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Observation Deck: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8/9/2014

Despite the high hopes that came with new coach Lovie Smith, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren't very impressive in their preseason debut.

They lost 16-10 to the Jacksonville Jaguars and didn't look sharp in the process. The offense couldn't get much going. The defense played well but allowed Denard Robinson to run for a 23-yard touchdown that gave Jacksonville its final lead. There were penalties and turnovers by the Buccaneers. It was only the first preseason game, but a team coached by Smith has to be much sharper.

Here are some other thoughts on the Bucs' first preseason game of the year:

  • Starting quarterback Josh McCown did not have a great start. He had an interception returned for a touchdown and also lost a fumble and had another that he recovered. He didn't get any help from his offensive line and had to deal with consistent pressure. He completed two of four passes for 20 yards.

  • There has been concern about the offensive line, particularly the guards. It looks like those concerns are legitimate. The first-team offensive line struggled during its playing time.

  • The turnovers, sacks and penalties were disappointing, especially from a team that doesn't have much margin for error.

  • Defensive end Steven Means is probably ticketed for a backup role. But Means was one of the bright spots in the first half, recording a sack and two tackles for a loss.

  • Backup quarterback Mike Glennon (11 of 19 for 140 yards) got more playing time than McCown -- and fared better. Glennon threw a third-quarter touchdown pass to receiver Tommy Streeter, who has been having a nice training camp.

  • Third-string quarterback Mike Kafka had a nice pass to rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but it was wiped out by a penalty on the offensive line.