Starting strong-side linebacker #52 Jonathan Casillas did not travel with the team on Saturday to Buffalo, the consequence of an undisclosed team rule violation.
Lovie: Jonathan Casillas “did not meet our standards for our football players”, stays home for Bucs 27-14 victory over Bills
The NFL deadline for clubs to reduce their roster to 75 members does not close until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, but the Buccaneers have already gotten a jump start, cutting 12 players on Sunday. These cuts bring the roster down to 78. The players cut include:
So what are we looking for in this game? Well, again, we are going to watch the lines. We played the Bills week 14 last year and it was a blow out. We had 7 sacks and 4 interceptions. The offensive line for the Bills got man handled by McCoy and crew. Even Revis got in on the action with a sack in this game. So it is going to be interesting to see how the Bills offense handles having to play us again.
The final outcome of the game was the Dolphins 20 and the Buccaneers 14. The first team scores reflected a different game with Miami only able to tally 3 points to the Buccaneers 7. That lone touchdown by the Buccaneers came from a short field offensive touchdown from McCown to Jackson. McCoy strip sacked Henne which was picked up by Johnson giving the Buccaneers the ball in scoring range. The Dolphins eventually ran up a score of 20-7 but a late touchdown from the third stringers made the final outcome appear closer than it was. The Dolphins won this game convincingly.
The Buccaneers traded backup safety Kelcie McCray to the Kansas City Chiefs for their guard Rishaw Johnson. McCray played in 11 games for the Buccaneers last year and recorded 7 tackles, one for a loss, one defended pass, and one fumble recovery. He single handedly won the Buccaneers the game against the Detroit Lions in 2013 when he hit Calvin Johnson causing him to fumble the ball straight into the hands of Jonathan Banks for a game winning interception. Those are all pretty impressive numbers for a back up safety who only played a handful of plays.
The offensive line problems with the Dolphins was well documented last year. With a scandal midway through the season that saw a lineman quit the team and another suspended for being a meany, the Fins are another team like us and the Jaguars who have retooled their front five. Unlike the Bucs and Fins, who decided to populate their line with inexperienced lineman, the Dolphins went with tried and true veterans. Continue reading
In most preseason games, especially the first one after months of no football, fans are eager to see their team’s shiny new weapons in action. In the case of the Buccaneers, fans wanted to see Mike Evans and our humongous new TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins jump over cornerbacks for circus catches. Alas, it was not meant to be. What was hoped for quickly became a faded memory replaced with painful-to-watch offensive line play. Continue reading
Critics have shredded the fluff piece that is The First 100 Days of Head Coach Lovie Smith quite thoroughly, so I’ll spare you (and writer Scott Smith) my opinion on the novella. What can be garnered from the 32,000-word article is an insight into the new regime and what can be expected of it in the short term. Fortunately for you, I have read the article for you so you do not have to and will summarize the high points in 500 words or less. Continue reading
It appears that today is the last day of training camp before the Bucs get to hit people for real. The first preseason game, against the Jaguars, is scheduled for Friday at 7 pm est so Lovie has decided that today will be the last day of practice until Sunday. For a good break down of the days practice click here.