Second-year running back Earnest Graham finally got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a much-needed touchdown in the third quarter when he took a handoff from quarterback Chris Simms and started right before cutting all the way back to the left, following a block by wide receiver J.R. Russell into the end zone on a 19-yard score. Graham finished the game leading all rushers with 60 yards on 14 carries, which earned him MVP honors.

Graham, whose performance tonight all but assured him of a roster spot, leads the Bucs this preseason with 142 rushing yards on 31 carries (4.5 avg.) and a total of three touchdowns, including a receiving score. It’s worth noting that out of the four touchdowns Tampa Bay has scored this preseason, Graham has scored three of them. Graham showed good power, vision, patience and speed in the Bucs’ fourth preseason game.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at:
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