Bucs vs Titans Halftime Recap: Penalties
Cheap Gerald McCoy Jersey , Deep Balls, and Bad Defense Even though the Bucs left the field at halftime boasting a 20-7 lead, there will be plenty to work on in the second half and through the coming weeks. Tampa Bay was pretty good offensively, but penalties absolutely wreaked havoc on a couple of drives and the Bucs were forced to leave points on the field. One drive in particular gave them a 2nd-and-1 from the 13, but back to back penalties forced a field goal attempt. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a pretty subpar day throwing the ball, but he was effective enough to lead the Bucs to a field goal on one of his two drives. Peyton Barber looked good, with the highlight of his night coming off an 18-yard run off the right side. Mike Evans made a ridiculous catch as always and DeSean Jackson found room on a slant across the middle and on a 54-yard pass from Jameis Winston.Speaking of Winston, he looked great again after a very good performance in Miami last week. He had one incredible/nerve-wracking play where he found Chris Godwin in the end zone after an intense scramble to give the Bucs their first touchdown of the game. He then found rookie Justin Watson on a beautiful 21-yard hookup for the second touchdown that put the Bucs up 20-7.Chandler Catanzaro hit both of his field goals, a 30-yarder and a 44-yarder, along with both of his extra points. Both Charles Sims III and Caleb Benenoch were shaken up at one point, but neither injury seems serious. Ronald Jones II is having another lackluster performance. Here’s to hoping this coaching staff can get him more involved in the second half. The defense doesn’t look so hot tonight. Way too many missed tackles and poor angles - especially on the Taywan Taylor touchdown have put the unit in multiple situations where they are at a disadvantage. Some quick numbers:Winston went 13/18 for 226 yards with two touchdowns in the second quarter.The Bucs recorded 15 first downs and went 6/10 on third down in the first half.Seven penalties were committed by Tampa Bay for 45 yards compared to the Titans’ three.DeSean Jackson had two catches for 73 yards.The Bucs gained 302 net yards to the Titans’ 139.Bucs vs. Dolphins 2018 preseason: Rookie recap The Buccaneers finally got their preseason going on Thursday night, starting the August exhibition schedule with a 26-24 road win over the Miami Dolphins. There was a lot to look for in the game Buccaneers Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , but perhaps nothing was more intriguing than how Tampa Bay’s rookies would respond to their first NFL action.Overall, the group performed well. It’s never smart to read too heavily into the preseason opener, but the Bucs had to like what they saw from most of their first-year professionals. As we’ll do every week, let’s go ahead and break down what we saw out of the rookie class.CBs Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart, S Jordan WhiteheadWith first round pick Vita Vea sidelined due to a calf strain, a lot of the pregame focus was on second round running back Ronald Jones II. But over on the defensive side of the ball, a trio of rookies in the secondary took over the spotlight in their NFL preseason debuts. Carlton Davis, a second-rounder out of Auburn, made an early impression by picking up a couple of tackles in the first quarter. By the time his night was over, he had five tackles (tied for second on the team) and two pass breakups. One of those was a beauty that came midway through the second quarter: M.J. Stewart, the Bucs’ other second-round corner out of North Carolina, had himself a solid night as well. He didn’t have any eye-catching highlights Cheap Mike Evans Jersey , but played well in coverage and came up with three tackles.The biggest winner of all the rookies had to be safety Jordan Whitehead, who was selected in the fourth round. He came up with two tackles and two pass breakups while collecting some big hits throughout the night. He clearly isn’t one to shy away from contact, which makes up one big aspect of his game. But he showed on Thursday night that he isn’t just a hard-hitter, playing well over the top in coverage. Have a look here as Tampa Bay stopped Miami inside the red zone with the help of the former Pitt Panther:Whitehead did get beat on the Dolphins’ go-ahead two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, allowing the receiver to beat him to the outside. All three guys had their rookie moments on Thursday, but that was to be expected. Overall, the Bucs should be happy with these three, as they flashed plenty of potential already. With the injury to Vernon Hargreaves III and the struggles of Ryan Smith, we could see these guys quickly take control of the secondary.RB Ronald Jones IIAs expected, Peyton Barber got the start at running back for Tampa Bay. He looked quick on his four carries, rushing for 21 yards and a touchdown. After he got his work in, second-rounder Ronald Jones made his debut. He didn’t get off to the best start Cheap Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey , letting a pass go right off of his hands on a key third down. Pass-catching is an area that he needs to improve on, so look for him to get a shot at redemption next week in Tennessee.As far as his game on the ground, there wasn’t a lot to see. He carried the ball eight times for just nine yards, but most of his work came behind a second team offensive line that was missing some of its true second-teamers. The big positive of the night for Jones was that he picked up his first NFL preseason touchdown, making an excellent cutback to find the end zone: WRs Justin Watson and Sergio BaileyFormer Penn wide receiver Justin Watson, a fifth round selection, made his professional debut as well on Thursday night. He took a solid step forward in his quest for a roster spot by catching all three of his targets for 30 yards, but what many might remember from his night was a costly fumble deep in Tampa Bay territory. The turnover obviously won’t cost him a roster spot immediately, but you can bet that he’ll learn from it. And as far as the jump from Ivy League to the NFL, he looked plenty comfortable out there.Sergio Bailey, an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan, made a great first impression on Thursday. He finished the night as the team’s leading receiver Kwon Alexander Jersey , hauling in four passes for 52 yards. Two of his catches came back-to-back on Tampa Bay’s game-winning drive. The best of the restAlex Cappa, a third round pick from Humboldt State, entered in the second half with the second/third team offensive line and held his own... Linebacker Jack Cichy, a sixth-rounder from Wisconsin, returned to game action on Thursday for the first time in over a year. A torn ACL cost him his senior season with the Badgers, but he stepped right in with the backups and collected two tackles (one solo)... Vita Vea was seen on the field pregame, again without his walking boot... A few promising undrafted free agents, running back Shaun Wilson (Duke), tight end Donnie Ernsberger (Western Michigan) and offensive lineman Cole Boozer (Temple) were held out from Thursday’s game.