It was a gloomy, raining night in Tampa as the Dolphins took to Raymond James to face the Buccaneers in the second week of the preseason. With a final score of 16-14 in favor of the Bucs, the game was sloppy, often stagnant from an offensive perspective, saw both teams combine nearly 200 penalty yards and ended with no touchdowns being scored until there was 3:35 remaining in the game.

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Pewter Player of the Game
K Matt Gay
Barring a compete meltdown over the last two preseason games, Matt Gay will start the season as the Bucs kicker. Gay nailed a 48-yarder with nine seconds left to cap off a come-from-behind win over the Dolphins on Friday night and also converted a 32-yarder in the first half and his only extra point attempt on the night.

TE Tanner Hudson
For the second consecutive week Hudson has found his way back onto our Most Impressive list. While he struggles as a blocker, the young tight end plays well on special teams and has hands made of glue. Hudson led all receivers with six catches for 93 yards a fourth quarter touchdown. Hudson had a clutch late-game reception that got the Buccaneers into field goal range to win the game on Tampa Bay’s last drive.

QB Ryan Griffin
Again this week Griffin entered the game under a not so ideal situation, and made the most of things. Griffin ended the night 14-of-21 for 203 yards (113.4 QB rating) while also leading the Bucs to a late-game win. Gabbert’s familiarity with Arians system made him the front runner coming into training camp, but Griffin’s play through the first two games of the preseason are making things interesting.

ILB Kevin Minter
Minter was a man on a mission Friday, impacting the game in every way he possibly could. He got over two quarters of play and in that time he racked up three total tackles, two solo and a pass defended but his impact was felt much larger than the stat sheet would show.

Early in the second quarter Minter flew through the A-gap and blew up the Myles Gaskin run for a big tackle that went for a five-yard loss, but the play was wiped out on a holding penalty in the secondary. Later on in the drive, inside Tampa Bay territory, Josh Rosen completed a pass to Mike Gesicki where Minter made a solid open field tackle to save a first down. Later in the second quarter he also played a part in a Devante Bond sack, getting there with Bond to multiply the pressure.

OLB Demone Harris
Last week it was Noah Spence jumping off of the screen as an edge rusher and this week it was Demone Harris’ chance. Harris started off strong with a tackle for loss on his first drive in the game and later added a big sack of Rosen on third down to force a Dolphins punt. Harris finished the game with three total tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

In addition to the plays that showed up, Harris was a constant force to be reckoned with off the edge for the Bucs tonight and made life on Rosen and Fitzpatrick tough as they tried to get comfortable.

RB Dare Ogunbowale
It was a solid game for Ogunbowale who had 13 carries for 34 yards and added three receptions for 54 yards, including a 42-yard catch and run down inside the Dolphins 10-yard line in the fourth quarter. In the third quarter he also had a huge catch out of the backfield as well, but the play was called back on one of the many Tampa Bay penalties on the night, otherwise the big night for Ogunbowale would have been a huge.

Ogunbowale has been repeatedly mentioned on PewterReport throughout training camp as he battles with Andre Ellington for the third running back spot behind Peyton Barber and former second-round pick Ronald Jones. He also led the team in rushing yards the first preseason game and if performances like this, behind a less-than-stellar backup offensive line, he’s only helping his own case.

OLB Shaq Barrett
Shaq Barrett also made his presence known off of the edge on Friday night. He got less time to perform than Harris but still ended up with two total tackles,  a sack and a tackle for loss.

In addition to his lone sack, he forced multiple pressures and almost had a sack on the very next play but got wheeled around Rosen who was forced to step up and into defensive tackle Pat O’Connor for a sack of his own.

Barrett enters the 2019 season on a one-year deal after being stuck behind stellar talent off of the edge in Denver for four years. It’s a prove-it year for Barrett on a Bucs team that desperately needs depth after losing Jason Pierre-Paul.

CB Jamel Dean
Dean started the game slow, but caught up to speed in a big way.

By the end of his stint in the game Dean improved in coverage, had a big pass breakup down the left sideline to save a touchdown. Dean finished the game with two total tackles and, despite dropping possibly the easiest interception opportunity he’ll ever see, made up for it with an interception in the end zone late.

Dean was one of three consecutive defensive backs drafted for the Bucs in 2019 and enters the season with pressure on his shoulders as the team looks to turn the tide from a porous secondary that’s plagued Tampa Bay for several years. Missing the Bucs’ first preseason game due to a hip flexor injury, Friday night was his first taste of NFL action and he didn’t disappoint.

 

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  1. Keep Dare but Ellington gotta go!

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  2. Harris also had 3 penalties so I am hesitant to put him up there.

    But other than that I agree with the list. Honorable mentions to Bond and Hugeunin.

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  3. Hudson has not only made the roster, he looks at to get playing time. Gay sure looks like a great draft pick after the swing and miss on Aguayo.

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  4. Dean looked impressive. Gay is a stud. Ogunbowale should be starting.

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    • Seat, you really think avg less than 3 ypc is starting material? He is a good 3rd down back who can catch and run but no way did his rushing impress me. If it wasn’t for his long 42 yd catch and run against the 3rd stringers in the 3rd quarter he would’ve hace avg 3 yards per touch. He only had 2 other catches for 8 yards. I don’t feel he is starting material.

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  5. Don’t overlook guys like “Nacho” Nunez-Roches. We are going to need DL people when our starters go down or when we have some rotation to keep our starters a bit fresher in the 4th in certain games.

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    Go Bucs!!!

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  6. Griffin should be backup to Jameis. He’s been completing passes all over the place for years in the only opportunities he’s been given. Gabbert has shown nothing and has only been bad so far in the league.

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    • Agree completely based on what we’ve seen in the preseason(s). Unless there’s some weakness in his game we’re not seeing, he’s earned – again, the backup role.

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      • Griffin’s numbers were about the same as Gabbert’s through the same amount of playing time. He only piled on the stats late in the game when it turned into a schoolyard pickup match. Third string QBs for both teams looked better than the first two on the depth chart. Fitzpatrick’s numbers were even worse than Gabbert.s. But I don’t think anyone in Miami is talking about Ruddock jumping Fitz for the backup job. Blaine had no help, poor protection, two drops, and the Ellington fumble. They even deducted the yards lost on that fumble from his passing yardage for some strange reason. He started off with a 5 yard pass, and after the completion/fumble he was listed at -2 yards passing. Strange.

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  7. I think you are overlooking John Battle number 32. I don’t know if he can make the team, but he made two really nice pass break ups in the fourth quarter and on one cut back run for the dolphins he was the only one there to stop it, kept great position Enforce the running back inside to prevent what could have been a huge run. I hope the Pewter staff will mention him or talk about him a little bit even though I only saw him play in the fourth quarter

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  8. With that Game winning kick, along with the field-goal last week, I think you are right that Gay is in the lead for the kicking spot. What’s nice about this is that Santos has actually kicked well too

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  9. While TE Tanner Hudson did play well in the pass catching game, he missed multiple blocks. Bruce Arians called him out on that in the press conference when he was asked about his play. He mentioned that he needs to make that as good as his pass catching.

    When you have a solid OJ Howard and effective and relatively cheap and undrafted Cameron Brate of Harvard who is also effective out of the backfield and both can catch the ball well, it is particularly hard to make the team if you cannot block. Not sure if the Bucs would carry three tight ends who can pass catch but not block all that well. So I hope Hudson improves his blocking in the last two games because if he does not, he is a long shot to make this team as I think Arians is looking for a TE who can actually block at this point as he has two already who can catch the ball.

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    • Excellent point

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  10. Arains last year in AZ he got to his third string QB due to injuries. The way Griffin has been playing I think the Bucs should keep 3 QB’s this year.

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  11. Don’t forget that BA told them if you make penalties you will not make the team. So he needs to keep his word and cut Demone Harris as an example to the rest. Three penalties in one game is inexcusable. Bond showed in limited time he is a capable sacker like Barret. And David Kenney finally got on the field and was very impressive putting pressures on the QB and will be a better sacker than Harris so Harris should not make the team. I agree our Third String QB should be promoted to Second String QB and if we get a good lead on a team he should go in and get reps with the first string! He is good enough to be a starter in this league and can get us to the playoffs even if Jameis gets hurt or gets sloppy throwing interceptions. He is accurate on deep throws. I agree with the other four players you picked besides Harris and Dean should be starting with Hargreaves at CB because with his extreme speed and long arms and good height he will be a shut down corner to cover the top WR every week.

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  12. Griffin has looked good but it’s against the scrubs so I’d pump the brakes on keeping 3 QBs and especially saying he should be 2 over Gabbert. Hard to evaluate when he’s playing against 3rd and 4ths.

    That mustache on Bond looks fake and funny. Lol. Some nice surprises though with him and Barrett etc.

    Go Bucs!

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    • I agree. Gabbert is the same age as Griffin, but he’s bigger, stronger, faster, smarter, better arm, and a ton more playing experience. The players are being slotted based on their whole career from the time they signed in college, not a quarter of playing time on a soggy field in pre-season. Fitzpatrick had much poorer stats than Blaine, and the Dolphins third stringer scored most of their points, but I don’t think Fitz is going to be sitting in the stands in September.

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      • 1. I would agree with your general idea if it weren’t for the fact that Griffin has been doing this consistently over several years with the Bucs only getting his chance during preseason. Also while he’s playing against third and fourth stringers he’s also playing WITH offensively third and fourth stringers too so doesn’t that kind of even out?

        2. I say he should take over the back up role over specifically Gabbert in this case because Gabbert hasn’t shown anything at anytime in the league. Why not give a guy a chance who has done nothing but produce with the chances he’s been given? Sorry but I don’t see him doing any worse than Gabbert..at a minimum.

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  13. I don’t want to speak it and thus jinx it…but could it be that the Bucs finally have a kicker?!?!?!

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  14. I was impressed with the fans who attended in spite of the weather.

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