In a matchup which featured the oldest starting quarterback and the youngest starting quarterback, the Indianapolis Colts beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday with a score of 23-12.
Bucs defeat Bengals 25-11
The Buccaneers won their first home game under Head Coach Lovie Smith on Monday Night Football. Both the offense and defense showed marked improvement from the first preseason game. Highlights included a pick-six by cornerback Alterraun Verner and a safety by linebacker Danny Lansanah. Running back Doug Martin also looked sharp, causing many to wonder if he has returned to his rookie form. Quarterback Jameis Winston was supposed to play for the entire first half but was pulled after injuring his ankle. The injury was not serious but the coaching staff pulled Winston as a precaution. He is expected to play in preseason Week 3. Wide receiver Mike Evans injured his hamstring during the game and will miss the remainder of the preseason. Evans told the Tampa Tribune he believes he could play in the next preseason game but it is better for him to sit. Continue reading
There has been a gazillion articles written about how Jameis Winston performed during this game so I am not even going to go there. This is going to be an evaluation of things I saw and some things that I have noticed nobody else talking about.
First off, I want to confess that I have never been a big fan of Doug Martin and his run style. It bothered me when the Bucs got rid of Legarrette Blunt, a fantastic playmaker, for the unknown and shifty Martin. With that being said, it is hard to deny the impact that Martin had on the Bucs in 2012. 1454 yards rushing on 319 attempts for a 4.56 yard average will make any fan happy. Plus, add in his receiving yards, and you are looking at a running back with almost 2,000 yards from the line of scrimmage. Yep, I will take it.
Thursday during OTAs an interesting thing was witnessed. Jameis Winston, the number one overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was not practicing with the starters. Instead, 3rd year backup Mike Glennon was taking the first team reps while Winston was relegated to the second team.
“Hey guys, good morning. It’s a great day here. Just passing through and seeing guys here in the building and our players. Glancing out my window and seeing some guys participating in some drills and stuff outside. It’s fun to know that football is right around Continue reading
“It really is good to get the offseason started. Some of the players I’ve seen a little bit, but most of them I haven’t, so it’s kind of good to start the process of catching up on what they’ve been doing. For us, it does kind of seem like yesterday when were just finishing up Continue reading
Coming to Tampa Bay:
“I guess it was during the offseason, when guys are going here and going there and getting signed. My agent called me and told me I had a visit to come to Tampa, and then after that I’d probably be visiting Houston depending on how this trip [to Tampa] would go. When I Continue reading
“Hello, everybody. I just wanted to say before I started that I’m glad to be here. I’m actually glad to be back here in Tampa; it still feels like home. I never felt like I actually left and went to another team, so I’m glad to be back here, be out there with the guys, such as Gerald [McCoy], Jacquies [Smith], Lavonte [David] and Mike. It’s going to be a pretty Continue reading
Thoughts on free agency acquisitions:
“I think it’s always great to have guys that have been in the system that you play. Coach did a great job of bringing in guys who have been in the system that we play, guys that have won games in the system that we play, so they bring a lot of experience – something we need. I told the defensive guys today, I told them, ‘Hey, get around those guys. Coach Continue reading