Countdown to Bucs' game

The final week of the preseason is about to begin.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play at Washington on Wednesday night at 7. The Saints, Falcons and Panthers each are scheduled to play their final exhibition contest on Thursday night.

Let’s get ready for the Bucs’ game by checking out some headlines:

  • Dory LeBlanc has a list of five things to watch. She starts it off with the chemistry of the offensive line. This is a huge issue after the Bucs lost Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph to a season-ending injury. The Bucs want to take a look at several players (Ted Larsen, Jamon Meredith and Derek Hardman are the candidates) at right guard. But it might be tough to develop much chemistry in this game because the starters aren’t expected to stay in for long.

  • Stephen Holder has a list of five players to watch in the final preseason game. Receiver Jordan Shipley is on there and it’s tough to get a read on if he’ll make the team. Shipley has been with the Bucs for only a week, after being claimed off waivers from the Bengals. Shipley had a knee injury last year and the Bucs need to get a good look at him before they cut down their roster to 53 on Friday.

  • Speaking of trimming the roster, Roy Cummings points out that cornerback Myron Lewis might be on the bubble. Lewis seems to have dropped off after getting off to a fast start in training camp.

  • Speaking of guys that might be on the bubble, Mark Cooks has a list of offensive players that might have a tough time making the team. One of them is running back Mossis Madu. He’s right on the fringe. Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount are locks to make the team and rookie Michael Smith appears to be ahead of Madu on the depth chart. Madu’s only shot at a roster spot may come only if the Bucs decide to carry four running backs.

I’ll be back with observations on the Bucs soon after the game ends. Meantime, feel free to use the comments section below to share your thoughts on what you see out of the Bucs.