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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.

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Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

Cichy missed some tackles out there but other than that he had a solid night.

fanofdabucs
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

Yep. While Cincy did make some splash plays, he missed a few open field tackles.

O’connor really impressed with his bullrush and was consistently in the backfield.

surferdudes
2 years ago

I would take Johnson, or Lodge over Scotty Miller. Hope to never hear his name again, he sucks!

fanofdabucs
Reply to  surferdudes
2 years ago

“Sucks” is kinda a ridiculous statement for a player who has seen a handful of snaps in two scrimmages.

Funny how QBs, from major programs who are drafted high in the draft, are giving time to develop.

Draft a kid from a small school in the late rounds and after two scrimmages…”dude sucks”.

Laughable

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

I think Arians has confirmed Cichy has made the team.

The WR position is in flux as the only three that are guaranteed right now to make the team are Evans, Perriman and Godwin. Next 48 hours is going to show a lot what the Bucs staff thinks of the other WR’s.

Bruce Anderson definitely is a PS candidate but how long will he last there?

macabee
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

In his post game press conference, Bruce Arians says Jack Cichy “is going to be a good linebacker for us and a good special-teams player for us.” Cichy is a Buc!

seat26
2 years ago

Anderson and Wilson looked really good.

scubog
2 years ago

Once again, the team won a game that in recent seasons would have surely been a loss. I find it encouraging that the in-game management has been able to close out the game with a victory. Even in Pittsburgh, only the failed two-point conversion attempt prevented at least a tie. I’m impressed with the aggressiveness of the “new and improved” Defense. Gotta be impressed with the calm, “I got this” demeanor of Matt Gay. I’m glad Bruce Anderson got a chance to run the ball. I was excited about him when he was signed as a free agent, but a… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

A game that was very important for a couple players on bubble, should make Arians job of who to cut a little harder. Lots of good football players will be getting cut this week.
I hope Bruce has full control on who to keep, and management stays away.

aStrayPirate
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

A positive comment with decent grammar, spelling, and punctuation? Someone woke up on the right side of the bed! Nice work.

Captain Sly
2 years ago

Scubog, I agree with you about Anderson. He put some good film out there this game and I’m afraid if we try and hide him on the practice squad another team will get him now. I know BA likes Ellington but I have never seen him go for 70 yds on 20 carries. That’s Bell Cow stuff right there and I would like to see more of that.

fanofdabucs
2 years ago

Anderson was very impressive. Albeit this was against scrubs, that doesn’t change him showcasing his burst, balance, strength and vision.

fredster
2 years ago

Anderson did look good and Ellington hasn’t, at least to me. He seems slow and little burst. Was hoping somebody would emerge as kick/punt returner and dazzle. Wilson just looks ok doing either. Thank god Gay didn’t miss. I was nervous he would have sort last minute melt down. It’s been a clown show for kickers here it’s just hard to feel good about one until some time passes I guess. Finally BAB quit BABling nonsense every post about how you hope Arians if Arians has control or Licht does. They collaborate and experienced coach that’s almost 70 is in… Read more »

drdneast
2 years ago

Astraypirate, it’s not that he woke up on the right side of the bed, he just hasn’t started hitting the bottle or cans yet.

Makski13
2 years ago

How is one catch for 12 yards and 2 returns for 32 yards impressive?? I didn’t see the game yet, was busy last night, but can’t wait to see the replay! I like Bobo but those are NOT good numbers! That is only 16 YARDS per kickoff return, you get 25 if you down it. Was hoping to see Dare do a couple of returns this preseason after all if the hype. Guess they knew what they had and wanted to give others a chance, I like that a lot. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Date be the kickoff guy… Read more »

Dman
2 years ago

I actually love these games just to watch the young guys develop and show their stuff. Anderson really impressed me with his vision. Wish all these guys best of luck.

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