This is the NFL?
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.