NFL Nation: 2014 NFL Preseason Week 4 TB at BUF W2W4

W2W4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

August, 23, 2014
Aug 23
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) and the Buffalo Bills (1-2) play a preseason game Saturday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Three things to watch:

1. This will be the game that will determine if the Bucs are content with the guards on their roster or if they get desperate and move someone in from the outside. Oniel Cousins and Patrick Omameh played adequately as the starters last week. The Bucs are hoping for another solid performance from that duo against the Bills. If that doesn’t happen, the Bucs really don’t have any other attractive internal options and they might have to look to make a trade or claim someone off the waiver wire.

2. The Bucs unveiled a no-huddle offense last week and the first-team offense produced a quick touchdown off a turnover. But the starting offense has yet to put together a lengthy scoring drive. With the starters expected to play into the third quarter, it’s time for the offense to show it can put together a long drive.

3. The pass rush hasn’t done a lot in the preseason. The Bucs have produced only two sacks so far. That’s not the kind of production that’s expected from the pass rush in a Lovie Smith defense. Gerald McCoy has been sensational in the middle of the defensive line, but Adrian Clayborn and Michael Johnson have been quiet on the outside. It’s time for them to make an impact.

W2W4: Buffalo Bills

August, 23, 2014
Aug 23
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills will continue their preseason Saturday afternoon (4:30 p.m. ET) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
  • Watching Watkins: The expectation is that Sammy Watkins (ribs) will not play Saturday. He was limited in practice all week. In his place, the Bills will likely start with Mike Williams, Robert Woods and Chris Hogan as their top three receivers. This could be a prime opportunity for Woods to recoup some of his losses this summer, as he's slipped from being the second to the fourth receiver on the depth chart. The Bills also could mix T.J. Graham in with the first-team offense, potentially one final chance for the former third-round pick to make his case for a roster spot.
  • EJ Manuel's strides: Coming off a strong Thursday practice last week, Manuel slid a bit in Saturday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, completing 17 of 27 passes for 148 yards and one interception. He and the first-team offense were unable to score a touchdown in four trips into Steelers' territory, and Manuel has yet to throw a touchdown pass this preseason. That should be his goal Saturday. The Bills shifted gears in practice this week to more of a regular-season mode, showing scout-team looks against Manuel. He performed well but will need to carry over his gains in practice to game action. With the potential to play into the third quarter Saturday, he will have plenty of opportunities.
  • New looks on both sides: The Bills will have a new look along their offensive line and potentially in their secondary. Left tackle Cordy Glenn figures to play for the first time this preseason, while Erik Pears (guard) and Seantrel Henderson (tackle) will be the new pairing on the right side. Meanwhile, the secondary could also have a new look, with Corey Graham potentially seeing time at safety in Saturday's game. At cornerback, the Bills have used Ron Brooks and Ross Cockrell in place of Leodis McKelvin, who left Wednesday's practice with a groin injury, and either of those players could line up across from Stephon Gilmore on Saturday.

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