After a brief hiatus, Bucs District is back online! We’re trying something a little new, reviewing each game in a series called “The Filibuster.” Basically I’m just going to dump all my thoughts from the game and you’re just going to sit there and take it (no, really, please stay).
The Bucs’ first preseason game of 2016 was illuminating, particularly for anyone expecting Tampa Bay to make a big leap this year. In fact, the Bucs started the game like they did many other games last season, with a major gaffe.
Kenny Bell probably cost himself the kick returner job with his game-opening fumble. Considering he has yet to record a reception in the NFL, Bell may not have a job period.
In a vintage performance, the defense came out shell-shocked after Bell’s fumble and allowed a quick Philadelphia touchdown. In a twist, the defense didn’t stay that way for the rest of the game. The rage of Robert Ayers is already demonstrating its effect on the rest of the line as it harassed the Eagles’ quarterbacks for most of the first half.
The biggest difference in the defense was a secondary that could actually cover. Philly’s quarterbacks completed only 50% of their passes, thanks in large part to tighter coverage from both the defensive backs and the linebackers.
Jameis Winston was a little uneven. Sure his line of 7 of 9 with one touchdown and fumble lost looks pretty good, but he was playing a little slow, holding the ball a little too long and not placing the ball in great spots. Nothing to panic over, but he’ll want to polish his game before the season the starts.
The wide receivers didn’t help their passers much. The game was rife with drops. Every backup wideout not named Russell Shepard needs to step up his game
And finally, the Aguayo miss. This is what the Bucs get for drafting a kicker in the second round. The real question isn’t whether Aguayo can make every kick; it’s whether he can handle the pressure of the expectations that come with his draft position. If you don’t think that pressure exists, just google his name and see how attention one missed PAT got.