In a game that was slow for the first three and a half quarters both offenses came alive down the stretch. The Dolphins took the lead with 36 seconds remaining after successfully  completing a two-point conversion to make it 14-13. Ryan Griffin got the ball back with less than a minute left, driving the Bucs down the field with two connections to Tanner Hudson to set up Matt Gay to hit the game winning 48-yard field goal with six seconds left, giving the Bucs the 16-14 victory.

While the ending was exciting, the Bucs offense in particular was sloppy for most of Friday night. Here were the most disappointing players from the Bucs and Dolphins game.

RB Andre Ellington
Ellington is not doing himself any favors as he fights to cling on to third on the depth chart position behind Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones. Ellington had the first turnover of the game when he fumbled after making a three-yard reception on third down, with the Dolphins recovering on the Bucs’ 37. Tampa Bay’s defense bailed out Ellington by stopping them on fourth down, but Ellington’s mistake could have put the Bucs behind eight ball early with momentum on their opponents side. He also didn’t do much with his other opportunities, having just 15 rushing yards on six carries and 14 receiving yards as Ogunbowale continues to solidify his role as the third back.

RT Cole Boozer
The entire offensive line did not do a good job pass blocking on Friday night, and Boozer was one of the main culprits. Boozer gave up two sacks early in the first half while also letting another pass rusher go by and hit Blaine Gabbert hard for an incomplete pass. This is the second straight week that Boozer looked to be in over his head as he protected the quarterback’s blind side. Boozer wasn’t the only lineman that did a poor job blocking, but his mistakes directly impacted the game and the offense’s inability to mover there ball.

QB Blaine Gabbert
Gabbert took a ton of hits in the game, so credit him for getting back up each time. But even with that caveat, Gabbert didn’t play well  His throws were off from the first drive, including one where he under threw Justin Watson and another behind a wide open Bobo Wilson on the next play.  The Bucs had a tough time moving the ball anywhere with Gabbert at the helm. Gabbert finished the night 5-of-12 passes for 42 yards.

WR Justin Watson
The second-year wide receiver had a tough drop early on in the game with a chance to move the chains. It was a little low but definitely a ball that was catchable. Watson didn’t have any receptions in the first half, and when a stagnant Bucs offense finally got the ball moving in the third quarter,  Watson was called for crack back block that stalled their drive and forced them to punt. Watson had only two catches in the game, and also dropped a critical pass near the end zone. Miami ended up being called for pass interference(after a challenge review), but Watson should have came up with it anyway.

CB Ryan Smith
On a night where both defenses were pretty strong, the Dolphins continued to attack towards Smith’s way and had some success doing it. He surrendered a handful of receptions in front of him that allowed the offense move the ball for first downs.

 

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34 COMMENTS

  1. I appreciate the comment “both defenses were pretty strong” but have to ask Really? It was a horrible game by both offenses. The first-team offense was embarrassingly bad. The rest of the game was so pathetically bad that I think to say both defenses were strong is a stretch. My opinion is that the Bucs’ season is going to be long and filled with injuries and multiple losses. If they win 4 or 5 games that will be considered success. smh

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    • First team offense was really bad? One drive and That’s what you come away with? You realize these two teams have been scrimmaging against each other for three days? Everything looked vanilla and safe. That’s what you do with starters in the preseason. I’ll take your bet of the over on five wins any day you want. They should have three just to start the season with the 49ers, Carolina, and NY. Some of your are so pessimistic it’s laughable

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      • Obviously you have not watched or been a longtime fan of our Bucs. With our overall record. Living in the..Den Of Buc Depression is normal.

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        • @twspin I’ve been a Bucs fan for almost 30 years so yes, I do know all about this team and their history. But any fan whose been with this team as long as most of us, should see the bright spots that are taking place with good coaching and a new scheme. So instead of crying like a little child, maybe we should wait until the season has started to throw the gloom and doom quotes out there.

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          • Gloom and doom? All I see is a much improved secondary. I do not see the improved D line..at least not in the first 5 or 6 games. Every good team has a..good QB, A good receiver, one good DE, a good Middle LB. and one good RB. I only see 2 out of the 5. I have nothing against Buc fans being Cheerleaders. But I’m not cheering one iota until I see more WINS. Been let down so many seasons by this team..I play Pink Floyds, Comfortably Numb after every game!Every yr its been the SOB’s (same ole Bucs) I am cautiously optimistic.Coaches do not play. I’m on our side, I’m just not wavin..the Pom-Poms until I see Victories.

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          • You obviously don’t pay for season tkts..If your $$ went to watch the worst team in Football you might have a different attitude

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        • since 1980…is that long enough for you? probably longer than you’ve been on the earth

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          • 30 years would be 1988 slick. I’m 41 years old, so yes, I was here on earth at that tone.

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        • 1976 for me so yes I know every up and down there’s ever been. I still get amped up for the season and force myself to smell the Rose’s only to be let down and dreaming of draft picks by late October. Once again into the breach my friends lol.

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          • Me too 76

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    • You people are so funny. Those of us who live in Realville see a team staggering into the season riddled by injuries. They will hold onto 4th place in the NFC South. That I am sure of. Major writers have said the same thing. Living in denial can be a healthy thing to prevent one for from facing ultimate truth, but seriously to attack is pretty petty and immature. See the Bucs for what they are…a team that is subpar, a third-tier team that is simply a money maker for the owners…nothing more.

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  2. Especially early on, our secondary was fairly suspect. The dolphins had a number of open receivers drop passes. I chalk up the touchdown pass for the dolphins to a young secondary and new players, but early on we had a number of blown assignments. It was a cause of concern for me

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  3. You can look at this as the glass half empty or full. That is your choice. All I saw is five of six quarterbacks ineffective on both sides of the ball. You can say the Dolphin receivers dropped their good passes, and the Bucs just had bad passes but that is not what happened. Rosen and Fitzpatrick were running when they were in there, and the third string QB was running most of the game as well. The Bucs had four sacks which is a solid showing by the defense as they averaged just over 2 per game last year. If they can do that regularly come the regular season they will actually have some pressure on opposing QBs in the pass happy NFC South.

    Griffin yet again is making a case for himself with his solid play. He clearly outplayed the two QBs before him albeit against not the starting Miami defense. His play at the end of the game was spot on and he made plays in a very limited 30 seconds to move them about 40 yards for a long field goal. His QBR of nearly 120 for the second week in a row has gotten Bruce Arians attention, who has been a Gabbert fan up to now. The way Gabbert played, I think Griffin is gaining ground on him.

    The kicking game may finally be resolved. Gay made a clutch 48 yard field goal with less than 10 seconds left in the game. He did not crack under pressure. That in itself is a positive. Carlos Santos made his chip shot like he always does, but if Gay keeps making all (or nearly all ) his kicks this preseason I think the job is his to lose.

    I think a realistic goal if the team can get its act together is 8 wins. If they don’t it is going to be a tough season to watch as it will mean they will most likely be looking at more big changes in the off season – and none of us know how far that will go. There could be a housecleaning in Tampa if things go south.

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    • I mentioned this on another article, but it seemed to me that Griffin was just as mediocre as the others through a similar amount of playing time as Winston and Gabbert had. He loaded up in the closing minutes of the game when it was a free for all with a bunch of wet, muddy, and tired third and fourth stringers trying to make it to the end of the match. Similar situation for the Dolphins. Rosen and especially Fitzpatrick looked awful through the first half of the game, then Rudock came in and got the team rolling offensively. Fitz had much worse numbers than Gabbert at around the same stage of the game, and he’s starting the next game for Miami and likely the season opener. Gabs performance was nothing to write home about, but hardly affects the depth chart.

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      • If I remember correctly, Griffin’s first position in the first half he drove them down a field for a field goal. The previous possession Gabbert… turned the ball over.

        If you are stating that Gabbert played nearly as well as Griffin that is a hard thing to prove. I am not saying Griffin should start, I am saying he should be given a fair shake to be the #2 QB if this continues through the preseaon. Gabbert has shown next to nothing in two games so far.

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  4. Benenoch was bad as well. Boozer and Benenoch can’t be the backup OT’s heading into the season.

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  5. I’m not asking for much guys. 8-8 from what I see on this roster and I will be elated. Until all players are healthy, this D line is suspect. And sometimes..Mr Helter Skelter(jameis) scares the hell out of me. We shall see. I luv this NFl. You can’t fake anything. You are what your record says you are. How beautiful. 2 more worthless preseason games and real football starts.

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  6. You were right Alldaway. Benenoch was terrible too and he and Boozer should be cut now and Poehls and Ruble played well as backup OTs and should play there the Final Preseason Game. Holcomb and Watford can play OT and OG and should make the team along with Uhatfe and Poehls and Ruble should be on the Practice Squad with Trewyn. Watford can play Center too.

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  7. It was a typical game 2 preseason experiment and anyone that knows anything about preseason could tell. 1) doesn’t matter who wins or loses. Bill Belicheck. 2) BA saved his starters for game 3 tune-up. 3) focus on specific players, position groups, and very vanilla scheme. 4) Starters got a lot of work with Miami during the week. 5) Maybe a hand full of players worth watching. Hudson looked good but only 2 of his receptions against back-ups looked great. 6) Don’t get excited over rookies (where was Schnell last night?) 7) BA got a chance to yell at the Refs. Food practice for regular season. Finally I think we saw about everything we were suppose to see (as was drawn up on Friday morning) only thing that upset me was many fans paid to see it. One high note, there is a good chance we have a kicker.

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    • Substitute good for food. PS, ask yourself why Ryan Griffin has never played a live down in a real game……..

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  8. Benenoch, Boozer… good lord…..

    Need to fix O line, newly minted, contract extended GM. But wait, let’s go get a few more WR’s and DB’s…. All hat, no cattle…..

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  9. Criticize me all you want, but there is someone far closer to the team who showed his disgust on the first play of the game on offense…you recall #3 missed Evans high on a short pass. Who showed disgust? Evans. He shook his head and rolled his eyes as if to say, “Here we go again. Same crap Oline that can’t give the QB time.” So, experts I have my opinion and mine is closer to reality than your Madden football.

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    • I can respect your opinion until you start predicting injuries….respect stops there.

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      • It’s the same every year…starters play a few the key players are injured and that’s it. Team has no depth. Been that way for years.

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  10. Is it just me or does #29 seem to always be around when something bad happens? I’m really beginning to think that it’s time for a change of scenery for #29… I’m just saying

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  11. Every player on this list should be cut

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  12. I said it after the first preseason game and I will say it again this week…Ryan Griffin is looking like the better choice for backup QB to Winston. Blaine Gabbert may have the game experience in the NFL, but Griffin is playing head and shoulders above him. I would love to see what Griffin could do with the first string around him for a few plays.

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    • Gabbert played 24 snaps and the team scored 3 points while he was in. Griffin played 24 snaps until the team scored 3 points while he was in. The only difference was that Griffin was playing late in the game when all the discipline broke down and both teams were marching up and down the field. Plus Gabbert had to deal with a bad fumble by Ellington and drops from Wilson and Watson. Don’t know if that was because the rain was heavier earlier in the game, but Fitzpatrick was terrible over the same stretch for the Dolphins. The third string QBs were the only ones to put the ball in the end zone.

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  13. Am I the only one that saw Donovan Smith get man-handled on the Winston sack? I know the free defender came from the right hand side, but Winston was able to avoid him. If Smith would have just held his block for a second, Winston would have gotten free. But no. Smith was shoved back into Winston so fast that Smith’s defender made the sack. It was horrendous! I pray this will not be a continual thing heading into the season.

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  14. Not sure about the rest of those goobers, because we are basically plug and play, with no change from mediocre player to mediocre player, but for sure.. I have seen enough of Blaine Gabbert, and I am WAY past seen enough with Smith. Another bust who should have been cut last year.

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  15. Nybucguy… If they cut everyone on this team that deserved to be cut, there would only be 15 players left. Lol they stink. And the man who orchestrated the roster gets an extension instead of the well deserved pink slip. Unreal.

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  16. It’s just so hysterical how folks treat these scrimmages the same as a real game. That’s why I tend to focus on individual players and less on the game itself. No game plans, a handful of plays, experimentation, situational tests and most importantly, players injected into the lineup for evaluation purposes.

    I don’t get excited or dejected by anything that happens in preseason game # 1, # 2 or # 4 and even # 3. Otherwise I’d be wearing a Randy “Why Not Minot” Hedberg jersey.

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    • omg… those were the days .. I wish you did have that jersey !!

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  17. Clueless if you put Ryan Smith on this list

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