It looked ugly out there…and I’m not even talking about the weather or the uniforms.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled in their first preseason game, falling 16-10 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville. The game was highlighted (or lowlighted) by Josh McCown’s interception that was returned 65 yards for a touchdown. Tampa’s projected starting quarterback was under pressure the entire first quarter, playing behind a very sloppy and ill-prepared offensive line. McCown fumbled twice, losing one.
Defensively, however, it was a different story.
Lovie Smith’s defense, especially in regards to the run game, played like they are really buying into his system, which should have Buccaneer fans excited for what’s to come once the regular season rolls around.
Charles Sims was undoubtedly the most impressive rookie Buc, but the stats will never show it because of penalties. While he officially only ran the ball for 13 yards on six carries, he had a few long runs called back due to penalties, and showed great quickness in his cuts. He also caught the ball three times for 32 yards.
With that being said, the biggest bright spot on an ugly night for the Buccaneers was a familiar face.
“Future” starting quarterback Mike Glennon was at the helm when the Bucs’ offense was most efficient, completing 11 of 19 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. He looked good and created some offensive rhythm in a game where there was almost none to be found. Although he had a few attempts that sailed on him or went errant while on the run, for the most part, Glennon kept the offensive together with his strong play while he was on the field.
The Buccaneers will return to practice on Sunday to try and right the ship.