Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Reactions to preseason game 2

Matt Gay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins with a final score of 14-16 to move to 1-1.

For a game that was expected to be an offensive affair, last night’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins was all about the defense. The poor weather conditions and the soggy field may have been part of the reason why the game played so slow but both teams also appeared to be working out all of the offseason kinks.

The Dolphins are still in the middle of evaluating former Buc Ryan Fitzpatrick and former Arizona Cardinal Josh Rosen for the starting quarterback position. As of last night it seems likely that Josh Rosen has the higher upside and was able to complete 10/18 passes for 102 yards. The Buccaneers were able to generate pressure on the second year quarterback but cornerback Jamel Dean dropped a gift-wrapped interception that would have worsened Rosen’s final stat line.

The Buccaneers’ offensive starters left a lot to be desired, but this can again be attributed to the poor playing conditions.  The starters on defense, while depleted, played well. Beau Allen seemed to be comfortable with his starting reps and will be a passable placeholder for Vita Vea. Other than Allen, some other players stepped up last night to show that they can provide the depth when it counts for the regular season.