In the final game of the preseason it’s generally accepted that the starters sit while second-, third- and fourth-string players get most of the reps and guys get their final chance to prove why they deserve the remaining spots on the 53-man roster come cutdown day.
Player of the Game: ILB Jack Cichy Cichy had a great final preseason game against the Cowboys, making an impact immediately on the Cowboys’ first offensive play, coming through the A-gap and bringing down Jordan Chunn for no gain. He then recovered a fumble inside the Dallas 10-yard line later in the quarter. In the second quarter he came up the middle, unblocked on a delayed blitz, bringing down White and adding a crucial third-down tackle on Chunn in open space to end the drive two plays later. Cichy finished the game with four total tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
OLB Shaq Barrett Barrett was an unstoppable force from the moment he stepped on the field in Dallas on Thursday night. He showed off a series off pass moves that couldn’t be countered, with a bull rush that led to a strip sack of Mike White inside the Dallas 10-yard line, a spin move that forced an incompletion on the back end of a quarterback hit and got to the quarterback one more time toward the end of the first quarter with Patrick O’Conner and Noah Spence as the pressure created by the Bucs’ defensive line collapsed the pocket.
DT Pat O’Connor O’Connor was another addition to an impressive night for the Bucs’ defensive line. O’Connor had three total tackles, met up with Spence and Barrett at White in the pocket for a sack and added another tackle for loss on the night.
TE Tanner Hudson Hudson added another installment to his list of very solid 2019 preseason performances with another good game against Dallas. Hudson finished the game with just two receptions on five targets for 19 yards, but hauled in his team-best third touchdown of the preseason. Hudson ends the preseason with the team lead in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
WR Bobo Wilson In a wide receiver battle that’s become murky at the bottom of the depth chart following and underwhelming preseason from Justin Watson and two missed games from Scotty Miller, Wilson really helped his cause to land on the 53-man roster with his performance both in the receiving game and on special teams Thursday night. Wilson ended the game with one reception for 12 yards, but also added two kickoff returns for 32 yards and two punt returns for 21 yards.
RB Bruce Anderson Heading into the second half, with most of the main contributors heading to the bench in preparation for the regular season, Anderson was handed the rock. Anderson finished the game with 20 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown while adding one reception for seven yards.