NFC East: Kenny Hamlin

Strong special-teams work by the Bucs

October, 26, 2008
10/26/08
1:26
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

IRVING, Texas -- Tampa Bay just signed Clifton Smith to return punts today, but now he's showing up all over the field. He did a great job of getting open when Jeff Garcia got into trouble on a Cowboys blitz. Smith's also looked good on two returns.

And Bucs safety Sabby Piscitelli delivered a crushing blow to Cowboys special-teams ace Keith Davis on the last punt return. So far, Tampa Bay is doing a great job of giving Garcia time in the pocket. He's connecting on a lot of sideline routes, but he just took a shot deep to former Cowboys wide receiver Joey Galloway.

It's striking how different these two passing attacks look. In 2006, Tony Romo threw five touchdowns against the Bucs. At this rate, Brad Johnson will be fortunate to complete 10 passes. It's that bad, folks.

Keep a close eye on Jeff Garcia. Safety Kenny Hamlin just drilled him, and it looked like Garcia was rubbing his chest. Former Jacksonville (Texas) High standout Luke McCown is waiting in the wings.

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