In a rainy, penalty-filled preseason contest at Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost in the closing minutes to the Detroit Lions. Which players improved their stock with the team, and which ones saw theirs drop?
As far as preseason games go, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss to the Detroit Lions was quite an exciting contest. Despite a lengthy rain delay and sloppy conditions throughout, we got a high scoring game filled with big plays on offense, defense and special teams.
All three of the main Buccaneer quarterbacks played well, and the running game with Peyton Barber looked sharp for the second week in a row. With Barber on the field, the ground attack has complemented the Bucs devastating passing attack well.
Despite the loss, I saw the game as a net positive for the Buccaneers. Another strong performance in what has been a solid preseason so far for Tampa Bay, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
Though it was a positive for the team as a whole, not everyone individually made it out with their stock safely in place. A certain defensive end with high hopes was a no-show, a much-maligned safety gave his critics ammunition, and an important special teams player looked less than extraordinary.
With only one preseason game remaining, some of the players who had tough nights against the Lions will need a big turnaround in the final week of the season to secure their roster spots.
We’ll start by taking a look at the positive side of things because that’s more fun.