something or he may not make the 53. Right now I have Robert “Zoom” Herron taking the last WR spot.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

There was one additional ref in the game last night which was one reason for the extra flags.
ESPN showed one flag on Donovan Smith and one on Kenny Bell were bad calls.
StlBucsfan, Gilkey is not a center he is a guard although I am sure he is really trying to be so he can make the team. Played center all last night. Would show me more if you actually knew that.
I am rooting for him but it seems like a game isn’t a real game until Gilkey snaps a ball over our QB’s head.

76Buc
76Buc
5 years ago

All the laundry flying around reminded me of a Bucs vs. Seahags game in the late 70’s that set a record. Warren looked good at center. He’s 325 lbs! That beefs up the line.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
5 years ago

drdneast, I’m aware of what position he played and didn’t mention guard so not sure what you misread. In order to make this team he has to be able to play guard AND center since he’s clearly not good enough to beat out a starting guard. Make all the excuses you want but he can’t snap the ball which means he can’t play center and he got dominated on the goal line against 2nd/3rd teamers late in the game and we couldnt punch the ball in from the 1. Gilkey looks more like a bouncer than a guard or center… Read more »

jongruden
jongruden
5 years ago

Rt is a complete mess right now Friegel was getting beat on every play and when they did bring in Cherilus he got bull rushed to the ground by Margus Hunt, Thx to Gilkey he gave me yet another laugh with him hiking the ball over the 6’7 inch qb’s head why oh why do we still play this fool is beyond me. The Center from USf looked nice and i Love his size 6’3 325 he already looks better than EDS. The pass rush was productive and run defense was also nice, Lb’s were all over the field too.… Read more »

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Good analysis PR. No need to pile on Gilkey anymore. There will be other options after the final preseason GAME. Go Bucs!

MarineBuc
MarineBuc
5 years ago

Let’s not forget Tim Wright…he HAS to make that catch that Winston put in his hands on 3rd down!!

Iabucfan
Iabucfan
Reply to  MarineBuc
5 years ago

Totally agree MB. Go Bucs!

plopes808
plopes808
5 years ago

Our TEs were kind of disappointing. While they came down with several key receptions, their blocking was horrible

76Buc
76Buc
Reply to  plopes808
5 years ago

But there holding was done very well.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
5 years ago

Thanks Zach – hard to argue with that list. Going into the game (and all of the offseason really) I have been concerned about OL and DE. I think the DEs performed well – hard to tell how much was GMC and how much was them, but overall the DL was unstoppable. The OL was very concerning to me – not just Gilkey and Edwards but the whole lot really…once the down and distance were obvious passing (and especially once they smelled blood with JW’s ankle) our OL could not hold-up…pass protection was lousy across the board once Dougernaut was… Read more »

owlykat
owlykat
5 years ago

Gilkey needs to be the first cut and it wouldn’t bother me if Edwards was the second. We can find better linemen released from teams that are overloaded. We got a great Safety that way who should be starting now! Our 325 pound USF Center showed he could perform at a starter level in the NFL and he needs to stay there. WarFLOP should be held accountable for pushing incompetent Gilkey on this team as well as all the OL penalties! Clay just isn’t as good as our returner last year either. As for GMC he is yet to have… Read more »