Lovie Smith and Jason Licht have a few decisions to make.
The team got a very good look at what kind of depth they have on Thursday night, and now they will have to evaluate the tape and make the roster’s final cuts on Saturday.
Overall, the game was nothing special.
Mike Glennon made the start at quarterback, and worked one series with the 2nd-team offense before heading to the bench for the rest of the night.
On defense, the Buccaneers showed flashes of the type of depth they hope to have for the regular season, but the unit ultimately struggled against Colt McCoy and the Washington backups. McCoy went 22 of 29 for 321 yards and two touchdowns.
The highlights for Tampa Bay, however, began with two big interceptions of McCoy, both of which occurred in the end zone to put an end to a scoring threat.
The other big highlight of the day occurred in the third quarter, when Mike Kafka found Solomon Patton, who then raced down the sideline for the 25-yard score.
After watching the game, it still isn’t very clear which players will end up making Tampa Bay’s 53-man roster. Running back Jeff Demps, whom the team has hoped would finally find his stride in this offense, carried the ball 20 times for 59 yards, averaging just about three yards per carry. For a third straight week, Demps failed to make the splash plays everyone has been waiting to see from him. It also seems as if the team has struggled to get him into the open field, where his skills are best suited. Those difficulties may lead to Demps being cut.
On the other end of the spectrum, you would have to believe a guy like Solomon Patton will make the team. He has been the most impressive return man for the Buccaneers during the preseason, and he got to show off some of his receiving skills on Thursday night.
Speaking of receivers, veteran wideout Louis Murphy left the game early due to a back injury. Murphy has been competing with Chris Owusu and Robert Herron for the starting slot receiver position, so we will have to see how severe the injury is, and how it may affect that position battle.
The team will have to make their final cuts by Saturday. After that, we will next see the Buccaneers on September 7th at 4:25PM for Week One, as Tampa Bay takes on their division rival, the Carolina Panthers.