When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win 27-14 and take a 24-0 lead into half time it’s hard to find too many faults with the team’s performance.
However, a few players didn’t quite have as big of an impact as had been expected.
Rainey is pencilled in to be Doug Martin’s backup but his performance Saturday was somewhat worrisome. He carried the football 13 times and collected just 14 yards with his longest rush being nine yards. He also had one catch for -1 yards. Not good. Rainey also didn’t return any kicks or punts as he had been doing in practice so it appears he’s going to be focusing on being a running back from here on out.
The Bucs have four tight ends and it seems increasingly likely that they’ll all make the final 53-man roster. However, Myers and Wright seem to be having a bit of trouble getting involved in the game. Wright was basically invisible all game long (it didn’t help that he didn’t get to many plays) while Myers failed to record a reception despite playing the majority of the first half. Both players figure to have important roles in 2014 but their preseason form has left a lot to be desired.
The slot receiver position is wide open still with Herron, Chris Owusu and Louis Murphy all making a stake to the position. The rookie Herron has dealt with drops during training camp and on Saturday had two catches for two yards. In three preseason games, he’s had four catches for 16 yards as he struggles to get open with regularity.
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