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Washington washes away Bucs in preseason finale, 20-13

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The Tampa Bay Bucs lost 20-13 to the Washington Redskins Wednesday night, concluding the preseason for both teams. Few regulars played in the game, played in a downpour from nearing Hurricane Hermine. Few fans attended the game.

“This game serves a purpose,” said coach Dirk Koetter.

How much were tickets? The Bucs didn’t dress out 25 players from their roster, including most of their starters. The Redskins didn’t dress 26, including most of their starters.

Worst depth: The Bucs gained 22 yards in the first half. On 25 plays. With their bottom of the roster playing against the bottom of Washington’s roster.

Trade fodder: There had been a lot of talk of other teams coveting Bucs’ backup Mike Glennon. But Glennon was only one-of-five for minus one yard. His rating was 39.6. Third team quarterback Ryan Griffin hit 23 of 39 for 190 yards.

Best scrub: The Redskins got 130 yards rushing from former Florida running back Mack Brown, including a 60-yard run. For the game, Brown had 149 and Robert Kelley had 99.

Best Buc: Tampa Bay’s Roberto Aguayo stayed hot, hitting two more field goals and another extra point to account for much the Bucs scoring.

“On a night of lowlites, that was one of the highlights,” said Koetter.

Fancy seeing you here: One of the players who dressed for the Bucs was tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. “We wanted to get him some reps,” said Koetter.

Feared in the Deep: The Bucs leading receiver was Freddie Martino, a free agent from North Greenville  University(team nickname: the Crusaders).

Missed tackles: For most of the night, Koetter lamented the Bucs lack of tackles. Washington rushed for 245 yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry.

Speedy Reedy: The lone Bucs’ touchdown was scored with 57 seconds left when Ryan Griffin hit Bernard Reedy for nine yards.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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