Thursday, August 8, 2013
Things to watch for the Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
Three things to watch in Thursday night’s preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens:
1. Mike Glennon. Starting quarterback Josh Freeman is likely to be in and out of the game before you know it. But Glennon will get a lot of snaps because the Bucs want to get a long look at the rookie in game conditions. The Bucs need to see if Glennon is ready to be Freeman’s top backup or if they need to keep veteran Dan Orlovsky around.
2. Da’Quan Bowers. The Bucs placed a bet that Bowers can be an every-down defensive end when they let Michael Bennett depart through free agency. Coach Greg Schiano said recently he wants to see Bowers start stringing together quality plays. After being used mostly as a situational pass-rusher in his first two seasons, this will be a chance for Bowers to show his coach what he wants.
3. The defensive backfield. Darrelle Revis is the prized addition to the secondary, but you probably won’t see him until later in the preseason as he recovers from knee surgery. But this will be the first time free-agent safety Dashon Goldson and rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks wear Tampa Bay uniforms. The Bucs are counting on Goldson and Banks to help a defense that ranked No. 32 against the pass last year.